Apply for an initial issue of a flight training approval
The process outlined below applies to organisations proposing to provide flight training for the following.
- Non-integrated, single pilot recreational pilot licences (RPL), private pilot licences (PPL) and commercial pilot licences (CPL).
- Single pilot ratings.
- Training conducted in flight simulation training devices only.
If you are proposing to conduct training activities in an aircraft but those activities do not fall under items 1 or 2 above, you need to apply for your training approval under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
Step 1 - Complete and submit an application form
The form(s) you need to complete depends on the type of training activity you intend to conduct.
- a) If you are proposing to conduct non-integrated, single pilot RPL, PPL and CPL or single pilot ratings only, complete the following:
- b) If you are proposing to conduct flight training activities in flight simulation training devices only, complete the following:
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- c) If you are proposing to conduct integrated, multi-crew flight training activities in an aircraft, you need to apply for an initial issue of an Air Operator’s Certificate. You do not need to complete Form 141-001 or Form 142-001.
Note: If you are proposing to conduct activities outlined in step 1a (above) in addition to the activities in Step 1c (above), the AOC Application Form for an Initial Issue will be sufficient. You do not need to complete Form 141-001.
If you have difficulties accessing the required application forms please contact the Permission Application Centre (PAC).
Step 2 – Review of your application
CASA will review your application to ensure that you have answered the relevant questions and provided any requested documents.
If your application is incomplete, CASA will contact you and give you the opportunity to address any deficiencies.
Please remember that an incomplete application - if not addressed within a reasonable period - will not be considered further.
Step 3 – Payment and submitting supporting documents
An estimate of costs to process the application will be forwarded to you. The estimate is based on an hourly rate of either $160 or $190.
The estimate covers CASA's assessment of your exposition and other documentation, key personnel interviews and inspections of your facilities, including the cost to process and issue the certificate.
The estimate letter also contains, if applicable, a list of documents you need to provide in support of your application. If you wish to go ahead with your application, you are required to:
- pay the amount required in the estimate letter
- submit the list of supporting documents.
The estimate is valid for 30 days from the date it is sent. If CASA has not received your payment and any supporting documents required within 30 days, your job is closed and your application returned to you.
A description of the estimate process is in our Fees and Charges section.
Step 4 – Assessment of your application
Pre-assessment meeting (if required)
CASA may ask to meet with you prior to the formal assessment of your application.
This meeting provides you and CASA the opportunity to discuss the application and each other’s expectations, and address any issues that may arise. The assessing CASA Regional Office will host this meeting.
CASA will inform you if a pre-assessment meeting is required and your Regional Office will contact you to arrange a suitable time for the meeting.
Assessment of your application will only commence when CASA has received your payment and supporting documents.
PAC will then allocate your application to your local Regional Office, who will assess your operation.
If the application package is not correct or insufficient, all or part of the package will be returned to you for correction or completion.
Failure to provide any supporting documentation within reasonable timeframes may result in your application being suspended. CASA will cancel any applications that remain suspended/dormant for more than 90 days.
Step 5 - Detailed assessment
The detailed assessment involves two stages:
- document evaluation
- inspections and tests.
The detailed assessment is carried out in accordance with requirements under CASR Part 141 and/or Part 142 and other civil aviation legislative provisions applicable to your proposed operations.
Step 6 - Recommendation and approval
Once the assessment is complete, the certification process is commenced at the CASA Regional Office. The Regional Office will prepare a recommendation to the CASA delegate to issue or not issue the CASA approval.
At this stage, you will also be informed if the recommendation varies from what you have applied for or if the application is declined.
Step 7 - Certificate issue
If approved, CASA will issue the approval certificate relevant to your operation (Part 141 certificate, Part 142 certificate or Air Operator’s Certificate).
The certificate will be emailed to you and the original forwarded by mail.
PAC will reconcile the actual hours against the estimated hours for the assessment. A refund or invoice will be processed if required.
Should you require further information, contact PAC on 136 773 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAC is available 8:30am to 4:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday to answer your questions and explain the application process.