The name of the game is to have accredited aerial shooters that look good on paper, hence FAAST being established to cover legislation, cover with white wash when required, speak with authority as being expert marksmen.
To be an accurate shooter from a gyrating helicopter, enduring changing atmospheric conditions along with evasive pilot control action, is but a few irrefutable reasons why aerial culling is inhumane. Proven from evidence to this clandestine operation by NSW National Parks in their Guy Fawkes Park horrific slaughter of Brumbies inquiry and court case in 2000, of your heritage Brumby that disgusted the world.
Highly trained military helicopter pilots and SAS snipers will confirm the the word accurate and humane are not achieved from a rotary wing gunships (helicopter)
So why is the NSW government hell bent on implementing this proven inefficient inhumane slaughter again after their castigation from the national and international disgust of their inhumane aerial shooting of any living animal. Further, then NSW minister Bob (devious) Debus proclaimed “Aerial culling of Brumbies in NSW National Parks will cease”, this has not been rescinded by any government to date?
Read the policy of FAAST below then read, then download the PDF training manual to see the whole picture of a RAMBO gang of shooters taking full advantage of a government/National Park junket to have NSW POlice Commissioner authorisation to carry automatic assault weapons to implement an minority Greens agenda to inhalation of your national icon and heritage horse, never to be seen again to back political alliance for votes to sustain thei strangle control of the people.
Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team (FAAST) Policy
1.1 The Feral Animal Aerial Shooting Team (FAAST) is a group of NSW government and semi-government employees who manage aerial shooting training and who have been specifically trained and accredited to humanely destroy animals using firearms from helicopters. FAAST comprises the FAAST Management Committee, which sets and maintains aerial shooting standards through the development and implementation of policy, procedures and training guidelines and FAAST shooters who are accredited to undertake aerial shooting operations.
1.2 NSW government and semi-government agencies have statutory obligations to control feral animal populations, prevent and control the outbreak of animal diseases, destroy sick or injured livestock and to carry out these exercises using the most effective and humane methods. FAAST has been established to ensure these obligations are fulfilled.
1.3 NSW government and semi-government employees who are FAAST accredited must undergo a rigorous two-week training course encompassing all aspects of the safe use of firearms, humane destruction of animals, helicopter safety and aerial shooting principles. To remain FAAST accredited, shooters must complete a biannual re-accreditation course and an annual competency program, which includes a minimum number of aerial shooting hours and ground operations designed to maintain marksmanship and firearms safety standards.
1.4 FAAST shooters are involved in humane destruction operations to control feral animal populations, prevent and control the outbreak of animal diseases and destroy sick or injured livestock.
- Policy objectives
2.1 To inform FAAST members and others of FAAST policy with regard to the management of aerial shooting training by the FAAST Management Committee and aerial shooting operations undertaken by FAAST shooters.
2.2 To ensure that aerial shooting training and aerial shooting programs are undertaken in accordance with relevant legislation, the policies of participating agencies, procedures as outlined in the FAAST Procedures Guide and operational protocols outlined in the FAAST Training and Reference Manual.
2.3 The FAAST policy aims to complement the policies of participating agencies concerning firearms use and management, helicopter operations and aerial shooting operations.
3.1 FAAST members who represent the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for the Environment.
3.2 FAAST members who represent the Rural Lands Protection Board (RLPB) and NSW Agriculture come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Agriculture.
3.3 FAAST members who represent NSW Police come under the jurisdiction of the Minister for Police.
Pest Animal Council
3.4 The FAAST Management Committee is a sub-committee of the NSW Pest Animal Council. The FAAST Management Committee will seek advice from and report back to the NSW Pest Animal Council through regular updates on its activities.
FAAST Management Committee
3.5 The FAAST Management Committee will oversee all aspects of the management and training of FAAST accredited aerial shooters. The FAAST Management Committee is subject to direction by both the Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for the Environment.
3.6 The FAAST Management Committee will consist of eight members and will comprise representatives from the following organisations:
- NSW Agriculture
- Committee chairperson
- National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS)
Pest and Firearms Project Officer (Executive Officer/Deputy Chairperson)
Manager Flight Operations
Two FAAST instructors or assessors
- Rural Lands Protection Board (RLPB) – Two FAAST shooters, instructors or assessors
- NSW Police – Representative from the NSW Police Armoury
3.7 The FAAST Management Committee will hold two meetings per year, which will be convened at the discretion of its members.
3.8 The FAAST Management Committee will keep a register of the number and location of FAAST shooters in NSW and will ensure that the locality of aerial shooters fulfils the needs of statewide aerial shooting programs.
3.9 The FAAST Management Committee will maintain a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 36 FAAST shooters who are available to undertake aerial shooting programs.
3.10 FAAST shooters will adhere to all policy outlined in this document, procedures outlined in the FAAST Procedures Guide and operational protocols outlined in the FAAST Training and Reference Manual. In particular FAAST shooters will adhere to the procedures outlined in the FAAST Disciplinary Code contained in the FAAST Procedures Guide.
3.11 FAAST shooters will adhere to relevant policies and procedures prescribed by their employer and relevant NSW legislation, in particular that pertaining to the safe keeping, transport and use of firearms and associated ammunition.
3.12 FAAST shooters may only use L1A1 SLR rifles or pump action shotguns during any FAAST training operations and during any aerial shooting programs.
3.13 FAAST shooters will ensure that relevant risk management procedures administered by their employers are completed before undertaking any aerial shooting training or aerial shooting programs.
3.14 FAAST shooters must ensure that helicopters and helicopter pilots used during aerial shooting operations are from a recommended operator (recommended by the FAAST Management Committee) and that all relevant provisions of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 and Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 regarding the carriage and use of firearms from aircraft are covered by this operator.
3.15 FAAST shooters will ensure that helicopter operators used during aerial shooting programs have charter insurance and aerial shooting insurance.
3.16 FAAST shooters will ensure that they have the following helicopter safety equipment when undertaking FAAST training operations or aerial shooting programs:
- Flight helmet (with intercom)
- Flight suit
- Survival kit (incorporating a first aid kit)
- Aerial shooting harness
- FAAST shooters will adhere to relevant legislation, the conditions listed on each L1A1 rifle’s Commissioner’s permit, relevant policies or procedures administered by their employer, firing range rules and firearms safety and use principles outlined in the FAAST Training and reference Manual, whilst undertaking any FAAST ground based activities.
FAAST Training Courses
3.18 The FAAST Management Committee is responsible for the organisation and implementation of all FAAST training courses.
3.19 The FAAST Management Committee will ensure that all FAAST training is carried out in a safe, efficient, humane and equitable manner.
3.20 The FAAST Management Committee will ensure that all FAAST training meets Australian national standards as set by the Australian National Training Association (ANTA) and that all training is completed in conjunction with a Registered Training Organisation. All instructors and assessors used during FAAST training must be suitably accredited by a Registered Training Organisation.
Aerial shooting programs
3.21 FAAST graduates will ensure that all FAAST shooting programs are conducted in accordance with relevant legislation and relevant policy administered by their employer.
3.22 All aerial shooting programs organised by or undertaken by NSW government and semi-government agencies will be conducted by FAAST shooters and will adhere to policy outlined in this document, procedures outlined in the FAAST Procedural Guidelines and operational protocols outlined in the FAAST Training and Reference Manual.
3.23 FAAST shooters will ensure that all aerial shooting programs are conducted in a safe, humane, effective and professional manner.
3.24 The FAAST Management Committee will not approve individual aerial shooting programs. The FAAST Management Committee may provide advice to land-holders or managers on aerial shooting programs where necessary.
Now read the FAAST Training Manual – (Click to download) – faast-training-manual – designed by so called shooting experts to create so called marksmen in bouncing helicopters.
Do ponder the manual, then consider on what pier review has this accreditation course been conducted to substantiate this manual’s, what are the presented committee and trainers qualifications with high powered firearms, what substantiated factual information has been peir reviewed to acclaim endorsement by this NSW government approved training of AERIAL EXPERT SHOOTERS?