Certification flight testing seminar

The Airworthiness and Engineering Branch (AEB) of CASA have recently conducted a Certification Flight Test Seminar in February in Brisbane. Another 2 day seminar is planned for 17/18 March Melbourne.

The interactive Melbourne session will cover regulatory requirements of certification and design approval activities involving flight testing. There will also be discussion on proposed improvements to CASA’s:

  • certification policy
  • processes
  • guidance material.

The Certification Flight Testing Seminar is suitable for:

  • pilots (specifically test pilots) involved in the conduct of flight test activities to support certification or design approvals
  • flight analyst design Instrument of Appointment (IOA) holders and flight test engineers involved in certification flight test activities and the approval of flight test data and flight manuals
  • design organisation engineers or other IOA holders who may use flight test data to make findings of compliance
  • managers of design organisations which conduct flight testing as part of the design approval or certification process.


The seminar aims to:

  • explain the certification and design approval processes and the requirements for certification documentation
  • detail certification flight testing requirements and processes, particularly when gathering flight test data
  • discuss specific requirements for flight test documentation including certification flight test plans and reports
  • provide information on CASA’s involvement in flight test activities including the type inspection process
  • workshop flight test safety best practices, including analysis, management and mitigation of flight test risks, the CASA flight test safety policy and updates to guidance material
  • provide guidance on the requirements for the issue of experimental certificates and other approvals that enable flight testing
  • conduct industry consultation on improvements to CASA certification and flight policy and guidance material.


Seminar topics include:

  • process for type certification, supplementary type certification and major change approvals under CASR Part 21M
  • certification program planning
  • flight test related engineering specialisations and design IOA holders – flight analyst and test pilot
  • certification flight test planning
  • flight test safety and hazard analysis
  • flight test enabling approvals (ie. Experimental Certificate, CASR 61.140, etc)
  • flight test conduct and CASA level of involvement
  • flight test reporting and recommendation/finding of compliance
  • other topics relating to specific types of approvals worthy of discussion.


Date City Venue
17/18 March 2022 Melbourne CASA Melbourne Office, Level 13, 7
20 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria 3008
Virtual (online) delivery concurrent with the in person presentation via MS Teams.
  • 08:15am registration for a 08:30am start
  • Completion by 4:00pm


The sessions are free of charge. We provide tea, coffee and a light lunch.

Register your interest

  • Spaces are limited and may be further constrained due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
  • Register your interest via email to flight.test@casa.gov.au before close of business on 10 December 2021. Include your:
    • name
    • company/organisation
    • phone and email contact details
    • pertinent information on how the seminar will be of value to you and/or your company/design organisation employees
    • interest in online delivery (for the Melbourne seminar only).
  • Priority will be given to organisations/persons that:
    • regularly apply to CASA for certification approvals/activities
    • conduct design approvals in accordance with design instrument of approval or design organisation privileges
    • regularly rely on flight test data as a basis determining compliance with airworthiness standards
    • currently hold, or intend to apply for, a certification flight test related design organisation privilege or Instrument of Appointment.

For more information contact us.

Last updated:
3 Mar 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//resources-and-education/education-and-training/seminars-and-workshops/certification-flight-testing-seminar
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