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Thursday, 2 November 1967


Mr Hansen asked the Minister representing the Minister for Customs and Excise, upon notice:

1.   On what dates in the year 1966-67 did importers produce to a Collector of Customs the permission of the Minister for Shipping and Transport to import ships?

2.   On what dates did the Minister give bis permission?

3.   From what countries were the vessels imported, and what were the types and net tonnage?


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Customs and Excise has furnished the following answers to the honourable member's questions:

 

Retiring Age for Pilots (Question No. 676)


Mr Devine asked the Minister for Civil

Aviation, upon notice:

1.   What is the retiring age for pilots employed by each of the following companies:

(a)   Qantas Airways Ltd

(b)   Trans-Australia Airlines

(c)   Ansett/ANA

(d)   East-West Airlines

(e)   Airlines of New South Wales

(f)   MacRobertson Miller Airlines?

2.   If there is any difference in the retiring ages applying inthese companies can he say why this is so?

3.   Are pilots employed by these companies allowed to continue tofly commercial aircraft after reaching the retiring age? If so, under what conditions?

4.   Has his Department any specific provisions in relation to this matter? If so, what are they?


Mr Swartz - The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1.   The retiring age for pilots in the companies referred to are as follows:

Qantas Airways Ltd -50 years

Trans-Australia Airlines - 55 years

Ansett/ANA - 35 years

East-West Airlines - 55 years

Airlines of New South Wales - 55 years

MacRobertson Miller Airlines - 55 years.

2.   No. The determination of retiring age for airline pilots is a matter of company policy.

3.   Qantas have made provision for the services of a pilot to be retained after reaching retiring age on thebasis of yearly extensionsup to a maxi mum age of 55 years. Ansett/ANA and Airlines of New South Wales allow pilots to continue service after reaching retiring age on the basis of yearly extension up to a maximum age of 60 years. Trans-Australia Airlines, East-West Airlines and MacRobertson Miller Airlines have no provision for pilots to continue service after reaching retiring age.

4.   The Department specifies that a pilot who has attained the age of 60 years shall not act as pilot in command of an aircraft carrying passengers in commercial operations unless the aircraft provides for operation by two pilots and the pilot over 60 years of age is accompanied by another appropriately licensed pilot who is less than 60 years of age.







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