Jets fitted with ‘gravel kits’ for FIFO

Fly-in fly-out carrier Cobham Aviation says it's fitting commercial jets with 'gravel kits' so larger planes can deliver mining workers to remote air stips.

According to Australian Aviation the kits protect the plane's undercarriage and airframe and allow much larger planes to deliver workers to gravel airstrips.

Cobham CEO Peter Nottage said the kits were a more cost-effective way to use large aircraft, and meant companies didn't have to spend millions developing a sealed runway.

"Until now, companies operating out of gravel airstrips were forced to use turboprop aircraft, with a limit of 50 passengers," he said.

Cobham said the gravel kits had successfully passed an 18 month test period and were being provided for a mining company near Perth.

Cobham also said it was in talks with other mining companies for a wider rollout of the technology.

Image: Cobham Aviation

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