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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 418

Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 5 April 1 980:

(1)   What is the specific purpose and function of the Airborne Omega navigation system covered under contract Cl/78/64 notified on page 94 of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of 26 February 1980.

(2)   Where is the system to be operated.

(3)   When is operation expected to commence.

(4)   What were the names and addresses of the unsuccessful tenderers for the contract.

Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) The purpose of purchasing the airborne Omega navigation receiver is to facilitate measurement of the characteristics of Omega signals in the airborne environment. The receiver will be used in a data acquisition mode, and is not intended for navigation use. The data collected is required by the Department to evaluate the application of the Omega system for airborne navigation in the Australian area. The airborne investigations are being conducted in addition to the Department's ground based Omega Signal Monitoring Program currently in progress.

(2)   The Airborne Omega receiver will be installed in a departmental aircraft used for survey of airways facilities, and Omega data will be collected as the aircraft travels throughout Australia.

(3)   It is expected that airborne data collection will commence in the second half of 1980. Collection is not dependent upon commissioning of the Australian Omega ground station. Data from all appropriate existing stations will be collected.

(4)   (a) Canadian Marconi Company, Montreal, Canada; (b) Norden Systems, New York, USA; (c) Tracor Incorporated, Texas, USA; (d) B. S. Stillwell Aviation (A/asia) Pty Ltd, Kew, Victoria; (e) Communications Components International Inc., California, USA.

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