Consultation Draft CASR Part 61 – Flight Crew Licensing
Consultation Draft CASR Part 61 - Flight Crew Licensing
The quality of flight training leading to the grant of an Australian flight crew licence is highly regarded internationally. CASR Part 61 intends to maintain and build on that reputation.
Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR 1998) sets out an administrative and regulatory framework that prescribes the requirements and standards for the grant of civil aviation authorisations including licences, ratings and endorsements for pilots and flight engineers. It consolidates and replaces the existing legislation for flight crew licensing specified in Part 5 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR 1988) and a number of Civil Aviation Orders.
Australia is a signatory to the Chicago Convention. The applicable standards prescribed in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) Annex 1 – Personnel Licensing have been adopted to the maximum extent possible, taking the Australian aviation operating environment into account.
Part 61 of CASR 1998 also adheres to Australian Government policy for vocational education and training to be structured and competency-based, delivered by qualified and competent instructors and assessed against clearly defined competency standards. Training for the grant of a licence or rating must be conducted by flight training operators authorised under Part 141 or 142 of CASR 1998.
Part 61 of CASR 1998 makes reference to two legislative instruments that support this Part. The first is a Manual of Standards (MOS) that contains knowledge and performance standards for all qualifications granted under Part 61, the flight test standards for these qualifications and also proficiency check standards for the purposes of training and checking requirements for operators.
As the Part 61 MOS is still under development it is not included with this package but will be made available for consultation at a later date. The competency standards published by the Transport Industry and Logistics Skills Council in the Aviation Training Package include many of the standards in the Part 61 MOS. It is important to note that the MOS also includes competency standards for non-professional qualifications.
The second legislative instrument supporting Part 61 of CASR 1998 is a list of pilot and flight engineer aircraft type ratings for all multi-crew certified aircraft, turbo-jet powered aircraft and some single pilot certified aircraft determined by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) in the interests of safety. This instrument is included in this consultation package.
For the purposes of CASR Part 61, a flight crew licence will include details that identify the holder and provide evidence that the holder has demonstrated competency, to the standards specified by CASA, for the licence, ratings and endorsements that are included on the licence. The qualifications are transportable and may also be recognised by a foreign national authority.
CASA must maintain a record of all flight crew licences that have been issued. This differs from the existing logbook endorsement system, which does not require the validity of ratings to be displayed on the licence.
The following information is provided to highlight the significant changes proposed with the introduction of Part 61 of CASR 1998.
Contact: Mike Juelg, Project Leader
17 November 2011
- Briefing Document - Proposed CASR Part 61
- Consultation Draft - CASR Part 61 - Flight Crew Licensing
- Determination - pilot type ratings and flight engineer type ratings
This Consultation Draft closed for comment 3 February 2012.