Interesting facts in 2014–15
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft was introduced to the Jetstar fleet, realising a seven-year project involving CASA and bringing state-of-the-art technology into the Australian aviation industry.
159 CASR Part 145 certificates (a prerequisite for engaging in aircraft maintenance activities for Regular Public Transport (RPT) aircraft) and 665 certificates of approval (a prerequisite for conducting maintenance on non-RPT Australian aircraft) were current.
CASA inspectors undertook four separate surveillance sweeps in north Queensland, the Torres Strait, interior north Queensland and north-west New South Wales, focusing on the crossover between private, charter and regular public transport operations, and on remote mustering operations.
CASA issued regulatory approval for two flights involving unmanned scientific balloons operated by the University of Wyoming for the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
379 balloons, including 11 special shapes and nine new amateur-built balloons, were registered in Australia, with 26 registered balloons certified to carry more than 20 passengers.
21 separate permissions were issued for aircraft to conduct fly-pasts over public gatherings during the 100th ANZAC anniversary celebrations.
15,287 aircraft were registered on the Australian Civil Aircraft Register.
CASA provided a total of 31 authorisations for State aircraft and non-scheduled flights for aircraft from 26 nations bringing participants to Australia for the G20 summit.
824 air operator’s certificates (generally required for conducting commercial flying activities in Australia) were current.
8,462 aircraft maintenance engineers were licensed, and 6,177 examinations for aircraft maintenance engineer licences were undertaken.
8,435 new flight crew licences were processed, and 24,484 private flight crew licences were current.a
25,564 medical certificates were issued or renewed.
349 Airworthiness Bulletins provided targeted technical advice to industry participants.
953 industry on-site visits were conducted by aviation safety advisors, who also conducted 105 AvSafety seminars for a total of 2,906 attendees and assisted with 131 safety workshops and meetings on regulatory reform.
153 aerodromes were audited, from a total of 192 certified and 135 registered aerodromes across Australia.
192 airspace change proposals were received.
114 temporary restricted areas and 54 temporary danger areas were declared for Australian airspace.
19 industry air shows, conferences and events were supported by CASA, and a total of $205,349 in sponsorship support was awarded to 18 organisations.
65 aviation safety videos were available for viewing on CASA’s YouTube channel.
CASA’s social media audience grew to over 14,000 followers.
3,908 orders were processed and 52,979 items were distributed via CASA’s online store, www.casa.gov.au/onlinestore, with a catalogue of 121 items available.
Eight CASA employees received awards recognising 20 years of service, and five were recognised with 25-year milestone awards.
a. now includes people holding higher licences, which were not taken into account in previously published figures