SUBJECT : DANANG SUUon Monthly Report for0
Reporte of hoctile activity during the month of February were limited to one email ground probe of tbe airbaae perimeter and Diner mortar attache directed at Marble Mountain, about ten allee south of Danang. No increase in eneay activity' was apparent during the TET holldeye.
No Southern Air Transport flights transited Danang during the nonth.
Inauguration of the utilisation of transiting international flighta for the shipment of Danang originating or terminating cargo Is now pending an Interpretationertain customs form. Although this form ostensibly is to approve the payment of overtime to customs inspectors, it appears to also include provisions for supplying them transportation and an agreement to comply with any terms the Director of Customs may deem necessary.
At the request ofoint meeting was held between company, AID and Embaaey to determine the feasibility of formulating written procedures to govern the routine aa pacta of the operation. No agreement waa reached due to the dlfferencee between the AID and Embaeey policies and methods.
remaining hosteilB^preaenxTyTayedout to provide acccusaxlaticos for fifteen personnel, but could be modified to increase this capacity ellghtly.
The normal complement of RON flight crew personnel dropped to sevenwo week period when the DAD/SGN early morninglight wasand theB waa reassigned temporarily to another However, duo to revised scheduling, and the return ofB,RON crew inombers will again be required and additional hostel capacity may be deeireable to handle contingencies. Hostel accommodations are no longer being provided for China Air Lines flight crewsoutine basis.
No further information has been received concerning AID plana to renovate the CCD warehouseasaenger terrdnal/flight operations office. One difficulty reported is that Embassy will not provide positive asaurances that the building will not be required in the future for cargo storage purposes.
The status of tho Concrete Paving/Drainage Ditch end the Passenger Terminal Renovation projects remains Indefinite.
payroll for the monthetty cash expenditures totaled j VN
ilavenue flight time declined eiijotantlally In February as ooaparad to any previous oonth. Contributingncluded poor weather, the rescheduling of flights on the part of AID, reduced Kabaasy requirement a, the lack of flying over the TET holidays and onlyB being assigned during the laat half of the aonth. Prospects for Marchittle more encouraging although Embassy is not forecasting any significant Increase in flying.
Tbe followingreakdown of flight tlaa generated by this station during Februaryi
Revenue looses for the monthfollows j
The Old Hoetel occupancy factor wast . COMHVNiaTlOMS
Interference on HF was again pronounced and reception ability was reduced accordingly during several periods. On one day it waa necessary to relay all meeaage traffic thru aha-Trang. Since both the Saigon and Danang iaproved transmitting antennas are ln operation, better reception than experienced waa expected.
The Monkey Mountain remote VHF/UHP relay wae out of aervice approximately thirty six hours due to maintenance on the power eupply.
Three ATEA telephone/intercom instruments arc- presently out of oorvlco due to broken dial gears. COMWC/SGN haa been requested to procure or fabricate replaceaants.
Incoming and outgoing messages71 respectively.
Traffic workload did not decrease significantly in February as had been expected. Inrojection of passenger handlingsreater number of departing passengers in February aa compared to January.
Passenger and cargo statistics for the month are as follows:
A general increase in air baae eecurity measures threatened to create problems for all personnel not in possession of valid pose In gaining access to the base. ew cays Americana were stopped at the gates to produce identification. Fortunately no company employees were unduly detained.
The VHAF Security Officer has stated thatarch, even flight crew personnel In uniform oustalid pass (many of which will expire in March). However, to date this policy has not been enforced.
Another peraonnel reduction was accomplished in February involving Security Guards, Hostel Maids, and GTD drivers. However, the cost savings will be offset almost completely by the recent Increase in meal per diem authorised for American flight crew personnel.
A potential problem may develop with tho local immigration authoritiesequirement that non-indigenous pereonnel have theirand extension of stay documents in their possession for possible residence checks. Compliance with this requirement, if enforced, will lead to serious consequences since employee passports are held in Saigon most of tiae for processing visas, work permits, extensions of stay, et cetera.
RHDotalrrivingeparting flights, as cooperedespectively in January. Delays attributable to aaintenanee totaled three. Only threeervices were performed, all8 aircraft. Two aircraft were placed on AG? status during the month.
fiGMD expended at totalanhours, ofere utilised in the maintenance or improvement of leased propertioe. Since KFA/SGN has advised that company furnished materials and eupplieo are required for all building maintenance and upkeep, with the exception of the USAJJ) warehouse, additional projects of this nature will be commenced In Harch.
) Signed bv WTXSTONC. CAMHftE Winston C. Cash re
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