– Airworthiness Reviews for Non-RPT Aircraft
One of the new elements of continuing airworthiness management that was introduced by Part 42 is the airworthiness review.
The airworthiness review process consists of the conduct of an airworthiness review and the issue of an airworthiness review certificate. An airworthiness review is a periodic review of the aircraft and its continuing airworthiness records to validate that the aircraft is airworthy. If the airworthiness review finds that the aircraft is airworthy, then an airworthiness review certificate may be issued for the aircraft. A valid airworthiness review certificate is a condition for operation of the aircraft.
Airworthiness reviews have been shown to have a positive effect on aircraft safety and are an integral part of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) continuing airworthiness regulations, which are the basis of the new continuing airworthiness regulations in Part 42. Airworthiness reviews are also a continuing airworthiness management requirement of various other countries such as New Zealand.
An airworthiness review requirement was recently introduced into the Australian regulations by Part 42, but Part 42 is currently still in its transition period and is only applicable to RPT aircraft.
CASA has commenced the next phase of the reform of the continuing airworthiness suite of regulations, part of which is to determine what the airworthiness review requirements should be for non-RPT aircraft. This DP is the start of the consultation process for that reform.
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Contact: Ben Challender, Project Leader