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CASR Part 133 – Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft

This Part applies to the operation of a rotorcraft for an Australian air transport operation.

The term rotorcraft means an aircraft in any of the following categories of aircraft:

  • helicopter;
  • gyroplane;
  • powered-lift aircraft.

An Air Transport Operation means an operation in an aircraft:

  • That is conducted for hire or reward or is otherwise publicly available; and
  • That is a passenger transport operation or a cargo transport operation.
  • A passenger transport operation is a transport operation in an aircraft involving the carriage of passengers, whether or not cargo is carried on the aircraft. A passenger transport operation does not include, cost sharing operations, aerial work operations or an operation for the carriage o passengers in an aircraft with a certificate of airworthiness other than a standard certificate of airworthiness.

Part 133 will consolidate into one Part of the new CASRs the regulatory requirements that will apply in addition to, or in substitution for, the general operating and flight rules prescribed in Part 91, when using rotorcraft for air transport operations.

Who Part 133 affects

  • Air Operators involved in current charter and RPT operations (passenger and cargo) in rotorcraft.
  • Personnel including flight crew members, ground and support personnel involved in the operation of rotorcraft that are currently engaged in passenger-carrying Charter or Low Capacity Regular Public Transport (LCRPT) aviation operations and the travelling public.

Key proposals

  • A specific structure for regulations relating to air transport operations using rotorcraft, with CASR Part 133 solely addressing these operations.
  • A single standard to be introduced for air transpsort operations, whether unscheduled or scheduled
  • The applicability and standards of CASR Part 133 are aligned to closely to Australia's obligations as a member State of ICAO and to CASA's hierarchy of priorities within the Classification of Civil Aviation Activities Policy for rotorcraft. These support a systems approach to safety by requiring rules to make clear who is responsible for complying with each rule and by ensuring Operators are responsible for providing guidance, training and monitoring for their personnel on how to comply with the regulations and the operator's policies when conducting operations under their Air Operator's Certificate.
  • In recognition of aircraft accident history and potential risk mitigators, improving the standards for air transpsort operations conducted under the Visual Flight Rules at night.
  • Linking the requirements for operations conducted under the Visual Flight Rules at night more directly to the safety risks of such operations and the requirments for IFR operations.
  • Establishing safety-based outcomes for overwater flights and the equipment requirements for such operations, and providing a greater focus for operators to Establish procedures, training and recency requirements that are most appropriate to the circumstances and complexity of their operations.
  • Establishing rotorcraft performance standards based on ICAO requirements that incorporate consideration of exposure to the potential for a forced landing, and that allow for risk management of this exposure through appropriate consideration of the likelihood and consequences of a forced landing event.

Part 133 operator's will require certification under CASR Part 119, with its requirements for: continuing airworthiness under an approved aircraft maintenance program, operational risk management under a safety management system, fatigue risk management systems for crew and procedural training and checking of flight crews under the operator's training and checking system either in-house or provided by an arrangement with a Part 142 certified training and checking provider.

Project management

Project Leader: Dale South - Senior Standards Officer -Rotary Wing

Standards Officer: Dale South - Senior Standards Officer -Rotary Wing

Project Sponsor: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager, Standards Development and Future Technology Division

CASR Part 133