Monday 15 September 2014
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Rex Airlines will be allowed to continue at Coober Pedy
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has been working closely with regional airline Rex and aircraft
manufacturer SAAB to better ensure the ongoing safe operation of Rex flights at Coober Pedy.
However, aspects of the arrangements that have been in place for the Rex SAAB 340 flights at Coober Pedy
do not provide for the appropriate continued management of safety on an 18 metre sealed runway with gravel edges.
An 18 metre sealed runway is classified by the International Civil Aviation Organization as a ‘narrow runway’.
CASA believes it is in the best interests of the travelling public to introduce new safety standards for all
narrow runway operations across Australia, including Coober Pedy.
These arrangements will include an assessment of the capability of aeroplanes to conduct safe narrow runway operations.
Where an aeroplane type cannot safely use a narrow runway one option is to widen the runway surface.
The Coober Pedy Council Mayor has stated:
“The runway at Coober Pedy will be widened to a 30 metre homogenous surface and there are a number of dedicated
people working to ensure this happens. Council's works department is ready to start work on the project
and I have sought in principle support from the state minister for local government and regional development to
undertake this work during the councils caretaker period.”
Given these assurances CASA will continue to permit Rex to operate the SAAB 340 to Coober Pedy while the
runway widening work is carried out.
CASA expects the runway work will be completed as soon as possible in the interests of safety.
There will be no additional restrictions on Rex SAAB flights to Coober Pedy, although those conditions already
in place to address known safety issues will continue.
It should be noted that leading aviation nations such as the United States, Europe and New Zealand do not allow
narrow runway operations under the arrangements that have been in place in Australia.
However, CASA believes it is in the interests of the Coober Pedy community to allow these flights to continue
in the short term because any restrictions could cause social and economic disruption.
Speeding mother detected at 176km/h near Coober Pedy
SA police News
A woman with two children in the car has been detected speeding at 176km/h on the Stuart Highway near Coober Pedy.
At about 9am this morning, the woman was detected driving a Holden sedan at high speed on the Stuart Highway 90kms south of Coober Pedy.
A motorbike officer on radar duties who clocked the woman at 176km/h in a 110km/h zone was unable to stop her and radioed
ahead to another police patrol.
A short time later another officer stopped the woman after she was detected at 145km/h.
The 34-year-old woman from Coober Pedy who had her two young children in the car, was reported for speeding and issued on the
spot fines totalling almost $2000.00
The woman was also issued a six months loss of licence commencing in 24 hours.
Superintendent Bob Fauser the Officer in charge of Traffic Support Branch said, "I would like to remind all
motorists statewide to obey all speed limits no matter what the area. Members of the State Traffic Enforcement Unit
have a state wide responsibility and they are regularly deployed to rural and remote areas."
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