NPRM 1519OS - Aerial work operations
Proposed new rules for aerial work operations-to be contained in Part 138 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998-have now been released for public comment through NPRM 1519OS.
We want your feedback on the proposals, which will apply to people and operators who conduct aerial work activities in aeroplanes and rotorcraft including mustering, spotting and survey operations, media operations, external load operations, surveillance operations, marine pilot transfers (now reclassified as aerial work) and emergency service operations such as search and rescue, police and customs operations.
Part 138 is being developed as part of CASA’s regulation reform program, which aims to enhance aviation safety, address known risks and maintain the reputation of Australia’s aviation industry as one of the safest in the world. The main proposed changes in Part 138:
- consolidate all aeroplane and helicopter aerial work operations into a single rule set, with these operations conducted under a Part 138 certificate rather than an air operator’s certificate (noting the rules for aerial application operations are contained in Part 137 and the rules for medical transport operations will be moved to Parts 119, 133 and 135 as applicable)
- streamline the current 41 aerial work activities into three categories: external load operations, dispensing operations and task-specialist operations
- apply rotorcraft and aeroplane performance standards to certain aerial work operations as required, based on the assessed risk
- apply graduated training and checking standards to aerial work operations depending on the complexity of the operation
- define and specify when aerial work specialists and aerial work passengers can be carried.
The proposed new rules also allow for the continued use of night vision imaging systems in some aerial work situations, noting the standards for these operations are currently contained in Civil Aviation Order 82.6 and will be moved to the Part 91 MOS in the future.
Part 138 has been developed following extensive consultation with the aviation community over a number of years (more information about the consultation process can be found in the introduction to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking).
To have your say on the proposals, please respond online by 29 Feb 2016.
Detailed implementation and transition arrangements will be the subject of future work once the rules are finalised.
15 September 2015
- NPRM 1519OS (160KB)
- Annex A - Summary of responses to DP 1507OS and minutes of the Part 138 packaging meeting (124KB)
- Annex B - Draft Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Part 138) Regulation 2015 (852KB)
- Annex C - Draft Part 138 Manual of Standards Instrument 2015 (420KB)