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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister for Supply upon notice:

(1)   How many DC3 aircraft does the Department of Supply currently have in its possession.

(2)   Are there any plans for the disposal of these aircraft and, if so,to whom and at what price.

(3)   How many of these aircraft hold current airworthiness certificates.

(4)   For those aircraft without such certificates what is the estimated cost of the maintenance work necessary to bring them to the standard required for the issue of a certificate.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answers to the honourable senator's questions are:

(1)   Six DC3 aircraft are currently held by Department of Supply for disposal. Five are ex-RAAF and are at the RAAF Station, Laverton. Victoria, and I ex-Bureau of Mineral Resources is at Fairbairn Airport.

(2)   Tenders were invited publiclyfor 3 of the ex-RAAF aircraft but sales have not yet been effected. Tenders for the other 3 aircraft are expected to be invited shortly.

(3)   Service aircraft do not operate under DCA Certificate of Airworthiness conditions butto Service standards. These aircraft have been removed from the RAAF register and would require work to be done onthem before being placed on either civil or military register. The ex-Bureau of Mineral Resources aircraft does have a current Certificate of Airworthiness which is due to expire in October 1971. Renewal of this Certificate would necessitate a major overhaul of the aircraft.

(4)   The cost of bringing the ex-RAAF aircraft to Certificate of Airworthiness standard without change to their existing military configuration would vary with the circumstances of each case. An average cost of $15,000 per aircraft would not be unreasonable.

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