Air safety standards to be revised

A review of the current air safety regulation system is being considered by the Howard Government following the grounding of Ansett aircraft at Christmas and previous disputes involving Qantas pilot training. At present, aviation watchdog, Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the airlines agree on management systems between them. This self-regulation system will be under scrutiny after Ansett failed to carry out maintenance checks on its Boeing 767 planes leading to the Christmas grounding of the aircrafts. Under the proposed review, the manner in which CASA and the airlines agree on management systems and how often these systems are tested will be examined leading to stricter safety rules.

‘Tougher checks on airlines', The Australian, 04/01/01, p 1.