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New look pilot licences from 1 September 2014
Learn about new licences for pilots. The full rules for pilots are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
- When will I receive a new Part 61 licence?
The new Part 61 licence has been in effect since 1 September 2014.
If you already had a pilot’s licence issued before 1 September 2014, you will need to apply for a licence transition from the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) Part 5 regulations to the Part 61 regulations.
If you already had a pilot’s licence issued before 1 September 2014 but qualified for a new flight crew licence after that date you will also receive the new Part 61 licence document.
For example, if you hold a private licence for aeroplanes – or PPL(A) – under CAR Part 5 and qualify for a private licence for helicopters – or PPL(H) – under Part 61, you will receive the new Part 61 licence document.
- What do I have to do to get the new licence?
You need to complete and submit Recognition and transfer CAR Part 5 qualifications under CASR Part 61 and CASR Part 202 form 61-9TX (pdf 215.5 KB) and ask your flight examiner or flight instructor to sight and certify copies of any original permissions you hold that are not contained in your CAR Part 5 licence but need to be transferred to your Part 61 licence document. This includes permissions contained in your logbook or any other instrument that confers privileges under CAR Part 5.
The form, along with any certified copies of your permissions, need to be sent to our Client Services Centre. These are placed in your new Part 61 licence document, which is then posted to you.
When you receive your new Part 61 licence document you should check to ensure that it incorporates all of the permissions that were included in your CAR Part 5 licence, and those provided on your other permissions. If there are any discrepancies you should notify the Client Services Centre.
- Do I have to pay a fee to receive the new licence?
Yes, if you already held a pilot licence prior to 1 September 2014 you will need to complete the payment page that is attached to the Form 61-9TX.
If you are upgrading your qualifications thereafter, the normal fees apply.
If you are applying for your first licence or an upgrade after 1 September 2014 you need to pay the standard service fee for your licence type.
- What is different about the new Part 61 licences?
The new Part 61 licences are valid perpetually, recognised internationally and comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements. They also adopt the ICAO’s aircraft type and class ratings system, simplifying the aircraft endorsement system for pilots.
Refer to CASA’s Aircraft class ratings and Aircraft type ratings information sheets for more details.
- What does the new Part 61 licence document look like?
The new Part 61 licence document looks similar to the CAR Part 5 licence and is still in the paper format.
The document lists all of your licences (for example private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence, air transport pilot licence) and the aircraft ratings you hold. That includes category ratings (such as aeroplane), class ratings (such as single-engine aeroplane, multi-engine aeroplane) and type ratings (such as Saab 340). Any design features and flight activity endorsements you hold are then listed, followed by operational ratings and their associated endorsements.
The biggest change is the addition of tables at the end of the licence document. Sticky labels are no longer used in the logbooks. Instead, flight instructors and flight examiners write any new ratings or endorsement you gain directly onto your licence document.
When you complete a flight review or proficiency check, the person conducting it also writes those details directly onto your licence document and sends CASA a notification so that your records can be updated.
- How long is a Part 61 licence valid for?
Part 61 licences, ratings and endorsements do not expire – they are valid perpetually (unless suspended, surrendered or cancelled).
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