3.3 Duration of designation

CASA appoints DAMEs and DAOs for periods specified at the time of appointment. They are required to re-apply for appointment at the end of each such period (in the interest of continuity, DAMEs who are desirous of re-issue should apply at least 30 days before the end of the period of designation).

DAMEs must ensure that they fulfil continuing education requirements and provide evidence of these to CASA at the time of renewal. The online eLearning component is an important part of this requirement.

Failure to observe the relevant conditions of appointment as set out in Application for appointment or reappointment as Designated Aviation Medical Examiner or Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist form 755 may be grounds for cancellation of designation.

The designation cannot be exercised if the DAME ceases to practise at the location(s) for which he/she is appointed, unless CASA approves a change in practice location by issuing a new appointment document with the new location.

Note: DAME appointments relate to those nominated locations which have been applied for. A change of location must be approved by CASA. This will also ensure that applicants have up-to-date information about DAME location and contacts.

Designation does not extend to a designated examiner's partners, assistants, locums or successors. Designated examiners who wish to have other practitioners act when they are not available, should apply for a DAME appointment. Adequate time must be allowed to permit designation to be processed.

For DAMEs' proposed locums, completion of an approved aviation medicine course is a prerequisite for approval. CASA does not usually approve locum appointments for periods of less than four weeks.

Updated: 11 April 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/manuals-and-handbooks/designated-aviation-medical-examiners-handbook/33-duration-designation
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