Rex announces support for risk-based safety management directive

Regional Express (Rex) has publicly supported new policy directive from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in relation to the development and application of risk-based and cost-effective aviation safety regulations.

The directive issued by the newly-appointed director of aviation safety, Mark Skidmore, “reaffirms CASA’s commitment to ensure that regulatory changes are justified on the basis of safety risk and do not impose unnecessary costs or unnecessarily hinder participation in aviation and its capacity for growth”.

Commenting on CASA’s new approach, Rex’s chief operating officer Neville Howell said, “The Directive issued under the new CASA chair Jeff Boyd and CEO Mark Skidmore is a breath of fresh air and provides reason to believe that the aviation industry can now start to recover from the severe damage inflicted over the last six years by the previous CASA administration which was the focus of the Government’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

“This new direction and regime is strongly supported by Rex as, among other things, it makes it clear that aviation safety regulations must ‘be shown to be necessary’ and ‘address known or likely safety risks’ and that ‘every proposed regulation must be assessed against the contribution it will make to aviation safety’,” added Howell. “We look forward to continuing to work with CASA to achieve a safer aviation environment through regulatory reforms that are grounded on rational and evidence-based policies.”

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