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Becoming a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME)
In June 2011 CASA introduced Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) 1998, changing the training and assessment standards for licensing of aircraft maintenance engineers.
Part 66 replaced Regulation 31 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR 31). The system is based on the A, B1, B2 and C categories and type ratings, used by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
Part 66 was introduced to enable aircraft engineer licence holders to:
- operate under regulations designed to enhance aviation safety and align the Australian legislation with modern international regulatory practices
- have provisions for a perpetual licence
- enhance aviation safety through the introduction of human factors and Safety Management Systems.
- access CASA approved Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisations (MTOs) for training and assessment for Part 66 licence category and subcategory outcomes, aircraft type rating and removal of exclusions.
Using CASA Basics until 30 June 2021
CASA recently announced a range of measures being put in place to help the Australian aviation industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment caused by COVID-19.
As a result, if you have been using CASA Basics and SOE for what would have been a small aircraft licence under the previous CAR 31 licensing system, this option has been extended for a further 12 month period until 30 June 2021. After this date to continue to qualify for a Part 66 licence that can be used for small aircraft, you will need to contact a CASA approved Part 147 MTO (found in AC 147-02 v6.5 (pdf 1.16 MB)), until CASA introduces the new Part 66 self-study pathway as an alternative training option to qualify for a Part 66 licence.
If you are currently using this pathway to obtain a Part 66 licence, read the CASA Basics frequently asked questions.
- Syllabus of examination aircraft maintenance engineer licences electrical, instrument and radio categories (pdf 652.75 KB)
- Syllabus of examination aircraft maintenance engineer licences mechanical category (pdf 522.69 KB)
Schedule of experience forms
Resources and guidance
- See the Part 66 manual of standards (MOS) and associated Part 66 acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) document for details of licence privileges, aircraft systems, designations, conditions and limitations, and other related information.
- AC 147-02 v6.5 (pdf 1.16 MB) is divided into two parts:
- Part 1 provides a list of the Part 147 'category MTOs' approved by CASA to conduct licence category and subcategory training, and
- Part 2 provides a list of the Part 147 'aircraft type training MTOs' (domestic and international) approved by CASA to conduct aircraft type training, and the training courses they provide.
- The AME licensing airworthiness advisory circulars (AAC 9-0 and AAC 9-91 to AAC 9-95) provide further information on topics such as general aircraft engineer licensing information, aircraft maintenance engineer basics exams, licence categories and Schedule of experience requirements.
- The AME licensing procedures manual covers procedures for issuing, changing and renewing aircraft engineer licences.
- Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) sets out how an aircraft engineer licence is applied for and granted and explains the appropriate use of the licence and ratings.