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Notice given 11 September 2006

2484  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) With reference to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Amendment 167 to Annex 1 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and supporting Procedures for Air Navigation Services - Training (PANS-TRG) establishing a new type of flight crew licence to be known as the Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL): (a) which bodies have been consulted; and (b) what has been the nature of these consultations.

(2) Do any of these bodies have any commercial interest in either the provision of flight training or in the supply of equipment such as flight training simulators.

(3) For each type of aircraft involved in regular passenger transport, what are the current minimum requirements for a candidate to be issued with a commercial pilot’s licence.

(4) For each type of aircraft involved in regular passenger transport, what are the current minimum requirements for a candidate to be issued with an MPL.

(5) Has any body or organisation in Australia sought accreditation for a flight training course under the provisions of the minimum requirements for the issue of an MPL qualification; if so: (a) what is the legal status of any qualification issued; and (b) would these graduates be qualified to fly in Australian airspace.

(6) What legislative or regulatory changes are required to facilitate the issue of the MPL qualification.

(7) When will these legislative or regulatory changes be introduced into parliament.

(8) Are there any other jurisdictions that intend to implement the minimum requirements for the issue of an MPL qualification on 23 November 2006.