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CASR Part 133 - Air transport and aerial work operations - rotorcraft
Part 133 of CASR will include the regulatory requirements that will apply in addition to, or substitute for, the general operating and flight rules prescribed in Part 91 when using rotorcraft for air transport operations.
Who Part 133 affects
Part 133 will affect operators of helicopters, gyroplanes or powered-lift aircraft who currently undertake charter passenger or cargo operations under subregulation 206 (1) (b) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) and who intend to undertake these operations under the CASR.
Part 133 is being developed under Standard Development project OS 99/45.The applicability and standards of Part 133 are aligned closely to Australia's obligations as a member State of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and to CASA's hierarchy of priorities within the Classification of Civil Aviation Activities for rotorcraft. These support a systems-based approach to safety by making clear who is responsible for complying with each rule and ensuring that operators are responsible for providing guidance, training and monitoring for their personnel on how to comply with the regulations and the operator's policies when conducting operations under their Air Operator's Certificate.
Part 133 operators will require certification under Part 119 with its requirements for:
- continuing airworthiness under an approved aircraft maintenance program
- operational risk management under a safety management system
- fatigue risk management systems for crew
- procedural training and checking of flight crews under the operator's training and checking system, either in-house or provided by an arrangement with a Part 142 certified training and checking provider.
Part 133 will also:
- enhance the standards for air transport operations conducted under the visual flight rules at night by linking the requirements for these operations more directly to the safety risks of such operations and the requirements for instrument flight rules operations
- establish safety-based outcomes for overwater flights and the equipment requirements for such operations, and provide a greater focus for operators to establish procedures, training and recency requirements that are most appropriate to the circumstances, risks and complexity of their operations
- establish rotorcraft performance standards based on ICAO requirements that incorporate consideration of exposure to the potential for a forced landing, and that allow for risk management of this exposure through appropriate consideration of the likelihood and consequences of a forced landing event.
Public consultation for Part 133, the Part 133 Manual of Standards (MOS) and Part 119 (certification and management) is open from 23 July to 21 August, 2018. The schedule to make the rules will be confirmed following consultation but the target is December 2018. Part 133 will be made together with Parts 119, 121 and 135.
The schedule for commencement and transition arrangements will be determined following public consultation. We have outlined in the summary of proposed change documents for the combined CASR Part 119 and 133 public consultation that our intent is 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. CASA 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 133 history
The Part 133 history includes project and consultation activities conducted in relation to Part 133.