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Annual Report 2005-06: Standards Consultative Committee

Standards Consultative Committee

 

The Standards Consultative Committee (SCC) brings together representatives from a diverse range of aviation industry groups to work with CASA on regulatory change. With 39 organisations represented on the main committee and a total of 250 CASA and industry participants in the SCC and its six subcommittees, the process involves considerable commitment, effort and coordination, and the SCC’s success is a significant achievement.

Role

The SCC’s principal task is to consider safety regulatory issues in relation to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs), amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CARs) and CAOs, manuals of standards and advisory circulars. The SCC considers legislative change proposals in order to recommend which should be advanced.

The committee also identifies individual industry experts to work with our staff on the development of regulatory proposals. CASA and the aviation industry have common goals, and have much to gain through the engagement of technically competent, widely experienced and highly qualified individuals. Their involvement enables us to deliver aviation safety regulations that are contemporary and practical, reflect industry best practice, and can respond to future industry directions.

The SCC also provides input to and endorses the work of special working groups established for particular purposes, such as work on CEO Directives. From time to time, at the request of CASA’s CEO, the SCC is asked to provide technical consideration of specific CEO Directives and to examine them for appropriateness, completeness, clarity, and safety benefit.

The SCC provides the authority and reporting line for decisions of its subcommittees, and is a forum for resolving conflicting industry views in the subcommittees.

The committee receives feedback from CASA on how we have managed its recommendations, so that the decision-making process is open, transparent and accountable.

SCC meeting

SCC meetings draw together 39 aviation industry organisations

For CASA, the SCC is a valuable source of information on the aviation industry and a channel through which the industry can keep us informed. This ensures that the needs of each industry sector are recognised and respected during the rule-making process.

The committee is also a forum for consultation on a broad range of matters relating to our responsibilities, for raising and exchanging new ideas, for testing new initiatives and for discussing future developments.

Further information about the SCC (including its membership, subcommittees, meetings and activities) is provided on CASA’s website at http://rrp.casa.gov.au/scc/.

Activities

The SCC met four times during 2005–06. Some key issues considered were:

  • ongoing progress and development of the Maintenance Regulations Project
  • amalgamation of the Airspace Standards and the CNS/ATM (communications/navigation/surveillance air traffic management) Standards subcommittees, to form the Airspace Users Group
  • review and consideration of various legislative amendments to CASRs, CARs and CAOs
  • progression of activities to achieve CEO Directive 16/2004 and CEO Directive 17/2004.

The SCC also provided pre-issue review of the following consultation documents:

  • Draft DP 0602CS—Internal corrosion of control cables using terminals constructed of SAE AISI 303Se stainless steel
  • NPC 172/02—Proposed amendments to Manual of Standards Part 172—Air Traffic Service Providers
  • NPRM 0503CS—Proposed airworthiness directive for replacement of main rotor blades on Robinson R22 helicopters
  • NFRM 0405AS—CASR Subpart 91U navigation authorisations
  • NFRM 0313CS—Airworthiness requirements for light sport aircraft
  • NFRM 0401AS—National Airspace System (NAS) Characteristic 29—Stage 2C
  • NFRM 0406AS—Aeronautical Telecommunication Service and Radionavigation Service Providers.

SCC meeting attendees

Left to right: SCC meeting attendees Julie Fox, Carolyn Hutton, Sharyn Owen and Merrilyn Chilvers