New rules for operators conducting air transport in smaller aeroplanes commenced on 2 December 2021.
Part 135 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) covers the air transport rules for smaller aeroplanes.
If you are operating under these rules, 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 rotorcraft air transport, you need to comply with other CASR flight operations parts.
Who it affects
Part 135 of CASR applies to air transport operations in aeroplanes with a maximum seating capacity of nine and a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 8,618 kg or less.
Subpart 121.Z applies if you are operating single-engine aeroplanes with a seating capacity of more than 9 seats. However, you must comply with the majority of Part 135.
Some operators may be able to operate an aeroplane with up to 13 seats if they are already conducting these operations and meet the requirements.
All operators and pilots also need to comply with Part 91 of CASR General operating and flight rules, noting that Part 135 may add to or turn off some Part 91 requirements – either completely or partially.