Fatigue risk management involves operators and pilots taking steps to manage increasing levels of fatigue so that it does not result in a safety risk.
In April 2013, we introduced new rules for operators and pilots which require the management of pilot fatigue. The new rules better reflect modern flying conditions, scientific understanding of human performance limitations and advances in technology.
Fatigue rule (CAO 48.1) transition period extended
The implementation period for new fatigue regulations has been extended by one year.
Grandfathered/transitional air operators now have until 1 May 2018 to transition to the provisions of Civil Aviation Order 48.1.
In preparation to operate under CAO 48.1, operators are required to submit their draft operations manual changes, or an application for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS), to CASA by 31 October 2017.
Learn more about the transition extension and what it may mean for you.
The fatigue rules
Once you start operating under the new rules, you must comply with the general requirements set out in the CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013, as well as the limits and requirements of the relevant appendix under which you operate.
Changes to improve the fatigue rules were finalised in July 2016. Read about the latest amendments including the introduction of new appendices for ballooning, medical transport or emergency service operations and daylight aerial work operations such as helicopter mustering.
View the guidance document to see how the amendments will be incorporated into Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013.
Follow these links to find out more about the fatigue rules:
- General fatigue management rules
- Which appendix?
- The rules under each appendix
- Operating under multiple appendices
- Implementing a fatigue risk management system (FRMS)
- Fatigue rules for helicopter mustering operators
- Pilot obligations
- Duty time, flight time and flight duty period
- How your approach to fatigue management affects your operations manual
What you need to do
The set of steps to develop and implement your fatigue management policy and procedures depends on which appendix or appendices you decide to work to.
The rules and steps to implement fatigue management policy and procedures, are supported by Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) 48-1(1) - Fatigue management for flight crew members.
Fatigue management resources
We have a comprehensive collection of material to help you understand and apply the fatigue rules. This includes information sheets, templates, questions and answers, training and development material, FRMS (fatigue risk management system) development guidance and forms.
Fatigue Management New Rules
Demystifying fatigue risk management systems (FRMS)
- Learn about the 12 month extension to the fatigue rule transition period
- Fatigue rules amendments include new limits for specific sectors
- Fatigue workshops - putting the new CAO 48.1 rules into practice
- Renewed instrument of direction for helicopter mustering operators
- Have your say on proposed improvements to the rules which include new appendices
- Learn about the transition extension timeline
- Learn about a fatigue risk management system
- Published report on the case for change and science behind the fatigue rules including a new video