Project MS 16/05 – Post-implementation review of CASR Part 66 - Continuing airworthiness - aircraft engineer licences and ratings
Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) sets out the requirements for aircraft maintenance engineer licences and ratings. It was made in 2011 as part of the regulatory reform program and transitioned the aircraft maintenance licensing requirements from the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) to the CASR. Part 66 was made in a 3-tier structure, with the Part 66 Manual of Standards (MOS) setting out the detailed standards for the issue of Part 66 aircraft maintenance licences, ratings and other requirements and privileges associated with the licence.
Following the recent postponement of the small aircraft licensing changes, a priority of the project is to address the issues identified with the previous proposal and provide a small aircraft licensing system that is more efficiently integrated into a progressive licensing system. Other issues to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- complexity in the current legislation
- the knowledge and competency standards specified in the MOS
- the structure of licensing outcomes and training under the Australian Qualifications Framework
- the statement of privileges on a licence.
The broad objective of this project is to carry out a comprehensive review of Part 66 of CASR, the Part 66 MOS and associated advisory material to ensure that they effectively address the relevant safety risks. It provides the opportunity to improve the efficiency of the legislation and identify and address any errors, omissions, gaps, unintended consequences or implementation issues.
The review is to be carried out in collaboration with industry, with a licensing working group to be formed under the Maintenance Standards Sub-Committee.
Specific objectives of the project are to:
- reduce the complexity of the legislation
- ensure the legislation is optimised to support the required safety and competency outcomes
- ensure the legislation maintains compliance with ICAO standards
- produce a more progressive licensing system that includes a small aircraft licence
- work with the Aerospace Education and Training Industry Reference Committee to produce a more efficient set of training competency units
- improve the way privileges are stated on licences.
This project was approved by the Regulation Development and Implementation Manager on 5 July 2016.
Part 66 of CASR
Part 66 MOS
Part 147 of CASR
Project Leader: Mick McGill
Project Sponsor/s: Acting Airworthiness and Engineering Branch Manager
|Consultation updates in 2017|
|PIR 1703MS – Post-implementation review of Part 66 - continuing airworthiness - aircraft engineer licenses and ratings||20 February 2017|
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|MS 16/05 - Post implementation review of CASR Part 66-Continuing airworthiness-aircraft engineer licences and ratings||Project approved.||5 July 2016|