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The rules covering minimum fuel requirements for all Australian aircraft will change from 8 November 2018.
Who do the rules apply to?
- Pilots of Australian aircraft
- Operators of Australian aircraft
Why change the rules?
- enhance aviation safety
- remove uncertainty between rules and guidance material
- better reflect industry views and international standards for fuel requirements.
What are the main changes?
- re-introduces a fixed fuel reserve requirement
- reduces reserve requirements for day visual flight rules (VFR) for small piston or turboprop aeroplanes
- requires pilots to conduct in-flight fuel management with regular fuel quantity checks and, if required, declare Mayday Fuel
- introduces 'additional fuel' which simplifies the planning requirements for fuel contingencies
- more closely aligns Australia’s fuel rules with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards and recommended practices.
Many pilots and operators are already complying with the new rules as they have been in our guidelines for some time. These changes remove uncertainty by clarifying what you must legally do.
Explaining the rules
We have released guidance material to help explain how the changes work in practice.
For private pilots operating under visual flight rules (VFR) only, there’s a draft of the fuel pages that will appear in the revised Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG).
CAAP 234-1(2) covers aircraft fuel requirements and includes sample calculations:
There is also guidance for preparing or amending operations manuals – revised pages of the advisory material as CAAP 215-1(3):
Please note: This material is in 'advanced copy (not yet in force)' form. It is anticipated the amendment as CAAP 215-1(3) will be issued on 8 November 2018, incorporating the fuel related changes.
View the full rules Civil Aviation (Fuel Requirements) Instrument 2018.
Last modified: 14 June 2018