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Fatigue management rules: latest news
26 April 2018
Industry exemptions and instruments extended
CASA has extended the following industry exemptions and legislative instruments to enable time to respond to recommendations flowing from the independent review of the fatigue rules:
- A new instrument CASA EX48/18 (pdf 139.74 KB) (Fatigue Omnibus) extends most current industry exemptions from the flight and duty time requirements of CAO 48.1 until 30 November 2020.
- Helicopter mustering operators have the option to comply with CASA 28/18 – Flight Time Limitations for Helicopter Mustering Operations – Direction 2018 (effective from 1 May 2018 until 30 November 2020). This instrument replaces CASA 40/17.
Operators conducting aerial application operations in aeroplanes may comply with CASR Subpart 137.Q and are exempt from complying with CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 under CASA EX92/16 – Exemption CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 – aerial application operations (in aeroplanes). The exemption continues to apply until 31 May 2019.
21 March 2018
Final report published - independent review of the fatigue rules
A team of leading international specialists has confirmed the need to modernise Australia’s fatigue rules for air operators and pilots.
The CASA Board has released the final report of the independent review of aviation fatigue rules for operators and pilots. It includes 24 recommendations to improve and implement the fatigue rules contained in CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013.
CASA will now proceed with industry engagement to help shape the next stage.
The aviation community is invited to comment on the final report and provide feedback to CASA. This is the time for industry stakeholders to raise any implementation issues and provide feedback to CASA on the highest priorities for action.
Visit the CASA Consultation Hub website to provide comments by 17 April 2018.
Visit the independent review page for more detail including the final report, findings and recommendations, and information on next steps.
6 February 2018
CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 amended to remove April submission deadline
CASA has followed through with the decision to remove the 30 April 2018 deadline for air operators and Part 141 certificate holders to submit draft operations manual changes or apply for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS) in preparation for transition.
CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 has now been amended to reflect the decision announced in December 2017. The amendment order and explanatory statement can be found on the Federal Register of Legislation website. The guidance only version of the instrument is a useful reference compiling all amendments to CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013.
CASA will fully consider all recommendations made by the team conducting the independent review of Australia’s fatigue rules and seek industry feedback on the final report before establishing a final position and announcing a new transition deadline.
Operators can still choose to adopt the current fatigue regulations now, including an FRMS.
Whilst dependent on the final outcomes of the review, CASA expects that operators who are in transition or who have already transitioned would not be disadvantaged by future changes to CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013. This would include operators that have transitioned to an FRMS.
Operators and pilots can take a number of steps now to maintain a continued focus on effective fatigue risk management and prepare for transition such as develop a transition plan, complete the Fatigue hazard identification (pdf 346.39 KB) activity, review existing processes and procedures. Browse the comprehensive range of resources for more.
22 December 2017
CASA allows more time for fatigue rules
CASA will give air operators and Part 141 certificate holders more time to draft operations manual changes or apply for a fatigue risk management system (FRMS) pending an interim report from the team conducting the independent review of Australia’s fatigue rules.
The decision to remove the existing 30 April 2018 deadline for submissions is based on preliminary findings detailed in the report, which will be provided to CASA this week. It suggests that both CASA and industry will require more time to respond to the final review findings, which are due for delivery to CASA in March 2018.
CASA will amend the current fatigue regulations (CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013) and associated industry exemptions and legislative instruments to remove the April transition deadline. A new transition deadline will be announced after CASA fully considers all recommendations contained in the final report from the independent review team.
24 October 2017
Independent review of fatigue rules on track
The team conducting the independent review of the fatigue rules is on track to deliver a final report to the CASA Board in early 2018, including recommendations emerging from the findings.
Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, is steering the review and a significant body of work is being undertaken to examine various aspects of the new fatigue rules.
The review team is assessing:
- the science and principles underpinning CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013
- how the instrument compares with developments at relevant international counterparts
- fatigue-related accidents and incidents
- how other Australian regulators are managing fatigue risk
- CASA’s process for introducing the new rules.
An extensive range of stakeholder feedback provided to CASA during the consultation and engagement process for developing CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 has been examined—including hundreds of submissions to various CASA public consultations and other correspondence.
The independent review team is currently engaging with a range of aviation industry organisations to form a deeper understanding of prevalent issues and concerns associated with the introduction of CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013 and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ‘Fatigue - updating your operations manual to comply with the new fatigue rules (pdf 331.56 KB)’ activity to get started.
- Complete the Fatigue hazard identification (pdf 346.39 KB) 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.