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Tuesday, 25 March 1980
Page: 1004

Senator Colston (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science and the Environment, upon notice, on 19 November 1979:

How many aircraft are owned or leased by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, of what type are they and for what purposes are they used.

Senator Chaney - The Minister for Science and the Environment has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

1.   The Commonwealth Scientfic and Industrial Research Organisation owns the following aircraft:

(i)   A Fokker F27 which is operated by the Division of Cloud Physics and is used in connection with rainmaking experiments, study of cloud formations and the study of atmospheric pollutants.

(ii)   Two de Havilland Doves DH104s acquired recently for the Division of Soils.

One aircraft is being fitted out for aerial photography work and will be used principally in research programs investigating soil factors in the cereal land of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

The second aircraft is to be used as a source of spares for the operational aircraft.

2.   The following aircraft are leased by the Organisation:

(i)   Two Piper Navajo aircraft have been chartered by the Division of Cloud Physics for the specific period 1 5 July to 1 5 November in each of the years 1 979 and 1 980. These are used, in conjunction with the Fokker F27, for rainmaking experiments in the Wimmera region of Victoria.

(ii)   A Beechcraft B50 Bonanza is on charter to the Division of Atmospheric Physics and is used for monitoring air pollution in the Melbourne area.

The same aircraft is used, when available, by the Division of Process Technology for urban haze studies in the Sydney area and for atmospheric pollution studies at Mt Isa in Queensland.

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