Air operators - Rules and regulations
Rules and regulations
Links to the applicable Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR), Civil Aviation Orders (CAO) and Civil Aviation Act.
Civil Aviation Regulations 254 - Exits and passageways not to be obstructed (link to Attorney General's Department)
Unless CASA otherwise approves, this regulation applies to all passageways and exits in an aircraft that are for use by passengers or crew.
When an aircraft is in flight, the pilot in command must ensure that all passageways and exits to which this regulation applies are kept free from obstruction.
CAO 20.16.3 Air Service Operations - Carriage of persons (Adobe Acrobat document, 26kb)
15.1 - When handicapped persons are carried in an aircraft all reasonable precautions shall be taken to prevent hazards to other occupants.
15.2 - The carrage of handicapped persons in regular public transport or charter operations shall be in accordance with the following requirements:
- the operator shall establish procedures which will identify as far as possible passengers who are handicapped;
- the operator shall ensure that handicapped persons are not seated in an aircraft where they could in any way obstruct or hinder access to any emergency exit by other persons on the aircraft; and
- the operator shall ensure that individual briefings on emergency procedures are given in accordance with the requirements of CAO section 20.11.
CAO 20.11 Emergency and life saving equipment and requirements for passenger control in emergencies (Adobe Acrobat document, 61kb)
14.1.2 The operator of an aircraft shall ensure that a handicapped person and the person assisting the handicapped person, if any, is given individual briefing appropriate to the needs of that person in the procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency evacuation of the aircraft.
The briefing should include which emergency exit to use tand when to move to that exit. The person giving the briefing should also enquire as to the most appropriate manner of assisting the handicapped person so as to prevent injury or pain to that person.
Civl Aviation Act - 28BE Duty to exercise care and diligence (link to Attorney General's Department)
The holder of an AOC must at all times take all reasonable steps to ensure that every activity covered by the AOC and everything done in connection with such activity, is done with a reasonable degree of care and dilligency.