Discussion paper - Maintenance of limited category aircraft (DP 1618OS)

Closed 15 Sep 2017

Opened 4 Jul 2017


Maintenance of limited category aircraft is regulated under Parts 4 and 4A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) in conjunction with Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) and a number of legislative instruments. In time, all Australian aircraft will be transitioned to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) under the regulatory reform program. On completion of the transition, the CAR will be repealed.

If no change is made to the regulations dealing with maintenance of limited category aircraft, these aircraft would remain subject to existing provisions of CAR until such time as the CAR is repealed. At that time limited category aircraft would come under relevant CASR Parts dealing with maintenance of a wide range of general aviation aircraft.

Why We Are Consulting

CASA recognises the valuable contribution that industry consultation makes to the regulatory development process and issues this discussion paper as the first stage in moving towards a unified set of regulations for limited category aircraft. The discussion paper sets out three options for consideration and invites industry to help identify their preferred option for future regulation of maintenance for limited category aircraft.

Please read the related discussion paper before responding to the online survey.

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What Happens Next

When we have reviewed all feedback we will publish a summary of consultation, which will summarise the feedback received and detail our plans for future policy and consultation on this subject.


  • Air operators
  • Airworthiness organisations
  • Engineers


  • Airworthiness / maintenance
  • Limited category aircraft