Non-scheduled and other flight permissions

If you are a foreign operator, there are a number of permissions you need to apply for if you want to operate a foreign registered aircraft in Australian territory.

Non-scheduled and other flight permissions

A non-scheduled flight is a flight over or into Australian territory that is not under the authority of an international airline licence.

If a foreign registered aircraft has the nationality of a contracting state and conducts a non-scheduled flight into Australian territory, they must not take on or discharge passengers, cargo or mail for reward without our permission.

If a foreign operator does not have the nationality of a contracting state, they must not make a non-scheduled flight over or into Australian territory unless they have our permission.

Operators must adhere to the conditions listed in the permission.

Operators wishing to conduct more than eight non-scheduled flights in one 12 month period may be required by CASA to obtain a Foreign Aircraft Air Operator’s Certificate.

National Aviation Authority approval

We won't consider a proposed operation unless the operator has approval from their own state authority.

Section 27(A) permissions

Under Section 27(A) of the Civil Aviation Act (1988), we can provide permission to operate a foreign registered aircraft on a regulated domestic flight. This permission can be granted where we have not permitted the use of an Air Operator's Certificate authorising the operation.

The use of Section 27(A) is limited by Section 27(A)(3) to no more than 7 days.

Applying for non-scheduled and other flight permissions

Operators wishing to conduct more than 8 non-scheduled flights in a 12 month period will be required to obtain a Foreign Aircraft Air Operator’s Certificate.

Applying for non-scheduled flight permission

To apply for permission to conduct a non-scheduled flight, you need to:

You should allow 5 working days from when we receive your application and documentation for the application to be processed.

If your non-scheduled flight includes some flights within Australia, you will also need to apply for a Section 27(A) permission.

Applying for a Section 27(A) permission

To apply for permission under Section 27(A):

You should allow 5 working days from when we receive your application and documentation for the application to be processed.

Fees

You must pay an application fee when you apply for a non-scheduled flight permission or Section 27(A) permission.

The fee estimate letter will be emailed to you once you lodge the application.

We will not start assessing your application until the fee has been paid.

Please see our service standards and fees for more details.

Additional requirements

There are some additional requirements you may need to know about. These are on the front page of the application forms.

Last updated:
21 Jun 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//licences-and-certificates/air-operators/foreign-operators/non-scheduled-and-other-flight-permissions
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