Part 129 of CASR Foreign air transport operators - certification and operating requirements

Rule status


Part 129 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) sets out the certification, airworthiness, maintenance, and operating requirements for foreign air transport operators.

This includes foreign operators operating foreign-registered aircraft, within or from Australian territory for hire or reward, to transport either:

  • cargo
  • passengers.

It outlines the requirements for a Foreign Air Transport Air Operator’s Certificate (FATAOC) and requires a foreign operator to:

  • meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards
  • have an AOC issued by their own country
  • ensure all crew (flight crew and cabin crew) are able to communicate orally in a common language to enhance safety outcomes
  • have a safety management system (as per the standards set out in ICAO Annex 19, Safety Management).

Who it affects

Part 129 of CASR affects:

  • foreign air transport operators operating foreign-registered aircraft carrying passengers or cargo in Australia.

Legislative instruments

Legislative instruments apply to a broad range of people. These instruments include Manuals of Standards and exemptions to regulatory requirements.

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Non-legislative instruments

Non-legislative instruments apply to a particular person. Some exemptions to regulatory requirements in aviation regulations or a Manual of Standards may be listed here.

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Guidance material

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