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Comment now on fatigue rules review
Date of publication:
22 March 2018
The aviation community is being asked to comment on the findings and recommendations of an independent review into the new flight crew fatigue rules.
The review supported the need for new fatigue rules, stating there was a “significant risk exposure that needs to be properly managed”.
The review made 24 recommendations aimed at improving the new fatigue rules, the implementation of changes and guidance and information about the rules.
Recommendations include more closely aligning flight and duty period limits with international averages, creating two tiers of fatigue risk management system requirements, providing additional flexibility for operators using the prescriptive limits and removing or revising the requirements for aerial application operations.
The review recommends a freeze of the transition dates for the implementation of the new fatigue rules and the adoption of a staggered approach to implementation and transition.
CASA’s Board directed in 2017 that an independent review be conducted of the new fatigue rules set out in Civil Aviation Order 48.1. This followed feedback from the aviation community.
Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, steered the review.
CASA is seeking feedback on priorities for actions resulting from the review as well as implementation issues. Feedback should be lodged before 17 April 2018, using CASA’s consultation hub.
The chairman of CASA's Board, Jeff Boyd, has welcomed the fatigue review report.
“The review team has confirmed the need to change from the old Civil Aviation Order 48 fatigue rules and standard industry exemptions and CASA’s Board supports this view,” Mr Boyd said.
“The report provides a method to find an appropriate balance between fatigue risk and operational impact and the board is seeking input from industry on potential implementation issues prior to finalising changes to the rules.”
Read the fatigue review and make comments.