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Wednesday, 27 May 1987
Page: 3466

(Question No. 5322)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Aviation, upon notice, on 1 May 1987:

(1) When the Senior Examiner of Sport Aviation was appointed, was it stated to that person, his Department and the aviation industry, that the examiner would be the only officer employed in that section in sport aviation generally.

(2) How many staff are now employed in his Department (a) in the Sports Aviation section or (b) whose positions mainly relate to sport aviation.

(3) How many additional staff will be necessary if the flight crew licensing review proposal for the compulsory licensing of all sport aviation is adopted by his Department.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) No.

(2) Five, two in Central Office in Canberra, one each in New South Wales, Victoria/Tasmania and Queensland. These officers perform sport aviation related duties previously undertaken by Examiners of Airmen but, unlike Examiner of Airmen, have specific knowledge, background and training in sport aviation. As a consequence, the Department now has officers capable of providing the specialist advice necessary to ensure that it is able to respond properly to the needs of the twenty thousand sport aviation enthusiasts in Australia. Additionally, the Department has had, since 1962, an officer outposted to the Gliding Federation of Australia. It is unlikely that this officer will be replaced when he retires in the near future.

(3) It is not anticipated that there will be any overall additional staff required in the Department. My Department is presently reviewing the entire flight crew licensing system and has established a joint Department of Aviation/aviation industry advisory committee to develop recommendations. The desirability or otherwise of requiring persons engaged in some or all sport aviation activities to be licensed is obviously a matter for that committee to address.