Jel wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:42 am
Cemair has shown just how polarised the industry is at the moment... there seems to be no middle ground anywhere... you are either on one side or the other, but nothing in between... its no wonder there is a huge gap between the regulator and the regulated... do people not know how to engage any longer...
It is also strange to me how the stakeholders in the industry cant even get it together and there is a feeling that the only way to achieve anything is by fighting the CAA and crying from the rooftops about how unfair this all is... and yet... the CAA is still there, and will be there forever... and working against them is simply not going to achieve anything...
For the past two years, I have been part of a working group consisting of representatives from all the Part 121 operators (who deigned to send representatives) and CAA staff. I’m sure that the CAA has its own issues, but I found the operators who showed up to be of common purpose and the attitude to and from the CAA to be cooperative, and not antagonistic.
All the established airlines have realized that the CAA has become a lot more pedantic and box-ticking during audits and spend enormous resources to cross t’s and dot i’s in complying with the letter of the regulations. Airlines in which any department fails in this endeavour, will unfortunately have CAA pain. I know this first-hand and it is entirely possible that one bad apple can bring an airline to the ground by not doing his/her job properly.
I was also extremely impressed with the quality of people who look after these things at Comair, Safair and SAA. SAX has overhauled internal oversight completely and have some very competent people steering things. Airlink was forced through the same exercise some years ago and by all accounts have everything ship-shape, although I haven’t dealt with them enough to know the individuals concerned.
Don’t think that the Part 121 oversight by the CAA is automatically bad because it takes 5 days to renew your PPL.
Also don’t measure airline industry ‘polarization’ by posts on an aviation enthusiast chat-forum like Avcom. If one thing is clear from threads on Avcom, it is that most posters have zero idea about Part 121 ops and obviously don’t know enough people in the airline industry to know the back-stories to what they read in the papers. For them it is a purely emotional reaction - picking sides on how they feel about the players without knowing the first thing about the facts.
This industry is so small that career pilots will have multiple acquaintances in every airline in the country and will know pretty well how things are in each airline. It was obvious over the last few days that the airline pilots had pretty much the same take on things. Our airlines have all published extensive policies on our utterings on social media and chat forums, so most of us try not to get too specific about anything, and some have stopped contributing completely.