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Main differences in the approach of the new regulations
In general, these regulations are based around organisational approvals, with less reliance on individual approvals and delegations. The focus for CASA is on organisations' systems and the way in which they can demonstrate.
Gaining approval to operate under the Parts is contingent on industry demonstrating they can manage the risks associated with the requested privileges.
This demonstration is done via ‘expositions’ through which CASA can manage compliance by permission application assessments and ongoing oversight.
- Clearly separates the responsibilities for continuing airworthiness management (Part 42 CAMO) and carrying out maintenance (Part 145 AMO).
- Requires AOC holders to be the registered operator of the aircraft listed on their AOC.
- Requires AOC holders to be approved as a continuing airworthiness management organisation (CAMO) (Subpart G), including management structures and employee qualification standards.
- Introduces an Annual Airworthiness Review - containing both a records check and physical survey for each aircraft.
- Requires maintenance providers for RPT operators to be approved as CASR 145 organisations – both domestic and international.
- Introduces category A, B1, B2 and C licences.
- B1 and B2 are the primary licence categories and cover the majority of existing airframe, engine, electrical, instrument and radio combinations.
- Nationally endorsed competency based training underpins the licence qualification requirements.
- Introduces SMS in line with the ICAO SARP amendments.
- Introduces Human Factors training requirements removing an ICAO difference.
- Requires the consideration of human performance limitations - integral to the organisations processes and procedures. For example production planning to schedule manpower and workload.
- Requires the formal authorisation of staff carrying out and certifying for maintenance on the organisations behalf.
- Allows CASA to approve and recognise organisations delivering competency-based training for the issue of Part 66 licences and removes the current duplication with CASA exams.
- Type rating training is aligned to B1 and B2 licence categories.
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