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Featured: Proposed changes to the general operating and flight rules - Part 91 of CASR (NPRM CD 1511OS-2)

The proposed Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) and its associated... More

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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

We asked for feedback on a proposal to implement MULTICOM 126.7 up to 5,000 feet AMSL in low level airspace at uncharted aerodromes, and to expand the radius of common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) areas to 20 nautical miles.

The aim of the proposal was to implement MULTICOM 126.7 and enhance safety benefits for VFR and IFR aircraft, protect passenger transport operations and keep air traffic control transmissions separate from general transmissions at aerodromes.

You Said

We received 1,064 survey responses to this consultation and some written submissions.

Overall, 42.8% of survey respondents supported the proposal and 57.2% of respondents did not support the proposal. Respondents raised a number of important issues and concerns requiring further consideration.

The common issues, questions or suggestions were around:  

  • the extent of overlapping CTAFs
  • frequency congestion, either on MULTICOM 126.7 or within expanded CTAF areas
  • irrelevant transmissions from neighbouring aerodromes in expanded CTAF areas
  • procedures for inbound calls
  • radio carriage and workload implications for hang gliders and paragliders.

We Did

Due to the issues raised during consultation, CASA will not implement this proposal.

In acknowledgement of the broad support for the MULTICOM 126.7 component of this proposal, CASA is developing a new option that will be released for consultation later this month.  
 

We Asked

CASA published DP1618OS—Maintenance of limited category aircraft. Proposed Subpart 132.M of CASR—on the CASA website from 1-19 September 2017. The objectives of the DP were to provide owners, operators and maintainers of limited category aircraft with the opportunity to provide feedback on potential ways of regulating maintenance of limited category aircraft. Three options were proposed:

  • Continuing to have maintenance of limited category aircraft governed by the current rules.
  • Moving the maintenance requirements for limited category aircraft to Part 42 of CASR.
  • Having a dedicated Subpart 132.M of CASR dealing with maintenance of limited category aircraft.

CASA also consulted with stakeholders on 28 February 2017 at a public meeting held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Sydney.

You Said

22 online responses were received from industry participants in relation to the three proposed options. Of the 22 respondents, 17 provided their permission to publish their responses. The responses against the three options were as follows.

 

Option 1 - retain the present regulatory structure

No response                                        4

Unacceptable                                      10

Acceptable with change                      6

Acceptable without change                 2

 

Option 2 - incorporate the limited category aircraft maintenance rules into Part 42 of CASR

No response                                        4

Unacceptable                                      9

Acceptable with change                      8

Acceptable without change                 1

 

Option 3 - create a standalone maintenance Subpart 132.M of CASR

No response                                        0

Unacceptable                                      4

Acceptable with change                      10

Acceptable without change                 8

 

Outcome of consultation meeting held at Stamford Plaza Hotel 28th February 2017

18 industry participants provided unanimous support to proceed with development of a Subpart 132.M of CASR. Of these 18 participants, 9 stated by way of caveat that they would need to see the full policy detail before giving unqualified support to the proposal.

The support provided by industry participants at this meeting reflects the responses CASA received online.

 

Key feedback and policy changes

Predominantly, the feedback indicated that the development of a Subpart 132.M of CASR was the preferred option but respondents wanted to see further detail.

We Did

A detailed policy paper will be prepared and published on CASA's Consultation Hub.

Responses to the policy draft will be analysed and regulations will be drafted to give effect to the agreed policies.

We Asked

In August 2017, we surveyed readers of Flight Safety Australia (FSA) magazine about their preferences for delivery and frequency of FSA, which since 2012, has been delivered electronically, via an app for tablets, and the flightsafetyaustralia.com website. We wanted to assess reader’s preferences before making any changes to the magazine’s content and how it’s delivered.

You Said

Our readers said they felt the balance was about right in the coverage of aviation safety issues but would like to see more close calls and accident reports. They also said they wanted aviation safety information more often from the current bi-monthly app and news stories most days.

We Did

From January we are going to increase the frequency of articles including close calls and accident reports, with new stories every week and a monthly edition to download as well as topical news stories published daily on the news site.