Draft AC 139.C-02 v1.0 - Aerodrome personnel

Closed 26 Jun 2020

Opened 12 Jun 2020

Feedback Updated 23 Jul 2020

We Asked

The revised Part 139 Manual of Standards (MOS) was made on 5 September 2019. The revised MOS introduces new roles of responsibility, and places further requirements on aerodrome operators to ensure appointed personnel have the appropriate competence through training, knowledge, qualifications and/or experience.

AC 139.C-02 'Aerodrome personnel' was drafted to assist aerodrome operators to:

  • identify all roles and responsibilities required by the MOS
  • understand the minimum level of training and assessment deemed necessary to ensure personnel appointed to carry out the required roles and responsibilities have the appropriate knowledge, qualifications and/or experience.

As past CASA surveillance activities identified a lack of understanding of other regulatory roles and responsibilities, the scope of this AC was expanded to include roles and responsibilities required under Part 99 of CASR - Drug and alcohol management plans and testing and Part 175 of CASR - Aeronautical information management.

Between 12 and 26 June 2020 aerodrome operators, consultants and internal CASA personnel, were invited to review the proposed guidance and provide comment. The consultation has closed and a summary of feedback is provided below.

You Said

Respondents

A total of 10 submissions were received—three from consultants and seven from aerodrome operators.

Seven respondents consented to their comments being made public, three requested their submission remain confidential. Of note, two respondents referred in support to another respondent's submission.

Summary of feedback

The following provides a summary of feedback received:

  • Further clarity was requested about the appointment of an Accountable Manager.
  • The introduction of PANS-Aerodromes raised concern, as there is no obligation under Part 139 to adopt procedural content described.
  • The necessity for a qualified trainer and assessor was cited as an additional cost burden. The cost of recurrent training was also identified as a concern.
  • Matters raised with respect to pilots operating airside, passenger supervision and the appointment of RV assessors who perform a specific function and who require specific assessment were not representative of the intent in which this information was provided.
  • Personnel engaged to perform technical inspections was identified as being outside the scope of this AC.

We Did

All comments provided by industry have been carefully considered and incorporated into the AC where appropriate.

The AC was amended to make clear that the method to ensure personnel are competent is the prerogative of the aerodrome operator. Reference to a qualified trainer and assessor has been removed and it was reinforced that for a person to assess another's competency, that person would be required to have current or recent experience, and/or comparable relevant qualifications in the area of competency being assessed. The five year interval for recurrent training has been re-instated, with a recommended period of two years retained as best practice.

Additional guidance was provided to clarify competency requirements for contracted work safety officers (WSOs). As each aerodrome operating environment is unique, demonstrated competency extends beyond the holding of a training certificate, and there is an expectation that contracted WSOs should demonstrate knowledge and skill requirements specific to the aerodrome site in which they are performing their duties.

To support the appropriate appointment of an Accountable Manager guidance was expanded. The Accountable Manager should be a person at the highest level within the organisation who is responsible for the aerodrome certificate, and for aerodrome operations and developments. The appointee must also have the necessary knowledge and appropriate level of authority to fulfil the role.

The transitional period for existing certified and existing registered aerodromes does not extend to the appointment of personnel. Whilst there is a delay in the requirement to submit administrative documentation to CASA, an aerodrome operator is expected to have, on the date of commencement of the new rules:

  • identified and assigned all roles and responsibilities that are required by the legislation
  • ensured the suitability of those persons appointed.

CASA would like to thank industry for providing feedback and comments in support were appreciated.

AC139.C-02 has now been published on our website.

CASA will monitor the effectiveness of the new Part 139 of CASR and the MOS with a view for further revision if required based on industry feedback and safety outcomes. A post-implementation review is planned to occur after the end of the transition period being 13 November 2022.

Published Responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

Overview

An amendment to Part 139 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) was made on 21 February 2019.

Effective 22 August 2020, the amended Part 139 of CASR:

    • establishes a single certification framework for regulated aerodromes (certified)
    • mandates that an aerodrome must be certified based on the publication of a terminal instrument flight procedure
    • sets out the standards for the construction, maintenance and operation of certified aerodromes
    • defines the requirements for aerodrome radiocommunication services at all aerodromes
    • requires the identification of hazards, on aerodromes and within the prescribed airspace. 

The revised Part 139 (Aerodromes) Manual of Standards (the Part 139 MOS) was published on 6 September 2019 and will also come into effect on 13 August 2020, replacing the Part 139 Manual of Standards – Aerodromes (version 1.14).

Advisory Circulars to Part 139 of CASR

Advisory Circulars (ACs) will be progressively published and circulated to industry to provide guidance in understanding the new rules.

Through this consultation process CASA invites you to review and provide comment on Draft AC 139.C-02 v1.0 – Aerodrome personnel.

This AC has been developed to:

    • assist aerodrome operators to identify the various roles and responsibilities required by the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, and the Part 139 MOS
    • inform industry of the minimum level of training and assessment deemed necessary to ensure aerodrome personnel appointed to carry out particular roles and responsibilities, have the appropriate knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Why We Are Consulting

CASA recognises the valuable contribution that community and industry consultation makes to the regulatory development process. For this reason, we are seeking feedback on whether the draft AC provides adequate guidance on:

    • the roles and responsibilities required by the CASRs 1998 and the Part 139 MOS
    • the level of training necessary to ensure appointed personnel have the appropriate knowledge, qualifications and experience to carry our particular roles and responsibilities.
       

A copy of the draft AC is provided below. Please read the guidance document before providing your feedback.

Comments should be submitted through the online response form.

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 consultation period, we will review each submission received through the online response form. All submissions will be publicly available on the CASA website, unless you request your submission remain confidential. We will also publish a Summary of Consultation which summarises the feedback received, outlines any intended changes and our plans for the ACs.

What Happens Next

At the end of the response period for public comment, we will review each comment and submission 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 AC.

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Audiences

  • Aerodrome owner/operators
  • CASA aerodrome inspectorate
  • Aerodrome industry consultants
  • Aircraft owner/operator

Interests

  • Safety management systems