Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hardy back in the air after misreading Civil Aviation Safety Authority letter

Hardy Aviation planes will return to Northern Territory skies today after what the airline says was a misunderstanding with regulators over its license.

All Hardy flights were cancelled yesterday when the airline thought it had been grounded by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

But Hardy says it misread a letter sent to it by CASA, which outlined concerns about its pilot training.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson says the regulator has raised concerns with Hardy but did not force it to ground flights.

"We've given them until Monday afternoon to respond so we can work through this in a constructive manner [and] can reach the right safety outcomes," he said.

"Naturally the Civil Aviation Safety Authority regrets any inconvenience to Territory air travelers."

Hardy says it will work with CASA over the coming weeks to resolve the safety issues the regulator raised.

Hardy's subsidiary, Fly Tiwi, remains grounded after two senior pilots failed a qualifications test.

The airline is confident safety issues with that service will be resolved soon.


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