The Australian Aviation Associations Forum (TAAAF) has come out in support of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in their handling of community service flights.
In a statement sent to the Senate Standing Committee on Regional and Rural Affairs and Transport (RRAT) hearing into the ATSB report on an Angel Flight crash in June 2017, TAAAF chairman Jeff Boyd said the forum supported the conclusions and recommendations of the report.
"The Australian Aviation Associations Forum fully supports the findings of the June 2017 fatal Angel Flight accident near Mount Gambier," Boyd said. "We believe that the report is thorough and accurate, and addresses serious concerns held by many people in the aviation Industry for some time.
"Furthermore, the TAAAF also supports the new minimum standards recently published by CASA for the conduct of Angel Flights."
The senate inquiry is aimed at the ATSB's decision to focus the investigation on Angel Flight management and make no recommendations regarding the conduct of the pilot on the day.
So far the RRAT has received six submissions and held one public hearing into the matter.