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Regulatory wrap-up - June 2020
Date of publication:
9 July 2020
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Have you missed the following updates published on our website last month?
COVID-19 advice for industry
Stay up to date on COVID-19 relief measures by checking our website for updates on exemption instruments and additional guidance.
Twelve-month reprieve for aircraft engineer licence and rating candidates
We’ve published an exemption (CASA EX97/20) for individuals part way through their training, examination and qualification. The exemption also applies to individuals who intend to apply to CASA for an aircraft engineer licence or rating on a licence to finish their training. To get the full details visit the COVID-19 relief measures page.
Low cost ADS-B options to be permitted for VFR aircraft
From 16 July 2020, VFR operators who wish to voluntarily fit Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) will have access to a wider range of options - including more lower cost choices. Find out more in AC 91-23 ADS-B for enhancing situational awareness, or read the summary of consultation.
Rules for larger air transport
Two consultations have opened on the proposed Part 121 Manual of Standards (MOS). We are releasing the draft MOS in three tranches to maintain progress for completion 12 months before commencement. Less complex chapters have been provided first while we continue to engage with our industry Technical Working Group on the chapters where more detailed discussions are expected. We also hope that assessing the draft in smaller sections is more workable for operators. Tranche 1 is open until 16 July, and Tranche 2 is open until 3 August 2020.
Have your say: Sector Safety Risk Profile program
We are evaluating the effectiveness of our Sector Safety Risk Profile Program. The program provides a framework for CASA and industry participants to look at safety risks and consider improvements. Visit the Consultation Hub to provide your feedback by 29 July.
Design and operation of Australian water aerodromes
Have your say on our advisory circular (AC) that provides guidance on the requirements for water aerodromes in Australia. This AC outlines the recommended specifications for the physical characteristics, obstacle limitation surfaces, visual aids, services and operating procedures to be provided at a water aerodrome. Visit the Consultation Hub before 28 July.
Amended TAF rules – results are in
The summary of consultation on our proposal to amend the existing TAF rules to address the impact of the cessation of the TTF product is now available. Visit the Consultation Hub for more detail.
Clarifications for balloon operators
We made minor amendments to Civil Aviation Order 95.54 which provides for recreational operators to be administered, until 14 July 2022, by either the Australian Ballooning Federation or an authorised Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisation. The changes also clarify visual meteorological conditions (VMC) requirements.
Fatigue rules amended to formalise transition extension
We have amended CAO 48.1 to formally extend transition dates for the fatigue rules by 12 months (announced in April 2020). It also confirms requirements for submission of updated manuals and a compliance declaration form before the transition date. View the instrument on the Federal Register of Legislation.
Changes to kinds of aircraft
We’ve remade the exemption to remove the requirement for Part 141 and 142 operators to obtain CASA approval – in certain circumstances – when adding new kinds of aircraft. View the exemption (CASA EX100/20) on the Federal Register of Legislation.
Renewal of exemption for drug screening
We have renewed CASA EX74/17 which applies to drug and alcohol management plan (DAMP) organisations outside Australian capital cities. It exempts the need for an accredited agency to collect and screen certain fluids for the presence of drugs (oral fluids and urine). Specific conditions must also be met. None of the conditions have changed and no action is required by certificate holders. More information is available about this DAMP exemption.
We published the following advisory circulars this month.
- AC 139.C-03 v1.0 - Serviceability inspections
- AC 147-02 v6.5 - Approved Part 147 training organisations
- AC 21-08 v2.0 – Approval of modification and repair designs under Subpart 21.M
- AC 139.B-01 v1.0 - Applying for aerodrome certification
- AC 139.A-03 v1.0 - Application of aerodrome standards
- AC 91-23 v1.0 - ADS-B for enhancing situational awareness
- AC 66-03 v3.0 - Engine ground run training and assessment