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Older, noisy aircraft to be phased out

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News Release Hon. Laurie Brereton MP Minister for Transport ♦ Minister for Industrial RelationsT14/95 22 March, 1995OLDER, NOISY AIRCRAFT TO BE PHASED OUTThe Federal Government today welcomed An sett’s announcement that it will expand and accelerate its fleet renewal program in order to reduce the noise impact of older generation aircraft on residents living near Sydney Airport.Transport Minister, Laurie Brereton, said that following discussions with Ansett, the airline had decided to bring forward its fleet renewal program to achieve the earlier retirement o f its F 281000 and 3000 series aircraft. Ansett has also agreed to significantly reduce the movement of its Chapter 2 aircraft through Sydney.This follows a number o f other measures introduced recently at Sydney Airport which include steeper climbs, compliance with narrowed flight corridors and increased flexibility in the downwind threshold in stable conditions.Ansett’s announcement is consistent with the Government’s legislation to phase out old generation (Chapter 2) noisy aircraft types across Australia from Saturday, 1 April, 1995.The key features of the phase-out program adopted by the Government are:• the progressive phase-out of all Chapter 2 jet aircraft commencing on 1 April, 1995 with all non-Chapter 3 jet aircraft (modem generation jets) prohibited from operating in Australian airspace after 31 March, 2002;• any Chapter 2 aircraft which turns 25 years old after 1 April will be banned while any Chapter 2 aircraft which is already 25 will have to cease flying from 1 April; and• wide bodied aircraft with high by pass engines are only permitted to operate until 31 March, 2002.In order to avoid an influx of Chapter 2 aircraft during the phase-out program, there will be:• no domestic operations by foreign registered Chapter 2 subsonic jets; anda prohibition on operations by Chapter 2 aircraft added to the Australian aircraft register after 1 January, 1991.2/ 5 4 0 7

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has already taken steps to replace its two remaining Chapter 2 aircraft by the end of this year, ahead of the phase-out schedule. These aircraft are involved in navigational aid calibration work.

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