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The prime minister doesn't like the new VIP aircraft



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2fc December 1989

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SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE SCIENCE & PERSONNEL THK PRIME MINISTER DOESN'T Τ.ΤΙΓΚ THE N E W V I P AIRCRAFT

" it has come to my attention that the Prime Minister isn't happy with his new VIP aircraft the RAAF Falcon 900, and has set the wheels in motion to have a RAAF Boeing 707 converted to a permanent VIP aircraft instead.

" The Falcon 900 was brought into use not two months ago at No 34 Squadron the RAAF's specialist unit responsible for the transport of regal and vice-regal dignitaries, foreign representatives and Australian Government officials.

" The Prime Minister is not happy with the Falcon 900 because it only carries 14, which means that he can't carry as many journalists and t v cameras with him as he could with the BAC-111, his previous VIP aircraft. The Falcon has only one toilet on board and I think that might also have something to do with itl

" It is my understanding that both Army and RAAF Movements have been tasked by the Government with costing the conversion of an RAAF 707 (which normally carries 160 passengers) to a permanent VIP aircraft with lounges and sections. RAAF sources confirm

that this cost would amount to at least $1.5 million. The 7 07's belong to 33 Squadron based at Richmond NSW, 34 Squadron based in Canberra does not have any 7 07's, however, it is my understanding that they have been warned out that one may soon be with them.

" The role of the 707 is primarily for troop and cargo movement, for aerial refuelling of the Fill and in due course the F/A-18 fighter if the Government White waper is to stay on track. To take a 707 permanently out o£ the service it is tasked for, will

lessen an already lacking D eter.:-·? Force capability. I question whether the Prime Minister ha a takwn this into consideration when he issued the instruction* for a costing of a 707 conversion.

" When the Falcon 900 was accepted formally into 34 Squadron at RAAF base Fairbairn the Chief of ·.hu Air Staff, Air Marshal Ray Funnell described the Falcon 903 a a a "beauty" with " the capacity to provide outstanding capability", quite obviously the

Prime Minister is not of the same opinion.

For further information contact Senator Newman on 003-341755 or 003-448286 COMMONWEALTH

PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

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Schedule of Determination_J|i/1989

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FLYING HOUR RATES : Effective from IS September 1989

AIRCRAFT DIRECT FULL

TYPE COST COST

$ $

RAAF

AIRTRAINER 548 1043

BAG 1-11 3849 8037

B707 8866 12031

CARIBOU 2956 4290

DAKOTA 1792 4119

FALCON 900 ■ 1529 1529

F/A 18 7338 42946

Fill 12623 24542

HERCULES 3061 4983

HS748 (TR) 2095 3256

HS743 (VIP) 3939 8096

IROQUOIS 3 401 6338

MACCHI 1772 2887

MYSTERE 3586 7076

ORION 5182 10461

PC 9 693 2446

SQUIRREL 1408 2369

WINJEEL 530 1367

ARMY

BLACKHAWK 2532 13823

KIOWA 643 1020

NOMAD 130 2 2152

PORTER 1059 1504

NAVY

WESSEX 5741 13174

SEAKING 5589 9704

SQUIRREL 1815 3244

BELL 206 1456 2453

HS748 2708 4026

The flying hour rates listed above have been developed for the purpose of cost recovery and are not to be used for budgetary or other cost estimation purposes.

If any questions as "to their application arise, please contact DCOST (652695).

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