CASA's General Aviation Task Force (GATF) is to get a new leader after manager Peter John retired in late August.
The GATF, according to the CASA website, was set up to "engage with representatives of, and participants in, the GA sector of the Australian civil aviation industry, to canvass their views on the approach CASA is taking or proposes to take, to the regulation of aspects of the activities in which they are engaged, or would like to engage."
Taking over the GATF will be Southern Region safety advisor Michael White.
White is a former RAAF air traffic controller and ATC instructor, Airservices support specialist and safety management educator, and has extensive GA experience having gained his CPL in Queensland and spent several years flying floatplanes, aerial surveys and charter operations.
In his retirement, Peter John will play an instrumental roll with the RAAF Air Force Cadets and their fleet of new high-performance gliders.
In his role with the GATF, John bore the brunt of industry concerns over the introduction of new safety regulations, in particularly CASR Parts 66, and 145. He was, however, also credited with sparking the idea of a national GA fly-in, which became Ausfly.