CASR Part 132 - Limited category aircraft
Part 132 of CASR sets out the requirements for limited category aircraft operations. It preserves the requirements under previous regulations (262AN and 262AM of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988) but contains some important administrative and safety enhancements.
Overall, Part 132 sets out:
- the conditions under which various limited category aircraft operations may be conducted
- the responsibilities of persons involved in limited category aircraft operations
- the offences that relate to breaching the conditions for limited category aircraft operations.
This Part provides flexibility and certainty around recreational use of warbirds and limited category historic or replica aircraft. It permits air racing and glider towing, and provides authorisation for personal flights. It also permits the limited category aircraft with any of the following to be eligible for a limited category certificate for personal flights (not adventure flights for payment or reward) as long as these are not conducted over populous areas:
- unapproved major modifications
- expired airframe fatigue life
- life limited components that have exceeded their life limits.
Safety requirements include:
- an extra safety briefing at the point of sale for any adventure flight as well as before boarding
- limits to passenger numbers
- conditions for flights over populous areas.
Part 132 will operate in conjunction with Part 91 of CASR when it comes into effect; however, where there is an inconsistency between Part 91 and Part 132, Part 132 will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.
More information is available on our warbirds page.
Who Part 132 affects
- owners, operators and pilots of ex-military aircraft (warbirds), replica warbird aircraft and certain historic aircraft
- individuals and organisations that conduct adventure flights in warbirds, including employees and support staff
- individuals or organisations who sell adventure flights in warbirds, including their agents
- persons who fly as passengers in warbirds
- people flying in replicas and historic aircraft
- any other aircraft that is certified in the limited category.
Part 132 was made on 27 October 2016 and can be found in volume 3 of the CASR. Recent amendments to introduce this Part may be listed in the Unincorporated Amendments.
Implementation and transition
Part 132 commenced on 28 January 2017, with transition to the new regulation required by 28 July 2017.
Warbirds currently operating on an experimental certificate will transition to a limited category certificate. Under a limited category certificate, operational rules and airworthiness authorisations will be carried out by a self-administering organisation in cooperation with CASA.
An overview of the transition requirements can be found in the Limited Category Aircraft Operations Information Sheet.
Manual of Standards
The Part 132 Manual of Standards was made on 11 November 2016 and is available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
It outlines the qualifications an individual must hold and the procedures that must be followed to give authorisations, certification, approvals and advice for repairs, modifications and damage for limited category aircraft. It also details the landing areas that an aircraft with the permit index number 1 may not use.
|AC 21-05 v2.0||Limited category aircraft - certification||January 2017|
|AC 21-10 v2.1||Experimental certificates||January 2016|
|AC 21-25 v5.0||Limited category aircraft - permit index||January 2017|
|AC 132-01 v1.0||Limited category aircraft||January 2017|
Part 132 history
The Part 132 history includes project and consultation activities conducted in relation to Part 132.
View the Key Proposals for the initial development of Part 132.