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Regulatory wrap-up - April 2020
Date of publication:
6 May 2020
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Have you missed the following updates published on our website last month?
COVID-19 advice for industry
CASA recently announced a range of measures to help industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment.
Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 relief measures by checking our website regularly for updates on exemption instruments and additional guidance.
Extension of airworthiness review certificate
We’ve published an exemption (CASA EX65/20) to allow continuing airworthiness management organisations to extend the due date of the next airworthiness review of an aircraft, through a third extension of the airworthiness review certificate (ARC) if they have managed the airworthiness of the aircraft since its last review. It also relaxes the ARC extension requirements for aircraft under specific circumstances.
Fatigue rules – 12-month transition extension
We have extended the transition timeframe to the new fatigue rules by 12 months, as part of our COVID-19 response. Most operators will now need to comply with the new rules from 1 July 2021. CASA will amend CAO 48.1 and progressively update guidance material to reflect the new transition arrangements.
Aerodromes given more time to transition to the new rules
In an effort to ease the burden on industry, CASA will provide an additional three months for aerodromes to transition to the new Part 139 rules which come into effect on 13 August 2020. Head to our website to learn more.
Training for new aerodrome rules
The first training package to help aerodromes transition to the new Part 139 regulations has been released. The training package will assist aerodrome operators to understand and navigate through the new requirements. Go to AviationWorx to find the aerodrome training.
Transitioning flight examiners given more time
If you are a flight examiner and your examiner proficiency check has been deferred by the transition schedule contained in CASA EX70/18, you have three more months to complete your check. This only applies if the due date for your check is between March and August 2020. It’s all on our website.
Relief for air traffic control and flight service licence holders
Air traffic control and flight service licence holders will be exempt from the recency and currency provisions in Part 65 of CASR to give you more time to comply. Go to the website for more information.
Safety risk mitigation plan for COVID-19 exemptions due by 31 May
Operators are reminded to develop a safety risk mitigation plan and have it approved by CASA to exercise the privileges of the COVID-19 alleviation exemption, CASA EX 57/20. Submit a safety risk mitigation plan to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 31 May 2020 to ensure it is approved prior to 30 June 2020. Learn more on our website.
In line with nation-wide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have suspended all face-to-face engagement activities.
To ensure our more important and longer-term initiatives remain on track, we will still be conducting online consultation and encourage your participation. Your feedback is important, and to provide you with enough time to review and respond to proposals, significant consultations will be open for longer than normal.
Proposed new rules for aerial work operations
Consultation is open on the proposed Part 138 Manual of Standards (MOS) and certain changes to the Part 138 regulations. The proposed new rules will apply to aerial work activities such as mustering, spotting and surveying, and emergency service operations such as firefighting, search and rescue, police and customs. Provide your feedback through the Consultation Hub by 3 June.
Have your say on amendments to extend use of CASA Basics exams
As part of our response to COVID-19, we’re proposing legislative amendments that will extend use of CASA Basics exams and Schedule of Experience (SOE). The extension will ensure continued consideration of Part 66 licence applications made on or before the 30 June 2021 cessation date. Go to the Consultation Hub to have your say before the 13 May 2020 deadline.
Changes enhance spin avoidance and stall recovery training
We’ve published the summary of consultation on proposed changes to Advisory Circular AC 61-16 v.10 – spin avoidance and stall recovery training. You told us the advisory circular is fit for purpose and provides accessible information on spin avoidance and recovery training. Read the results and view the Advisory Circular on the CASA website.
Remake of low-level rating requirements exemption
We’ve remade the exemption for low-level rating requirements. The new exemption (CASA EX73/20) continues the 24-month flight review rule and the aerial mustering endorsement recent experience requirements. View the exemption on the Flight crew licensing instruments pages.
We published two advisory circulars this month.