CASA delivers on aviation safety reform

Questacon and European Union hot air balloon at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular in March 2014

Yesterday marked a significant milestone in Australia’s aviation regulation development program with the final three flight operations Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) signed by the Governor-General.

The new CASR Parts streamline and modernise the rules for sport and recreational aviation, ballooning and parachuting activities in Australia.

CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody said this substantially completes a program that began 25 years ago, migrating the aviation safety rules from Civil Aviation Regulations 1988) and numerous other instruments to the CASRs.

“We have one of the safest aviation industries in the world and achieving this milestone is no small feat,” Mr Carmody said.

"Two years ago we had 10 regulations to complete the CASR suite," he said. "I made a commitment to industry that we'd get them done and today I am pleased we have finally got there.

“I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the regulation development program, particularly the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and associated Technical Working Groups in the past couple of years. It is testament to the willingness of the aviation industry to get behind our commitment to streamline the aviation safety regulations.

“Now a significant part of CASA’s focus turns to continuing to consult on the detail of some of the supporting standards and transition arrangements and preparation of guidance material to ensure the aviation community has the support they need.” The regulations are part of a suite of nine flight operations regulations that all commence on 25 March 2021, affecting every pilot and operator in Australia.


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