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Aviation Rules and Regulation Changes
Australian approval and certification requirements for the design of aircraft and aeronautical products will be aligned with best practice and international safety requirements.
In April 2013, we introduced new rules which require the management of pilot fatigue. The new rules better reflect modern flying conditions, scientific understanding of human performance limitations and advances in technology. The new rules which apply to operators and pilots are contained in Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013 (the new CAO 48.1) and are supported by Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) 48-1.
Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management
- Instructions and Directions for Performance Based Navigation (CAO 20.91)
- Aircraft equipment – basic operational requirements (CAO 20.18)
New regulations and aircraft equipment mandates are in place to support communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management (CNS/ATM). These new rules align Australian operations with global standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization for CNS/ATM. The rules affect IFR pilots and aircraft operating in Australia.
By 4 February 2016, aircraft that operate IFR must be equipped with global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and by 2 February 2017, all aircraft operating under IFR must be equipped with approved Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) avionics.
Find out more and read the key timelines for aircraft equipment mandates.
Training and Licensing
Competency based training standards will be introduced for all Australian flight crew qualifications.
Ground personnel will be assessed for competency every five years and retain evidence of the assessment as authority to taxi an aeroplane or operate aeronautical radio.
- Recreational, Private and Commercial Pilot Flight Training other than Integrated Training (Part 141)
Flying training operators employing aircraft will require a CASA authorisation in the form of a Part 141 certificate instead of an Air Operator’s Certificate.
Will consolidate and retain most of the existing rules with little change. However, a small number of new rules have been included to further ICAO compliance and enhance aviation safety.
New requirements will be introduced for approving air operators to conduct passenger transport services.
Will set the minimum standards applicable to larger aeroplanes that are conducting a passenger transport service, or carrying cargo, domestically or internationally.
Will set the requirements for foreign operators operating foreign registered aircraft.
Will introduce a single standard when using rotorcraft for air transport operations.
Will set the minimum standards for small aeroplanes that are conducting Australian air transport operations.
Provides the overall policy direction for the maintenance suite of regulations including individuals and approved maintenance organisations.
Will introduce the use of safety management systems for maintenance organisations and CAR 30 approval holders.
Will specify the requirements for the certification and operation of the aviation administration organisations applicable to the administration of sport and recreational aircraft activities. Currently there is no certification process and no standards have been set.
Is a major consolidation of the rules applying to people who carry out recreational aviation private flight operations, maintenance, and training for recreational aviation in the following aircraft: gliders; manned balloons and hot-air airships; rotorcraft; and ultralight aeroplanes.
Will consolidate the rules for sport parachuting from an aircraft, including maintenance and certification of personnel, emergency parachutes, parachute maintenance personnel standards and aircraft operating rules that are additional to the rules of Part 91 or 103 as applicable, and the conduct of parachute descents.
A dedicated set of operational regulations for rotorcraft aerial work operations will be re-established.
Will set the minimum standards applicable to balloons that are conducting air transport operations or aerial work.
Will set the regulatory requirements for the operation of limited category aircraft.