Aerial Application Rating examination (AGRA and AGRH)
AGRA and AGRH on PEXO
The Aerial Application Rating examinations for aeroplane (AGRA) and helicopter (AGRH) are available on the PEXO system.
ASL delivers the examinations on behalf of CASA. ASL has 30 examination venues throughout Australia. The examinations are available during weekdays only. Booking with ASL is essential.
The entry standards to sit and be accorded a valid pass in the aerial application rating examination shall be a Commercial Pilot Licence or an Air Transport Pilot Licence of the relevant aircraft category.
The syllabus for the examinations is published in The CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards, Schedule 3, Section 2.3.
The AGRA and AGRH are each a two-hour examination, consisting of around 50 multi-choice questions. To qualify for the award of a Pass the candidate shall achieve not less than 75% in the examination.
All questions should be answered. If a candidate perceives that a question cannot be answered because of insufficient data, the candidate may leave the question unanswered and inform CASA after the exam session via the process described in post-exam comment . However, the candidate shall be personally responsible for his/her decision to leave any question unanswered.
Because of significant differences in the syllabus and examination contents for categories, a pass in one examination will not be considered as a pass in another.
CASA reserves the right to reduce the number of questions from the examination without prior notice, but when doing so, will not reduce the 2 hours permitted time for the examination.
Candidates shall refer to the stated syllabus. Aeroplane and helicopter candidates will be examined on all syllabus topics except those not applicable to their aircraft category
The following references (as respectively indicated relevant for AGRA or AGRH) are useful study material to support the study of the syllabus:
- Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) (1988) (for AGRH only)
- Part 137 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) (1998) (for AGRA only)
- Civil Aviation Orders (CAO)
- Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) 92-1(1) (for AGRA only)
- Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) 92-2(2) (for AGRH only)
- Aerial Application Pilots Manual (AAPM), Edition 3
- Manual of Aviation Meteorology by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
- Flight at Lower Levels by John Freeman (ISBN 1 86254 366 6)
- Aircraft - Human Performance & Limitations by Tony Wilson
- Human Factors for Pilots (2nd Ed) by R Green at al
AGRA and AGRH candidates
For the purpose of the examinations, questions examining ‘Aircraft & Equipment requirements’ shall be based on relevant sections of CAR (1988) (for AGRH), and CASR Part 137 (for AGRA) and Aerial Application Pilots Manual (for both AGRA and AGRH).
Questions on Human Factors will be based on the Human Factors section of the Aerial Application Pilots Manual (AAPM), 3rd Edition, or the two Human Factors publications listed above.
Questions on low level turbulence may include turbulence caused/associated with mountain waves, thunderstorms, willy willies and low level wind shears (e.g. from microburst activity) that may affect agricultural operations, and the cloud types that indicate its’ presence.
Candidates may wish to source additional study material from their training schools or the Aerial Agricultural Association of Australia (AAAA) to assist with their preparation for these examinations.
AGRH candidates should refer to CAR (1988) including relevant sections of ‘Maintenance’ and Schedule 8 and CAAP 92-2(2).
AGRA candidates should refer to CAR (1988) including relevant sections of ‘Maintenance’ and Schedule 8, CASR (1998) Part 137 and CAAP 91-1(1).