Electing to manage continuing airworthiness under Part 42
Learn more about how Part 42 applies to operators of aircraft currently used for charter and aerial work who voluntarily elect a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) to provide continuing airworthiness services.
The full transitional rules are contained in Subpart 202.BA of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
Who should read this information sheet?
- Operators of aircraft under an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)
- Operators of large aircraft (above 5700kg MTOW)
- Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs).
Part 42 sets out continuing airworthiness requirements for aircraft and aeronautical products used in air transport operations.
What are the benefits of electing Part 42?
Benefits to operators of electing Part 42 include:
- streamlining your airworthiness management by updating to the new set of rules
- reduced duplication of airworthiness management across your fleet if you are operating across regular public transport, aerial work and charter operations
- upgrading to a defined continuing airworthiness management system (Subpart 42.G) – thus ensuring you have a permanent record of airworthiness (Airworthiness Review Certificate) for your aircraft providing improved recognition of your aircraft internationally
- the flexibility of insourcing or outsourcing your airworthiness management to an existing CAMO (Subpart 42.G)
- increased safety – dedicated people and functions – with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
How do I elect?
The first step is to confirm whether your aircraft is eligible. You will need to determine whether the aircraft is:
- over 5700kg (MTOW), or
- operating under an AOC.
If your aircraft meets either of these requirements, the next step is to source the services of a CAMO (Subpart 42.G) to manage your aircraft’s continuing airworthiness. You have three options to choose from:
- vary the existing CAMO function in your organisation using in-house expertise
- contract/outsource – you will need to consider the scope of the contract with the CAMO (see Regulation 42.050 for information on what to include) as well as CAMO significant/non-significant changes, in particular, the duration of the related approval process
- establish a new CAMO function within your operation – please see Subpart 42.G for further details on how to do this.
Note: You must source Part 145 maintenance (AMO) for these aircraft. A conversation with your current maintenance provider about their suitability to provide continuing maintenance may be appropriate before making the election.
Once you’ve decided which option best suits your operational requirements, complete Form 42-04 - Election to have aircraft managed by a CAMO (available on the CASA Website and submit to CASA by email, fax or post:
Fax: (07) 3144 7333
Post: Permission Application Centre (Brisbane)
GPO Box 2005 CANBERRA ACT 2601
Once your form has been received by CASA a letter will be sent to your nominated representative outlining the next steps and/or further requirements, which may include: the completion of additional forms; contracts and approvals (e.g. changes to the AOC, 42.G approval).