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.
Who does this information apply to?
- Anyone who is considering applying for a pilot licence.
- Approved testing officers/flight examiners.
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 receive a new Part 61 licence when you update your qualifications with CASA. For example, when you complete a flight review or gain a rating or endorsement, your flight instructor or flight examiner will enter the details into your licence and send a notification to CASA.
If you already had a pilot’s licence issued before 1 September 2014 but qualifed 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 Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) Part 5 and qualify for a private licence for helicopters – or PPL(H) – under the new rules from 1 September 2014, you will receive the new Part 61 licence document.
This means you may not receive a Part 61 licence for up to two years, depending on when you complete an activity that triggers the issue of a new licence.
However, since1 September 2014, your CAR Part 5 licence document has been treated as a current licence for Part 61 purposes.
What do I have to do to get the new licence?
To ensure CASA is equipped to cope with the extra workload of transitioning current licence holders, pilots who currently hold a Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) Part 5 licence should only apply for a Part 61 licence document when their flight instructor or examiner notifies CASA of a flight review or proficiency check, or a flight text for a new licence, rating or endorsement.
You need to complete Form 61-9TX (Recognition and Transfer of CAR Part 5 Qualifications Under CASR Part 61) 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.
Both the notification and transfer forms need to be sent to CASA’s Permission Application Centre at the same time, along with the certified copies of your permissions. 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 the Form 61-9TX. If there are any discrepancies you should notify CASA.
Do I have to pay a fee to receive the new licence?
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.
If you already held a pilot licence prior to 1 September 2014 your new Part 61 licence will be issued to you at no cost when you notify CASA of a flight review, proficiency check or gain a rating or endorsement.
If you are upgrading your qualifications thereafter, the normal fees apply.
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, instructors and 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).
I am an approved testing officer. When will I get a new licence?
Approved Testing Officers (ATO) who currently perform specified functions under an instrument of delegation will eventually need to transition to Part 61.
This means the functions currently performed by an ATO will be performed in the future pursuant to a personal qualification – a Flight Examiner Rating – on the individual’s Part 61 pilot licence.
CASA will undertake the transition of ATOs on 30 June 2016.
More information about the transition for ATOs is available on the CASA website.