• AHIA president Ray Cronin has been added to the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).
    AHIA president Ray Cronin has been added to the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority yesterday announced changes to its Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP).

ASAP is a group of industry experts that convene to advise CASA on proposed changes to regulations.

CASA has added to the panel Tristar Aviation founder Adrianne Fleming OAM, Kestrel Aviation founder and current president of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) Ray Cronin and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) expert Dr Reece Clothier.

Leaving ASAP are Virgin Australia's Rob Sharp, Australian Airports Association CEO Caroline Wilkie and Greg Russell, formerly of The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF).

CASA CEO Shane Carmody thanked the outgoing panel members.

“I would like to thank Rob Sharp, Caroline Wilkie and Greg Russell for their contribution to the panel,”Carmody said.

“They have been integral in the success of the panel by providing high level and objective advice from their many years of valuable experience in the aviation industry.

“Since the introduction of new consultative arrangements with the formation of the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel on 1 July 2017, the panel has assisted CASA with developing and reviewing many regulations ranging from drone registration, fatigue rules, dangerous goods, airworthiness and the six flight operations regulations last year.”

Members remaining on ASAP are:

  • Prof. Pat Murray – Chair
  • Mr John Gissing – Group Executive Associated Airlines and Services, Qantas
  • Mr Jim Davis – Chairman, Regional Aviation Association of Australia
  • Mr Michael Monck – President, RAAus
  • Mr Graeme Crawford – CASA Group Executive Manager Aviation
  • Mr Rob Walker – CASA Executive Manager Stakeholder Engagement Division.

CASA has said in the past that it intends to rotate industry representatives through ASAP to take advantage of a broad cross-section of experience.

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