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Legislative changes - Amendment to Civil Aviation Orders Amendment to CAO 100.7 - Administration and Procedure - Weight Control

Amendment to Civil Aviation Orders
Amendment to CAO 100.7 - Administration and Procedure - Weight Control of Aircraft

Civil Aviation Act 1988
Civil Aviation Regulations 1988
Civil Aviation Amendment Order (No. 5) 2003
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Explanatory Statement
Periodic weighing of Aircraft

Section 98 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act) empowers the Governor-General to make regulations.

Subregulation 235(1) of the Civil Aviation Regulation 1988 (CAR 1988) provides, that CASA may give directions setting out the method of estimating the weight of an aircraft at any time and the centre of gravity of the aircraft at that time.

Section 100.7 of the Civil Aviation Orders contains requirements for the periodic weighting of aircraft to establish their weight and centre of gravity.

The Order amends section 100.7 to allow the use by operators of an average weight and centre of gravity (fleet values) for multi-engine aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of more than 2,800 kg used in regular public transport operations. Operators will be able to establish and use fleet values for aeroplanes of the same model and configuration.

The amendments contain various conditions relating to the establishment and use of fleet values. To be included in a fleet, variation from the fleet values of an aeroplane's individual weight and centre of gravity must be within the prescribed limits. The fleet values have to be re-established every 4 years after re-weighing the required number of aircraft. Every aircraft in a fleet has to be weighed at least once every 9 years. The procedures followed by the operator have to be documented to ensure that the establishment, review and use of the average weight and centre of gravity are in accordance with the requirements of the Order.

The Order contains amendments in respect of which the Office of Regulation Review does not require a Regulation Impact Statement. It came into effect on gazettal.

The amendments have been issued by the Director of Aviation Safety on behalf of CASA in accordance with subsection 84A(2) of the Act.