New rules for warbirds and limited category aircraft
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.