Aviation agencies oversees work at Argyle airport – Gonsalves

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – The EC$652 million international airport under construction at Argyle has received all the requisite “go aheads in terms of what we are doing” from the requisite regional and international civil aviation authorities, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Tuesday.

“The International Airport Development Company they have been working hand in glove with the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) and also the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). These are regulatory bodies, you work with them on an on-going basis so that is anything you are going is wrong, you can correct it,” Gonsalves said at a press conference.

The press briefing was held at the end of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority meeting here.

Gonsalves said that when the airport is completed –expected in 2013 — ECCA and ICAO will do a final assessment before aircrafts can land at the facility.

“But you are working with them on an on-going basis. You don’t just do the designs, do the works separately and wait until the end. No, you have them engaged on an on-going basis and if you have to make any correctives, you do that on an on-going basis. That’s how the exercise is done,” Gonsalves said.

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11 thoughts on “Aviation agencies oversees work at Argyle airport – Gonsalves

  1. In 2009, the IADC purchased, from its own resources, 25 pieces of heavy equipment costing EC $12 million, namely: 17 Articulated Trucks; 2 Motors Scrapers; 2 Bulldozers (1 – D8 and 1 – D9); one Caterpillar 345 Excavator; one Caterpillar 330 Excavator, with Hydraulic Hammer; one Wagon Drill; and one Kobelco Crane.

    There is something seriously wrong with this cost [EC$12million]. Its about double what it should be.

    For instance the Terex Articulated trucks are ex British Military and were sold in the UK by UK government appointed agents for 1 £35,000 buy several for £32,000 each, or buy over 10 for $28,000 each.

    A fantastic buy with only 500 to 1000 hours usage, which makes them of almost new condition.

    The trucks at the airport originated from this source, I know because I checked at the time they were purchased posing as another buyer.

    Whichever of the UK government agents you chose to buy from the prices were the same and were set prices, I enquired by three agents.

    The cost of these trucks should be less than EC$2million.

    The other seven pieces of used equipment should not of cost more than EC$5million, and that’s on the high side.


    Did IADC buy this equipment off its own bat, if so who was responsible for arranging and orchestrating the deals?

    Did an SVG government officer and department arrange and conduct the purchase of this equipment?

    Was a Vincentian company or individual or firm involved in these transactions?

    Was any overseas Vincentian individual or company involved in these transactions?

    Was an SVG senator involved in these transactions?

    Was payment made directly to the vending owners or agents or was the purchase made through third party dealers or agents?

    I have official quotations in hand!

    Posted by Peter | June 14, 2012, 12:19
  2. Sorry I don’t believe any statement the Gonsalves makes, simply because he is a liar.

    Posted by Peter | June 14, 2012, 13:23
    • Sorry I don’t believe any statement you IDIOT make, simply because you write CRAP.

      Posted by fed-up | June 14, 2012, 19:03
      • FED-UP of NOT SEEING the FOREST for the TREES . . . ?!!!

        Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 15, 2012, 12:40
  3. FED-UP, be a man and talk about the AIDC purchase. Thats not crap it the truth.

    Posted by Peter | June 15, 2012, 07:00
  4. FED-UP, since when was the truth crap, stop being a coward and give us your real opinion, without you Marxist bias.

    Posted by Peter | June 15, 2012, 11:15
  5. FED-UP, we are waiting on you.

    Posted by Peter | June 15, 2012, 14:19
  6. FED-UP

    Posted by Peter | June 16, 2012, 07:46
  7. FED-UP, we are getting fed up with your cowardice.

    Posted by Peter | June 18, 2012, 12:19
  8. When I shut my mouth and walk away, it doesn’t mean that you have won. It simply means that you stupid fools doesn’t worth any more of my time!!!

    Posted by fed-up | June 25, 2012, 17:57
  9. FED-UP, Why? its not of any value.

    Posted by Peter | June 26, 2012, 20:49

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