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Tuesday, 25 September 2001
Page: 27888

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 June 2001:

(1) Does Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.11 require that an operator's chief pilot is subjected to a check of his or her proficiency in relation to an emergency; if so, who is authorised to undertake such a check.

(2) Since January 1999 on how many occasions have audits undertaken by the Darwin office checked compliance with CAO 20.11 in relation to emergency procedures checks of chief pilots.

(3) (a) On how many occasions have audits identified breaches of the provisions of CAO 20.11; and b) on each occasions, what action was taken as a result of the breach.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

CASA have advised the following:

(1) Yes. CASA or a person appointed by the training and checking organisation and approved by CASA is authorised to undertake such checks. An approved party external to the operator commonly conducts Chief Pilot proficiency checks.

(2) Ten audits have been conducted by the Darwin Office during which compliance with CAO 20.11 was checked.

(3) (a) CASA believes it is inappropriate to provide this level of operational detail regarding operators at a specific Area Office. In addition, CASA holds the view that disclosure of information on the outcomes of an audit process could prejudice an operator's commercial interests and could also prejudice CASA's ability to obtain information from other operators during the course of normal investigations where compulsory extraction powers are not used. b) All issues arising from the audits have been addressed.