This Day in History: 2002-05-16

On 16 May 2002 the Federal Government released its response to the recommendations of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee Report on the Administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority: Matters related to Arcas Airways. These matters largely related to procedural and legal actions. Arcas Airways, trading as Air Facilities, was a regional airline operating out of Albury providing regular services to Canberra since 1992, and air charter services since 1975. The company operated two Piper Chieftain PA-31s (VH-MZV and VZI) and one Cessna 310R (VH-SKT). It was discovered that Arcas had concealed unofficial defect books from CASA and thus were operating aircraft which were not legally airworthy. Source: Minister for Transport and Regional Services, The Hon John Anderson MP, Deputy Prime Minister. via website