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Notices for flight training operators and flight examiners
1 April 2021
Additional time to complete examiner proficiency check
The exemption (included in CASA EX57/20) offering COVID relief to extend the due date for examiner proficiency checks has expired. To help flight examiners manage the return to their pre-COVID-19 proficiency check schedule we have made a new exemption.
View the exemption (CASA EX19/21) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
The following table outlines how the changes may impact you and the action you may need to take:
|1. Your EPC expired on or before 28 February 2020.||The eligibility requirements for the new exemption (CASA EX19/21) do not apply to you. You need to successfully complete an EPC prior to exercising the privileges of your Examiner Rating.|
|2. You last completed a regular EPC in or after March 2020.||There will be no change to the ongoing schedule of checking – you do not have to do anything until your next EPC is due.|
|3. Your last EPC expired in or after March 2020, and you have completed a substitute check.||In line with the new exemption your next proficiency check will be due 2 years from your last regular EPC expiry date.|
|4. Your last EPC expired between March 2020 and November 2021, and you have not completed either an EPC or a substitute check.||In line with the new exemption, you have been granted a further extension of time for your EPC due date. You are also able to undertake a substitute proficiency check until 28 February 2022.|
|5. You are a transitioning approved testing officer (ATO) and meet the eligibility requirements of CASA EX108/20.
This includes those transitioning ATOs who have been granted a 61.040 approval to extend their examiner privileges until 31 March 2021.
|Under CASA EX70/18 and CASA EX108/20 you are required to complete an EPC.|
|6. Your EPC expires between December 2021 and February 2022.||There is no extension to the date that you need to complete a proficiency check, but you are eligible to complete a substitute check on or before 28 February 2022. If you complete the substitute check, your next EPC would be due 24 months after the previous check expired.|
|7. Your EPC expires in or after March 2022.||There will be no change to the ongoing schedule of checking – you do not have to do anything until your next EPC.|
As described in Scenario 4 above, the new exemption provides further extension to EPC due dates. The following table compares the original EPC due date (column 1) and the end of the period (column 2) that you may continue to exercise the privileges of your examiner rating without having a valid EPC or completing a substitute check. If you complete a substitute check then your next EPC is due 2 years after the original EPC due date (column 1).
|Original EPC due date||Exemption expiry date|
|30 April 2020||30 April 2021|
|31 May 2020||31 May 2021|
|30 June 2020||30 June 2021|
|31 July 2020||31 July 2021|
|31 August 2020||31 July 2021|
|30 September 2020||31 July 2021|
|31 October 2020||31 August 2021|
|30 November 2020||31 August 2021|
|31 December 2020||31 August 2021|
|31 January 2021||30 September 2021|
|28 February 2021||30 September 2021|
|31 March 2021||30 September 2021|
|30 April 2021||31 October 2021|
|31 May 2021||31 October 2021|
|30 June 2021||31 October 2021|
|31 July 2021||30 November 2021|
|31 August 2021||30 November 2021|
|30 September 2021||30 November 2021|
|31 October 2021||31 December 2021|
|30 November 2021||31 December 2021|
25 August 2020
Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020
Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020, has been published and commenced on 22 August 2020.
The amendment regulation:
- Incorporates the provisions of the following eight exemptions:
- CASA EX15/20 - Aeronautical Experience Requirements for Grant of Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane Category) Exemption 2020
- CASA EX107/19 - Solo Flight Time Exceeding 3 Hours Between Dual Flight Checks (Student Pilots
- CASA EX101/19 - Helicopter Aerial Application Endorsements Exemption
- CASA EX33/19 - Flight Test Prerequisites (Certain Applicants for Air Transport Pilot Licence) Exemption 2019
- CASA EX159/18 - Authorised Flight Examiners Exemption 2018
- CASA EX114/18 - Flight instructors (Training in principles and methods of instruction) Exemption 2018
- CASA EX105/18 - Aeronautical Experience for NVIS Rating or Endorsement Exemption 2018
- CASA EX46/18 - Dual Flight Checks Before Solo Flights (Student Pilots) Exemption 2018
- Corrects administrative errors and addresses unintended consequences following the introduction of the flight crew licensing rules:
- prescribes a class rating and design feature endorsements for powered-lift aircraft – facilitating the introduction of powered-lift aircraft in Australia
- requires pilots seeking to conduct 3D instrument approach operations to demonstrate competency in 3D approach operations annually following the initial issue of their instrument rating or ATPL(A)
- ensure a person is not prevented from conducting a 3D instrument approach operation simply because their most recent instrument proficiency check did not include a 3D instrument approach
- ensure a pilot is not required to undertake further training and a flight review for a type of aircraft, covered by the relevant class rating, that CASA has added to Schedule 12, 13 or 14 of the Prescription of aircraft and ratings instrument, if they have prior experience piloting the aircraft as pilot-in-command
- changes to the minimum experience and supervision requirements for the helicopter aerial application endorsement
- inclusion of alternative ways for the holder of a night vision imaging system (NVIS) rating to demonstrate their competency to fly a type of helicopter using night vision goggles and satisfy NVIS recent experience requirements
- make consequential amendments to provide for the issue of the 1 000 ft aerobatics flight activity endorsement
- Extends the transition period to allow pilots to complete flight training for type ratings and complete the practical component of their instrument proficiency checks overseas for a further three years.
View the amendment regulations on the Federal Register of Legislation.
3 July 2020
Parts 141 and 142 – CASA approval for changes to kinds of aircraft
CASA made exemption CASA EX 77/17 in July 2017 to remove the requirement for Part 141 and relevant Part 142 operators to obtain CASA approval – in certain circumstances – when adding new kinds of aircraft.
The exemption has been remade as CASA EX100/20. Please note the terms of the exemption have not changed.
The exemption will remain in effect until 31 August 2022 or until legislative amendments are made to CASR Part 141 and 142.
View the exemption on the Flight crew licensing instruments pages.
22 January 2019
Exemption to allow certain flight examiners to conduct a flight test for the grant of a commercial pilot licence extended
CASA has remade the exemption (CASA EX146/16) which allows certain flight examiners to conduct a flight test for the grant of a commercial pilot licence despite the flight examiner making the certification that is required by paragraph 61.235 (2) (aa).
Under Part 61, a flight examiner conducting a flight test for a commercial pilot licence cannot be the person who certifies that the applicant satisfies the eligibility requirements to take the flight test.
The exemption requires the flight examiner to have prior written approval from CASA to conduct the flight test for the grant of a CPL.
View the new exemption (CASA EX159/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
6 December 2018
New exemption removes requirement for certain applicants of an Air Transport Pilot Licence with an Aeroplane category rating (ATPL(A)), to hold an instrument rating theory examination pass
We’ve published a new exemption for applicants of an ATPL(A) to remove the requirement for pilots holding an instrument rating—granted in accordance with Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA)—to pass the instrument rating theory examination (IREX).
The exemption also applies to flight examiners authorised to conduct air transport pilot licence with the aeroplane category rating ATPL(A) flight tests, permitting them to conduct the flight test for these applicants.
Under Part 61 pilots holding an instrument rating—granted in accordance with the TTMRA—are not required to pass the IREX and are exempted from the requirement to pass the IREX when applying for an ATPL(A).
View the exemption (CASA EX160/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
30 August 2018
We have published a new exemption to remove the requirement for certain holders of an instructor rating to have completed an approved course of training in the principles and methods (PMI) of instructions.
It also exempts Part 141 and 142 operators from the requirement to ensure that their transitioned instructors are authorised to conduct relevant training without the need for them to have completed the PMI training.
Part 61 introduced new, standardised requirements for pilots conducting training. In order to exercise the privileges of a flight instructor or simulator instructor ratings, transitioned flight and simulator instructors were required to have completed an approved course of in PMI, hold a Certificate IV in training and assessment or hold a tertiary qualification in teaching.
View the exemption (CASA EX114/18) of the Federal Register of Legislation website.
21 August 2018
Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing Measures No. 1) Regulations 2018, has been published and comes into effect on 1 September 2018.
The amendment regulations:
- facilitates changes to the helicopter licensing requirements to make permanent the 105-hour commercial pilot licence with helicopter category rating qualification option and removes the mandatory requirement for basic instrument flight training for non-integrated private and commercial helicopter licences.
- allows pilots to complete flight training for type ratings and complete the practical component of their instrument proficiency checks overseas for a further two years to enable CASA to consider appropriate longer-term arrangements.
- provide licence holders with more time to gain their Part 61 licence based on holding previous authorisations. It removes the urgency for CASA and licence holders to transition before 31 August 2018. Pilots need to be aware that from 1 September 2018, they may only fly if they hold a Part 61 licence. The same change has been made for the Part 64 aeronautical radio operator certificate.
View the amendment regulations on the Federal Register of Legislation.
13 August 2018
Manual of Standards amendment instrument now published
We have published the Part 61 Manual of Standards Amendment Instrument 2018 (No. 2).
The Manual of Standards (MOS) amendment instrument is required to support the planned changes to Part 61 of CASR due to commence on 1 September 2018. The amendment includes the 105-hour commercial pilot licence with helicopter category (CPL(H) and makes basic instrument flight training optional in certain circumstances.
The 105-hour CPL(H) qualification option, which has been an alternative training pathway during the four-year flight crew licensing regulations transition period, will be preserved.
The amendment to the Part 61 MOS includes the addition of a new schedule - Schedule 9 CPL(H) training for paragraph 61.615 (1B) (b) (non-integrated training courses). Changes to basic instrument flight training requirements are reflected in Schedule 1.
The amendment instrument comes into effect on 1 September 2018 at the same time as the amendment regulation—Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing Measures No. 1) Regulations 2018.
View the amendment instrument on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
13 August 2018
New exemption allows flight examiners and instructors to conduct flight tests, proficiency checks and flight training from a non-control seat
We have published a new exemption which authorises flight examiners, approval holders, approved testing officers and instructors to conduct flight tests, proficiency checks and flight training from a non-control seat to a limited extent.
Flight examiners, approval holders, approved testing officers and instructors are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the exemption prior to conducting any flight tests from a non-control seat, in particular the obligation to comply with Schedule 1 and EX83/18 subsections 4(2) and section 5.
The exemption allows the continued practice of conducting a flight test from a seat other than a flight control seat under certain limited conditions—removing any doubt of its legal validity.
View the exemption (CASA EX 83/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
27 July 2018
New exemption removes the requirement for a flight training operator to nominate alternative key personnel
We have published a new exemption (CASA EX89/18) to remove the requirement to nominate an alternative key person when they are absent or unable to perform their duties. It applies to Part 141 and Part 142 flight training operators.
Under the flight crew licensing regulations flight training operators are required to name in their operations manual or exposition alternate key personnel to carry out the duties when the position holder is absent or unable to.
The exemption removes the requirement for a flight training operator, and persons who apply for a Part 141 certificate or a Part 142 authorisation, to name in their operations manual or exposition an alternative person to carry out the duties of key personnel when they are absent or unable to do so. The operator is still required to include details of how they will manage the responsibilities of the position under the abovementioned circumstances.
The exemption recognises circumstances where it is unnecessary to have alternative personnel – for example, an operator conducting training operations on a seasonal basis.
View the exemption (CASA EX89/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
25 July 2018
Changes to the Part 61 flight testing and proficiency checking system have been introduced. A significant part of the changes involved prescribing new flight testing and proficiency check standards.
While the standards are essentially the same they are prescribed in a different format compared to the current Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS). The new standards provide more flexibility in the design and conduct of flight tests and proficiency checks.
The amendment of schedules 5 and 6 is part of a large body of work that has seen the implementation of the Flight Test Management system, updates to the Flight Examiners Handbook v2.1 (July 2018) and forms. Each part of the flight test and proficiency check system uses the same terms and format based on the new Part 61 MOS standards.
A compiled version of the Part 61 MOS, including this amendment, will be available in late August 2018.
12 July 2018
Indemnity arrangements provided to all flight examiner rating holders
On Monday 9 July 2018 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport announced that indemnity will be provided to all flight examiner rating (FER) holders. From 1 September 2018 Comcover will indemnify delegates, authorised persons and flight examiner rating holders.
His announcement follows the completion of a comprehensive review and public consultation into indemnity and insurance arrangements for approved testing officers and other industry delegates by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. CASA has been working hard behind the scenes to secure this decision as we understood the importance of this insurance indemnity for people working in flying training.
We are now working through the implementation details for this welcome policy announcement and will communicate further details as soon as possible.
Approved Testing Officer transition concludes 31 August 2018
All approved testing officer (ATO) delegations expire on 31 August 2018 as the transition period for the flight crew licencing regulations suite concludes.
If an ATO has not yet obtained a Flight Examiner Rating (FER) we will be granting them a FER and adding FER privileges to their Part 61 licence to match their current delegations. Transition for all ATOs will be completed by 31 August 2018 and their FER privileges will become effective from 1 September 2018.
10 July 2018
New exemption provides more time for ATOs to complete an EPC
Part 61 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulation 1998 requires the holder of a Flight Examiner Rating (FER) to have completed an examiner proficiency check (EPC) within the previous 24 months. ATOs are exempt from this requirement until their delegation expires on 31 August 2018.
To support the transition, we have published a new exemption (CASA EX70/18) for current ATOs who are transitioning to become FER holders on 1 September 2018. The exemption takes effect on 1 September 2018 and extends the time to complete your EPC.
The new exemption is consistent with previous arrangements (CASA EX133/16) which has set the EPC due date for already transitioned ATOs according to their month and year of birth. The intention behind both instruments is to avoid all transitioning ATOs having to complete an EPC at the same time.
If an ATO has already completed an EPC within the past two years, the exemption does not apply – they should continue to follow the current two-year cycle.
View the exemption (CASA EX70/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
28 June 2018
Exemption to allow pilots to log co-pilot flight time extended
CASA has extended the exemption for pilots to log co-pilot flight time when operating single-pilot certificated aircraft.
The new exemption continues to allow pilots to log co-pilot flight time for flights that are not required under the regulations to be conducted as a multi-crew operation, provided the conditions specified in the exemption are satisfied. The aircraft must be equipped for multi-crew operations and the flight must be conducted as a multi-crew operation using appropriate multi-crew procedures.
The new exemption commences on 1 July 2018 and expires on 30 June 2021, unless it is repealed sooner.
View the new exemption (CASA EX79/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
6 June 2018
New approval instrument permits Part 142 operators to continue to conduct flight training for single-pilot type rated aircraft
We have made a new regulation 141.035 legislative instrument - Conduct of Flight Training that was Formerly Part 142 Flight Training Approval 2018.
The new instrument will enable operators currently authorised under Part 142 to continue to conduct flight training for single-pilot type rated aircraft. The approval will continue until the Part 142 operator is issued with a new Part 141 certificate.
3 May 2018
Additional helicopter type ratings permitted as Part 141 training
Under Part 61, type rating training is prescribed as a Part 142 activity, except where types are assigned to Part 141 under a regulation 142.045 legislative instrument.
CASA has reviewed the instrument and is adding the 13 helicopters listed below to the instrument. This will allow type ratings for these helicopters to be conducted as a Part 141 activity:
- A109 (E, K2, S and SP models)
- BH222/430 (Model 222 and Model 230)
- BH222/430 (Model 430)
- BK117 C-2 model/EC145; BK117 D-2 model/H145
- SK76(SP) D model
- SK76(SP) A to C models.
A revised instrument reflecting the additional type ratings will be published on the CASA website soon.
1 May 2018
Exemption for dual flight checks before solo flights by student pilots extended
CASA has extended the exemption for dual flight checks before solo flights by student pilots.
CASA EX 46/18 comes into effect on 1 May 2018 and replaces the original exemption CASA EX78/15.
The new exemption continues to allow student pilots to conduct a solo flight if they have successfully completed a dual flight check within 30 days prior to the solo flight, instead of within the 14 days as required by regulation 61.115. The exemption also applies to flight instructors when authorising solo flights.
View the new exemption (CASA EX 46/18) on the Federal Register of Legislation.
11 October 2017
Exemption for new helicopter aerial application endorsement pilots
CASA has made a new exemption (CASA EX120/17) for pilots applying for a helicopter aerial application endorsement.
The exemption reduces the dual flight training in aerial application operations from 15 hours to 10 hours. As well, the exemption requires pilots gaining the endorsement under the reduced hours to complete an additional 10 hours of direct supervision.
View the exemption, (CASA EX120/17) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
4 September 2017
Transition of certain 61.040 approval holders to flight examiner ratings
From September 2017, CASA will be transitioning a number of 61.040 approval holders to new flight examiner ratings and flight examiner endorsements.
The decision to transition individuals has been made to provide greater clarity and consistency for people who have essentially been conducting the functions of a flight examiner without the benefit of the new rating or title.
To support the transition process CASA has made a new exemption (CASA EX121/17). The exemption reduces the requirements for the grant of the rating and endorsements, but a 61.040 approval holder must still meet any requirement specified in column 3 of table 61.1310 for the endorsement. The exemption removes the requirement to complete the flight examiner training course, the flight test and the interview as long as you have completed a CASA conducted professional development program (PDP) and an examiner proficiency check (EPC).
The following will apply if the approval holder also holds a flight examiner rating or approved testing officer (ATO) delegation:
- If an approval holder already holds a flight examiner rating and has completed the PDP, their 61.040 approvals will be transferred to their flight examiner rating with additional endorsements at the time they complete their EPC.
- If they also hold an approved testing officer (ATO) delegation then they can apply for a flight examiner rating and relevant flight examiner endorsements for flight tests and proficiency checks which are not covered by their delegation. They can hold an ATO delegation and a flight examiner rating simultaneously although the privileges cannot be included on the delegation and the rating. Refer to the 13 April 2017 update 'Approved testing officer delegations extended for another year' on this page for more information about the extension of approved testing officer delegations and indemnity protection).
CASA has written to all affected 61.040 approval holders to advise them of the new arrangements.
If you have any questions about the transition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the exemption, (CASA EX121/17) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
5 May 2017
Exemption for low-level rating requirements has been extended
CASA has extended the exemption for low-level rating requirements. The new exemption (CASA 48/17) continues the 24 month flight review rule and the aerial mustering endorsement recent experience requirements.
CASA EX48/17 came into effect on 1 May 2017 and replaces the original exemption CASA EX92/15.
The requirements have not changed, meaning:
- Low-level rating flight reviews are required every 24 months instead of every 12 months
- Aerial mustering pilots conducting mustering operations need to meet recent experience requirements.
View the new exemption (CASA EX48/17) on the Federal Registrar on the Legislation