Question NW1291 to the Minister of Transport
04 June 2021 - NW1291
Lees, Mr RA to ask the Minister of Transport
(1)With reference to the aircraft of the SA Civil Aviation Authority that crashed near George on 23 January 2020, (a) what (i) are the details of the aircraft that must replace the crashed aircraft, (ii) amount has been budgeted for the replacement and (iii) are the details of the specifications for the replacement aircraft and (b) on what date will the replacement aircraft be put into operation; (2) what are the details of any entity that is currently carrying out the legally required calibrations of airfield approach aids at airfields and/or airports around the Republic?
(1) (a) (i) – The details of the Aircraft that must replace the crashed aircraft are as per the tender specifications advertised on public platforms including the SACAA website on 20 November 2020. These specifications are public knowledge and can be accessed on www.caa.co.za
(a) (ii) – The amount budgeted for the replacement of the Aircraft as well as the Calibration equipment is R164 million.
(a) (iii) – The details of the specifications for the replacement aircraft are as per the tender – copy of tender specifications are attached herewith.
(b) Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the impact that this has had on SACAA’s financial position, the SACAA management supported by the Board took a decision to place the acquisition of the aircraft on hold for another year until the financial position of the SACAA improves.
(2) The current service provider performing the calibration work is Tamifield (Pty) Ltd. The successful service provider was disclosed as required and published on the SACAA website.