Flight Test Management system
Flight Test Management will be accessed through the CASA Self Service Portal. The major steps for conducting flight tests and proficiency checks will remain the same; however the new system will validate qualifications of both the examiner and the applicant.
What do you need to do?
1. Self-register for an account at the CASA Self Service Portal if you have not already done so. Your old FTNS log in and password will not work in the new system.
2. Check your username and password by logging in to CASA Self Service and ensure your qualifications are up to date.
3. Checkout the changes, benefits, and training information about Flight Test Management.
4. Complete any current flight test notifications in FTNS before 3 July. Notifications from 3 July should be entered into the Flight Test Management system.
If you have further questions about the new system or your qualifications please contact us on 1300 737 032.
Benefits of the new system
FTM will be a more efficient way of collecting flight test information and make the system more user friendly for examiners.
The new system will provide you with the following benefits:
- consolidation of examiner records and flight examinations into one system through the CASA Self Service portal
- immediate updates to applicant’s and examiner records
- enhanced searching functionality for examiners
- a more user friendly layout for entering information
- easy to use drop down menu selections
- automatic email notifications to applicants and examiners during the flight examination process. This includes when notifying flight tests, when changes to scheduling occur, cancellations and when examination results are completed
- replacement of some paper-based processes and reduced hard copy paper work requirements.
What changes can I expect when the new system goes live?
The major steps for conducting a flight test and proficiency check will remain the same in FTM. The main difference is that you will access the system from the CASA Self Service portal. You will also notice the following when using the new system:
- terminology changes for some flight examination processes
- some changes to data entry sequence and data field layout
- automatic email notifications
- relevant delegations will appear as an endorsement on your online record on the CASA Self Service portal.
Are you an Approved Testing Officer (ATO) that has not transitioned to Flight Examiner?
FTM will allow Approved Testing Officers (ATOs) that have not transitioned to the Flight Examiner Rating to notify, conduct and report on flight tests. Part 61.040 approval holders will also be able to notify, conduct and report on flight tests.
To enable ATOs and Part 61.040 approval holders to use the new system, relevant delegations will appear as an endorsement on your online record on the CASA Self Service portal. FTM material that references Flight Examiners encompasses ATOs and Part 61.040 approval holders.
Flight examiners will be provided with help transitioning to the new system including:
- a factsheet to introduce you to Flight Test Management
- a factsheet to help you understand the data used in Flight Test Management
- a factsheet to help you with notifying/editing and cancelling flight tests
- online eLearning modules available to download in June 2017
- an FTM User guide
- access to a training environment—log on information will be emailed to you in June 2017
You must continue to notify us of all flight tests at least 24 hours prior to the flight test taking place. If you cannot notify your flight test in the online system, support options will be available for you to notify the authority to our support personnel, similar to that in the current process.
Examiners, ATOs and Part 61.040 approval holders can contact us on 131 757 for further information.
What do you need to do?
The new system is designed to validate your flight examiner rating and associated testing endorsements prior to you notifying a flight test. To prevent any login issues, you are encouraged to log on to CASA Self Service portal to ensure your examiner rating is correctly annotated with:
- the correct expiry date* of your examiner rating; and
- all testing endorsements that have been granted to you.
* the expiry date has been set based off either your examiner proficiency check (EPC) conduct post 1 September 2014 or the date mentioned in the EPC exemption, CASA EX133/16.
Please note, if you also hold a CASR 61.040 approval(s), different reference data will be added to your CASA Self Service profile during the coming weeks.
It is important for you to be aware that if your examiner rating is not accurate, your ability to notify a flight tests could be affected. If you find a discrepancy, please email email@example.com or call us on 131 757
All flight tests and endorsements covered by the current FTNS portal will be available and transition to FTM.
In the meantime you should continue to use the current FTNS system.