NPRM 1415SS - Application of Parts 42 and 145 of CASR to large/transport category rotorcraft used in charter operations
CASA is proposing to extend the application of Parts 42 and 145 of CASR to the following class of rotorcraft (described as large/transport category rotorcraft in this NPRM) that are used in charter operation in accordance with paragraph 206 (1) (b) of CAR:
- rotorcraft having a certificate of airworthiness in the transport category
- rotorcraft having a MTOW greater than 3,175 kg
- rotorcraft type certified to carry more than 9 passengers.
The increased use of large/transport category rotorcraft in transporting personnel and cargo to and from off shore oil rigs is another primary driver in presenting this proposal for consideration in advance of Part 133 of CASR being made. The Piper Alpha Disaster and the multiple North Sea helicopter fatalities, as covered by reports and inquiries referenced in this NPRM, have driven the need for safety outcome based and proactive regulation to effectively deal with the elevated risk associated with these rotorcraft operations.
The Act places the highest obligations for aircraft airworthiness and operations on the holder of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) with incumbent responsibilities to manage airworthiness. The management of the risk for these operations would be provided by a systematic framework for airworthiness management set by Part 42 of CASR and controlled by the registered operator who best understands the risks.
CASA seeks to amend existing Parts 42 and 145 of CASR to facilitate application of these Parts to large/transport category rotorcraft. This NPRM sets out how the application of revised Parts 42 and 145 of CASR would affect charter operators and maintenance providers for large/transport category rotorcraft and explains the rationale for this proposal. The issue of this NPRM is a key stage in consultation associated with consideration of expanding the application of Parts 42 and 145 of CASR from their current application to RPT operations.
How to respond
Please forward your response to CASA by 31 January 2016 by one of the following means:
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Standards Documentation Coordinator
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Contact: Iftekhar Ahmed, Project Leader
17 September 2015
Comment period extended until: 31 January 2016.