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The term warbirds generally refers to ex-military, replica and historic aircraft. These are registered with CASA on the civil aircraft register. CASA still issues pilot licences, however an approved self-administering organisation oversees the airworthiness of warbirds.
Under new rules all ex-military aircraft will operate under a special certificate of airworthiness in the limited category. Historic and replica aircraft may operate under the same arrangements. Some ex-military aircraft will be eligible to hold an experimental certificate under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) 21.191 for air racing and research and development purposes only.
The special set of conditions for warbirds and other limited category aircraft are set out in Part 132 of CASR, which commenced on 28 January 2017. A six month transition period ended on 28 July 2017.
A passenger flight in a warbird can be conducted as an adventure flight. To find out more about adventure flights see adventure flight safety explained.
Limited category aircraft operational requirements
Limited category aircraft must be operated:
- under a manual produced by an organisation approved to administer the operations of limited category aircraft engaged in special purpose operations. CASR subregulation 21.189(3) sets out these special purpose operations
- with CASA approval for the aircraft to operate other than under a manual produced by an approved organisation.
A self-administering organisation is responsible for administering the airworthiness of limited category aircraft and the oversight of adventure flight operators in limited category aircraft.
Find out more about self-administering organisations.
Find out more about the new rules for limited category aircraft.
Find out more about being an informed participant in sport aviation.