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Flight operations regulations
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On 2 December 2021, new regulations will commence covering the operating and flight rules, as well as certification and management, for a variety of aircraft and operations.
These Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) will apply to all pilots and almost all operators in Australia.
To help you prepare we’re going to give you time, guidance and tools.
Find out more about why and how we’re changing Flight operations regulations new regulations for operators (pdf 373.69 KB).
Wherever possible, we’ve sought to reduce the administrative burden on operators. There is a single commencement date – 2 December 2021. However, some more complex requirements have a delayed commencement. Find out what you have to do and when.
A text version of the diagram is also available.
Find more detail on each of the new regulations including guidance materials:
- Part 91 - General operating and flight rules
- Part 119 - Australian air transport operators - certification and management
- Part 121 - Australian air transport operations - larger aeroplanes
- Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft
- Part 135 - Australian air transport operations - smaller aeroplanes
- Part 138 - Aerial work operations
Flight operations regulations applications and enquiries
All enquiries relating to the new flight operations regulations (FOR) should be directed to CASA’s Guidance Delivery Centre via their web form.
If you intend to apply for a new ‘initial issue’ Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) authorising air transport operations, and/or a new initial issue Aerial Work Operator’s Certificate, please provide relevant initial details on the web form and CASA will contact you to facilitate a pre-application meeting. It is not necessary to complete the application form before the pre-application meeting, although you may choose to do so if you wish.
Until the main commencement date on 2 December 2021, application forms for regulatory services under the FOR will be available on this page, so that they are not confused with application forms under the existing rules. Application forms are being published as they are finalised.
Some authorisations under the FOR may not have a form. If you cannot find the form you need, or are not sure how to proceed, contact the Guidance Delivery Centre via their web form. CASA will provide assistance as appropriate.
CASA cannot issue anything under the FOR with legal effect before 2 December. Given this, you should expect that not all regulatory assessments will progress as quickly as you might be used to under the existing rules. However, a contact officer will be notified to you and you can enquire about progress of your application through this officer.
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