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CASR Part 43 - Maintenance of aircraft in private and aerial work operations
The primary purpose of the Part 43 of CASR project is to develop an efficient regulatory environment for the general aviation (GA) sector comprising private and aerial work operation. It will help reducing the maintenance costs of GA aircraft while preserving appropriate levels of safety.
Part 43 will provide a default set of maintenance regulations that will apply to aircraft engaged in private and aerial work operations with the aim to:
- provide a regulatory structure based on an established international standard that is suitable for Australian GA sector
- minimise regulatory compliance burden while ensuring a level of safety appropriate for the GA sector
- ensure compliance with the standards set by the ICAO for general aviation
- Annex 6 Part II — International General Aviation — Aeroplanes
- Annex 6 Part III, Section III — International General Aviation — Helicopters.
Any changes to the existing regulatory requirements are intended to be cost neutral or provide savings for the GA sector wherever possible
In July 2018, the Hon. Michael McCormack, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development advised the GA industry that CASA had commenced work on the development of new set of general aviation maintenance regulations for GA, in co-operation with the GA industry. CASA’s CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody said that a new set of maintenance regulations tailored specifically for GA would be based, as far as possible, on best practices in leading aviation nations such as the United States of America (USA).
In August 2018 CASA consulted with industry representatives and the general public on the intended policies for the new maintenance regulations. The consultation has shown overwhelming support for a set of maintenance regulations based on the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) of the USA.
CASA proposes to base the new regulations on the corresponding FARs, primarily FAR Part 43, and the necessary provisions in FAR Parts 65 and 91.
For GA aircraft, Part 43 will specify:
- detailed responsibilities of the various parties in relation to airworthiness and maintenance of aircraft
- continuing airworthiness standards that apply for an aircraft in service including what maintenance must be carried out and how it must be carried out
- who is permitted to carry out maintenance
- who is permitted to certify maintenance and release aircraft to service after maintenance
- requirements for annual inspection of aircraft to assess the aircraft against the design standards applicable to the aircraft and who is permitted to carry out such inspection
- requirements for recording and rectifying defects
- requirements for keeping maintenance records.
Who Part 43 affects
Part 43 will affect:
- aircraft owners and pilots
- aircraft maintenance engineers
- aircraft maintenance organisations approved under Regulation 30 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR).
Current rules in effect for Part 43 include:
Projects are opened to revise a CASR Part.
Part 43 open projects include: