What you need to do and when

There are timelines you must meet to continue to be compliant with the new flight operations rules.

These timelines relate to provisions that we deferred to give you extra time to get ready and offer significant safety benefits.

What you must do

You must submit documentation to us by the deadlines indicated. These depend on how you currently operate and what you already have in place.

These deadlines allow us to check draft documentation. We will then work with you on any changes before commencement.

Not every operator has to submit documents. The following information will help you work out if a requirement applies to you and what you must do and by when.

These rules apply for those organisations who were operating on 1 December 2022. New applications must have these systems in place at the time of application.

Training and checking system

You need a training and checking system if you:

For an air transport operator under Part 119 your training and checking system must cover ALL your crew members and operational safety-critical personnel in relation to the aircraft you are using for your air transport operations under Part 119.

For an aerial work certificate holder under Part 138 your training and checking system only needs to cover the crew members and operational safety-critical personnel in relation to the aircraft or operations specifically mentioned in regulation 138.125 and section 4.02 of the Part 138 MOS.

By 2 September 2022 you must provide your training and checking documents to review and be ready to start by 2 March 2023.

However, you don’t have to redo everyone’s check on this date as existing competencies will be recognised for defined periods beyond 2 March 2023.

For more guidance on training and checking systems visit the training and checking systems web page.

Safety management system

You need a safety management system (SMS) if you:

You may already have an SMS because you also conduct Part 142 flight training operations. If so, you only need to update your existing SMS to include your Part 119 air transport operations and applicable Part 138 aerial work operations.

Whatever your operations, we have created a series of milestones to help you prepare.

For Part 142 operators you must:

  • provide your proposed SMS exposition/manual content by 2 September 2022
  • be ready to start by 2 December 2022.

For Part 119 air transport and relevant Part 138 aerial work operators you must:

  • provide an implementation plan by 2 December 2022
  • provide your full documentation by 3 June 2024
  • be ready to start by 1 December 2024.

To help you develop your documents, read AC 119-01 Safety management systems for air transport operations. This AC is equally useful to develop an SMS for an aerial work operation.

For more guidance on safety management systems visit the safety management systems web page.

Rotorcraft performance

You need to comply with rotorcraft performance classes if you conduct:

  • air transport operations in helicopters, gyroplanes or powered lift aircraft rotorcraft medical transport operations.

If you are conducting air transport operations in helicopters, gyroplanes or powered lift aircraft you must:

  • provide documentation by 3 June 2023
  • be ready to start by 4 December 2023.

If you are conducting medical transport operations you must:

  • provide documentation by 5 September 2023
  • be ready to start by 4 December 2023.

If you are conducting aerial work operations, one of the rotorcraft performance options is to comply with the Part 133 rotorcraft performance classes but this is not mandatory. Review the Part 138 MOS for more details.

To help you develop your documents, review the following guidance material:

Human factors and non-technical skills training

You will need human factors/non-technical skills training for your operational safety-critical personnel if you conduct:

  • air transport operations
  • medical transport operations

You must give us your documentation by 3 June 2023 and be ready to start on 4 December 2023.

To help you develop your documents, read AC 119-12 Human factors principles and non-technical skills for air transport operations.

Last updated:
24 Aug 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//rules/changing-rules/flight-operations-regulations-transition/what-you-need-do-and-when
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