Written Answers. - Ministerial Transport.

Joe Sherlock

Question:

122 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Defence the number of occasions in the past five years in respect of the Gulfstream IV jet on which the aircraft has been unavailable as a result of mechanical failure or problems; the date, the location of the aircraft, the nature of the mechanical problem or failure and the time period for which the aircraft was out of service as a result in respect of each occasion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10913/03]

Joe Sherlock

Question:

123 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Defence the number of occasions in the past five years in respect of the Beechcraft Kingair on which the aircraft has been unavailable as a result of mechanical failure or problems; and the date, the location of the aircraft, the nature of the mechanical problem or failure and the time period for which the aircraft was out of service as a result in respect of each occasion. [10914/03]

The following table sets out the mission requests and missions completed in 2000 to 2002 by the Gulfstream IV jet.

Year

MissionRequests

MissionsCompleted

%Availability

2000

152.00

146.00

96.05%

2001

124.00

120.00

96.77%

2002

135.00

134.00

99.26%

There were 11 specific missions which were not completed by the Gulfstream IV due to unscheduled non-availability of the aircraft. Specific details for the period prior to 2000 are not retained on this issue.

Date

Location

Nature of Problem

Time Frame

3 Feb 2000

Baldonnel

Electrical Power Relay

2 Days

4 Feb 2000

Baldonnel

Electrical Power Relay

Included above

19 April 2000

Baldonnel

Converter unserviceable

2 Days

20 April, 2000

Baldonnel

Converter unserviceable

Included above

9 October 2000

No record available

15 October, 2000

Baldonnel

Damage to leading edge of the port wing

12 Days

2 February, 2001

Approach to Dublin Airport

Steer by wire failure – no nose wheel steering available on landing

1 Day

8 February, 2001

Approach to Dublin Airport

Steer by wire failure – no nose wheel steering available on landing

5 Days

11 February, 2001

Jet Aviation Basel – Switzerland

Repeat of above problem

Included above

8 November, 2001

Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, DC

Nose wheel steering failure

9 hours

15 December, 2002

Baldonnel

Electrical problem

1 day

The data requested by the Deputy in relation the GIV for 1998 and 1999 and the Beechcraft KingAir aircraft is not maintained in a manner in which it can be easily extracted. Accordingly, I have asked the Air Corps to examine the matter further and I will contact the Deputy in this regard as soon as possible.