New rules for operators conducting air transport operations in rotorcraft commenced on 2 December 2021.
Part 133 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) covers the rules for air transport in rotorcraft. These rules are specifically designed for rotorcraft and eliminate the time and cost that was involved in applying for exemptions under previous regulations.
The term air transport replaces both charter and regular public transport (RPT) and adds medical transport operations such as patient transport.
You should also read Part 119 which deals with the general certification and management for air transport operations.
If you conduct other operations, such as aerial work, you need to comply with other CASR flight operations Parts.
Transition to new regulations
We have compiled information and resources about transitioning to the new regulations. Visit our flight operations transition section to find out more.
Who it affects
Part 133 applies to air transport operations in helicopters, gyroplanes or powered lift aircraft.
All operators and pilots also need to comply with Part 91 of CASR General operating and flight rules, noting that Part 133 may add to or turn off some Part 91 requirements – either completely or partially.