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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - I do not think it is correct that all aircraft in the United States of America are obliged to carry de-icing equipment. Many services in that country fly south where de-icing equipment would- rarely be required and these aircraft are probably never flown north where icing conditions can be frequently expected. It is most advantageous that aircraft should be equipped with de-icing equipment and I should like to see Australian aircraft so equipped. There is no objection to deicing equipment on the score that it reduces the pay-load by 50 lb. an engine. That is less than one-quarter of the passenger allowance and that consideration has not influenced decisions. I take the opportunity of saying that Australia is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization, whose standards have world-wide acceptance. The Department of Civil Aviation is doing its best to live up to them. I say with a great deal of confidence that Australia is nearer to acceptance and application of those standards than is any other country.

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