Extended use of CASA Basics exams and Schedule of Experience (SOE) to qualify for a Part 66 aircraft engineer licence - (CD 2008MS)

Closed 13 May 2020

Opened 29 Apr 2020

Overview

The current COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions have affected the practical aspects of training and a candidate’s ability to sit exams. As a result, we recently announced a range of measures, including an extension for use of CASA Basics and schedule of experience (SOE), to help industry during the current changing and unprecedented COVID-19 environment.

The Part 66 transitional arrangements put in place under regulation 202.345 of CASR and specific provisions under the Part 66 Manual of Standards, will be amended to extend use of the CASA Basics/SOE for an additional 12 months to 30 June 2021. Post this extension period, the CASA Basics/SOE will be replaced by a new Part 66 self-study pathway currently under development by CASA. CASA will also improve the cessation arrangements by including additional transitional provisions. These provisions will allow CASA to continue to assess licence applications made on or before the new 30 June 2021 cessation date.  We are currently progressing the required regulatory changes through government.

These changes are encapsulated in the following drafts:

  • Draft amendment regulation - Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Part 66 Transition Extension) Regulation 2020 
  • Draft Part 66 Manual of Standards Amendment Instrument 2020 (No.1), which amends specific provisions in the MOS that give effect to regulation 202.345, which are consequential to the amendments that extend use of CASA Basics exams under regulation 202.345.

Policy objective

The objective and intent of the amendments are to:

  • ensure the CASA Basics exams and SOE will continue to be available until 30 June 2021
  • continue to provide a training pathway to obtain a Part 66 licence that covers a small aircraft or to remove exclusions from an existing licence or rating.

The regulatory changes will also enable CASA to continue to assess licence applications made on or before the 30 June 2021 cessation date.

Audience

The amendments will be of interest to:

  • Aircraft maintenance engineers
  • CAR30 maintenance organisations
  • Part 145 approved maintenance organisations
  • Part 147 maintenance training organisations

A copy of the draft instruments is available below. They are also included as fact banks in the relevant area of this consultation to assist further comment.

Why We Are Consulting

CASA recognises the valuable contribution that community and industry consultation makes to the regulatory development process. We will consider all comments received on the Draft amendments. Comments should be submitted through the online response form by close of business 13 May 2020.

All documents related to this consultation are attached in the ‘related’ section at the bottom of the page. They are:

  • Summary of proposed change on CD  2008MS, which provides background on the reasons for CASA’s extension for use of CASA Basics for Part 66 licensing
  • Draft Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Part 66 Transition Extension) Regulation 2020
  • Draft Part 66 Manual of Standards Amendment Instrument 2020 (No.1)
  • MS Word copy of this consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation.

Please read the consultation documents before providing your feedback in the online survey.

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Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

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What Happens Next

At the end of the response period for public comment, we will review each  response received through the online response form. We will make all submissions publicly available on the CASA website unless a respondent requests that their submission remain confidential. Information about how we consult and how to make a confidential submission is available on the CASA website.

When the responses to the consultation, for which consent to publish has been granted, are published, we will also publish a summary of consultation (SOC). The SOC will summarise feedback received, describe any intended changes and detail our plans for the amendment instruments.

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Audiences

  • CASA Staff
  • Airworthiness organisations
  • Engineers
  • School/Education/Aviation Theory Provider
  • Part 147 of CASR Maintenance training organisations
  • Part 145 of CASR approved maintenance organisations (AMO)
  • Regulation 30 of CAR maintenance organisations (CAR 30)
  • Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME)
  • Aircraft maintenance engineers (AME)

Interests

  • Airworthiness / maintenance
  • Airworthiness/maintenance (CAR 30 and CASR Part 145 maintenance orgs)