Proposed amendments to Civil Aviation Orders (CAO 95-series) - Gyroplanes and other measures - (CD 2315SS)

Closed 20 Nov 2023

Opened 6 Nov 2023


We want your feedback on proposed changes to ensure the rules for sport and recreation aircraft (including gyroplanes) work as intended.

When the flight operations regulations commenced in December 2021, several 95-series Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) were amended to ensure their correct functioning under those regulations (mainly Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)).

To resolve issues and ensure Part 149 of CASR (Approved self-administering aviation organisations) and the CAOs function correctly prior to the end of the Part 149 transition period on 01 December 2023, we are proposing further amendments to the 95-series CAOs.

This consultation is seeking feedback on:

  • CAO 95.12 and CAO 95.12.1 – allow for a sport aviation body who is an approved self-administering aviation organisation (ASAO) to administer gyroplane operations and activities
  • CAO 95.32 – miscellaneous amendments to ensure the CAO is consistent with the operational requirements of CAO 95.55 and regulation 91.880 of CASR that apply to aircraft with an experimental certificate of airworthiness
  • CAO 95.55 – allow CASA to approve persons to conduct inspections on CAO 95.55 aeroplanes before their initial flight.

We are also seeking feedback on other minor changes to add clarity and ensure consistency with the certificate of airworthiness provisions of Subpart 21.H of CASR.

Why your views matter

Your feedback will help us make sure the proposed requirements are suitable, the final legislation is clear and it will work as intended.

Please submit your comments using the survey link on this page.

If you are unable to provide feedback via the survey link, please email for advice.

Documents for review

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

  • Summary of proposed change on CD 2315SS, which provides background on the proposed amendments
  • Consultation Draft - Civil Aviation Orders (CAO 95 Series) (Gyroplanes and Other Measures) Amendment Instrument 2023
  • MS Word copy of online consultation for ease of distribution and feedback within your organisation.

What happens next

At the end of the response period, we will:

  • review all comments received
  • make responses publicly available on the consultation hub (unless you request your submission remain confidential)
  • publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received and outlines any intended changes and next steps.

Feedback that improves on the proposal will be incorporated.


  • Flight instructors and flight examiners
  • Flight training operators
  • Pilots
  • Sports aviation operators
  • Amateur/kit-built aircraft owners and builders
  • Self-administering aviation organisations
  • Sport aviation bodies & prospective ASAOs
  • Aircraft owner/operator
  • Instructors and flight examiners
  • Gyroplane owners and pilots
  • Gyroplane sports aviation operators
  • Light Sport Aircraft, Lightweight Aeroplanes and Ultralight Aeroplanes owners and pilots
  • Light Sport Aircraft, Lightweight Aeroplanes and Ultralight Aeroplanes sport aviation operators


  • Airspace and infrastructure
  • Sport and recreational aviation
  • Operational standards
  • Private operations
  • Amateur/kit-built aircraft
  • Self administration aviation activities