Warbirds and limited category aircraft
Options for maintenance of limited category aircraft
4 July 2017
CASA is now inviting comment on discussion paper DP 1618OS, which considers options to simplify and futureproof maintenance rules for limited category aircraft.
This consultation follows a wider reform of the rules for ex-military (warbirds), historic and replica aircraft introduced with Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) on 28 January 2017.
Currently, the provisions for maintaining limited category aircraft are set out in a range of regulations, airworthiness directives, orders and instruments. In future this would become more complex, as maintenance rules for general aviation would be spread across a number of CASR Parts as the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) are repealed.
The discussion paper explores the options of maintaining the current rules, incorporating limited category aircraft maintenance rules into Part 42 of CASR or creating a standalone regulatory Subpart 132.M for limited category aircraft maintenance.
Responses to this discussion paper should be made through the online response form on the CASA website by 30 August 2017.
New advisory material for limited category aircraft
19 January 2017
CASA has released new advisory material providing guidance and further information on rules for limited category aircraft commencing 28 January.
The three new advisory circulars (ACs) apply to owners and operators of ex-military, historic and replica aircraft who will operate under Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR).
AC 21-05 explains the process for certifying a limited category aircraft. It also provides information about the requirements related to restoring and modifying a limited category aircraft for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of airworthiness.
AC 21-25 provides information on the process that is used by CASA or a relevant approved organisation for assigning a permit index number to an aircraft that has been granted a limited category certificate of airworthiness.
AC 132-01 describes the operations that are permitted using limited category aircraft, the limitations that apply to the operations and the obligations that apply to owners, operators and pilots.
View the regulation and guidance material for CASR Part 132.
View or download the limited category aircraft operations information sheet.
New rules for warbirds and limited category aircraft
22 November 2016
New rules regulating the operations of ex-military (warbirds), certain historic and replica aircraft will come into effect on 28 January 2017.
The Part 132 regulation will be applicable to owners, operators, and pilots of limited category aircraft and also impact individuals and organisations that sell and conduct adventure flights in warbirds and paying passengers.
The new rules contain some important administrative and safety enhancements to the previous regulatory requirements and provide more flexibility and clarity around recreational use and operational limits.
Individuals who currently hold an experimental certificate for ex-military aircraft will need to transition to a limited category certificate and the regulation introduces new permissions for air racing, glider towing and personal flights.
For paying passengers of adventure flights in warbirds, the rules introduce the requirement for an additional safety briefing at the point of sale for the flight.
Part 132 also outlines the qualifications an individual must hold and the procedures that must be followed to issue certification, advice and approvals for modifications, damage and repairs for limited category aircraft.
Transition to the new rules will begin on 28 January and end on 28 July 2017.