Fatigue management rules: latest news
18 September 2017
Fatigue transition timeline update
In May 2017 CASA announced the plan to extend the implementation period for the new fatigue rules by six months to enable an independent review of the fatigue rules for operators and pilots to be carried out and recommendations to be considered.
Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Amendment Instrument 2017 (No. 1) has now been made to formally reflect this six month extension.
The extended transition dates are:
- 30 April 2018 – operators are required to submit their draft operations manual changes, or an application for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS), to CASA detailing how they plan to implement the new fatigue rules.
- 31 October 2018 – the deadline for operators to complete transition.
The instrument and explanatory statement for the transition extension can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation (FRL number F2017L01193).
The independent review team will be providing draft findings and recommendations to the CASA board in December 2017 with a final report delivered early 2018.
CASA will consider the recommendations of the independent review, including any impact on transition periods.
Focus on fatigue
During the extended transition period, CASA will continue to support operators transitioning to the new rules including fatigue risk management systems (FRMS). Operators and pilots are encouraged to maintain a continued focus on fatigue management.
There are steps that operators and pilots can take now to maintain a continued focus on effective fatigue risk management and prepare for a smoother transition. These include:
- Develop your transition plan – see our ‘Plan on a page’ activity to get started.
- Complete the Fatigue hazard identification activity (available on our website) and start thinking about hazards, existing controls and additional risk management in preparation for updating your procedures.
- Review your existing processes and procedures.
- Consider the training requirements for your operation.
- Operators (of any size or complexity) are encouraged to consider transitioning to a fatigue risk management system (FRMS) if more flexibility is desired. Contact your CASA regional office to discuss planning your FRMS application now.
- Browse the comprehensive range of resources and guidance material available on the fatigue pages of the CASA website.
7 August 2017
Team of leading international specialists appointed to review fatigue rules
A team of industry experts has been appointed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Board to conduct an independent review of aviation fatigue rules for operators and pilots.
Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, will steer the review. Dédale has assembled a team of specialists to carry out the review, which will provide a full report and recommendations to the CASA Board early in 2018.
The outcomes of the review will provide CASA with an informed basis for finalising the reform of the fatigue rules for air operators and pilots.
The independent review team members are:
- Brenton Hayward, Dédale Asia Pacific
- Dr Andrew Lowe, Dédale Asia Pacific
- Dr Adam Fletcher, Integrated Safety Support
- Juanita Diaz, Integrated Safety Support
- Dr Wayne Martin, University of Southern Queensland.
An expert advisory panel will guide the strategic direction of the review and provide specialist knowledge. Advisory panel members are Dr Curtis Graeber, Jean Pariès and Dr Rob Lee, AO.
View the independent review page for more information.
20 January 2017
First step in fatigue rules review
Work to set up an independent review of the new fatigue rules has begun. CASA has finalised the Terms of Reference for the review and issued a tender to engage the services of a suitably qualified independent specialist, or team of specialists, to undertake a review of the latest fatigue rules for air operators and pilots. The independent review of Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013 will provide CASA with an informed basis on which to finalise reform of the fatigue rules.
Learn more about the independent review of the fatigue rules.
14 December 2016
New FRMS fee waiver for ‘like for like’ transition
CASA has issued a fee waiver for ‘like for like’ transition to a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) under Appendix 7 of CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013. Operators seeking an FRMS approval to continue existing operations on a ‘like for like’ basis will not be charged for transition. However, any variation of scope requested during transition would incur fees as per the Civil Aviation (Fees) Regulation 1995. The FRMS fee waiver is consistent with CASA’s current practice not to charge for permissions and approvals for transitioning to new, replaced or amended regulations on a ‘like for like’ basis. Operators with an existing FRMS application have received a refund.
Operators (of any size or complexity) are encouraged to consider an FRMS if more flexibility is desired. Development of an FRMS is more complex and requires a trial implementation approval on or before 1 May 2018. Interested operators are encouraged to contact their CASA regional office to discuss planning their FRMS application now.