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Consultation Draft for CASR Part 64 - Authorisations for non-licensed personnel
Australia is a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and complies with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices to the maximum extent possible, taking the Australia operating environment into account.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA’s) safety obligations, under the Civil Aviation Act 1988 include responsibility for persons conducting transmissions using aeronautical frequencies allocated by the Radio Communications Authority and persons taxiing an aeroplane if the person is not the holder of a flight crew licence.
Part 64 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR) 1998 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 for a person who is not otherwise authorised by a flight crew licence.
The aim of Part 64 is to consolidate and simplify the existing legislation for the grant of an aircraft radiotelephone operator certificate of proficiency required to operate radio communications system used by Australia aircraft, specified in Part 8 of Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) 1988 and the system of approvals issued by CASA that authorise a person to taxi an aeroplane under Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.22 – Taxiing of aircraft by persons other than licensed pilots.
Under existing legislation a person who does not hold a flight radio operator licence must hold a aircraft radiotelephone operator certificate of proficiency to operate an aeronautical radio communications system depending on whether the radio communications system installed in an aircraft is on the ground or in flight. Part 64 introduces a single qualification for the operation of an aeronautical radio regardless of whether the radio is installed in an aircraft and used in flight or not.
CASA recognises the current system of approvals issued to a person for authority to taxi an aeroplane provides no assurance of continuing competency of the person to taxi an aeroplane. Part 64 introduces a requirement for a person to demonstrate competency to a Part 141 operator, Part 142 operator or authorised person every five (5) years and retain evidence of the assessment as authority to taxi an aeroplane. The proposed new regulations do not require CASA to issue an approval or other civil aviation authorisation for taxiing aeroplanes.
Part 64 of CASR 1998 complies with the Australian Government policy for vocational education and training that requires training and assessment to be conducted by competent and qualified individuals to clearly defined competency standards. Part 64 also makes provision for CASA to recognise training and assessment conducted by registered training organisations (RTO) for the grant of an aeronautical radio authorisation. The competency standards for the activities authorised under Part 64 are to be specified in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS).
Contact: Mike Juelg, Project Leader
This Consultation Draft closed for comment 14 September 2012.