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Understanding the new aerodrome rules
New aerodrome rules came into effect on 13 August 2020. The following information will provide you with an overview of the new rules and where to get further information.
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The updated Part 139 regulations includes:
- Part 139 Consequential, Application, Transitional and Savings provisions (CATS) regulations
- Manual of standards (MOS) for the regulations and transitional arrangements.
Previously registered aerodromes have until 13 May 2022 to submit their new aerodrome manuals
Major international airports who need to have an Annex 19 Appendix 2 compliant SMS, including management commitment, safety policy, objectives and risk management have until 13 November 2021.
If you are one of the few registered aerodromes that is likely to reach the passenger or aircraft number triggers you have until 13 November 2022 to:
- develop an SMS, risk management plans, aerodrome emergency plans and exercises or wildlife hazard management plans
- conduct aerodrome technical inspection unless a safety inspection has been conducted in the year prior to 13 August 2020 in which case they will have until 13 November 2021.
The change summary captures the difference between the old and new rules.
There are a number of advisory circulars (AC) associated with the new rules available. You can find a schedule on the reviewing the rules for aerodromes webpage. Published ACs are available on our advisory circular page in the airspace and aerodromes section.
We will also be consulting on some of these, so make sure you are subscribed to our consultation and rulemaking mailing list.
We’ve created a sample aerodrome manual and guide to help you create and/or update your aerodrome manual. Don’t forget you can also use our free manual authoring and assessment tool (MAAT) to create and/or update your manual.
Our consultation hub contains the feedback from public consultation on the updated rules and hosts other relevant consultations.