Finalising outstanding sport and recreational aviation Manuals of Standards

Industry needs clarity and certainty to deliver safety outcomes consistent with regulatory requirements.

We recently introduced the new flight operations regulations however we delayed some specific operational rules in the sport and recreation sector to allow more time for consultation. These include those relating to Part 105 (parachuting from aircraft), Part 103 (sport and recreation aircraft) and Part 131 (balloons and hot air airships) of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR). We are also working towards finalising updated arrangements for air displays.

Overview of reforms and timeframes

Table key:

  • • (bullet circle) shows when work is planned
  • Q1 ends 31 Mar
  • Q2 ends 30 Jun
  • Q3 ends 30 Sep
  • Q4 ends 31 Dec.
Reform Q1 2023 Q2 2023 Q3 2023 Q4 2023 Q1 2024 Q2 2024 Q3 2024 Q4 2024+
Finalise rules for sport and recreation aircraft – Part 103 of CASR        
Finalise rules for parachuting operations Part 105 of CASR COMPLETED          
Finalise rule set for balloons and hot air airships – Part 131 of CASR        
Finalise Air Display Administration and Procedure Advisory Circular - COMPLETED                

Learn more about:

Finalise rules for sport and recreation aircraft – Part 103 of CASR

Activities and timeframes:

  • scope policy by end of Q1 2022 (31 Mar 2022) - COMPLETE
  • consult with industry by end of Q2 2022 (30 Jun 2022)
  • consult with Technical Working Group (TWG) by end of Q2 2023 (30 Jun 2023)
  • develop manual and consult by end of Q3 2023 (30 Sep 2023)
  • make Manual of Standards (MOS) by end of Q4 2023 (31 Dec 2023).

Finalise rules for parachuting operations Part 105 of CASR

CASA has:

  • made the Part 105 Manual of Standards.

Finalise rule set for balloons and hot air airships – Part 131 of CASR

Activities and timeframes:

  • scope policy by end of Q1 2022 (31 Mar 2022) - COMPLETE
  • consult with industry by end of Q4 2022 (31 Dec 2022) - COMPLETE
  • consult with TWG by end of Q1 2023 (31 Mar 2023) - COMPLETE
  • develop manual and consult by end of Q2 2023 (30 Jun 2023) - COMPLETE
  • make Manual of Standards (MOS) by end of Q4 2023 (31 Dec 2023).

Finalise air display administration and procedure Advisory Circular and protocol - COMPLETED

CASA has:

  • removed the Interim Air Display Administration and Procedure Manual
  • published AC 91-21 Air Displays in November 2022
  • published internal inspector procedures.
Updated: 24 October 2023
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//resources-and-education/publications-and-resources/corporate-publications/general-aviation-workplan/finalising-outstanding-sport-and-recreational-aviation-manuals-standards
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