Fatigue management rules: latest news
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.
28 October 2016
New and updated guidance material out now
The following guidance material is now available to support operators to transition to the new fatigue rules by 1 May 2018:
- CAAP 48-01 - Fatigue management for flight crew members provides guidance on meeting the operator and flight crew member obligations required under CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013.
- Operations manual supplement templates for Appendices 1, 4, 4B, 5, 5A and 6 to assist operators develop an operations manual amendment (including fatigue management processes, procedures and limits) that would satisfactorily meet the required standard.
CASA sought feedback from selected staff and industry representatives in the process of developing these guidance documents.
7 October 2016
Fatigue rule transition period extended by 12 months
The implementation period for new fatigue regulations has been extended by one year. Grandfathered / transitional air operators will 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 will be required to have submitted their draft operations manual changes, or an application for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS), to CASA by 31 October 2017.
The transition period extension is in response to extensive feedback from the aviation community that the most recent amendment in July 2016 provided insufficient time to transition; air operators also wanted more time to consider their options under CAO 48.1 and a number wanted extra time to develop and implement fatigue risk management systems. CASA also recognises the need to provide more support through education, information and support tools on the new fatigue rules.
In addition, the extended transition period will be used to conduct an independent and comprehensive review of fatigue limits.
CASA is committed to modernising and improving the safety regulation of fatigue and is encouraging a continued focus on fatigue management by air operators.
Learn more about the transition extension and what it may mean for you.
Fatigue rules amendments include new limits for specific sectors
Changes to improve the fatigue management rules are now finalised.
Since 2013, the aviation industry has provided valuable feedback to CASA on the implications and effects of the new rules. This feedback has been sought and welcomed by CASA. It has enabled us to refine our understanding of current industry fatigue risk management practices and review and revise the limitations and requirements in new CAO 48.1.
In response to feedback, we have developed new sets of limitations tailored to specific sectors of the aviation industry.
Additionally, some provisions that caused difficulties in interpretation or implementation have now been clarified.
Key changes include:
- new appendices available for ballooning, medical transport and emergency services, and daylight only aerial work operations (including helicopter mustering)
- allowing all operations (not just public transport services) to be conducted under appendices 2, 3 and 4 - for example, flight training operations to be conducted under Appendix 4
- changes to Appendix 1 to enable operators to access a larger part of the day to conduct any operation (from the beginning of morning civil twilight to 1am the next day) and a more flexible weekly off-duty requirement
- recognition of prior fatigue training undertaken, allowing ‘portability’ of an flight crew member’s fatigue training to a new operator
- aerial work operators under Appendix 5 can extend a flight duty period by up to 2 hours (previously 4 hours).
View the guidance document to see how the amendments will be incorporated into Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013.
To transition to the new fatigue rules, operators must submit draft operations manual amendments or an FRMS application to CASA by 31 October 2017. Operators must complete their transition to the new rules by 1 May 2018.