Part 129 of CASR explanation of changes

Rule change

We’re currently making changes to Part 129 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR). The information provided in this section outlines what is changing, what you need to know and do, and links to any relevant guidance and reference material. 

Part 129 was made on 10 December 2015, commenced on 20 April 2016 with transitional arrangements extending to 20 April 2018.

Regulatory requirements related to the conduct of air transport operations by foreign operators and the issue of air operator's certificates (AOCs) for foreign air transport operations have been identified as necessary because:

  • current requirements relating to obtaining an AOC have been identified as deficient in a number of areas and changes to the law will be proposed as a consequence
  • AOC requirements need to be integrated with and formatted similarly to the other parts under development
  • consolidating requirements applicable to foreign operations to Australia is desirable to improve safety.

What is changing

A Part 129 that prescribes the requirements for foreign operators operating foreign registered aircraft to, within or from Australian territory on air transport operations that are not regulated domestic flights (as defined in the Civil Aviation Act 1988). Australia is one of several nations that issues AOCs to foreign operators and Part 129 will harmonise with other overseas regulations where appropriate.

Changes include the following key proposals:

  • a standard that mandates a common cabin and flight crew member language and that requires flight crew members to be able to communicate with ATC in English
  • the use of operations specifications that act as a schedule to the AOC
  • a clear assignment of the Part 91 general flight rules that apply to Part 129 operators in Australia
  • the refinement of maintenance and airworthiness requirements applicable to aircraft operated by Part 129 operators
  • the consolidation in one part of mandatory operating requirements including radio, navigation, ACAS, and TAWS equipment fitment and usage
  • restrictions to be placed on the crewing together of inexperienced pilots.

Guidance material

There are no current guidance materials for Part 129 of CASR changes.

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