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Project OS 10/05 - Carriage of AOC and associated Operations Specifications by International Charter Operators

Topic code: 
Flight Operations
Project status: 

Closure notes

Project closed 19 January 2012.

CAO 82.3 and 82.5 were updated April 2010.


Carriage of their AOC and any associated operations specification by all international operators is an ICAO requirement. For Australia to be fully ICAO compliant requires a minor amendment to CAO 82.1 by 1 January 2012.

An amendment to CAO 82.1 is proposed which would align Australia's legislation with the Annex 6 standard to cover RPT as well as charter operations. The amendment would require operators conducting international charter operations to carry the operator's AOC and Operations Specifications.

CASA has issued operators that conduct international charter operations with a new AOC including Operations Specifications. These operators have been advised to carry the AOC and Operations Specifications documents on board their aircraft. The amendment would mandate the requirement.

Project Objective

The objectives of this proposed project are:

  1. Determine the impact upon the aviation industry of complying with this proposal. However, the impact could be expected to be lessened compared to when the requirement became mandatory for RPT operators by recent CASA initiatives regarding the operations specification.
  2. Amend CAO 82.1 to require operator to carry a certified true copy of the AOC.
  3. Amend CAO 82.1 to require operator to carry a copy of any Operations Specification issued in conjunction with the AOC that is relevant to that aircraft.

It is not proposed to publish an NPRM in relation to this issue as this is an administrative matter.


This project was approved by Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Development & Future Technology Division on 14 January 2010.

Rules Affected

CAO 82.1

Project management

Project Leader: Andrew Ward, Standards Development Branch

Project Sponsors:

Greg Hood, Executive Manager CASA Operations

Peter Fereday, Executive Manager Industry Permissions

Standards Development Project Manager: Andrew Ward, Standards Development Branch

Project Priority


Project OS 10/05

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  • SCC - Operational Standards