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  • Proposed amendments to the rules for larger aeroplanes air transport operations - Part 119 and 121 of CASR - (CD 1806OS)

    The proposed new rules for larger aeroplane air transport operations aim to consolidate the rules into a single document suite and make them more operationally focused and easier to use. The larger aeroplane rules are applicable to multi-engine aeroplanes with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) more than 8,618kg or a maximum operational passenger seating configuration (MOPSC) of more than nine seats. They are also applicable to single-engine aeroplanes with a MOPSC of more than... More
    Closed 2 September 2018
  • Proposed changes to the rules for smaller aeroplanes air transport operations - Part 119 and 135 of CASR (CD 1805OS)

    The proposed rule changes for smaller aeroplane air transport operations aim to improve safety and consolidate requirements to make them more operationally focused and easier to use. The smaller aeroplane rules are applicable to aeroplanes that weigh less than 8,618kg maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and have a maximum operational passenger seating configuration (MOPSC) of nine or less. In 2016, CASA conducted a sector risk profile for this... More
    Closed 2 September 2018
  • Minor miscellaneous amendments to Part 66 Manual of Standards (CD 1803MS)

    The project intends to make miscellaneous amendments, editorial and/or machinery changes, to the Part 66 MOS and will: • make minor corrections to typographical errors in modules 7 and 15 of CASA’s knowledge syllabus listed in Part 3 of Appendix I • make minor corrections to existing units of competency, regarding their applicability to particular categories of licence and make minor updates to unit codes for some existing units of competency as listed in Appendix IV •... More
    Closed 5 September 2018
  • Flight Safety Australia - feedback survey 2018

    We are doing some research to help us grow the readership of Flight Safety Australia. Never read it? We really want to hear from you! We would also love feedback from our current readers. About Flight Safety Australia Flight Safety Australia is CASA’s flagship aviation safety magazine. It offers credible, informative and comprehensive content on all key aviation safety issues—safety management systems, maintenance, runway safety, human factors, airspace, training,... More
    Closed 23 September 2018
  • Manual of Standards for Part 149 of CASR – Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisations (CD 1710SS)

    Australia’s first regulation for self-administering aviation organisations was made into law on 12 July 2018. It provides a consistent and transparent regulatory framework under which organisations can be authorised by CASA to carry out self-administering functions as an Approved Self-administering Organisation (ASAO). It will replace individual agreements with several organisations. The Manual of Standards (MOS) for Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR), is... More
    Closed 21 October 2018
  • Draft CAAP 253-02 v2.0 - Passenger safety information

    CASA has produced a new version of Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP ) 253-02 - Passenger safety information: Guidelines on content and standard of safety information to be provided to passengers by aircraft operators. CAAP 253-02, produced under the provisions of section 14 Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.11, requires the operator of an aircraft to ensure that all passengers are adequately briefed on safety information applicable to their operation. More
    Closed 2 November 2018
  • Proposed Part 101 (Unmanned aircraft and rockets) Manual of Standards 2018 - (CD 1807US)

    CASA is seeking feedback on new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) operations (popularly known as drones). The proposed new rules aim to: prescribe requirements for RePL training course administration including requirements for RePL training instructors prescribe aeronautical knowledge and practical competency standards, for RePL practical training courses impose examination requirements for RePL training course... More
    Closed 18 November 2018
  • Draft CAAP 166-01 v4.2 - Operations in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes

    Following extensive consultation with the aviation community, we have finalised the policy in relation to the appropriate frequency to use in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes. To ensure the radio procedures will work in practice as they are intended, we have made some editorial changes to consolidate and clarify the radio use guidance in the Civil Aviation Advisory Publication 166-01 (CAAP 166-01). Feedback on these changes is now being sought. Similar wording... More
    Closed 16 January 2019
  • Part 43 - Maintenance of general aviation and aerial work aircraft (CD 1812SS)

    The proposed new maintenance regulations for general aviation (GA) seek to meet an overarching objective of streamlining maintenance requirements, minimise regulatory burden and reduce costs while maintaining the high aviation standards expected by all Australians. In August 2018 we conducted a consultation that asked respondents to identify current challenges they experienced in GA maintenance and opportunities to improve Australia's regulatory system. Respondents were also asked to... More
    Closed 31 January 2019
  • Proposed safety standard - Community service flights (CD 1814OS)

    CASA is proposing to introduce a new minimum safety standard for community service flights (CSF). The new standard relates to: licensing and medical requirements for pilots minimum CSF pilot experience a requirement that flights at night be conducted under the instrument flight rules (IFR) maintenance-related enhancements consistent with requirements governing similar operations in Australia. CASA believes that... More
    Closed 31 January 2019
  • Modernising Australia’s fatigue rules - proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 - (CD 1811OS)

    CASA’s response to the independent review of fatigue rules identified 54 actions to address the review team recommendations. The proposed Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2019, aims to address 12 of these actions to support the transition of high capacity regular public transport operators to the new rules by 30 September 2019. A further amendment to the rules may be required in 2019 to support the transition of other operators to the new rules by 26 March 2020. ... More
    Closed 10 February 2019
  • Draft AC 20-06 v1.0 - Defect reporting

    The purpose of this Advisory Circular (AC) is to provide guidance and information to people reporting defects discovered in aircraft or aeronautical products to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in accordance with Part 4B of Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) or Division 42.C.4 and Subdivision 42.D.6.2 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR). Draft AC 20-06 v1.0 replaces CAAP 51-1(2), as the CAAP only referred to aircraft maintained under the CAR. This AC will cover... More
    Closed 13 February 2019
  • Proposed new remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) registration and RPAS operator accreditation scheme (PP 1816US)

    In 2019, CASA proposes to introduce a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) registration and RPA operator accreditation requirement, as a way of monitoring the safe and lawful operation of RPAs. The registration and accreditation requirements are proposed to apply (with certain exceptions) to the following RPA: RPA more than 250 grams operated recreationally and all RPA operated commercially, including excluded RPA operations, regardless of weight. The... More
    Closed 22 February 2019
  • Amendments to CAOs 40.7 and 82.7 to align with regulation 5.01 of CAR 1988 (CD 1901OS)

    Currently, elements of CAO 40.7 Aircraft Endorsements (balloons) and flight instructor (balloons) ratings and CAO 82.7 Air Operators’ Certificates authorising aerial work operations and charter operations in balloons, are not consistent with the definition of hot air balloon size classes in regulation 5.01 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR). This has caused some confusion within the balloon industry in relation to: the privileges of a current Class 1 endorsed CP(B)L... More
    Closed 15 March 2019
  • Standards for helicopter devices used to conduct training in multi-crew cooperation (MCC) (CD 1813FS)

    With the commencement of Part 61 of CASR – Flight Crew Licensing, CASA introduced several changes to ensure Australian flight crew licences comply with the standards specified by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Annex 1 – Personnel Licensing. The changes included a requirement for a person to pass a flight test for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). As the flight test requires the applicant to demonstrate competency in both technical and... More
    Closed 28 March 2019
  • Update to aeroplane flight simulator standards - Part 60 Manual of Standards – Synthetic training devices (CD 1815FS)

    In 2003, CASA aligned technical requirements for aeroplane flight simulators with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Joint Aviation Authorities of Europe (JAA) standards. The Part 60 Manual of Standards (MOS) Chapter 3, was the result of a direct “cut and paste” of the standards detailed in: ICAO Manual of Criteria for the Qualification of Flight Simulators, Doc 9625-AN/938 Second Edition... More
    Closed 10 April 2019
  • Changes to air traffic control standards for parallel runway operations - (CD 1903AS)

    Amendments to: Part 172 Manual of Standards (MOS) CASA proposes to change the air traffic control (ATC) standards for parallel runway operations, including those in use at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) aerodrome, and in the near future, Brisbane aerodrome. Parallel runways enable busy aerodromes to efficiently and safely handle large numbers of aircraft movements. To ensure the safety of aircraft when operating in close proximity — as occurs during parallel runway operations —... More
    Closed 1 May 2019
  • Preliminary Airspace Review Hobart 2019

    Section 13 of the Airspace Act 2007 requires the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to conduct regular reviews of Australian-administered airspace. The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) is responsible for conducting these reviews on behalf of CASA. The OAR determines the need and priority for an airspace review based on information related to annual aircraft and passenger movements, aviation incidents and any feedback or information provided on issues related to airspace... More
    Closed 31 May 2019
  • Changes to publishing standards and calculation of visibility minima - (CD 1904AS)

    Amendments to: Part 173 Manual of Standards (MOS) Part 173 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) sets the Australian standards for instrument flight procedure design. The regulation and its associated MOS was introduced in 2003. CASA is proposing to amend the Part 173 Manual of Standards (MOS) to permanently set in place a longstanding temporary exemption arrangement relating to instrument flight procedure publishing standards, and to clarify the requirements... More
    Closed 2 June 2019
  • Airspace change proposal – Lowering Class E airspace for continental Australia

    The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA is currently assessing an airspace change proposal (ACP) made by Airservices Australia to lower Class E airspace from Flight Level (FL) 180 to FL 125 nationally (where the current base is FL180). Airservices Australia is proposing the change as part of its airspace modernisation program to standardise its approach to airspace management. This consultation makes reference to the ‘J Curve,’ which is the name given to... More
    Closed 23 June 2019
  • Airspace change proposal – Class E airspace trial – Ayers Rock Aerodrome

    The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA is currently assessing an airspace change proposal (ACP) made by Airservices Australia to introduce Class E airspace in the vicinity of Ayers Rock aerodrome. Airservices Australia is proposing the change as part of its airspace modernisation program to standardise its approach to airspace management. Airservices is proposing to trial Class E airspace above the existing Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) from 5,500... More
    Closed 23 June 2019
  • Preliminary Airspace Review Darwin 2019

    The airspace in the vicinity of Darwin, Northern Territory, is currently being reviewed to determine if the current airspace structure around Darwin aerodrome is appropriate and safe for aviation activity. The review will assess the suitability of the airspace from ground level to 6500 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) within 40 Nautical Miles (NM) of Darwin aerodrome and the risks related to aircraft incidents. The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA manages... More
    Closed 26 June 2019
  • Preliminary Airspace Review Broome and Karratha 2019

    The airspace in the vicinity of Broome and Karratha, Western Australia, is currently being reviewed to determine if the current airspace structure around their respective aerodromes is appropriate and safe for aviation activity. The review will assess the fitness for purpose of the airspace within 75 nautical miles (NM) of both Broome and Karratha aerodromes from the surface, up to Flight Level 180 (FL180). The Office of Airspace Regulation (OAR) within CASA manages the... More
    Closed 12 July 2019
  • Draft CAAP 48-01 v3.0 – Fatigue management for flight crew members

    Following extensive consultation with the aviation community, we have finalised the new fatigue rules under Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2019. Links to the latest rules and a summary of consultation, including CASA’s rationale for the changes are available below: Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2019 Summary of consultation on Modernising Australia’s fatigue rules - proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 - (CD 1811OS) ... More
    Closed 1 September 2019
  • Proposed changes to the dangerous goods rules – amendment to CASR Part 92 - (PP 1902OS)

    CASA is seeking feedback on changes to Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 92 – Consignment and carriage of dangerous goods by air. We would like your comments on the detailed policy before it is drafted into regulations. The changes aim to improve and update the regulations, making them easier to understand and comply with. This includes: changing provisions where interpretation has caused difficulties changing provisions which are difficult to... More
    Closed 5 September 2019
  • Proposed new rules for parachuting from aircraft - Part 105 - (CD 1909OS)

    The proposed parachuting regulations have been designed to be a discrete rule set for parachuting activities – a new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) Part 105. There are relatively few rules within the Part 105, largely consolidating existing requirements – for operations, maintenance, personnel, aircraft and equipment. Full details are included in the documents available under “Related” section below. Where new requirements have been introduced, they... More
    Closed 23 September 2019
  • Proposed amendment to Part 66 Manual of Standards aircraft engineer licensing training - (CD 1908SS)

    We are proposing to amend the Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS) to introduce a new ‘self-study’ training and examination pathway that leads to the grant of a Part 66 aircraft engineer licence. The proposed new pathway is an alternative to the current requirement to undertake licence category training via a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation. It will be similar to the CASA Basics examinations/Schedule of Experience scheme that existed under the previous CAR 31 licensing... More
    Closed 27 September 2019
  • Maximum Take-Off Weight increase for aeroplanes managed by an approved self-administering aviation organisation (ASAO) - (DP 1912SS)

    This Discussion Paper explores the policy proposition that an Approved Self Administering Aviation Organisation (ASAO) may administer aeroplanes with a MTOW greater than 600 kg up to a maximum of 760 kg, and that they conduct only recreational activities or flying training on the basis that the organisation demonstrates to CASA a capability of maintaining an acceptable level of aviation safety. The premise for discussion is for a change to the MTOW limitations that currently apply to... More
    Closed 28 September 2019
  • Give us your thoughts on our product OnTrack

    The OnTrack website was a safety education resource first published by CASA in 2010. It was designed to assist pilots plan flight routes and operate safely in and around controlled airspace at 13 aerodromes around Australia. Due to the many navigational changes at the locations found on OnTrack, the website is no longer available. More
    Closed 30 September 2019
  • Proposed new rules for sport and recreational aviation operations - Part 103 - (CD 1910OS)

    A proposed new set of regulations have been developed for sport and recreational aircraft administered by sports aviation bodies. These new rules cover flight operations, training and maintenance and are contained within the new Part 103 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR). These proposed rules will replace and consolidate the various exemptions from regulations that currently apply to private sport and recreation flying administered by sport aviation bodies. ... More
    Closed 30 September 2019
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