Ageing Aircraft Audits Reports for Vigilant T1 and Viking T1

Stephen George made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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Dear Sirs,

I am a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and am conducting private research into the circumstances and train of events surrounding the airworthiness issues that led to the 'pause' in flying of the Air Training Corps aircraft fleet from April 2014 onwards.

I understand that 'Ageing Aircraft Audits' were carried out on the Viking T1 glider and Vigilant T1 motor glider fleets (that were subjected to this 'pause') in about 2009. I would therefore be grateful for supply of:

a. The content of the audit inspections, including inspection criteria and inspection pro forma, along with any formal instructions to the inspecting teams
b. The formal audit reports that were compiled and issued following the inspections.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen A George

MSC BSC CEng FRAeS Cdr Royal Navy (Ret'd)

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr George,

 

Please find attached letter in relation to your recent request for
information from the Ministry of Defence.

 

Your Sincerely,

 

Eleanor

Eleanor Preece

Defence Equipment and Support Secretariat

DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr George,

 

Please find attached response to your Freedom of Information request to
the Ministry of Defence.

 

Yours Sincerely,

Eleanor

 

Eleanor Preece

Defence Equipment and Support Secretariat

Dear DES Sec-FOI (MULTIUSER),

Thank you for your reply dated 15th May 2017 (Reference FOI2017/03339) to my Freedom Of Information Request concerning Ageing Aircraft Audit reports for the Vigilant T1 motor glider and the Viking T1 glider, both used by the Royal Air Force's Air Cadet Organisation.

You provided a copy of the 'Vigilant Glider Ageing Aircraft Structural Audit (AASA) Final Report' which was prepared by Qinetiq on 23rd July 2009. (Reference Qinetiq/CON/AP/CR0901174). However, you did not provide a copy of the ageing aircraft audit report for the Viking T1 aircraft, and in your response you stated that:

'We do not hold information on Viking glider'.

I am dissatisfied with your response. Page 56 of the Vigilant report, that you provided, confirms that the Viking T1 had an AASA carried out in 2000. The TAA for the Viking is required to hold an AASA report as part of their type certification process as well as their RTS Request submission to the RTSA, and therefore the AASA Report for the Viking T1 must be held by your Department.

I therefore request that you carry out an internal review into my original request, locate the Viking AASA Report which was carried out in 2000, and provide it to me without further delay.

Yours sincerely,

Stephen George

CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

Dear Mr George,

We acknowledge receipt of your email of 12 June and can confirm that an internal review will be conducted of your request for information (reference above).

The Department's target for completing internal reviews is 20 working days and we therefore aim to complete the review and respond to you by 11 July 2017. While we are working hard to achieve this, in the interests of providing you with a more realistic indication of when you should expect a response, we should advise that the majority are currently taking between 20 and 40 working days to complete.

The review will involve a full, independent reconsideration of the handling of the case as well as the final decision.

Yours sincerely,

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team

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CIO-FOI-IR (MULTIUSER),

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Dear Mr George,

 

Please find attached an Internal review for request FOI2017_03339.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

MOD Information Rights Compliance Team