Notices for flight training organisations and ATOs
19 December 2017
Exemption from certain flight examiner course requirements
CASA has published a new exemption (CASA EX141/17) to remove some of the approved course requirements for the grant of a flight examiner rating (FER) or a flight examiner endorsement (FEE) if an applicant completes alternative training provided by a training and checking organisation.
This exemption is only applicable to employees of a CAR 217 training and checking organisation where the organisation had an approved authorised testing officer course in their training and checking manual prior to the commencement of CASA EX141/17.
As a result of the exemption the following conditions will apply:
- The applicant for a FER or a FEE must be employed by a training and checking organisation to whom subregulation 217 (1) of CAR applies
- The applicant’s 61-FER application form must be certified by the head of training and
- The applicant must have successfully completed Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the Flight Examiner Rating Course
- The applicant can only exercise the privileges of a FER or FEE on pilots who are employed by the training and checking organisation
- The applicant must hold the licences and endorsements outlined in column 3 of the Table for the FEE.
From 1 September 2018, training and checking organisations wanting to conduct a flight examiner rating course must have their training syllabus mapped to the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) and the course approved under a 61.040 approval.
At any time prior to 1 September 2018, the course can be amended to better reflect the elements of the Part 61 MOS without complying with and mapping to the MOS, as long as the training and checking manual is submitted to CASA for approval.
As well, the course can be amended to comply with the Part 61 MOS requirements for a flight examiner course. If the training course is amended to comply with the Part 61 MOS requirements, the training and checking organisation can apply to CASA to have their course and training syllabus assessed and approved under CASR 61.040-meeting requirements of CASR 61.1290 (2) (a) and 61.1320 (2) (a).
View the exemption (CASA EX 141/17) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
27 November 2017
Indemnity and insurance arrangements for industry delegates, authorised persons and others policy paper
In April 2017, CASA wrote to approved testing officers (ATOs) and people who had transitioned to the Flight Examiner Rating (FER) advising that the expiration of existing delegations would be extended for a further year—from 30 June 2017 to 30 June 2018.
At the time we advised that the indemnity arrangements reflected in Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) Admin-1 were the subject of a comprehensive review.
As part of that review, a working group comprising CASA and the Departments of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Finance was established to examine all aspects of the indemnity scheme and the insurance-related considerations that underpin them.
The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is managing the consultation process and is now calling for comments on the issues raised in the policy paper.
The policy paper outlines the following four key proposals for discussion:
- Status quo: continue current arrangements
- Extended coverage: indemnities be extended to all persons exercising regulatory powers of a kind previously performed by delegates and authorised persons
- Adoption of prescribed criteria: indemnities for the performance of specified functions and the provision of specified services be determined on a case-by-case basis against prescribed criteria
- Indemnity determined by availability of commercial insurance: indemnities for performance of specified functions and provision of specified services be provided where commercial insurance is not available to the provider of the specified function or service.
To have your say, send your feedback to Indemnity.Consultation@infrastructure.gov.au by no later than cob 22 December 2017.
21 November 2017
Policy proposal - changes to the helicopter licensing standards
CASA is seeking feedback on the proposed changes to the helicopter licensing standards to help us shape the future of helicopter pilot licence training.
We propose to amend Part 61 to include a 105 hour training option for the commercial pilot licence (helicopter) (CPL(H)) that reflects the old 105 hour option in regulation 5.127 of Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 1988 and make training in basic instrument flying optional.
The proposed changes would allow an applicant to qualify for a CPL(H) with 105 hours of helicopter flight training experience delivered by a Part 141 flight training operator.
To have your say, go to the online response form on our website.
Consultation closes 3 December 2017.
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 email@example.com.
View the exemption, (CASA EX121/17) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
1 September 2017
Type rating training instruments
- The two general Instruments, CASA 25/15 and CASA 26/15, that were made to support operators conducting aircraft endorsement training by their regulation 217 approved training and checking organisation have been replaced by CASA 87/17 and CASA 88/17
Other Part 141 and Part 142 instruments of approval
- CASA 86/17 extends Part 141 and Part 142 instruments of approval (under regulations 141.035 and 142.040) with an expiry date of 31 August 2017.
25 August 2017
Part 141 and Part 142 interim certificates extended
On 15 June 2017, the transition period for Part 141 and Part 142 operators was extended by the Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing and Other Measures) Regulations 2017.
This means interim Part 141 and Part 142 certificates issued under the transitional rules with an expiry date of 31 August 2017 are now valid until the end of 31 August 2018.
Interim certificates which display an expiry date of 31 August 2017 do not need to be reissued – the above regulations override that expiry date.
New certificates will be issued when an organisation has completed transition to the new rules.
6 July 2017
Part 141 and 142 – CASA approval for changes to kinds of aircraft
CASA made exemption CASA EX 126/15 in 2015 to remove the requirement for Part 141 and 142 operators to obtain CASA approval – in certain circumstances – when adding new kinds of aircraft.
The exemption was remade on 5 July 2017 as CASA EX 77/17. Please note the terms of the exemption have not changed.
View the exemption (CASA EX77/17) on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
6 July 2017
Changes to aircraft ratings
A new edition of the Part 61 Prescription of aircraft and ratings (Edition 3) legislative instrument has been published.
Changes to this instrument are routinely made when new aircraft are added to the Australian civil aircraft register (or removed as the last of their type), and where amendments are made to the models that pilots need to undertake differences training to operate.
The changes to the instrument can be reviewed in the guidance only version of the instrument.
View the amended Part 61 Prescription of aircraft and ratings (Edition 3) instrument on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
3 July 2017
Redeveloped training course for flight examiners
CASA has redeveloped its training course for people who want to gain a flight examiner rating or flight examiner endorsement. The new course transitions the authorised testing officer (ATO) and CASR 61.040 approval holder training to competency based training principles and compliance with the CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards.
The Flight Examiner Rating Course (FERC) is designed to provide better support for flight examiner applicants and combines eLearning, classroom workshop, industry mentoring, an interview and a flight test conducted by CASA.
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
26 April 2017
New approval instruments for low-level rating and endorsement training and flight tests
CASA has made new approval instruments for certain pilots to conduct flight training, flight tests and grant low-level ratings and endorsements.
The original approvals have been replaced with effect from 15 March 2017. CASA 26/17 repealed the following instruments CASA 289/14; CASA 290/14 and CASA 47/15.
The new approvals ensure previously approved pilots can continue to conduct flight training, test and grant the approvals that were covered by the original approvals. The new approval instruments are:
- CASA 27/17 – authorises certain pilots under regulation 61.040 to conduct a flight test for, and grant, a low-level rating and aeroplane low-level endorsements
- CASA 28/17 – authorises certain pilots under regulation 141.035 to conduct flight training for low-level ratings and endorsements.
- CASA 29/17 – authorises certain pilots under regulation 61.040 to conduct a flight test for, and grant, a low-level rating and a helicopter low-level endorsement.
13 April 2017
Approved testing officer delegations extended for another year
Last year we wrote to approved testing officers (ATOs) and people who had already transitioned to the Flight Examiner Rating (FER) advising that the expiration of existing delegations would be extended for a further year —from 30 June 2016 to 30 June 2017. After that date, ATOs who wanted to continue to carry out flight testing and proficiency checking activities would be required to do so under a FER.
The indemnity arrangements reflected in Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) Admin-1 covering ATOs, as CASA industry delegates, were simultaneously extended for the same period. Those arrangements are currently the subject of a comprehensive review and inter-agency discussions. A working group—comprising CASA and the Departments of Infrastructure and Regional Development and Finance—has been established to examine all aspects of the indemnity scheme and the insurance-related considerations that underpin them. It is anticipated the working group will produce a policy paper for public and industry comment by 30 June 2017. The outcome of the exercise will determine whether indemnity arrangements of any kind continue in the future, and if so, the nature and extent of the coverage that might be provided.
In light of the work that still needs to be done, CASA has taken steps to extend the expiration date of existing ATO delegations for a further year – from 30 June 2017 to 30 June 2018. Indemnity coverage for ATOs under CAAP Admin-1 will continue for that further extended period.
This means that ATOs who have not yet surrendered their delegation and obtained a flight examiner rating (FER) under the transition regulations for Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 in its place do not need to do so immediately, and may continue to perform their functions as ATOs for a further year.
It also means that the indemnity protection offered to all CASA delegates and authorised persons, as set out in Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) Admin-1, will continue to apply to ATOs until 30 June 2018.
If you have not yet surrendered your ATO delegation and obtained a FER in its place, and if you want to continue as an ATO for a further year with the benefit of CAAP Admin-1 indemnity protection during that period, you don’t need to do anything at this time. Your ATO delegation will continue in force until 30 June 2018.
Approved Testing Officers who have already transitioned to the Flight Examiner Rating
Some people who previously held an ATO delegation will have already transitioned to the FER, and will have lost CAAP Admin-1 indemnity protection as a result. The extension arrangements described above do not apply to you as the services provided by flight examiners are no longer CASA functions, but are rather privileges of a rating.
With a view to extending the benefit of CAAP Admin-1 indemnity protection to these former ATOs who have already surrendered their delegation and obtained a FER, however, CASA has been trying to develop a legislative amendment that would revive their former ATO delegations.
Ideally, such an amendment would have retrospective effect, so that the CAAP Admin-1 indemnity protection would apply to these people from the date on which they surrendered their delegation, and would continue until 30 June 2018. CASA’s ability to introduce such a legislative amendment would depend, in part, on the availability of retrospective insurance coverage, which may be extremely difficult to obtain. Alternative legislative amendments might need to be considered.
Whatever course might be taken, please note that unless and until the legislation is amended, the benefit of CAAP Admin-1 indemnity protection does not extend to FER holders who were previously, but are not now, ATOs (delegates).
CASA will ensure that affected former ATOs who now hold FERs are advised if and when the legislation is to be amended, and what further action might need to be taken for them to obtain the retrospective benefit of CAAP Admin-1 protection (if it should be available).
People who have never been an ATO
People who were not ATOs prior to 1 September 2014 (when the CASR Part 61 FER was introduced) and who applied for a FER or a corresponding CASR 61.040 approval any time after 1 September 2014 are not, and will not become, ATOs under either of the arrangements described above.
Holders of, and applicants for, a FER or a corresponding CASR 61.040 approval who have never been an ATO do not have, and will not be eligible for, CAAP Admin-1 indemnity under the arrangements described above.
However, whether, and if so to what extent, some kind of indemnity protection might extend to FER holders who have never been ATOs is a question to be considered by the tri-agency working group.
6 February 2017
Part 61 Solutions Taskforce releases closure report
The Part 61 Solutions Taskforce, established in November 2015 to address valid issues with the flight crew licensing suite of regulations, has released its final report.
The report summarises the work of the Taskforce and the Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) over 11 months.