Authorisations for non-licensed personnel - Part 64
Part 64 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations sets out the privileges and prescribes the requirements a person must satisfy to be granted an authorisation to operate an aeronautical radio or the authority to taxi an aeroplane.
The objective of Part 64 is to consolidate and simplify the existing legislation for the grant of an aircraft radiotelephone operator certificate of proficiency specified in Part 8 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and the system of approvals issued by CASA for a person to taxi an aeroplane under Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.22 – Taxiing of aircraft by persons other than licensed pilots.
CASA recognises the current system of approvals to taxi an aeroplane provides no assurance of continuing competency of a person to taxi the aeroplane safely at an aerodrome. Part 64 introduces a requirement for a person to be assessed for competency every five years and retain evidence of the assessment as authority to taxi the aeroplane.
Part 64 does not require CASA to issue an approval or other civil aviation authorisation for taxiing aeroplanes. It recognises the training conducted under the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) by registered training organisations (RTO) to satisfy the standards for the use of an aeronautical radio as equivalent to that provided by CASA certificated flight training operators.
Operating an aeronautical radio
- Read an information sheet about the new rules for operating on aeronautical radio frequencies
- Frequently asked questions
Getting your aeronautical radio operator certificate
An aeronautical radio operator certificate (AROC) will be granted to an individual who:
- is at least 17 years old
- has received AROC training
- has been assessed as meeting the AROC competency standards in the Part 61 Manual of Standards
- has a current English language proficiency assessment.
To apply for an AROC you will need to meet the requirements outlined above and lodge an application with CASA using Form 64-ROC.
Getting your certificate of competency
A certificate of competency to taxi an aeroplane can be granted by:
- a flight examiner
- a pilot instructor authorised for the aeroplane class or type rating sought
- a person approved by CASA (for example, maintenance organisations)
To be issued a certificate of competency you must receive the necessary training to the standard specified in the Part 61 Manual of Standards.
Once you have been deemed competent your flight examiner, pilot instructor or person authorised by CASA will complete your certificate of competency and issue it to you.
View the certificate of competency template.