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ASAP meeting outcomes and minutes - 4 September 2017
The Aviation Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) held its inaugural meeting today, in Sydney.
Professor Pat Murray, independent Chair of the ASAP joined Shane Carmody, CASA’s Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety in welcoming the panel members, including representatives from industry and CASA.
Role of the ASAP and panel members
Members supported the role of the ASAP in providing the Director of Aviation Safety with informed, objective high-level advice from the aviation community on current, emerging and potential issues that have, or may have, significant implications for safety and the way CASA performs its functions.
Members agreed that the panel would consider issues from a whole-of-industry perspective rather than the specific interest of individual sectors.
Consultation and engagement
Members reinforced the need to streamline the consultation processes and recast engagement with industry.
The panel recommended that CASA close out the current structure of supporting committees to the former Standards Consultative Committee (SCC) and move quickly to seek expressions of interest from industry members interested in contributing to future engagement. The panel emphasised that the work of any supporting technical groups must be guided and tasked by the ASAP to ensure alignment with agreed strategies and priorities and that reporting procedures to the ASAP be developed.
Regulatory program priorities
The panel endorsed CASA’s drive to complete the regulatory reform program by December 2018 acknowledging the need to balance risk, simplicity and timeliness.
The panel reviewed CASA’s guiding principles for development and implementation of safety regulations (as originally outlined in the DAS Directive issued in 2015) and agreed they formed a sound basis, but asked that they be refreshed with a view to stronger emphasis on:
- risk analysis forming a fundamental tenet of assessing the approach to safety regulation
- ensuring simplicity/clarity in the principles to effectively support the exercise of discretion
- considering 'uniqueness’ of the Australian environment an exception rather than a default
- recognising that timeliness is an important factor.
The panel supported a number priorities that needed quick resolution. These include:
- medical certification standards for pilots
- radio frequencies for use in low level uncontrolled airspace
- validation of the principles underpinning planned reform of the flying operations regulations (Part 91, Part 119, Part 121, Part 133, Part 135, Part 138)
- future policy directions to safely support growth in drones
- concluding the outstanding actions from the aviation safety regulation review (ASRR).
The panel considered that the work of any supporting technical groups must be guided and tasked by the ASAP to ensure alignment with agreed strategies and priorities.
The ASAP will meet again on 22 November 2017.