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Project Leader: Roger Crosthwaite
Project FS 06/02 - Multi-Crew Pilot Licensing (MPL)
Flight Crew licensing
With effect November 2006, ICAO amended the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in Annex 1 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The amendment to Annex 1 ('Personnel Licensing') introduced a new flight crew licence known as the Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL).
Introduction of this new licence marks a significant change in pilot training and licensing as it provides for all-through multi-crew training, and limits the holder to performance as a co-pilot in a turbine powered air transport aircraft with a minimum crew of two pilots.
This raises several issues for Australia:
- There are a number of Australian-based flying training organisations planning to take advantage of the new training regime, with courses set for commencement in late 2006.
- Currently the CARs do not allow for either the training envisaged by ICAO, or for the issue of a multi-crew or co-pilot only type of licence.
- CASA has undertaken to provide regulatory cover for MPL training and licence issue.
- CASR Part 61, which would be the ideal vehicle for the introduction of the MPL, will not be in place before late 2007.
Because Part 61 will not be made before the planned November 2006 commencement of MPL training in Australia, and is unlikely to be in place before completion of the planned training (late October 2007, based on a 48 week course), the lack of regulatory cover for either training or licence issue would preclude flight training organisations in Australia from taking advantage of the change to the SARPs, placing them at a disadvantage in the international flight training environment. Accordingly, CASA has made an undertaking to Australia's aviation community to provide regulatory cover which will enable the issue of an MPL at the completion of the planned training courses.
This project sets out to provide regulatory cover for the issue of an MPL by proposing amendments to Part 5 of the 1988 CARs Qualifications of flight crew. The amendments would follow the existing divisional layout and address the following:
- What are the qualifications for a multi-crew pilot (aeroplane) licence?
- What does a multi-crew pilot (aeroplane) licence authorise a person to do?
- What kinds of aeroplane may a multi-crew (aeroplane) pilot fly?
- Multi-crew (aeroplane) pilot: rating required.
- Multi-crew (aeroplane) pilot: regular flight reviews required.
- Multi-crew (aeroplane) pilot: recent experience requirements.
- Multi-crew (aeroplane) pilot: requirements if over 60 years old.
- Time spent in synthetic flight trainer.
- Aeronautical experience: minimum requirements.
- Aeronautical experience: calculation of flight time.
- Cross-country flight time.
- How and when may a multi-crew pilot (aeroplane) licence flight test be attempted?
In addition to the amendments to CAR Part 5, development and production of competency standards (incorporating assessment/achievement records and flight test forms) and a supporting Advisory Circular will also be required.
Furthermore, changes/amendments will be necessary to those divisions in Part 5 dealing with private (PPL), commercial (CPL) and air transport (ATPL) pilot licence to address how the holder of an MPL would transition to these licences, and to align the CARs with the amendment to ICAO Annex 1.
- Existing Part 5 of the CARs – Civil Aviation Regulations for the qualifications of flight crew
- Proposed CASR Part 61 – Flight crew licensing
Project Leader: Roger Crosthwaite
Programme Manager: Mike Higgins
Project Sponsor: Greg Hood
Consultation documents history
|Consultation updates in 2009|
|Project FS 06/02 - Multi-Crew Pilot Licensing (MPL)||This project is now closed.||6 Feb 2009|
|Consultation updates in 2008|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney.||14 Jul 2008|
|Consultation updates in 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney||21 Nov 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney||27 Sep 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney||29 Aug 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team provided with Draft CAR 5 amendment||15 Aug 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team provided with Draft NPRM||10 Aug 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney||2 May 2007|
|Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Project team meeting held in Sydney||19 Feb 2007|
|Consultation updates in 2006|
|New multi-crew pilot licence||MPL CASA/stakeholder meeting in Canberra - 16-17 November 2006.||16 Nov 2006|
|Project FS 06/02 titled Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL)||New multi-crew pilot licence project has been registered.||29 May 2006|