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CASR Part 119 - Air operator certification, management and systems
Parts 119 and 129 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR 1998) both deal with the issuing of Air Operator's Certificates (AOCs) to air operators — Part 119 is for Australian operators, Part 129 for foreign operators.
An Air Transport Operation means an operation in an aircraft:
- that is conducted for hire or reward or is otherwise publicly available
- that is a passenger transport operation or a cargo transport operation
- a passenger transport operation is an operation in an aircraft involving the carriage of passengers, whether or not cargo is carried on the aircraft. A passenger transport operation does not include, cost sharing operations, aerial work operations or an operation for the carriage of passengers in an aircraft with a certificate of airworthiness other than a standard certificate of airworthiness.
Such operations will require an AOC issued under Part 119 (or Part 131 for balloons). The suite of regulations that will require the operator to have a Part 119 AOC will be:
The requirements and issue of AOCs for balloons will be contained in Part 131.
Who Part 119 affects
- current and potential aviation Regular Public Transport (RPT) operators
- current and potential aviation Charter operators
- professional aviation crew members
- safety critical aviation personnel
- individuals involved with the airworthiness and maintenance control of aircraft engaged in RPT and Charter operations
- other employees of RPT and Charter operators
- passengers in aeroplanes and rotorcraft
- carriers of air cargo in aeroplanes and rotorcraft
- operators of air cargo aircraft
- the new Air Transport Operations will combine the flexibility of charter operations with the safety benefits of RPT's structured training and checking.
- A single standard for both regular public transport and charter operators
- Identification of key personnel as defined in the Civil Aviation Act 1988
- Establishing a new designated person identified as the Safety Manager
- Making the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) accountable for the safety system and regulatory compliance
- Requiring operators to develop and maintain a Safety Management System (SMS)
- Requiring operators to provide for crew training and checking, or to arrange for this to be conducted by an organisation approved under CASR Part 142 — Training and checking operators
- Provision of non-technical skills training to safety critical aviation personnel
- The requirement for an operator to prepare and operate to an exposition.
Part 119 will also contain some rules about record keeping and some other generic aviation rules that were previously slated for parts 121/133/135 to preclude the need from repeating the same provisions in three different CASR Parts.
Part 119 is being publicly consulted with each air transport regulation (Parts 121, 133 and 135 of CASR). Public consultation for Part 119 and Part 133 — air transport rotorcraft operations, is open from 23 July to 21 August, 2018. Public consultations for Part 119 and Part 121 — Larger aeroplane air transport operations, and Part 119 and Part 135 — Smaller aeroplane air transport operations, are open from 3 August to 2 September, 2018. The schedule to make the regulations will be confirmed following public consultation but the target is December 2018. Part 119 will be made together with Parts 121, 133 and 135.
The schedule for commencement and transition arrangements will be determined following public consultation. We intend to have a single commencement date with no transition period for all flight operations regulations (Parts 91, 119, 121, 133, 135 and 138 of CASR) in March 2021. We will develop the consequential and transitional regulatory changes necessary to implement this during early 2019 and consult these with industry.
We anticipate having all implementation products such as processes and guidance material available at an appropriate time well in advance of the commencement date.
Part 119 history
The Part 119 history includes project and consultation activities conducted in relation to Part 119.