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CASA Annual Report 2002 03 Appendix 6: International activity

Part 7: Appendices

Appendix 6: International activity

Some of CASA's international standards development participation and highlights included:

  • The ICAO Operations Panel considered Australia's Land and Hold Short Operations proposal. All parties, except the Federal Aviation Administration, accepted this proposal. The Panel will report the same to the Air Navigation Commission for a decision.

Some progress was made on the different international extended range operations procedures and work is continuing on that element out of session. The Panel considered 46 operational papers.

The Australian delegate was formally elected as Chairman of the Operations Panel. Traffic alert and collision avoidance system requirements and extended range operations procedures are also being considered.


  • Australia attended the Airbus A380 Maintenance Review Board - Industry Steering Committee. CASA's participation helped the organisation learn more of the aircraft and its associated systems, and contributed to resolving implementation issues, in anticipation of the A380s introduction to the Qantas fleet.
  • At the request of ICAO Headquarters, CASA provided a briefing to the Air Navigation Commission to explain how the Air Traffic Control operational concept document is part of a larger framework for development and evolution of the global Air Traffic Management system. CASA's presentation was able to allay many concerns by demonstrating that the safety ideas in the concept are not new or revolutionary, but borrow from world trends and that the next logical step is to make safety an essential part of the concept.
  • CASA attended the 6th Annual Conference on Ageing Aircraft to discuss composite structure ageing problems with other overseas regulatory authorities.
  • CASA continued its harmonisation efforts with New Zealand in a number of areas, in particular aviation medicine and trans-Tasman mutual recognition efforts.
  • Australia is chairing the Asia-Pacific Airspace Safety Monitoring Task Force.
  • Responding to national and international concerns, CASA has put a process and procedures in place to implement the Minister's request to place photo-identification on aviation licences. This includes the entry control requirements for politically-motivated violence checks to be completed by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation before a licence is issued.
  • CASA continued its involvement in the Airservices Australia Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasting (ADS-B) trials in Queensland. This potential radar replacement technology is achieving excellent preliminary results including detection and tracking of aircraft at distances that could not be achieved by radar. Through involvement with the ICAO SASP, CASA is helping develop internationally recognised ADS-B separation standards.
  • CASA helped to achieve FAA type certification of the Gippsland Aeronautics GA-8 aircraft in the USA and Canada. Both countries have now accepted the GA-8.
  • Medical staff presented diagnostic and certification trends to the Aviation Medical Standards Association international conference.
  • Australia is providing specialist content and editorial support to the ICAO Medical Examiners Handbook.
  • CASA contributed to three working groups of the ICAO Flight Crew Licensing and Training Panel that targeted:
    • organisational oversight for training organisations
    • revision of Annex 1 and the training requirements in Annex 6 part 1 and part 3
    • proposals for a new licensing training regime to allow airline candidates to move directly in the right hand seat of multi-crew multi-engine turbine aircraft.


Recommendations will be presented at the Flight Crew Licensing and Training Panel meeting in December 2003.

  • CASA participated in the ICAO Dangerous Goods Panel resulting in excellent reciprocal exchange of best practice information between ICAO dangerous goods procedures and our proposed CASR Part 92.
  • CASA participated in the ICAO Obstacle Clearance Panel working group and presented five working papers proposing new methods for developing standards. The papers were accepted.
  • CASA developed four working papers that were accepted as the Australian position at the 11th Air Navigation Conference (September 2003). The topics were:
    • the need for increased international cooperation between safety regulators
    • the need for a more coherent global safety-performance framework-based System Safety
    • qualified endorsement of the concept of required total system performance
    • an information paper on the safety regulation of Communication Navigation Surveillance Air Traffic Management in Australia.


  • CASA contributed heavily to the new edition of the Australian Air Traffic Management Strategic Plan.

Major contributions include the issuing of a volume with the first ever Australian Communication Navigation Surveillance (sub) Plan, as well as updating safety requirements to match the work Australia (CASA) progressed through ICAO Air Traffic Management Operational Concept Panel.

  • CASA provided resources to support Papua New Guinea's move to a navigational infrastructure fully based on Global Navigational Satellite System, delivered today mainly via USA's Global Positioning System.
  • CASA participated in the ICAO Global Navigational Satellite System Panel Meeting in Montreal. Major achievements were development of position papers for the forthcoming ANC 11 Conference in September 2003, finalisation of the new ICAO Global Navigational Satellite System Manual and further development of standards and recommended practices for various Global Navigational Satellite System elements, including the Airservices-developed ground-based regional augmentation aircraft navigational system (GRAS).