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Wednesday, 25 September 2002
Page: 4926

Senator O'Brien asked the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 26 June 2002:

Since January 2000, has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority received any reports relating to breaches of flight and duty times by crew operating BAE 146 aircraft for regular public transport services; if so: (a) how many reports have been received; (b) in each case when was the report lodged; and (c) what action was taken in response to each report.

Senator Ian Macdonald (Minister for Forestry and Conservation) —The Minister for Transport and Regional Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has provided the following advice:

(a) and (b) CASA has received two Confidential Aviation Incident Reports (CAIR) forwarded from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The reports, dated 28 September 2000 and 4 December 2001, were received by CASA on 29 September 2000 and 7 December 2001 respectively.

(c) CASA responded to the report dated 28 September 2000 and advised that the issue has been raised with the Company's Chief Pilot during a scheduled audit. However, the evidence obtained was inconclusive regarding the matters raised in the CAIR report and it could not be positively established that a true breach of Civil Aviation Order 48 had occurred.

CASA further advised that the Chief pilot was counselled by a CASA Flying Operations Inspector on the issue raised and that future CASA audits would examine compliance in this area.

CASA responded to the report dated 4 December 2001 and advised that the matter would be considered as part of a scheduled audit of the company planned for February 2002.

Following the conduct of this audit, no significant safety concerns were identified associated with the operator's fatigue management arrangements.