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Friday, 24 August 1984
Page: 382

(Question No. 972)


Senator Messner asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 14 June 1984:

What is the operating cost per hour, per day and per month for each fixed-wing and rotary winged passenger-carrying aircraft of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force:

(a) operating within range of the home base of the aircraft; and

(b) operating from temporary base which is not the home base of the aircraft.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(a) Estimated hourly operating costs for each type of passenger-carrying aircraft flown by the Air Force and Army are listed in the following table:

Hourly Type of Aircraft (i)

Cost (ii)

$ BAC 1-11 3,136 Boeing 707 5,327 Caribou 1,197 Chinook 3,637 Hercules 2,323 HS748 1,609 Iroquois 1,045 Mystere 2,010 Nomad 1,411

(i) RAN does not currently operate passenger-carrying aircraft.

(ii) Hourly operating costs comprise spares, fuel, squadron, depot and contract servicing, and crew costs.

(iii) Daily and monthly estimated operating costs are directly related to the number of hours flown.

(iv) Capital and depreciation costs for aircraft and ground support equipment have not been included.

(b) The costs for operating from a temporary base cannot be quantified in a form which could provide a satisfactory response to the question.

For flights within Australia any variations in costs detailed at (a) would arise from allowances or accommodation costs paid to or on behalf of crew members.

For flights outside Australia, additional costs including differential costs of refuelling, ground handling, overflying, technical services, catering and crew accommodation and allowances would be incurred. The extent of these costs would depend entirely on the duration of each flight and on the locations at which supplies or services are obtained.