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Tuesday, 19 August 1980
Page: 392


Mr Morris asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 1 5 April 1980:

(1)   For what specific purposes is the Boeing 707 aircraft being hired from Air Niugini at a cost of $1 1,905 referred to under contract 4/1 /373 notified on page 96 of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette of 26 February 1980.

(2)   What is the hiring rate per hour of flying time.

(3)   Did his Department consider using the 2 Boeing 707 aircraft of the RAAF's No. 34 Squadron used by the Prime Minister instead of hiring the Air Niugini aircraft; if so, why was the Air Niugini aircraft hired.


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

(1)   The Boeing 707 aircraft was hired in accordance with the Department's safety surveillance program, which requires Examiners of Airmen to maintain proficiency on the various types of regular public transport aircraft.

(2)   2,200 Kina = JA2.887.14 (at 12 May 1980).

(3)   Yes. It is highly desirable that aircraft used for type proficiency maintenance be operated by a commercial airline, as these aircraft represent the environment in which airline Operations are monitored by the Department. By contracting for the use of a commercial aircraft, it is possible to provide more effective check pilot surveillance, which is part of the Department's safety surveillance program.







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