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CASR Part 103 - Sport and recreational aviation operations
Part 103 of CASR will consolidate the rules applying to people who carry out recreational aviation private flight operations, maintenance, and training for recreational aviation in the following kinds of aircraft:
- gliders (including sailplanes, hang gliders, paragliders and powered variants thereof meeting defined criteria)
- manned balloons and hot-air airships
- rotorcraft that meet defined criteria and are administered by a recreational aviation administration organisation
- ultralight aeroplanes (defined by weight and stall speed) that are administered by a recreational aviation administration organisation.
All rules relating to private or recreational use of balloons or gliders will be found in Part 103.
These rules are currently contained in the CAO 95-series of exemptions that relate to activities administered by named administering organisations. The criteria for the establishment and operation of these administering organisations will be contained in Part 149 of CASR.
Who Part 103 affects
- organisations involved in sport aviation as defined in Part 103
- sport and recreational aircraft pilots and maintainers.
Part 103 is being developed through Standards Development project OS 99/03. Key proposals include:
- rules are stated as positive requirements rather than exemptions
- Part 103 will incorporate, in its maintenance subpart, standards for the maintenance of sport and recreational aircraft, including reference to maintenance personnel standards, in order to spell out CASA requirements more clearly than at present
- the rules in Part 103 may form the basis for a future CASR Part 115, dealing with the requirements for those hire-and-reward operations that may be carried out in these aircraft
- the rules are to be drafted so as to be ‘simple rules for simple aircraft’ and to state what may and may not be done using these aircraft
- operating limitations will be based on the capability of the aircraft, the kind of equipment fitted to it, and the capability of the pilot (and of the sport aviation bodies to train the pilot).
- operations will be limited to VFR, with night operations being available only to balloons. (It may be necessary for CASA to continue to issue exemptions for the very rare occasions when it is appropriate to allow other sport aircraft to fly at night on a case by case basis.)
This is a new Part that will parallel CASR Parts 42 and 91, and apply to persons flying and maintaining these aircraft by applying appropriate requirements that may be unique to these kinds of aircraft. The rules will be consistent with Part 91 in areas of common coverage and will invoke personnel standards similar to Parts 61 and 66.
Part 103 history
The Part 103 history includes the Standards Development activities conducted in relation to Part 103.