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Clarification of equipment rules for newly manufactured aircraft - Amendment to CAO 20.18
CASA has introduced an amendment to Civil Aviation Order 20.18 Aircraft equipment - basic operational requirements to clarify the intent of certain equipment rules for newly manufactured aircraft.
The change has been applied to CAO 20.18 subsections 9B, 9C, 9D and 9E, which outline the equipment requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) equipment and Mode S transponders in Australian registered aircraft.
The amendment to CAO 20.18 clarifies that equipment requirements applicable before, on or after 6 February 2014 apply to the date the aircraft was manufactured, not the date of first registration in Australia.
The change has been made to prevent any unnecessary fitment of equipment in older aircraft imported on or after 6 February 2014 as an unintended consequence of the rules.
If you have any questions about the amendment, please email email@example.com.
TCAS II 7.1 small aircraft - Pending amendment to CAR 262AE
CASA is amending Civil Aviation Regulation 262AE, which relates to the fitment of a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) in specific aeroplanes covered by the regulation.
CAR 262AE was intended to be applicable to newly manufactured turbine powered aeroplanes produced after 1 January 2014. The wording of the regulation, which refers to aeroplanes being first registered after 1 January 2014, can be interpreted to mean that any older aeroplane imported into Australia must be fitted specifically with TCAS II 7.1.
The proposed amendment will remove any wording that could be interpreted to mean the fitment of TCAS II 7.1 in older aeroplanes is mandatory.
CASA is making the amendment to the regulation because CAR 262AE was intended to be applicable to newly manufactured aircraft after 1 January 2014.
CAR 262AE covers aircraft engaged in commercial operations with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of more than 5700 kilograms but less than 15000 kilograms or that are certified to have a passenger seating capacity of more than 19 but less than 31 people.
Until the regulation is changed, CASA will provide exemptions for anyone importing an aircraft that is covered by CAR 262AE, with each exemption being considered on merit.
All imported aircraft purchased from a country other than Australia that is a signatory to the Chicago Convention (Convention on International Civil Aviation) after 1 January 2014 should be referred to CASA for possible exemption before making any modifications relevant to CAR 262AE.
To find out more about possible exemptions or any other details about the proposed change, contact your local CASA Certificate Team Manager based at any of CASA’s regional offices.