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Flight crew licensing regulations suite-post implementation activity
New regulations for flight crew licensing and training commenced on 1 September 2014 and apply to all pilots, flight engineers, radio operations, people who taxi aeroplanes and flying training organisations.
For large rule changes, post implementation review activity commences as the rules come into effect. In consultation with the aviation community, CASA has been reviewing the operation of this new rule package and taking action where required to ensure the rules are achieving the desired safety outcomes, without placing unnecessary burden on industry.
Feedback has been provided in a range of ways. This includes, via a special CASA/industry forum held in December 2014, input from the Flight Crew Licensing Subcommittee of the Standards Consultative Committee and the standard post-implementation review process, which encourages comments from all members of the aviation community.
On 30 April 2015, CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety also wrote to all pilots and flying training organisations inviting suggestions and comments about how the rules are working in practice.
In response to the feedback received, CASA has compiled a work list of matters that need addressing. This includes areas where regulation amendments will be required. Amending regulations is a protracted process and in the meantime, CASA is taking action to put interim solutions in place.
Where possible, actions are being taken to facilitate the early resolution of identified issues. These actions include changes to requirements and standards, processes and forms, as well as the release of instruments and exemptions. For example:
- legislative instruments required by the regulations are being published (such as prescribed aircraft ratings)
- the 14 day dual check requirement for student pilots has been extended to 30 days
- R22 and R44 helicopters are no longer classified as type-rated aircraft
- information sheets have been produced to explain aspects of the new licensing system
- Part 141 operators can now conduct training on the Catalina
- instruments are in place to ensure CAR 217 organisations are properly authorised to conduct flying training activities during the transition period
- authorisations in place for check pilots to conduct operator proficiency checks.
Some activities are ongoing, such as the grant of regulation 61.040 approvals, and the continued development and promotion of guidance material to clarify the new requirements.
Note: This summary will be regularly updated to demonstrate progress against the listed activities, and also to reflect any new actions arising from further feedback.
CASA continues to invite comments and suggestions on the implementation of the new rules. To contribute, simply email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org