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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 33

(Question No. 1544)

Senator Jessop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 20 November 1986:

(1) Is the Minister for Aviation aware of the problems faced by Kendell Airlines who are trying to establish a new passenger service at Ceduna in South Australia using a SAAB 340.

(2) Have Kendell Airlines decided to conduct tests on the SAAB 340's capability of landing on a natural surface, in conjunction with monitoring by the Department of Aviation; if so, at what stage are these tests.

(3) Is the Commonwealth considering upgrading the airport at Ceduna; if so, what progress has been made.

Senator Gietzelt —The Minister for Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Minister for Aviation is aware that Kendell Airlines had been unable to use their SAAB SF340 aircraft on flights to Ceduna because that aircraft type was not certified for operation from natural surface runways.

(2) Following an approach from SAAB Aircraft International Ltd the Department of Aviation has accepted the principle that SAAB SF340 aircraft may be operated on grass covered runways, subject to certain operational restrictions being observed, prior to formal testing of the aircraft type on such surfaces. A suitable flight manual amendment authorising this arrangement will be prepared in the near future.

(3) The Commonwealth has no immediate plans to upgrade the aerodrome at Ceduna.