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4 December 2018 – Private IFR exam (PIFR)
The amended PIFR exam aircraft data sheet VH-PIF advanced release notice form 1358 (pdf 42.22 KB) is now available and is effective from 4th December 2018.
8 November 2018 – RPL, PPL and CPL (Aeroplane) Workbook
The PPL and CPL (Aeroplane) Workbook has been renamed to RPL, PPL and CPL (Aeroplane) workbook (pdf 643.08 KB) and amended on page 3 to indicate that fuel reserves are to be carried in accordance with CAAP 234-1(2). No other changes were made to its content.
8 November 2018 – CPL CFPH exam changes
From 8 November 2018, the CFPH exam will be re-structured to align it with the requirements of CASR Part 61 MOS, Schedule 3. It is anticipated that this re-structure will result in a greater number and variety of questions. Currently this exam provides 20 questions (compared to the 32 questions for CFPA). Additional emphasis will be placed on Weight and balance, floor loading limitations, hover performance (both in and out of ground effect), calculations of CP and PNR and determination of ETI for a sector given wind velocity and cruise data (i.e. it includes the use of a navigation computer). As CFPH is not a ‘time critical’ exam, it is anticipated that candidates will be able to complete the new exam within the current 2½ hours permitted.
8 November 2018
CAAP 234-1(2) (pdf 1.03 MB) Guidelines for aircraft fuel requirements.
The fuel values used in a number of PEXO exams are currently based on the guidance material CAAP 234-1(1). On 8 November 2018 the Fuel Requirements Instrument takes effect. The guidance material CAAP 234-1(1) will be updated to CAAP 234-1(2) and includes a number of changes. To allow candidates and theory providers to adjust to these changes, the current CAAP 234-1(1) will continue to be used in the exams until 7th November 2018 after which the Fuel Instrument and CAAP 234-1(2) will be used.
Additional information on fuel management may be found at:
For ATPL exams where a separate operator’s fuel policy is in place, e.g. Flight Planning (for both aeroplanes and helicopters) there will be no immediate change in the fuel policy to be used for those exams; it will be based on the provided operator’s fuel policy.
31 October 2018 - Flight and Duty times
Both 'CAO 48.0/48.1 dated 2004' and the new 'CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013' are current documents and may be used in exams where CAOs are permitted. As a transition period exists in relation to these CAOs, questions may be asked relating to either in CASA exams. Where appropriate, a comment may be placed with a question to guide the candidate as to which version of CAOs the question is examining. After 26 March 2020, the 2004 version of CAO 48.0/48.1 will be repealed and no longer used for any flight and duty time questions.
Where the 'Permitted Material' for an exam includes 'CAO 20-95.2', this automatically includes:
- CAO 48.0/48.1 dated 2004
- CAO 48.1 Instrument 2013
- any amendments to these documents.
Exam questions are based on the current version of these documents.
1 July 2018 – Human Factors questions in RPLA and RPLH
From 1 July 2018, both the RPLA and RPLH exams will have additional questions. Both RPLA and RPLH will be increased to 35 questions. The additional questions will include some Human Factors material as per Part 61 MOS, Schedule 3, Unit 1.6.1 PHFC.
10 November 2017 - Re-training after five (5) or more fails
There have been some instances, where candidates have failed a subject five or more times. Repeated failures of the same subject, demonstrates a lack of application by the candidate and/or their theory provider to ensure the candidate has the required aeronautical knowledge for that particular subject.
CASR Part 61.225(4) states:
If on 4 occasions a person attempts, but fails to pass, an aeronautical knowledge examination, or a part of an examination, the person is not permitted to attempt the examination or part again until CASA is satisfied that the person has completed appropriate training.
Candidates who fail the same subject, five or more times, are required to provide CASA (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a detailed report, signed by their theory provider, showing:
- what training they have undertaken since their last exam attempt of that subject
- how their theory provider addressed each of their knowledge deficiencies in that subject.
Without a detailed report of what re-training has been completed, and CASA considers that re-training appropriate, candidates will not be authorised to re-book that particular subject.
9 November 2017 – Graphical Area Forecasts (GAF)
Coinciding with the 9 November amendments to the AIP and charts, the Bureau of Meteorology will be replacing the old Area Forecasts (ARFORs) with a new forecast referred to as Graphical Area Forecasts (GAFs) and Grid Point Wind and Temperature (GPWTs) Forecasts. These new forecasts have a different presentation of the information, area of coverage and other changes from the old ARFORs.
All pilots should familiarise themselves with the new GAF and GPWT forecast presentation. Information about GAFs may be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
The new GAFs and GPWTs will first appear in the pilot theory exams on 9 November 2017 when they will replace the old ARFORs.
30 May 2017 – Exam results Credited – applied to CPL and ATPL exam results
CASA's CPL and ATPL exams comprise 'multi-subject part exams', where all subject-parts need to be passed within one 'window'. These include:
- the seven subject-parts for the awarding of a CPL or an ATPL theory credit, for either aeroplane or helicopter category
- the two subject-parts for the awarding of a CP(B)L theory credit
- a bundle of subject-parts when converting from aeroplane to helicopter category, or vice versa and
- a bundle of subject-parts for pilots converting a foreign licence to an Australian licence.
Candidates viewing their exam results may see some exams with the status of Credited. This term is used when a candidate has passed both that particular subject and all of the required subject-parts within one 'window' to achieve a theory credit, e.g. a Full CP(A)L theory credit or a Full ATP(H)L theory credit. This way, you will know that you have completed the required theory exams within one 'window'.
A candidate who has not passed all of the required subject-parts within a 'window', will see the status of the valid passes remain as Passed whilst it is in their 'window'. If due to the passage of time, it moves out of their 'window', it will change status to Expired and can no longer be used towards gaining their theory credit.
Should you believe that the status of an exam is showing incorrectly, e.g. it shows Expired where you believe it should show as Passed or Credited, then please email Flight Crew Licensing Exams including your ARN with the details of the affected examination(s).
Note: RPL, PPL and rating exams (e.g. IREX) are not affected. The status of these results will remain as Passed or Failed, as appropriate.
1 September 2016 - Calculators
From 1 September 2016, where a calculator is part of the permitted material for an exam, candidates will be permitted to use their own calculator. The calculator permitted is limited to a 'Basic calculator'. The term 'Basic calculator' for the purposes of these exams, is defined as one which only has:
- the four functions (+, -, x and ÷)
- a square root function ( √ )
- a single memory and
- a percentage key (%) is optional.
It must not be programmable or an 'aviation computer' capable of doing CAS/TAS/MN conversions or solving of aviation type problems; such as determining ground speeds, required heading, wind components or in-flight winds.
Where a candidate is sitting their exam at an Aspeq venue, Aspeq will maintain their stock of calculators, so in the event of a candidate's own calculator failing, the candidate would be able to borrow a calculator in order to complete their examination.
1 September 2014
Overseas licence conversion exams
The introduction of CASR Part 61 on 1 September 2014, resulted in a number of changes to the exam requirements for candidates holding a valid foreign pilots licence wishing to convert to an Australian licence. The new exam requirements are:
- PPL(A) and PPL(H) – there are no mandatory theory exam requirements.
- CPL(A) – Candidates desiring an Australian CPL(A) holding a valid foreign CPL(A) or ATPL(A) licence are required to pass both CHUF and COSA subject-parts within one 'window'.
- CPL(H) – Candidates desiring an Australian CPL(H) holding a valid foreign CPL(H) or ATPL(H) licence are required to pass both CHUF and COSH subject-parts within one 'window'.
- ATPL(A) – Candidates desiring an Australian ATPL(A) holding a valid foreign ATPL(A) licence are required to pass AHUF, AOSA and IREX1 subject-parts within one 'window'.
- ATPL(H) – Candidates desiring an Australian ATPL(H) holding a valid foreign ATPL(H) licence are required to pass both AHUF and AOSH subject-parts within one 'window'.
1 A candidate for an Australian ATPL(A) who has previously passed CASA's IREX exam is not required to re-sit this subject.
Where an Australian instrument rating is desired, candidates must also pass the instrument rating examination (IREX). This is an option for all Australian licences [PPL, CPL or ATPL(H)] and may be added at any time, except for an ATPL(A) where it is a mandatory requirement prior to issue.
1 June 2014
All Flight Crew Licence and Rating exams
From 1 June 2014, CASA will progressively be introducing some questions into exams which do not provide multiple choice answers. These questions will require only a numerical value(s) (no text or punctuation) to be entered using the keypad; e.g. 123. It is anticipated that these questions will be of a practical type such as, 'The distance from A to B in nm is closest to –' the candidate will then need to determine their answer and enter the value in the space provided. Where appropriate, CASA will set an acceptable range of values for the correct answer. The permissible range would vary with the complexity of the question, but would allow for variations candidates may obtain from using different methods or navigation computers.