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Dick Smith Autobiography

Old 24th Nov 2021, 06:17
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Dick Smith Autobiography

Dick Smith has published his autobiography "My Adventurous Life". Like or loath Dick, he was certainly out there when it came to business, adventure, aviation and life generally.

The book includes a full chapter on aviation, giving examples of overseas aviation practices versus the complexity of comparable aviation practices and regulation in Australia. Dick writes: "I learned that nearly everything in Australia was more complicated, resulting in a higher cost either for the Government or for the aviator and ultimately for the paying passenger."

Comparing Australia's prescriptive aviation regulations, Dick notes: "In countries like the USA, the UK, Europe and Canada, the regulations left room for the pilot to make commonsense decisions, but not here. The pilot was treated like an irresponsible child." (in Australia)

It is interesting that Dick considers he failed at most of the reforms he wanted Australian DCA/CAA/CASA to consider and adopt, the Authority is far too inflexible and deaf to experienced aviation operators and the aviation industry generally to make reasonable and logical change to Australian regulatory philosophy.

As when Dick Smith posts on PPRuNe, I am sure there will be those who support his aviation philosophy and those who oppose - vehemently in a few cases! Dick obviously has a thick skin as he always bounces back with a response.

I wonder if the majority of Dunnunda PPRuNe users would have supported Dicks proposed changes?
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I have had a bit to do with Dick since 1979 (before the epic chopper flights) and I thoroughly admire him for his achievements.

The best change I saw in the helicopter world was opening up the chopper lanes through the SY zone via the harbour and V1 down the coast. Next best was eliminating full reporting for VFR.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 00:59
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Sometimes he pushes his own agenda to extremes, to his own detriment I think, but he's done a hell of a lot in his life that many of us probably couldn't. I fully agree that our regulations are ridiculously overblown and not conducive to sensible and efficient aviation, so good on him for continuing to push for change there.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 02:05
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Met him at the ABC in the Q&A Green Room and had a long chat.
Thoroughly good bloke.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 02:16
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Originally Posted by Torres View Post
Dick writes: "I learned that nearly everything in Australia was more complicated, resulting in a higher cost either for the Government or for the aviator and ultimately for the paying passenger."

Comparing Australia's prescriptive aviation regulations, Dick notes: "In countries like the USA, the UK, Europe and Canada, the regulations left room for the pilot to make commonsense decisions, but not here. The pilot was treated like an irresponsible child." (in Australia)

Ask any of your colleagues who have worked for carriers overseas, or are currently working for carriers overseas, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who disagrees with this statement. Australian = Oztronaut. Ridiculous regulations, over-legislating practices and it has lead to an abomination of an aviation sector.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 04:30
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Ascend Charlie, thanks for the positive comment. Yes the Victor Lane came from my experience of flying in the VFR lane passing on the ocean side of JFK airport during my world helicopter flight. It is a great example of “copying the success of others.”

There is one other important quote from my book that I would like to put here:


“My efforts were successful in nearly all of these, but not in aviation. This lack of success didn’t affect me financially, because I had the wealth to cover the high costs, but it was disappointing nevertheless. I have been forced to watch as the general aviation industry has almost been destroyed by regulations that added to costs but not to safety. We could have become world leaders. It was incredibly sad.”
The aviation reform program was started back in 1990 with a simple direction from the Board to “remove every unnecessary cost.” Of course, it has morphed into the opposite – some of the most expensive requirements in the world.

Then again. The CASA act states that the most important consideration must be safety so that's the result you get!


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Old 25th Nov 2021, 09:16
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the most important consideration must be safety
Wasn't there some apocryphal statement allegedly once made by a CASA Official that the only way to ensure complete Aviation safety was to abolish GA in its entirety?

PS; Dick; What's the chance of a personally autographed copy of the book?
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 09:32
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I had the pleasure of meeting Dick one day in Bankstown Tower when he popped in via push bike to say g’day, first and last time the hierarchy in CASA/CAA ever made an effort to put themselves in the shoes of the workforce! 73s
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 14:25
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the Victor Lane came from my experience of flying in the VFR lane passing on the ocean side of JFK airport during my world helicopter flight. It is a great example of “copying the success of others
When did the Victor lane come into existence? Regular Navy practice, from 1970 that I have familiarity with, was coastal from Nowra, 500' at CTR, coastal to the heads and turn left for Navy base of choice. Perhaps that laid the groundwork?
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 21:06
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You could usually get a coastal transit through the zone, but it needed a clearance.

In (I think) 1991 Victor 1 was created, 500' over water with a straight line from Malabar to Bondi to keep those nasty helicopters away from those gold-plated aeroplanes 1500' above them. But also the Chopper Lanes were created, through R405, to allow free movement over the harbour at 1000' east of the bridge and 500' along the Parramatta River. The TV lanes were created to allow access into Willoughby for Ch 9 and 2, and up the Lane Cove River for Ch 10 - Ch 7 was already outside the zone at Epping.

The straight line in V1 put single-engine choppers over water outside auto range, a bit of a quandary, so it was possible to ask for a clearance to hug the coast if traffic allowed. To highlight the stupidity of this straight line limit, I took one of the CA$A FOIs up and sat over the beach, on the extended centreline of Rwy 25 at 1000'. On the sight line between us and the runway threshold was a thumping big pine tree in Randwick or Kingsford, so any plane would have to be well above that line to be safe. But Howie just shrugged and said "Them's the rules."
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Old 26th Nov 2021, 02:24
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Pinky. You would have to post it to me and will sign and send it back.

Unfortunately I don't have books available as they are produced by the publisher Allen and Unwin.

I note that Dymocks and Booktopia are selling at a discount but it's best to support your local bookshop if you can!
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I'll buy a copy because I've admired you more and more since The Electronic Dick.

Few have the luck (created the luck) to give it a red hot go - fewer still actually go forth and do more to create and creat and create.

I hope you have a chapter at the end to thank all for the billions and billions and billions you've made for investors through crypto with your secret advice

Just in case anyone doesn't get the joke - the last para is FIRMLY tongue in cheek...
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Thanks. I am amazed that Facebook and Google and this site can get away with making money from fraudulent ads re Bitcoin
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 07:28
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I'm not amazed Dick, I'm disgusted with the fake/scam Google adverts published by Facebook and PPRuNe, as you well know!

I have made a conscious decision not to buy any goods or services advertised by Google Ads.
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Old 27th Nov 2021, 09:50
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Another worthy book to add to my collection. Thanks.

Internet scams are a phenomena of the modern electronic world that mostly afflict the elderly. The young care not one iota for it and it's a shame our telcos are just too fat, dumb and lazy to put a lid on it.
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Old 30th Nov 2021, 07:25
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For those who have not been able to get a copy I have been told that there is a second reprint that should be available in bookstores in mid December.
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