HJK 414 wrote:There seems to be repetitive pattern ......... and AOPA appears being pushed further and further into a corner ......
Is it possible to get out of this "sliding slope / position" ??
Or is this simply a sign of the times ?? and the powers that be ......
Any other (outside) routes that are open / to get back into a "normal" working relationship with p.e. CAA ?
Interesting observation. We expect 2016 to be a pivotal year for the whole of South Africa, if not the whole world. There are challenges that need to be addressed, while also opportunities that must be grasped as they arise.
The main fact that has an impact on our authorities is that they are drastically running out of money. We are in the throes of the SAA/Finance Minister crisis at the moment. In addition, the governing party has its back against the wall with loss of support and serious infighting.
Everyone in government is very defensive and hoping like hell they can hold onto their positions and patronage. But CAA is losing qualified personnel at an alarming rate, and the few that remain that of any use are covering their backsides against the likelihood of finding themselves unemployed in a marketplace with very few opportunities. The best have left a long time ago and filled the gaps in the foreign job markets - mostly in the middle and far east.
In the midst of infrastructure collapse, there is a continual reshuffling of staff, but no progress is being made in any area.
The two challenges that AOPA faces in trying to hold GA together is a growing paranoia on the side of the "authorities", and a growing apathy on the side of the industry itself.
Far from being "pushed into a corner", AOPA is vocally and quite aggressively tackling the issues of the day - and there are many who resent that. If we compare the microcosm of general aviation to the greater nationwide picture, the parallels are obvious. The useless, corrupt, dishonest money-grubbers and their equally useless subservient minions must go. There is no money left to waste or to steal.
Do you think there is some way for South Africans to resume a "normal" working relationship with the likes of Jacob Zuma? If you have any ideas that haven't been thought of already, please let us know!
In the meantime, AOPA's policy is simply to support any issues or developments that advance GA, and to strongly oppose developments that damage this currently very fragile industry. It is as simple as that. AOPA remains very strong, very functional and enjoys great support - even in an economically embattled industry. Most other "aviation bodies" are in deep trouble, especially those that are reliant on CAA patronage, and some have been forced out the door already. There is much bickering out there, and we believe it is a good sign that AOPA is the focus of some of the yapping. We listen to the good stuff, and we ignore the nonsense.
Especially when times are tough, a bit of robust debate is a very good thing and can be very productive as well as psychologically stimulating. But when it devolves into personal insults and squabbling over irrelevancies, it is time to turn around and walk away.