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March regulatory wrap-up
Have you missed the following updates published on our website last month?
Community service flights
New requirements came into effect on 19 March 2019 for pilots flying Community Service Flights (CSF). The requirements establish a new minimum standard for CSF pilots to ensure that the people that use these flights are afforded an appropriate level of safety. An amendment to the requirements commenced on 9 April 2019 to permit CSF flights in helicopters.
Summary of Consultation on Part 101 (Unmanned aircraft and rockets) Manual of Standards
Read a review of public responses on proposed new training, airspace and recordkeeping provisions for drones in the Summary of Consultation.
Summary of Consultation on changes to aircraft weight and balance requirements – CAO 100.7
We have published the Summary of Consultation which summarises the responses to the proposed changes to aircraft weight and balance requirements (CD1603OS). CASA has not extended the interval at this time. CASA will include this subject in the wider regulatory reform projects.
Update to aeroplane flight simulator standards – Part 60 MOS
We proposed changes to ensure that synthetic training devices such as a flight simulator or flight training device, are qualified and meet technical specifications and standards. Consultation on this proposal (CD1815FS) closed on 10 April.
We’ve published two amended advisory circulars (AC) during March.
We published an amended AC to provide a simpler and more generic rating scale in the risk assessment matrices at Appendix A. AC 21-10 v4.2 can be viewed on the CASA website.
Flight test safety
This AC has been reviewed to include updated risk management advice. AC 21-47 v1.1 can be viewed on the CASA website.
Civil Aviation Advisory Publications
Maintenance schedules for pilots and maintenance personnel
We made minor updates have been made to align with other documentation and regulations. This included updates to who may carry out a Schedule 8 maintenance and clarified information about inspections and checks. Read CAAP 42ZC-01 v4.0 - Part 1 of Schedule 8 of CAR 1988 - the Pilot Maintenance Schedule - guidance for pilots and Part 66 licence holders on our website.
Rule development projects
We closed a number of projects during the month.
- Following the publication of the Aeronautical Information Package (AIP) in February 2019 we closed Project SS 16/03 – Frequency use in Class G airspace.
- Post implementation review and update of navigation authorisations for Australian operators (Project AS 08/19)
- Review of the Manual of Standards Part 139 and CAR 235A instrument (Project AS 11/15)
- Following the development of regulatory and guidance materials, we closed performance-based communications and surveillance (Project AS 17/04)