Title Independent expert to check Avgas contamination test.
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Date 16-01-2000
Author ANDERSON, John, (former Member)
Citation Id HEN06
Cover date 16 Jan. 2000
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Independent expert to check Avgas contamination test.



Media Release

John Anderson

Deputy Prime Minister

Minister for Transport and Regional Services

Leader of the National Party


16th January2000



Independent Expert to Check Avgas Contamination Test


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has appointed an independent petrochemical expert, Professor David Trimm AM, to check the proposed test for aviation gasoline contamination.


The Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, made the announcement today.


“We have been working around the clock to develop a field test that can reliably determine whether an aircraft’s fuel system is contaminated,” Mr Anderson said. “The test must be completely reliable because it could be disastrous if a contaminated aircraft was allowed back into the air on the basis of an incorrect test result.


“Professor Trimm and his team have started work today (Sunday) on checking the test and validating its reliability, accuracy, and consistency. I can assure the industry that the test will be issued as soon as possible, but it is absolutely imperative that we get it right.”


Professor Trimm is an expert on the chemistry of petroleum processing, and has previously advised the Saudi Arabian, Kuwaiti, and Norwegian Governments. He is currently based at the School of Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry, University of New South Wales. Professor Trimm was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his teaching and research on catalysis and petroleum processing.


Mr Anderson said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) had already started its broadened inquiry into the avgas contamination.


“The ATSB has wide-ranging terms of reference, and is examining the possibility that there were previous avgas contamination incidents. I am advised that the ATSB has taken one sample of fuel that may have been contaminated some time ago. The sample is being analysed by Government scientists.”


Note: Professor Trimm will not be available for media interviews until after the validation process is complete. Media should use the contacts listed below or access the regular updates on www.casa.gov.au



Media contacts:

Minister’s office; Paul Chamberlin 0419 233989 (before 3pm and after 5.30pm Canberra time)

CASA; Peter Gibson (02) 6217 1015; 0419 296446



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