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New flight crew training and licensing regulations
Effective flight crew training for the issue of a licence, rating or endorsement is a cornerstone of aviation and influences the long-term safety performance of the aviation industry.
In recognition of this, the regulations for flight crew training and licensing and authorisations for some ground personnel in Australia have been reviewed and updated.
New Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) for training and licensing came into effect on 1 September 2014.
The changes are part of CASA’s wider regulation reforms and bring a range of benefits to Australian aviation, including strengthening existing safety standards and further aligning Australian safety regulation with international standards.
More information about the new regulations is available on the licensing regulations page.
Information for flight crew, air operators and affected ground personnel
The new requirements apply to the following:
- flight crew (pilots and flight engineers)
- people who use aeronautical radios
- people who taxi aeroplanes
- operators who provide training for flight crew and ground personnel.
Transition periods have been included in the new requirements to give the aviation industry sufficient time to adapt to the new regulations while minimising disruption to aviation in Australia.
Flight crew will have four years to obtain their new Part 61 licence.
Flying training organisations will also have four years to transition to new rules contained in Part 141 and Part 142 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
CASA will work with the aviation industry across all sectors – commercial, private and recreational – to introduce the stronger standards that are reflected in the new training and licensing regulations.
Read CASA’s licensing information sheets to find out how the rules work in practice.
Training and licensing: who and what is affected?
Our training and licensing regulation reform fact sheets explain how the new regulations affect individuals and organisations involved in flight and ground personnel training and licensing in Australia, including the transition timeframes and arrangements that new and currently licensed flight and ground personnel, and flight crew training providers need to know about.
- Fact sheet – Regulation Reform – Flight crew training Word version | PDF version
- Fact sheet – Regulation Reform – Flight crew licensing: Licensed pilots Word version | PDF version
- Fact sheet – Regulation Reform – Authorisations for non-licensed personnel Word version | PDF version
If you have any questions about the new regulations you can email CASA at: CLARC@casa.gov.au