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Project OS 13/25 - Safety Standards for community service flights conducted on a voluntary basis

Topic code: 
Flight Operations
Project status: 
Closed

Issue

This project considers how community service flights conducted in the public interest by volunteer pilots and aircraft operators should be regulated.

Community service flights which are potentially open to a wide section of the community are conducted by pilots with varying experience and qualification levels. Similarly, the aircraft involved could vary from an amateur-built experimental aircraft through to a turbine powered corporate aircraft.

As this aviation activity becomes more widely used, the variable pilot qualifications and aircraft certification and maintenance standards become significant potential risk indicators, which CASA must consider and regulate appropriately in order to maintain an acceptable level of safety for the pilots, their passengers and the public.

Objective

Develop appropriate standards for community service flights that balance the safety risks inherent with the activity with rational approaches to the mitigation of those risks whilst recognising the social utility of the activity.

Develop regulations and apply appropriate carve-ins and carve-outs where required in the new CASR Parts.

Develop guidance material that serves to educate the aviation community about their responsibilities under new regulations in relation to community service flights.

Rules affected

CASR Part 119

Status

This project was approved by: Peter Boyd on 25 November 2013

Project management

Project Leader/s: Mick English, Standards Officer - Flight Operational Standards Branch
Project Sponsor/s: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager, Standards Division
Standards Officer/s: Mick English, Standards Officer - Flight Operational Standards Branch

History

Title Details Date
Consultation updates in 2014
DP 1317OS – Safety standards for community service flights conducted on a voluntary basis Comments to this Discussion Paper closed 10 October 2014. 16 Oct 2014
DP 1317OS – Safety standards for community service flights conducted on a voluntary basis All comments should be sent to the Project Leader, Mick English by close of business 10 October 2014. 18 Aug 2014