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Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation, The Hon. R.W.C. Swartz

The Department of Civil Aviation will add ten more low cost

navigation beacons to its network of safe flying aids,

The beacons - transistorised, 100 watt non-directional

beacons which give pilots track guidance - will cost 039,000.

This was announced today by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. Swartz.

Seven of the N.D.Bs would be installed in Papua/New Guinca

as the first stage of a plan to expand D.C.A's network of non-directional aids in the area.

The other three beacons would be established in Australia

on major inter-capital air routes.

Mr. Swartz said that the beacons were needed to meet the

rapid. expansion of all types of flying in Australia and

Papua/New Guinea.

The chief . advantages of transistorised beacons, apart from their low cost, were that they needed no elaborate building and

only minimum maintenance.

Mr. Swartz said that there were now more than 306 air

navigation aids installed throughout Australia of which 168 were

N.D.Bs of various types and ranges.



March 6Q 1968 - P.M.=