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Wednesday, 18 October 1972
Page: 1695

Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Director of Safety for the Australian Federation of Air Pilots state that the average Australian airline pilot cannot cope adequately with one of the most common emergencies in aviation, that of an abortive take-off.

(2)   Is this statement correct; if so, what steps are being taken to rectify the situation.

Senator COTTON- The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   It is not known whether the Director of Safety for the Federation of Air Pilots made such a statement, but it is known that on 24th August 1972 he presented a paper entitled 'The Pilot and Air Safety' to a Symposium conducted by the Federation at Melbourne. The record of his presentation dealing with this subject does not refer to Australian pilots but quotes an American paper delivered in California in 1969.

(2)   The statement in Question 1 is not that which was made in the paper presented to the Symposium. The Department of Civil Aviation and the airline companies have paid particular attention to pilot training for this manoeuvre and a recent survey has shown that Australian airline pilots are meeting the required standards in the execution of the rejected take-off procedure.

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