DP 0802OS - Mass increase for aeroplanes administered by Recreational Aviation Administration Organisations (RAAO)
Section 95.55 of the Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs) is titled "Exemption from provisions of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 — certain ultralight aeroplanes".
CAO 95.55 presently limits aeroplanes administered by Recreational Aviation Australia Inc (RA-Aus) to a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 544 kg unless they are certificated as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). The LSA certification includes landplanes up to 600 kg MTOW and seaplanes up to 650 kg MTOW.
RA-Aus has sought an increase in this limit, up to a maximum of 750 kg MTOW, which corresponds to the upper limit for certification to the Certification Standard – Very Light Aeroplanes (CS-VLA) of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Under proposed Part 149 of the new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs), RA-Aus would become one of the Recreational Aviation Administration Organisations that would administer (in its portfolio) aeroplanes operated under new CASR Part 103. CASA is currently reviewing comments to its consultation on Part 103, which proposed covering aeroplanes up to the LSA limits of 600 kg for landplanes and 650 kg for seaplanes, regardless of certification to this standard. Both LSA and CS-VLA standards have a limit of 2 occupants and a maximum stall speed of 45 kt Calibrated Air Speed (CAS) in the landing configuration.
The Discussion Paper (DP) examines a number of options including:
• the CASR Part 103 proposal,
• the original RA-Aus requested limit, and
• the now RA-Aus preferred increased limit of 760 kg MTOW, which would allow operators of a significant additional number of 2-place training aeroplanes to choose between CASA and RA-Aus administration.
The DP further seeks comment on whether to retain the existing CASA processes for self-administration of aeroplanes heavier than the LSA mass limits, and is mindful of other proposals for self-administration of light aeroplanes.
Accordingly, this DP seeks aviation industry and public comment on the options of increasing the mass limit for self-administration of aeroplanes administered (but not exclusively) by RA-Aus without recommending any of the identified options as a preferred outcome.
Discussion Paper – DP 0802OS Mass Increase for Aeroplanes Administered by RAAO was released on 22 September 2008 to address the RA-Aus request to raise the maximum size aeroplane to approximately 760kg
Readers should note that CASA revised some pilot licensing statements in the DP on October 2008:
- Two paragraphs in section 5.3 have been amended and two paragraphs deleted. This change is not expected to have any consequence for how individuals perceive the proposals, however, the change has been made in the interests of accuracy.
- The amendments are not central to the proposals contained in the DP.
- The amendments and deletions have been clearly acknowledged in the document.
Review of Sport and Recreational Aviation policy
As part of the wider review of sport and recreational aviation policy conducted by CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety on 13 August 2009, it was determined that CASA would not implement the proposal.
Therefore, no further consultation will be conducted on this DP and no subsequent consultation will be conducted on this issue.
Responding during the consultation period
Comment period now closed.
- comments closed: 11 November 2008
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