CASR Part 139 - Aerodromes
Part 139 of CASR prescribes the requirements for aerodromes used in air transport operations.
Subpart 139.H specifies the requirements for the provision of aerodrome and fire fighting services (ARFFS) and puts in place a safety framework, sets minimum service standards, and provides for:
- criteria for establishment of disestablishment of ARFFS
- provision of ARFFS outside of the criteria
- interface arrangements with State or Territory fire brigades and other third party providers
- quality control
- ARFFS personnel recruitment
- training establishments
- applicants organisation.
Who Part 139 affects
- aircraft operators
- aeronautical, navigation and telecommunication service providers
- State and Local Government agencies
- certified and registered aerodromes and ALA operators
- individuals involved in the operation and maintenance of aerodromes
- aerodrome consultants
- aerodrome and airways equipment suppliers and training organisations (to a lesser extent).
Subpart 139.H affects
- Airservices Australia (currently the major provider of ARFFS services)
- aircraft operators
- prospective ARFFS providers
- prospective ARFFS training providers
- aerodrome operators
- Federal, Territory, State and local government agencies.
Post-implementation review (PIR)
Part 139 of CASR and the Part 139 MOS were implemented in 2003. CASA recognises that a number of issues have developed in the intervening period and that it is timely to conduct a comprehensive review of the Part 139 framework.
Standards development project AS 14/24 has been approved to conduct a PIR of the Part 139 regulatory framework to ensure that it aligns with current regulatory policy (including ICAO), industry developments and evolutions in technology. The overarching aim of the project is to conduct a comprehensive review of the Part 139 rule set and develop a proposal for regulatory change for industry to consider a range of options. Amendments to the Part 139 rule set may also result in amendments to the existing suite of CASA advisory materials.
Any amendments will be issued in draft form for public consultation. CASA will send notification via the airspace and aerodromes mailing list when proposed amendments are available for public consultation.
Standards Development project AS 07/14 has been updated to reflect the revised terms of reference for the conduct of a PIR on Subpart 139.H Manual of Standards. This will ensure that the Part 139.H MOS aligns with current regulatory policy (including ICAO standards), industry developments and the many evolutions in technology since their inception, while balancing the need for industry to deliver a safe aerodrome rescue and fire fighting service without unnecessary economic burden.
Any amendments will be developed in close consultation with industry through the Airspace and Infrastructure Users Group and issued in draft form for public comment. CASA will send notification via the aircraft and aerodromes mailing list when proposed amendments are available for public consultation.
Part 139 can be found in volume 4 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
Implementation and transition
Subpart 139.H was made on 26 June 2002 and commenced on 1 May 2003. The remaining Subparts of Part 139 were made on 7 April 2003 and commenced on 2 May 2003.
Manual of Standards
The most recent Part 139 MOS compilation was registered on 1 December 2014. Historical amendments to both the MOS Part 139 and MOS Subpart 139H can be accessed by selecting 'View Series'.
- MOS Part 139 - Aerodromes
- MOS Subpart 139H - Standards Applicable to the Provision of Aerodrome Rescue and Fire Fighting Services
The Manual of Standards Parts 139, 171, 172 and 173 Amendment Instrument 2016 (No. 1) commenced on 3 March 2016.
The amendments introduce standards for 2 new categories of low visibility landing operations, being special authorisation (SA) CAT I and SA CAT II operations, which may only be used by aircraft operated under an authorisation granted by CASA.
|AC 139-1(0)||Regulation of aerodromes used in air transport: an overview||(August 2003)|
|AC 139-3(0)||Application for approval to conduct safety inspections of registered and certain other aerodromes||(November 2010)|
|AC 139-4(0)||Commissioning of aerodrome lighting systems||(September 2003)|
|Plume rise assessments
Application for an Operational Assessment of a Proposed Plume Rise
|AC 139-6(0)||Use of Restricted Operation (Dumb-Bell) Ground Signals||(January 2011)|
|AC 139-7(0)||Aerodrome Emergency Planning||(September 2012)|
|AC 139-8 v2.0||Reporting of Tall Structures||(March 2018)|
|AC 139-9(0)||Aerodrome safety inspections at registered and certain other aerodromes||(April 2007)|
|AC 139-12(0)||Handling of hazardous materials on an aerodrome||(November 2011)|
|AC 139-13(0)||Training of Aerodrome Reporting Officers and Works Safety Officers||(August 2011)|
|AC 139-15(0)||Establishing a compass swinging site at your aerodrome||(February 2004)|
|AC 139-16(1)||Safety Management Systems for Aerodromes||(January 2013)|
|AC 139-17(0)||Preparing plans for inclusion in aerodrome manuals||(March 2005)|
|AC 139-19 v1.0||All-weather operations at aerodromes||(May 2016)|
|AC 139-20(0)||Safe planning and conduct of aerodrome works||(March 2007)|
|AC 139-21 v1.0||Visual segment surface: monitoring requirements and the reporting of obstacles||(August 2015)|
|AC 139-23(0)||Laser emissions which may endanger the safety of aircraft||(April 2007)|
|AC 139-25(0)||Strength Rating of Aerodrome Pavements||(August 2011)|
|AC 139-26(0)||Wildlife Hazard Management at Aerodromes||(July 2011)|
|AC 139-27 v1.0||Guidelines for certified air/ground radio services||(April 2016)|
|AC 139H-1(0)||ARFFS - Recommended Practices: Category Determination Level 2||(August 2002)|
|AC 139H-2(0)||ARFFS - Recommended Practices: Operational Requirements||(August 2002)|
|AC 139H-3(0)||ARFFS - Recommended Practices: Ancillary Equipment||(August 2002)|
|AC 139H-4(0)||ARFFS - Recommended Practices: First Aid Kits||(August 2002)|
|ARFFS - Recommended Practices: Generic Response Form
Generic Response Form for ARFFS
Part 139 / 139.H history
The Part 139 history includes project and consultation activities conducted in relation to Part 139, including Subpart 139.H.