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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2023

Senator KEEFFE - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Transport. I remind the Minister that we are approaching a period when low overnight temperatures regularly precipitate the formation of ice on the frames of aircraft standing in the open at airports such as Canberra, Launceston and Hobart. Can the Minister inform the Parliament what facilities, stands, pumps, chemicals and spray equipment commuter and airline companies have for the total de-icing of aircraft at such locations? What type of de-icing fluid is used? Are company engineers based at and on duty for early morning departures from all locations where aircraft de-icing may be required? What training do engineers receive in relation to the effect ice can have on the take-off performance of aircraft? What training are they given in the safe and effective use of de-icing fluids?

Senator CHANEY - I will ask the Minister for Transport to provide answers to those questions.

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