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All CASA flight crew exams require material that may be provided by the Invigilator or/and (required to be) supplied by the candidate.
Exam material 'provided' will be the responsibility of the approved Invigilator. Material 'required' of the candidate shall be the responsibility of the candidate.
CASA has introduced new fatigue management requirements in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019. Questions based on this Instrument will be introduced into exams, where appropriate, from 2 September 2019. Information, where necessary, will be provided to candidates in each question so they know which appendix to use.
Where the 'Permitted Material' for an exam includes 'CAO 20-95.2', this automatically includes CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019 and any subsequent amendment.
Exam questions are based on the current version of these documents.
Under CASR Part 61, all subject-part exams for a particular licence, are required to be completed within a 2 year rolling period. For example, to obtain a CPL-A Theory examination credit, a candidate needs to pass all seven individual CPL-A subject-part exams within two years from the date of their first CPL-A subject-part pass.
All material provided including scribble pads must be returned to the Invigilator on completion of the exam.
- The RPL and PPL exams
- The CPL exams
- The CPL (Balloon) exams
- The ATPL exams
- Flight engineer exams
The candidate is responsible for ascertaining what material will be provided and required for an exam. Unless otherwise stated, all exam material, such as Regulations, Orders and air publications shall be current for the date of exam sitting. Candidates are not permitted to borrow texts, documents, books or other materials from other candidates during an examination. It is the candidate's responsibility to provide their own documents, maps, navigation equipment, etc. as per the lists of permitted material for each respective subject.
The following material must not be brought into the examination room or used during the examination. The use of any of the items listed below, may result in your examination being terminated and action taken against you by CASA.
Material not permitted includes, but is not limited to:
- dictionaries of any kind or similar
- English translators of any kind or similar
- recording devices of any kind or similar
- commercially published or home-made (for example, material that is not published by CASA or Air Services Australia) content pages and indexes for CASA Regulations, Orders and the AIP
- manuals, publications, text, training books, notes, blank paper or any other type of forms except those listed on the permitted material list for your specific examination
- electronic devices including: pagers, mobile phones, smart phones, cameras, video cameras, cassette players, walkmans, laptops, electronic notebooks, IPads, IPods, MP3 players or similar
- electronic Flight Planning computers/devices or similar
- items not listed on the Permitted Material List for that examination subject.
All material provided by the examination invigilator for use by the examination candidate in the examination must be returned at the end of each subject examination. Examination candidates are not permitted to take any of their working paper or notes out of the examination room.
- Candidates are reminded that the examination content (questions and or answers) and all material provided to examination candidates for the purposes of the examination is only to be used for the sitting of the examination, and must not be copied or taken out of the examination room for study, training, or any other purposes. This includes all calculations, writings, drawings or scribbling done on the scribble pad provided. Failure to comply with this requirement may be grounds for a finding of examination cheating to be made against a candidate under regulation 298A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR). Where such a finding is made, then, pursuant to CAR 298A(5) a candidate is taken not to have passed the subject examination, and is prohibited from undertaking any prescribed examination for a period of 12 months.
- Pursuant to CAR 233(1)(h) a candidate may choose to use the Jeppesen Airway Manual as the examination reference over Airservices Australia documents. Only one set of examination reference material may be used during an examination, not both. If any differences exist between the Jeppesen Airway Manual and Airservices Australia documents which result in the selection of an incorrect answer by the examination candidate, CASA will not accept this consequence as a basis for an examination remark.
- Only one set of documents, from either Airservices Australia or Jeppesen but not both, may be used. This means that if you use the Airservices Australia AIP you must use the Airservices DAPS East and West approach plates, maps and charts, if you use the Jeppesen Airway Manual then you use Jeppesen approach plates, maps and charts. A candidate is not permitted to use combinations of Airservices and Jeppesen documents, maps and charts (including VTC, WAC and ERC) or approach plates except as listed in the table of permitted material for each subject. All other combinations of materials are not permitted.
The following FLIPs are equivalent to Airservices Australia documents and can be used by Australian Defence Force (ADF) members in exams:
- General Planning Australian and Flight Information Handbook – equivalent to the Airservices AIP
- Tags permitted: 15 in total across both documents
- ERSA – equivalent to the Airservices ERSA
- Tags permitted: 5
ADF members wishing to use FLIP in lieu of the Airservices Australia documents must produce a current ADF photographic ID prior to commencing their exam.
Only Airservices produced section dividers of permitted publications may be used; these must not contained training notes such as, formulae, explanatory notes, cross-referencing with other pages or publications, training aide memoires.
As there is no Airservices produced section divider for the April 2010 edition of CAR (1988) which is printed in 5 section volumes, the following may be permitted:
- Self-produced section divider (coloured card or similar material but with no notation other than the Volume description, e.g. 'Vol 2 - Part 5') to enable easy access to each of the 5 section volumes‘ content page, or
- each of the 5 section volumes may be secured in clearly marked folder (e.g. Vol 2 –Part 5).
Self-printed copies of the AIP, CASRs, CARs, CAOs, CAAPs, the Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger II Performance and Operations Handbook (pdf 21.65 MB), the S76 Performance and Operations Handbook (pdf 2.97 MB) and Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG – only for PPL and RPL exams) downloaded from the CASA website are acceptable subject to the following:
- The documents are approved for use in the particular examination, and are secured in a ring bound folder or similar, they must not be loose sheets of paper.
- The AIP, CASRs, CARs, CAOs, CAAPs and VFRG do not contain manuscript material, and are each in a clearly marked folder (e.g. CAR 1988).
- The folders do not contain other documents, notes or material.
- Self-printed copies are to be printed on paper no larger than A4 size.
Apart from the above mentioned AIP, CASRs, CAR, CAO, CAAP and VFRG, CASA does not approve use of other downloaded air publications such as ERSA, DAPS, etc.
CD-ROM of aviation legislation is not an acceptable alternative as the use of personal laptop or computer notebooks of any kind is not permitted during examinations.
Underlining and highlighting are permissible provided these do not include any form of notations. With effect from 10 April 2017, where specific publications are permitted in exam session, the maximum number of tags per respective publication shall be as follows:
- (i) CAR (1988), (ii) CASR (1998), (iii) CASR Part 61 and (iv) CASR Part 137 – no tag permitted
- CAO – no tag permitted
- AIP Book (or its Jeppesen equivalent) – maximum 15 (fifteen) tags
- ERSA – maximum 5 (five) tags
- Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) – no tag permitted
- DAP East and West – no tag permitted
- CAAP – no tag permitted
- Handbook and Operations Manual of exam aircraft model – no tag permitted
- All charts – no tag permitted
- Any exam-permitted publication not listed here – no tag permitted
Page tags must not carry more than just the topic headings of the page or section. These must be in the English language. Tags must not include notes or markings such as formulae, explanatory notes, cross-referencing with other pages of the same or other publications, sketches, diagrams, paste-on materials and training aide memoires.
Airservices or Jeppesen produced section dividers, including A – Z dividers, are not considered as page tags.
Important notice: Candidates who tag their exam-permitted publications (AIP book and/or ERSA) in excess of the stated maximum number or/and have made unauthorised notations on the tags will not be allowed to sit the exam until they remove the extra or/and notated tags.
The CAR required in flight crew exams is the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) part 61.
The term 'CASA documents or publications' shall include those documents or publications produced by Air Services Australia for safe navigation.
The term 'AIP Complete' may be found in an Exam Information Book. This includes all the following documents:
- AIP Book, including AIP SUP
- En Route Supplement Australia (ERSA) and Runway Distances Supplement
- Departure and Approach Procedures (DAP) East and West
- All Terminal Area Charts (TAC)
- All En Route Charts (ERC) Low and High
- Planning Chart (AUS PCA).
The designation 'AIP Book' in the previous paragraph, 1st bullet point, refers only to the AIP textbook containing Part 1 - General (GEN), Part 2 - Enroute (ENR), Part 3 - Aerodromes (AD), Index and any AIP SUP, but does not include documents listed in the other bullet points.
Visual Flight Rules Guide
The Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) is permitted for PPL and RPL exams only.
Note: The VFRG referred to here, and in these lists of permitted material, is that document produced by CASA and not by a third party.
What constitutes the Jeppesen Airway Manual
Where the use of 'Jeppesen Airway Manual' is permitted, the term refers to their 'Standard IFR Paper Services' sold by Jeppesen for IFR operations within Australian airspace. This includes:
- Text Pages: Introduction, Chart Legend, Chart Change Notices, Enroute, Radio Aids, Meteorology, Tables and Codes, Air Traffic Control, Entry Requirements, Emergency, Airport Directory, Terminal
- Enroute and Terminal Chart Change Notices Change Notices
- Enroute Charts (High, low or High/Low altitude)
- Area Charts - Expanded enroute chart of high density areas
- Terminal Charts (Approach Plates)
- Airport Charts
- Arrival and Departure Procedures (STARs and DPs)
- Divider Tabs
- Enroute Chart Pockets.
What constitutes ERSA
The word ERSA by itself means only the publication En Route Supplement Australia.
The term ERSA 'complete' also includes the Runway Distances Supplement. ERSA 'complete' is only required for CPL and ATPL exams.
When permitted, the term 'Nav equipment' includes:
- ruler (or straight-edge)
- non-electronic 'aviation wind triangle and circular slide rule' computer. eg Jeppesen Sanderson CR or other brands of similar type or a manual slide rule (if the candidate so prefers it).
(Only one of the manual pilot computers may be taken in) (Electronic flight planning device/computer is not permitted in place of Jeppesen CR or a manual slide rule) (Candidates should read the Exam Information Book, where available, for more detailed description of permissible nav equipment.)
From 1 September 2016, where a calculator is part of the permitted material for an exam, candidates will be permitted to use their own calculator. The calculator permitted is limited to a 'Basic calculator'.The term 'Basic calculator' for the purposes of these exams is defined as one which only has:
- four functions (+, -, x and ÷)
- a square root function ( √ )
- a single memory
- a percentage key (%) is optional.
It must not be programmable or an 'aviation computer' capable of doing CAS/TAS/MN conversions or solving of aviation type problems; such as determining ground speeds, required heading, wind components or in-flight winds.
Where a candidate is sitting their exam at an Aspeq venue, Aspeq will maintain their stock of calculators, so in the event of a candidate's own calculator failing, the candidate would be able to borrow a calculator in order to complete their examination.
A pen, pencil and eraser, and a ruler in exams requiring plotting and graphical work, are part of the material provided by the Invigilator.
The exam fees shown are correct as of 1 June 2021.