In accordance with Section 26(1) of the Civil Aviation Act (1988), an aircraft arriving in Australian territory from a place outside Australian territory or; departing from Australian territory for a place outside Australian territory must not do so except with the permission of CASA.
Foreign operators certificates and permissions
- Foreign aircraft air operator's certificate
- Non-scheduled flight permission
- Section 27(A) permission
- Additional requirements
- Foreign air transport operators certificate - CASR 129 new rules
- Foreign AOCs issued by CASA
Any queries may be directed to International Operations during office hours: 2230UTC to 0630UTC (Brisbane - UTC+10).
Operators of foreign registered aircraft: ADS-B and implementation of RNP 1 and RNP 2
This guidance information is for operators of foreign registered aircraft on the new requirements for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) installation and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 1 and 2 Navigation Specifications (Nav Spec).
Foreign Operators frequently asked questions
- Does a private flight need a permission? (Private - non revenue)
The definition of a private flight is a flight by aircraft whose costs are met by the owner/operator i.e. operator is not conducting the flight for hire or reward.
No permission from CASA is required but the operator must check the AIP for additional information such as International designated aerodromes, noise restrictions, transport security plans.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is responsible for economic approvals.
- Does a charter flight need a permission to fly into Australia? (Charter - revenue non-scheduled flights, commercial - revenue non scheduled flights, commercial - revenue non scheduled cargo flights)
Under Section 25 of the Civil Aviation Act (1988) a non scheduled flight permission is required.
An operator is required to complete and submit an application form and a payment advice and provide supporting documents. The application assessment fee is $AUD570.00. Application form is available from email@example.com.
An operator can conduct only 8 non scheduled flights in a 12 month period. If they intend to conduct more than 8 they will need to apply for a foreign aircraft AOC.
- Is there a limit to the number of non scheduled flights that I can conduct?
Yes. An operator can conduct only 8 non scheduled flights in a 12 month period. If they intend to conduct more than 8 they will need to apply for a foreign aircraft AOC.
- How long will my application take to process?
Normally 5 working days is required to assess an application for a non scheduled flight permission. In certain circumstances, the assessment can be done in less than 5 working days.
- How do we submit our application form?
The application form and supporting docs can be submitted preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org - if this is not possible then you can fax the docs through to +61 7 3144 7599.
- Are some noisy jet aircraft banned? (Noise regulations)
There are new regulations which affect some marginally compliant chapter 3 aircraft operating into the following ports:
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns, Gold Coast, Newcastle (Williamtown), Essendon and Avalon.
More information and a list of the MCC3 aircraft are available at:
Tel +612 6274 7009
Fax +612 6274 7804.
- What permission is required to operate scheduled flights? (Commercial revenue scheduled flights)
Under s 27ae of the CAA Act a foreign aircraft AOC (FAAOC) must be issued to operate scheduled flights.
The assessment for a FAAOC can take up to 130 working days. Upon application an estimate of costs will be sent to the applicant. An estimated amount up to $AUD 8000.00 is required to be paid in full before CASA will commence the FAAOC assessment.
This estimate is based on the average time taken to assess and issue an FAAOC using a standard hourly rate. The final cost may vary according to the complexity of your application and the time taken to complete the assessment. If your application takes longer to process than the estimated rate allows an additional cost may be incurred. Likewise, CASA will refund the difference if the actual cost is less than the payment made in advance.
Application forms are available on the web (Form 073) or can be obtained from email@example.com.
The application form can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we prefer the supporting documentation/manuals to be on a CD and sent by courier to CASA International Operations, 12-14 The Circuit, Brisbane Airport QLD 4007.
The operator must also contact Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for information relating to economic approvals - International airline licence, transport security plan etc.
- I need to add an aircraft to the FAAOC, what do I do?
Contact email@example.com as you may need to complete an application form for a variation.
The form is available from International Operations. The fee of the variation is estimated at $AUD570.00.
- I need to add a new port to my FAAOC, what do I do?
You will need to complete an application form for a variation. Application forms are available from firstname.lastname@example.org The fee of the variation is estimated at $AUD570.00.
- My FAAOC is due for renewal, what do I do?
International Operations will send out renewal reminders approximately 60 days prior to the expiry date of your current FAAOC. A re-issue application form and a payment advice will be sent out at this time. The fee for a re-issue is $AUD570.00.
However, if you have any queries or require a form please contact email@example.com.
- Do tech stops require a permission?
An aircraft possessing the nationality of a contracting state does not require permission as such but we request that an operator notify CASA, giving details of the aircraft type reg and schedule and CASA will acknowledge.
- Do air ambulance flights require a permission?
Air ambulance operations are treated as a non scheduled flight and permission is required as per (2). Application will be assessed as a priority for the requested schedule.
- Do humanitarian flights require a permission?
Humanitarian flights are treated as a non scheduled flight and permission is required per (2) unless the flight is a mercy flight in which case notification is required.
- Does an overflight require a permission?
Australian Territory an aircraft possessing the nationality of a contracting state does not require permission under certain conditions. The operator is requested to notify CASA, giving details of the aircraft type reg and schedule and CASA will acknowledge.
- Where do I obtain an application form?
All application forms are available by contacting International Operations, (see contact section below) and will soon be available on our website. Currently form 073 FAAOC initial application is available on the CASA website.
- What documents are required when submitting an application?
The front page of each application form lists the documents that are required to be submitted.
- What if I have previously submitted documents?
If the documents that need to be submitted have been previously submitted and the documents are still current, then they are not required to be submitted again, but CASA must be notified of things at the time of submitting the application.
- How do I apply for a special flight authorisation?
Please contact International Operations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I apply for a permission for operation of foreign registered aircraft without an AOC?
Please contact International Operations at email@example.com.
- Do I need carriers liability insurance?
Yes, under the Carriers Liability Act 1959 sect 41e carriers are to be covered by acceptable insurance.
More information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What does CASA take into consideration when assessing an application?
Temporary management instruction (TMI) 2015-008 has been published to provide guidance to CASA staff, current and potential operators of foreign registered aircraft into/out of Australian territory. The purpose of this TMI is to provide guidance and clarification of the factors CASA International Operations staff are required to take into consideration when assessing an application for a foreign aircraft air operators certificate (FAAOC), or non-scheduled flight permission (NSFP).
Contact CASA International Operations
Go to the International Operations contact details page.
- From 2 February 2017, all Australian and foreign-registered aircraft operated under the IFR that operate in, or fly into or out of, Australia must be equipped with serviceable ADS-B. See surveillance for communication, navigation systems and air traffic management.
- New rules effective 20 April 2016: CASR 129 Foreign Air Transport Operators.