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Tuesday, 9 May 1972
Page: 1494


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   How many applications for permission to break the 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew at KingsfordSmith Airport were made during 1971 to (a) the Minister, and (b) the Regional Director in New South Wales.

(2)   How many applications were approved by (a) the Minister and (b) the Regional Director.

(3)   How many applications were refused by (a) the Minister and (b) the Regional Director.

(4)   How many breakages of the curfew occurred without permission and what action, if any, was taken by the Department in respect of such occurrences.


Senator COTTON The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Initial applications for jet aircraft to operate within the curfew hours are usually made to officers of the Department of Civil Aviation by telephone and no record is kept of the number received. It is not possible therefore, to indicate how many applications to break the curfew were made during 1971.

(2)   The number of flights by jet aircraft which took place during the curfew period in the year 1971 and which were approved by me was 108.

The number of flights by jet aircraft which took place during the curfew period in the year 1971 and which were approved by the Regional Director. New South Wales Region was 201.

During the year 1971 there were 123,526 aircraft movements at Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport and the approvals given for jet aircraft to operate within the hours of 1 1 p.m. and6 a.m. represent a small, but nevertheless essential percentage of these movements. The majority, of departures and arrivals which took place during these hours were confined to the Botany Bay area.

(3)   As mentioned in the answer to question (1), information concerning the number of applications received is not available, so it is not possible to indicate how many were refused. However, I should stress that many applications are refused at the time they are received on the basis that alternative arrangements are desirable.

(4)   The number of flights by jet aircraft that occurred during the curfew period without permission was 3. Investigation revealed that the three events involving operations by jet aircraft within the hours of11 p.m. and 6 a.m. without permission resulted from misunderstanding on the part of operator. It had been assumed that approval was given for the flights in question when in fact such approval had not been granted. The matter was taken up with operator concerned and it is unlikely that there will be any repetition of these occurrences.







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