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Aerial application operations (other than rotorcraft)
Transition to CASR Part 137
CASR Part 137 applies to aeroplanes engaged in aerial application operations other than rotorcraft. Rotary wing operations are not affected by this change and continue to be governed by the existing Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CARs).
CASR Part 137 replaces the provisions within CARs and Civil Aviation Orders that applies to fixed wing aerial agricultural operations. It also includes aerial application procedures such as firebombing and oil spills work.
CASR Part 137 took effect on 26 May 2007. There is a one year transition period ending on 25 May 2008. Fixed wing aerial agricultural AOC holders must transition to CASR Part 137 by the period end date in order to continue to operate.
- Operators must nominate to CASA expressing their interest to transition to CASR Part 137 using Form 1306.
- Your transition must be completed in time to allow a Part 137 AOC to be issued before 25 May 2008 or you must cease operations.
- An AOC holder cannot operate under CASR Part 137 until completion of the transition assessment undertaken by CASA and a new AOC has been issued.
To assist the transition process it is recommended that operators upgrade their own operations manual to ensure that it is Part 137 compliant, or that you acquire the Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) standard operations manual that is Part 137 compliant. Should you chose to use the AAAA approved manual your nomination must include a statement of differences for your operation.
Support for transition
CASA is working closely with AAAA to aid operators in the successful transition to CASR Part 137. Information sessions on CASR Part 137 and the transition provisions will be provided by CASA at various AAAA conferences. Details of these will be released by CASA and AAAA as soon as they are available. CASA will also present an information session at the AAAA National Convention in June 2007.
Briefing material on CASR Part 137 will also be available on the CASA website.
We encourage you to commence working on your own transition as soon as final guidance material is made available.
Comments on the legislation or transition process
If you would like to comment on the legislation or transition process, send an email to Rob Glenn.