Firefighting pilots get green light to take on fires
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has cleared the regulatory way for pilots engaged in firefighting operations this fire season.
CASA has given firefighting pilots more time to transition to specific requirements under new pilot licensing rules so the changeover does not interfere with bush fire operations.
Firefighting pilots authorised before 1 September 2014 now have until the end of August 2016 to transition to the new licensing rules.
The new rules recognise firefighting as a unique aviation activity and provide specific safety standards.
Training for firefighting pilots is covered in more detail to ensure pilots have the right competencies for the job.
CASA extended the time for firefighting pilots to move to the new rules after feedback from the aviation community.
Before conducting firefighting pilots need to make sure that within the preceding 12 months they have successfully completed an assessment of competency in firefighting operations.
Firefighting pilots can begin the process of transition to the new licensing regulations by completing form 61-2FF Transition for pilots authorised to conduct firefighting operations.
This form asks for details on current qualifications, ratings and experience.
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