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CASR Part 133 – Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft

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

Part 133 will affect operators of

  • helicopters
  • gyroplanes, or
  • powered-lift aircraft

who currently undertake charter passenger or cargo operations under CAR 206(1)(b) and who intend to undertake this operations under the CASR rule structure

Key proposals

The applicability and standards of CASR Part 133 are aligned 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.

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.

It will also:

  • Enhance the standards for air transport operations conducted under the Visual Flight Rules at night. By linking the requirements for these operations more directly to the safety risks of such operations and the requirements for IFR operations
  • Establish safety-based outcomes for overwater flights and the equipment requirements for such operations, and provide a greater focus for operators to establish procedures, training and recency requirements that are most appropriate to the circumstances, risks and complexity of their operations.
  • Establish 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.

Consultation Document History

20 August 2012

Consultation Draft of CASR Part 133 - Australian Air Transport Operations - Rotorcraft

This Consultation Draft closed for comment 17 August 2012.

View the CASR Part 133 history.

Current projects

Post-Implementation Review underway.

OS 14/08 – Categorisation of aeroplane and helicopter 'ambulance function' flights as Air Transport Operations

OS 99/45 – CASR Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft

Current rule

View the current CASR Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft

CASR Part 119 - Australian air transport operators - certification and management

CASR Part 135 - Australian Air Transport Operations - Small Aeroplanes

Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)

Operational Standards Sub-committee.