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Regulatory wrap-up - January 2020
Date of publication:
11 February 2020
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Have you missed the following updates published on our website last month?
Aeronautical experience requirements for grant of commercial pilot licence
We’ve published a new exemption that enables the holder of a commercial pilot licence (CPL(H)) or air transport pilot licence (ATPL(H)) to apply for a CPL(A) with 60 hours of pilot-in-command experience instead of 100 hours of that experience, as required by the flight crew licensing regulations. More information is available on the CASA website.
Transition policy for Part 139 (Aerodromes)
Consultation is now open on our proposed transitional policy for Part 139 (Aerodromes) that comes into effect August 2020. The proposed policy will form the Part 139 Aerodromes – Consequential, Application, Transitional and Savings provisions (CATS) regulations.
The consultation is available on the Consultation Hub until 2 March 2020.
Cabin Safety Bulletin
Did you know we publish a regular cabin safety bulletin? The bulletin is aimed at Australian passenger airlines and covers a range of topics including cabin electronic flight bags, managing passenger comfort devices, general aviation passenger briefings and management of lithium battery fires. Keep an eye out for the next edition that will provide information to help airlines deal with unruly passengers. Visit the CASA website to view the bulletins and subscribe.
BOM to start using vertical visibility forecasts
To help pilots flying in areas impacted by bushfire smoke, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) will provide information on vertical visibility (VV).
The VV will tell pilots how much visibility they have above them and will be used at times when smoke is so thick that clouds cannot be easily seen. The forecast will therefore include VV information rather than cloud at these times.
When vertical visibility is forecast in lieu of cloud, pilots and operators should treat the vertical visibility height as being equivalent to an overcast layer of cloud in making operational decisions related to planning for an alternate aerodrome and determining whether to depart or continue a flight under the VFR.
For more information read the Aeronautical Information Circular.