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 operators operating foreign-registered aircraft to transport passengers or cargo to, within or from Australian territory.

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

Legislative instruments

Legislative instruments include exemptions to particular regulatory requirements in aviation regulations or a Manual of Standards, but which apply to a broad range of persons. Instruments related to this part will display in this space or you can view our list of legislative instruments.

Non-legislative instruments

Non-legislative instruments include exemptions to particular regulatory requirements in aviation regulations or a Manual of Standards, but which apply to a particular person. Non-legislative instruments related to this part will display in this space or your can view our list of non-legislative instruments.

Guidance material

Advisory material provides advice and guidance to explain particular regulatory requirements of a CASR Part. Guidance material relating to this part will appear in this space or you can view all our guidance material.

Date published:
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//search-centre/rules/part-129-casr-foreign-air-transport-operators-certification-and-operating-requirements
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