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Thursday, 28 May 1998
Page: 4224

Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 2 March 1998:

How many pilots have been directed to use long-term operating landing patterns in cross winds over 15 knots since the (a) first and (b) second stages of implementation of the Long Term Operating Plan.

Mr Vaile (Transport and Regional Development) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Airservices Australia advises that pilots are not directed to use particular runways. Airservices Australia nominates runways based on a number of criteria relating to wind/weather, airport efficiency and Government noise sharing objectives. Under these criteria runways are nominated with up to 25 knots of cross winds. It is the sole responsibility of the pilot to ensure that the runway nominated is suitable for the operation of the aircraft in the prevailing conditions.