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Recent airworthiness and registration amendments
The Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Maintenance and Other Matters) Regulation 2013 package was approved by the Australian Government’s Federal Executive Council on 12 December 2013.
The amendment package commenced on 18 December 2013 and needs to be read in conjunction with Parts 42 and 145 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
CASA has listened to feedback and requests from the aviation industry and made changes to the regulations that are expected to reduce costs, improve safety and achieve efficiency gains. The changes include permission for Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs) and Approved Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) to manage the continuing airworthiness and maintenance requirements for aircraft other than regular public transport aircraft.
The amendments will:
- broaden the scope of privileges of aircraft operators and maintenance organisations;
- streamline CASA's processing of certain licences and associated ratings issued under CASR Part 66; and
- provide relief to owners and potential owners of aircraft from cancellation of an aircraft’s registration when transferring ownership within Australia if notification of registration transfer is not provided to CASA within the specified timeframe.
Summary of amendments
CAMOs and AMOs
The amendments will allow CAMOs approved under CASR Part 42 and AMOs approved under CASR Part 145 to provide continuing airworthiness management services and aircraft maintenance services for aircraft that do not operate as a regular public transport (RPT) operation and which are not covered under the provisions of Part 42 and Part 145 of CASR 1998.
Some aircraft operators with a CAMO may currently also have responsibility for managing the airworthiness of non-RPT aircraft. These amendments will allow; on a purely voluntary basis:
- a registered operator to engage the services of a Part 42 CAMO and add their non-RPT aircraft (such as aircraft used in charter, aerial work and private operations) to the CAMOs Part 42 approval; and
- a Part 145 AMO to provide maintenance services to non–RPT aircraft under the maintenance regulations of CAR 1988.
Applications for initial issue or changes to a CAMO or Part 145 approvals can be made using the following application forms:
How long will approval take?
Please contact your local CASA office regarding your decision to make an application as they will be conducting the approval and will be able to provide you with an indication of expected approval times.
Enquiries regarding applications can be made via the CASA Permission Application Centre (PAC).
For further information on the technical details of these amendments to CASR Parts 42 and 145, please contact Dave Skeoch (Part 145) or Ifte Ahmed (Part 42) by phoning CASA on 131 757.
Minor amendments have been made to Part 47 of CASR 1998 (Registration of aircraft and related matters). CASA will now be able to suspend registration rather than cancel it when CASA has not been notified of an aircraft change in ownership within the specified timeframe.
Part 66 licences
Part 66 of CASR 1998 (Continuing airworthiness – aircraft engineer licences and ratings) has also been amended to:
- standardise additional practical experience requirements needed for licences and ratings
- remove the requirement for licensed aircraft maintenance engineers to re-notify CASA of significant medical conditions when making aircraft type rating applications, even if there has been no change in their medical status from the time a licence was gained.