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Thursday, 20 April 1972
Page: 1277

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for Civil Aviation. In view of reports that New South Wales aero clubs are still pressing for a site for a general aviation airport, are negotiations proceeding with the Minister for the Navy to utilise the Schofields naval air strip for this purpose? Can the Minister also provide a definition of the term general aviation airport?

Senator COTTON - General aviation airports are ones fundamentally used for light aircraft and charter flying, and in some cases for commuter services, aeromedical purposes and the operation of private aircraft. They tend not to be airports where regular public transport services operate, normally being used for lighter aircraft in the fields I have mentioned. There is a strong content of aero club training at general aviation airports. That is the general aviation picture. We are looking at various alternative sites that could be available for a new general aviation field, but fundamentally it is a training field and private flying field for which we are looking, We have been looking at the prospects at Schofields. I have had some discussions with the Minister for the Navy, but they have not been conclusive and there is still a lot more work to be done. I have told the people at Schofields who run the aero club that this is the case.

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