PPRuNe Forums - View Single Post - Paul Phelanís article in The Australian on Fri 10 Aug.
Old 21st Aug 2007, 07:09
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novicef
 
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Old Aeroplanes.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said it had contacted the operators of 65 registered Aero Commanders around the country to see if they had had problems with their planes.

Five Aero Commanders are registered in
Tasmania.

But Mr Gibson said, at this stage, there was no need to ground the fleet -- most of which were more than 30 years old. "We are aware of the similarities (between the accidents) but we need evidence of a real problem and at this stage we don't have that," Mr Gibson said.
Operators too are not worried about the safety of the planes, which are often described as the "workhorses of the sky".

Tasmanian Aero Club manager Joe Miller said he and his pilots had no concerns about flying their Aero Commanders, which is the sister aircraft to the one that went down in 2004.

So what sort of response did Peter Gibson expect from the operators?

Tasmanian Aero Club manager Joe Miller said he and his pilots had no concerns about flying their Aero Commanders, which is the sister aircraft to the one that went down in 2004.

"They are built like a brick shithouse and we have not had any problems with wing fatigue or structural problems since we started operating them here," he said.


So succinctly put, a true GA manager.

Was the increase in MTOW requested to obtain an advantage in order to obtain a contract? The fact is that a number of these aircraft have broken up mid flight should question the wisdom of such an approval.

In the US, their country of origin, Shrikes are limited to a 3062kg maximum takeoff weight, but when they were imported here as used aircraft, the (then) Department of Aviation issued a "supplemental type certificate" allowing them to fly at up to 3357kg, the equivalent of three extra passengers.

Though CASA insists that test flights were carried out to prove the aircraft's capabilities, performance engineers from Gulfstream American Corporation, its manufacturer told Australian operators the assessment must be wrong.

"If we thought it would fly 10 per cent heavier, we'd have certified it at that weight, sold a lot more planes, and made a lot more money," said a Gulfstream engineer.


As the man said if they could have certified the aircraft at a higher weight they would have. CASA should seriously look at these and the other old, old aircraft like the PA31, C402 etc who have been around 30 years or more as to their continued viability (SAFETY).

If the ATO disallowed well off individuals to claim tax breaks when operating an aircraft or charter company at a loss, the number of shady operators would be reduced. At the end of the day itís all about money and knowing the right people. By that I am not implying the company concerned is shady but there are a number who would fit the bill.

Paul keep going with this, do not allow individuals with vested interests deter your reporting. Itís only individuals like you who bring incidents like this to the fore. Regardless of how well respected the owner of the company was or how knowledgeable on Shrikes he was, to my knowledge he was a LAME not a stress engineer a big difference. Perhaps you should frequent this forum more often and highlight through research the problems that GA has.



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