Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Saturday 26 May 1973, page 7


NZ tries for

aircraft market

By FRANK CRANSTON,

Defence cuid Aviation Correspondent

While Australian aircraft manufacturers continue a 10-yetrr wrangle over proposals to rationalise the industry in this country, a lusty overseas newcomer has served notice

of its intention to get a share of the Australian action.

Using as its basic weapons an aircraft rejected by Australia several years ago and a US machine similarly unsupported, the newly-reorganised Aerospace Industries of NewZealand has moved into the Australian market.

Already assured of basic business in repairs and maintenance from the 100odd Victa Airtourers flying in this country, Aerospace Industries also will launch an aggressive campaign on behalf of its Fletcher FU24 agricultural aircraft, one of the best in the business.

Its sale of CT/4 trainers to the RAAF also will ensure work in the spare parts and repair fields.

The Victa patents were bought from Australia after the Treasury rejected a tariff application on its behalf in 1966 and the Fletcher was purchased from the US when the original makers found they could not compete with giants such as Piper

and Cessna.

With large follow-up RAAF orders likely for the CT/4 and a booming market for agricultural machines in Australia, the New Zealanders appear to have judged their timing with precision.

Agricultural

aircraft

Only one agricultural aircraft, Transavia's Airtruk. is manufactured in Australia, and this has to compete, without assistance, with imports from the US.

Aerospacc, because it uses a high proportion of Australian components, could bolster a Transavia case for protection against the huge US companies, in the interests of preserving the domestic agriculturalaircraft industry.