Consultation Draft for proposed amendments to the Flight Crew Licensing Suite
The licensing suite of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR), Parts 61 – Flight crew licensing, 141 – Recreational, private and commercial pilot flight training, other than certain integrated training courses, 142 - Integrated and multi-crew training, contracted recurrent training and contracted checking, became law on 14 February 2013 and will become effective from 4 December 2013.
In the process of developing the administrative processes to support the introduction of the flight crew qualifications framework outlined in CASR Part 61, CASA identified a number of areas that needed to be amended. CASA also received constructive feedback from industry which identified a number of regulations that could be amended in order to clarify the intent of the regulations, and correct anomalies in the regulations.
CASA recognises the requirement for a student pilot to hold a licence to conduct a solo flight is unnecessary. Consequently, CASA proposes to remove the Student Pilot Licence (SPL) from CASR Part 61.
A significant issue relating to flight reviews and proficiency checks has been highlighted. It is clear that there was some confusion over the number of proficiency checks and/or flight reviews pilots need to complete in order to maintain the privileges of their ratings. The proposed amendments to the regulations ensure the requirement applies to ratings and not endorsements, apart from the instrument rating. For example, a pilot holding a Pilot Instructor Rating and several Training Endorsements only needs to complete a proficiency check for the rating; the regulation has been changed to remove any uncertainty that each training endorsement is not subject to proficiency checks.
While the proposed amendments outlined in the draft Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment Regulation 2013 would appear to be extensive, a number of the amendments are consequential, the result of technical drafting changes or machinery in nature. The key changes are outlined in the following.
Contact: Mike Juelg, Project Leader
4 October 2013
- Briefing Document - Proposed amendments to Flight Crew Licensing Suite
- Consultation Draft - Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Flight Crew Licensing) Regulation 2013
This Consultation Draft closed for comment 25 October 2013.