Changes to Part 101 - what you need to know

Date published: 1 April 2022

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Based on a recent consultation we’ve started to make changes to the CASR Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS).

Changes to Part 101 news article

The consultation was open from 15 December 2021 to 21 February 2022 and received over 250 responses from individuals and operators. An initial light summary has been published to the CASA Consultation Hub with a detailed summary of consultation to be published in the coming months.

Based on the feedback, changes to the drone rules, include:

Changing the way measurements are calculated in aerodrome no-fly zone boundaries

Previously, calculations were based on the relevant area within 3 NM of ‘the movement area of an aerodrome’. However, measurement from the movement area was not always easily represented. Instead, references to the movement area have been replaced by a more precise and more accurate concept of measurement of 3 NM from a point along a runway centreline (the measurement point). The measurement point concept brings precision, certainty, comprehensiveness and predictability to measurements.

Adjusting the rules for tethered operations at controlled and non-controlled aerodromes

The rules for tethered operations are being simplified and will be easier to apply. We are amending provisions and associated diagrams in Chapters 4 and 9 of the Part 101 MOS for tethered operations in the no-fly zone of a controlled and non-controlled aerodrome.

Deferring the date RePL training instructors need enhanced qualifications

We are deferring the date by which RePL training instructors must hold enhanced qualifications due to the impact of past COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. Regulations will be amended to extend the requirement date from 10 April 2022 by 2 years to 10 April 2024.

RPA or model aircraft used exclusively in test flights

We are removing the requirement for registration of RPA or model aircraft used exclusively in test flights for developmental, manufacturing, or maintenance and repair, purposes.

This is the first of many amendments that we'll be making to the CASR Part 101 and MOS during 2022.

An initial light summary has been published to the CASA Consultation Hub with a detailed summary of consultation to be published in the coming months.

Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//changes-part-101-what-you-need-know
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