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Key proposals - development of Part 137
- The latest draft of the Part 137 rules no longer refers to an Operating Certificate (OC). Instead, aerial application operations will be regulated using the existing Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) system but graduated on the basis of each type of activity and the mitigation of identified risks.
- Operators will be required to conduct the training and checking programs called up by the operating rules. Programs can be contracted out with CASA approval, however, the operator would retain responsibility for ensuring that the contracted organisation carries out the specified duties.
- Flight crew (about not ground support personnel) are to be checked annually.
- Minimum performance standards will apply to aeroplanes operating over built-up areas.
- Minimum fuel requirements will apply.
- Changes to the minimum equipment for night operations.
- Hot refuelling (i.e. refuelling while the engine is running) to be allowed and, under certain circumstances, the pilot will also be allowed to leave the aircraft while the engine is running.
- Changes to the way aircraft are categorised when used for aerial agriculture.