Why does Change seem so hard to achieve in New Zealand, while failure, mediocrity and conformity are accepted with barely a bleat?
The challenge of Change doesn’t just apply to aviation. With some councils, it also applies to repainting your mortgage-free dunny in a different colour.
Change almost always involves confrontation (and sometimes conflict) with Rules. And Rules are imposed to discourage Change. This suits the Rule-makers all the way down to the ground, because unwelcome Change involves loss (hopefully, theirs) and gains (very rarely, ours).
Pilot Peter L Collins has sent us some valuable warning references about what will be involved, if you were to be so rash as to poke your head above the fence – and suggest any sort of Change at the CAA.
He says: “Below, I list the headings of the rules process. Many of these pages are themselves lists of things the poor, long-suffering CAA staff have to attend to.
“In particular, see the Scholtens report, listed below, the key section being:
which explains why nothing can ever get done inside 20 weeks, even if two fully loaded 747s are about to collide.”
Peter warns: “Students, your task will be arduous. Begin it with two stiff gins and a vodka chaser, two paracetamol pills and a cup of tea, followed by ten minutes in a quiet, darkened room – perhaps with a pretty maiden pressing cold compresses to your forehead.
“Then read Scholtens.”
When following due process, Civil Aviation Authority personnel will always have at least 10 other things to deal with before Number 11 on the priority list (your issue) reaches the top of the pile. This means that nothing may get done within 10 x 20 = 200 weeks – which, when Peter went to school, added up to about four years. Present-day evidence seems to support his calculation.
Peter says: “I’ll bet you don’t have the patience to work your way through them and all their subsections. If you do, congratulations – you have the making of a genuine gadfly. You need to take a long view, but to be a truly great gadfly, you need real persistence and stamina.”
Peter suspects that he may have missed something. “I have certainly suppressed all the links that most of those above contain, which really should be taken into account in the process.”
But that’s quite enough for the time being, Peter, thank you very much. Most of us will start with the gins and a bit more vodka than recommended, and leave it there.
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