Simplifying health arrangements

Pilots assume responsibility for lives on board aircraft and lives on the ground. Careful regulation is necessary to ensure pilots are fit to fly without unduly limiting access to the cockpit.

Industry has told us that:

  • healthy pilots find it difficult to get medical clearances
  • healthy pilots sometimes get caught in complex and cumbersome regulatory processes that offer little safety benefit
  • we should change fatigue management rules for aerial application operators to recognise the seasonal nature of the activity and facilitate more flying hours.

Overview of reforms and timeframes

Table key:

  • • (bullet circle) shows when work is planned
  • Q1 ends 31 Mar
  • Q2 ends 30 Jun
  • Q3 ends 30 Sep
  • Q4 ends 31 Dec.
Reform Q1 2022 Q2 2022 Q3 2022 Q4 2022 Q1 2023 Q2 2023+
Review Part 67 of CASR aviation medical policy
Refine CASA aviation medical policies for decision-making and certification
Amend fatigue management rules for the aerial application sector            

Learn more about Part 67 of CASR explanation of changes.

Review Part 67 of CASR aviation medical policy

Initiatives under this measure include:

  • consult on aviation medical standards to develop additional pathways and options for medical certification, including:
    • potential opportunities to improve access to basic medical certification through general practitioners (GP) using modified drivers’ licence standards
    • the potential introduction of a self-declared pilot medical pathway for private/recreational operations.

Activities and timeframes:

  • scope policy by end of Q1 (31 Mar 2022)
  • Technical Working Group (TWG) to consider policy by end of Q1 (31 Mar 2022)
  • New milestones for implementation being developed.

Refine CASA aviation medical policies for decision-making and certification

Initiatives under this measure include:

  • consult on aviation medical standards to develop additional pathways and options for medical certification, including:
    • opportunities to increase direct certification by medical examiners without referral to CASA
    • opportunities for streamlined certification processes within CASA
    • improved communication and engagement in complex certification decisions and application of aviation medicine policy.

Activities and timeframes for this initiative are being rescoped in consultation with the Aerial Application Association of Australia and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association.

Amend fatigue management rules for the aerial application sector

Initiatives under this measure include:

  • work with industry to settle potential amendments to the fatigue management rules for the aerial application sector. This will provide more flexibility for pilots to spend more time in the air.

Activities and timeframes:

  • internal policy consideration by end of Q2 (30 Jun 2022)
  • draft amendments to CAO48.1 by end of Q3 (30 Sep 2022)
  • consult industry by end of Q3 (30 Sep 2022)
  • benefit available to industry in Q3 (30 Sep 2022). We may initially implement this via exemption instrument with regulatory amendments to follow.
Published date: 6 December 2022
Online version available at: https://www.casa.gov.au//simplifying-health-arrangements
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