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Tuesday, 13 September 2005
Page: 166


Senator McLucas asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 9 August 2005:

(1)   Can details be provided of the unavailability of any of the primary and secondary Cairns Search and Rescue aircraft since the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) contract was let in March 2005.

(2)   Can the department provide the reasons given for the unavailability of either aircraft.

(3)   Can details be provided of what alternative arrangements were made by Aero Tropics when either aircraft was unavailable.

(4) (a)   At any time was search and rescue training disrupted by the unavailability of either aircraft; and (b) can details be provided of the disruptions.

(5)   Can a copy be provided of the entire Daily Status Report required to be submitted to AMSA concerning the two aircraft specified under this contract.


Senator Ian Campbell (Minister for the Environment and Heritage) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   AMSA records show the primary aircraft was unavailable between 9 May and 5 June 2005. Under the search and rescue contract, the secondary aircraft is only required to be available when the primary aircraft is unavailable.

(2)   AMSA records show that the primary aircraft was unavailable because it was undergoing a Phase 4 check and wing spar strap modification.

(3)   The secondary aircraft provided the contracted search and rescue services while the primary aircraft was unavailable between 9 May and 5 June 2005.

(4) (a)   No. (b) Not applicable.

(5)   Yes.

AERO-TROPICS CAIRNS DAILY REPORT

Attn:

The Duty Officer

Date:

 

Company:

RCC

Time:

 

Phone:

1800815257

Phone:

 

Fax No:

1800622153

Fax:

 

Email:

 

Primary Aircraft Status:

Call out telephone number:

 

 

All of the above are on call 24/7. Should the primary number be unreachable, immediately move on to the next mobile number.

Primary Aircraft:

Available

Secondary Aircraft:

Available

Rescue 441 (VH-WZN)

Rescue 442 (VH-WZS)

DF/Homer & Scanner

Yes

L-PER

 

GPS Dual System:

 

GPS Single System:

 

Marine Radio:

 

Marine Radio:

 

Digital Camera:

 

Digital Camera:

 

VHF/UHF/FM

 

VHF/UHF/FM

 

SATCOM 2 Iridium

 

SATCOM 2 Iridium

 

LAP TOP CDMA Network Coverage

 

LAP TOP CDMA Network Coverage

 

Aircraft Crew

DAY

Aircraft Crew

Night

Captain:

Captain:

Co-Pilot

Co-Pilot

SAR Crew

SAR Crew

SAR Crew:

SAR Crew:

 

Sat Phone:

 

Schedule/Unscheduled Maintenance/ Training

If, Yes provide details:

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