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Decisions - suspensions and cancellations
Recent enforcement decisions
We make safety-related enforcement decisions in accordance with the processes and procedures specified in our Enforcement Manual.
The table below shows a summary of recent enforcement decisions, the authorisation(s) affected by the decision, and a brief summary of the reasons for the decision.
It also indicates whether the decision is subject to an automatic stay under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, whether the authorisation holder has sought review of the decision in an external forum such as the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and the status of those proceedings.
|19 February 2018|
|Authorisation Holder||An individual pilot|
Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane Category (PPL-A)
Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane Category (CPL-A)
|Summary of decision||Following a fatal accident in North Queensland in January 2017, CASA conducted an investigation into the commercial flying activities of the pilot. This investigation established that the pilot had engaged in an ongoing pattern of conduct involving performance of illegal aerobatic and low flying manoeuvres on passenger carrying charter flights. This conduct had been ongoing notwithstanding that CASA had previously taken enforcement action against the pilot for the same conduct.|
|Is an automatic stay applicable?||Yes|
|Has the authorisation holder sought external review?||No proceedings have been commenced.|
|Status of review proceedings||N/A|
|6 February 2018|
|Authorisation Holder||Arafura Helicopters Pty Ltd|
|Authorisation(s) Affected||Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)|
|Summary of decision||
CASA’s decision followed a significant period in which CASA had employed targeted regulatory interventions in an attempt to improve the safety performance of the operator and its key personnel.
When these interventions failed to result in the required improvements, CASA decided to vary the AOC held by the operator to impose or extend a range of internal monitoring requirements and to require the removal of one of the operator’s key personnel.
|Is an automatic stay applicable?||No|
|Has the authorisation holder sought external review?||CASA’s decision has been appealed to the AAT|
|Status of review proceedings||On 12 February 2018, the AAT granted a stay of CASA’s decision to revoke its approval of the Chief Pilot’s appointment subject to a range of monitoring conditions. The matter will now be prepared for formal hearing.|
|30 June 2017|
|Authorisation Holder||Individual Pilot|
|Authorisation(s) Effected||Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) (PPL-H)|
|Summary of decision||
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding a fatal crash of an R44 helicopter near Cape Tribulation in North Queensland in April 2016 revealed that the pilot had contravened a number of provisions of the aviation legislation. This included flying after dark without an appropriate rating, flying without a valid medical certificate and engaging in reckless operation of an aircraft.
The pilot’s PPL-H was cancelled under the provisions of sub regulation 269(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.
|Is an automatic stay applicable?||Yes. This will remain in effect for five business days unless the pilot seeks review in the AAT and seeks a further stay of the decision.|
|Has the authorisation holder sought external review?||CASA has not yet been notified on any application for external review.|
|Status of review proceedings||The AAT will shortly list a hearing to determine the pilots application for a stay of CASA's decision.|