From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody
CASA has started the New year with a few organisational changes designed to put a clearer focus on our priorities and make sure we use our human and other resources in the most effective and efficient ways. This is not a massive change from the structure we have been working under for some time, more like adjustments and improvements. I believe these alterations will bring tangible benefits for the aviation community.
One important change is the creation of a new branch covering general, recreational and sport aviation. This will ensure a stronger focus on the general aviation sector within CASA, a move I know will be welcomed by many. I believe that a vibrant general aviation sector is important for the health of the aviation community as a whole. While CASA's influence on the strength and performance of the general aviation sector is limited, we can play a role by ensuring regulatory requirements are reasonable and fit for purpose. We must also ensure we minimise regulatory red tape and make the processes for gaining authorisations and approvals as smooth as possible. The General, Recreational and Sport Aviation branch will be the key contact point between general aviation and CASA. Responsibilities of the branch will include entry control, surveillance, regulatory services and oversight of the new Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Part 149 will cover approved self-administering sport and recreational aviation organisations and is close to being made.
In another key change, CASA's Aviation Group now has two divisions – the National Operations and Standards division, and the Regulatory Services and Surveillance division. The position of executive manager Regulatory Services and Surveillance division has been filled by new recruit Peter White. Peter's background includes transport security and regulatory reform and he is also a recreational pilot. Recruitment for executive manager of National Operations and Standards is well advanced. CASA's other divisions are Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Services and Legal and Regulatory Affairs. A number of changes have been made to these divisions to better use our existing resources. If you would like to look at our new structure in more detail please go to our organisational chart.
Your feedback needed on maintenance review
A comprehensive review of a key package of maintenance regulations is underway. The aviation community is being asked to provide feedback on Part 145 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 and associated legislation. Part 145 covers organisations that provide maintenance services for regular public transport aircraft and aeronautical products. It was introduced in 2011. CASA believes some elements of the regulations can be simplified and some requirements made less restrictive. The aim is to make improvements while maintaining compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization standards and achieving harmonisation with other jurisdictions such as the European Aviation Safety Agency. A number of areas within the Part 145 regulations and associated manual of standards have already been identified as needing to be addressed as a priority. These include specialist maintenance, regulatory complexity and international harmonisation. CASA will use feedback to the Part 145 review to develop interim measures to provide temporary relief from identified issues - such as specialist maintenance complexities - until longer term changes can be implemented. Overall, the review seeks to ensure the Part 145 package effectively addresses relevant safety risks, as well as identifying and addressing any errors, omissions, gaps, unintended consequences or implementation issues.
Have your say on the Part 145 review before 16 February 2018.
All you need to know about airspace management
There's a lot to know about the evolving area of communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management. The good news is CASA has produced a comprehensive package of resources to take pilots through all the key elements of the satellite-based technology being used for the management of Australian airspace. The new CNS/ATM kit covers communication, global navigation satellite systems, surveillance, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system, aircraft equipment, performance-based navigation, flight planning and associated human factors issues. It is made up of a resource guide, workbook and DVD. The videos on the DVD step through a range of issues including how satellite navigation works, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, the global navigation satellite system and human factors. The workbook contains questions and activities to test knowledge gained from using the CNS/ATM kit. It can assist when preparing for the instrument flight rating exam and other qualifications.
Sponsorships on offer now
CASA is offering sponsorships to organisations actively promoting aviation safety. Applications can be made for the latest round of sponsorship support until 2 March 2018. The sponsorship program targets community and not-for-profit organisations. CASA sponsors activities such as conferences, workshops and seminars, safety forums, educational programs, publications and recreational or industry events. Most sponsorship is delivered by financial support and is typically less than $5000. In the latest sponsorship round CASA is looking for applications that support current safety promotion priorities and activities. These include safety management systems, new aviation rules, drone safety awareness, targeted helicopter safety information, airport safety, sport aviation safety and ageing aircraft safety issues. Sponsorship applications must be made using the form available on the CASA web site.
Find out more about CASA sponsorships and make an application.
Survey will test CASA's performance
CASA is about to conduct the second of its regular surveys to find out how the aviation community rates its performance. It has been more than two years since the first survey of CASA's relationships and interactions with the aviation community and it is now time to check how CASA is tracking against the benchmark data obtained in late 2015. A professional market research organisation will conduct the survey from a sample of people and organisations representing all sectors of the aviation community. People in aviation may receive a letter or email in late February 2018 from a market research organisation asking if they can participate in the survey. CASA encourages everyone who is approached to give a little of their time to share their honest feedback. Hearing directly from the aviation community allows CASA to gain a frank view of what it is doing well and what is working, as well as importantly where improvements need to made.
Find out more about the CASA performance survey.
Aerodrome information needs checking
Airservices Australia is asking the aviation community to assist in verifying the accuracy of information held about a number of aerodromes, aeroplane landing areas and helicopter landing sites. Owners and operators of these locations are being asked to fill in a form confirming important information such as contact details, aerodrome reference point and the number of movements. Much of the information held on aerodromes not in the Enroute Supplement Australia FAC can be decades old, with varying degrees of accuracy and completeness. CASA's regulations require processes to be in place to manage the integrity of aeronautical information and this is now needed for aerodromes not in the Enroute Supplement Australia FAC and for aeroplane landing areas and helicopter landing sites. The information held about these locations in the aeronautical information package is important for a range of reasons, particularly now that it used in CASA's 'Can I Fly There?' drone app. Drone operators use the app to identify areas where aircraft are flying at low altitudes to avoid the risk of collisions. Pilots who use aerodromes or aircraft landing areas on the list are asked to bring the aerodrome data validation process to the attention of owners and operators of the locations.
Full details of the aerodrome validation.
More time for fatigue changes
Air operators and flying training organisations have more time to transition to the new fatigue risk management rules. CASA had set a deadline of 30 April 2018 for organisations to either submit draft changes to operations manuals to comply with the new requirements or to apply for a fatigue risk management system. The decision to remove the existing 30 April 2018 deadline was based on the preliminary report of an independent review of the new fatigue rules. Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, is leading the review, which is looking at the fatigue rules for air operators and pilots contained in Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013. This review was commissioned following feedback from the aviation community. The review team has found both CASA and the aviation industry will require more time to respond to their final report, which is due in March 2018. A new transition deadline will be announced after CASA fully considers all the recommendations contained in the final report of the independent review team. Operators can still choose to adopt the current fatigue regulations now, including a fatigue risk management system.
Find out more about fatigue management changes.
Comment on ADS-B compatible technology
Time is running down on your chance to have a say on making automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B) technology more accessible for visual flight rules aircraft. CASA has issued a discussion paper seeking comment on options to reduce the cost of ADS-B installation and maintenance, standards suitable for visual flight rules aircraft, developing technical standards and various ADS-B configurations. The discussion paper looks at portable installations, indicative equipment costs, ADS-B IN equipment and ADS-B use by remotely piloted aircraft. All aircraft operating under the instrument flight rules are already required to carry ADS-B transmitting equipment and there is an extensive ADS-B ground receiver network used by air traffic control. Current technical specifications for ADS-B are designed for instrument flight rules operations in controlled airspace and the requirements may preclude ADS-B solutions suitable for use in visual flight rules aircraft. Very few visual flight rules aircraft have been voluntarily fitted with ADS-B OUT technology as the cost of installing the equipment can be prohibitive. CASA hopes that by exploring ADS-B compatible technologies a safe and effective solution may be available at a reduced cost to allow greater voluntary fitting of the equipment.
Have your say on options for ADS-B for visual flight rules aircraft by 23 February 2018
- The 2017 Flight Safety Australia Collectors' Edition is now available. This print magazine is a bumper collection of more than 50 articles that were published online during 2017. It includes feature articles, contributor and general articles, aviation medicine and maintenance articles, and a close-call section written by pilots who share their experiences in the name of safety. Order a copy of the magazine now.
- New guidance information is available on the manufacture of fixed pitch wooden propellers. Covers manufacturing processes, acceptable timbers, moisture content, brittleness and marking.
- Responses to consultation on the maintenance of limited category aircraft have been published. The submissions and a summary of the responses are available on the CASA consultation hub.
- Consultation on the discussion paper issued by the Department of Infrastructure on indemnity and insurance arrangements for industry delegates and authorised persons has been extended until 31 January 2018.
- A new edition of the licensing instrument - prescription of aircraft and ratings (edition 4) - is now available. A guidance only version of the instrument is also available.
- Dates for the 2018 flight examiner rating course classroom workshops have been released. The workshops will be held from March to November 2018 at CASA regional offices.
- Ms Jane McAloon has been appointed to the CASA Board. Ms McAloon has extensive Board and governance experience, including working in regulated industries in the public and private sector in transport and infrastructure. Ms Anita Taylor has been re-appointed to the Board. The appointments of Ian Smith and Murray Warfield concluded on 2 December 2017.
Calling all pilots
The popular safety seminars for pilots continue during 2018, with the focus on lessons for life. Seminars are being held at nineteen locations in February 2018:
- Gold Coast*
- Latrobe Valley
- Sunshine Coast*
The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. An update will be delivered on key safety messages and issues from Airservices Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons. Seminars marked by an asterisk include a briefing by Airservices Australia on the airspace and procedure changes around the Gold Coast during the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
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