NPRM 0808OS - Passenger Transport Services and International Cargo Operations - Small Aeroplanes
The purpose of this NPRM is to continue and finalise the formal consultation on the proposed CASR Part 135 (formerly Part 121B) titled Passenger Transport Services and International Cargo Operations - Small Aeroplanes. This follows on from previous consultation of the then proposed CASR Part 121B, through NPRM 0307OS (in July 2003), and subsequent Industry Project Group reviews, recommenced November 2007 as proposed CASR Part 135.
This NPRM introduces a revised approach to the comprehensive regulatory regime to that previously proposed by CASA relating to passenger transport services in small aeroplanes (now defined as aeroplanes having 9 passenger seats or fewer and with a MTOW of 8640 kg or less). It includes a revised regulatory framework for proposed CASR Part 135 depending on operational characteristics and number of passengers based on the SCC Working Group recommendations and CASA's CEO directions and policy statements.
- To consolidate into one CASR Part the regulatory and operational requirements for the conduct of Passenger Transport Services and International Cargo operations in aeroplanes having a maximum of 9 passenger seats, up to 8640 kg MTOW.
- To take into account CASA's Industry Sector Priorities and Classification of Civil Aviation Activities policy and CEO Directive 01/2007.
- To develop the regulations on the basis of known or likely safety risks that cannot be addressed adequately by non regulatory means and aligned to standards and practises of other leading aviation countries unless differences are required to address the Australian aviation environment.
Key Proposed Changes
- Aerodrome requirements aligned to CASR Part 139 MOS unless otherwise approved.
- More comprehensive provisions for fuel to be carried supported by an Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC).
- Introduction of an 'approach ban rule' for precision and non precision approaches.
- Adoption of the current charter practice for single engine aircraft when over water beyond gliding distance from land, however life rafts to be carried in addition to life jackets.
- For Approved Single-Engine Aeroplanes (ASEA) the ability to provide a safety case to CASA for approval for operations over water beyond 25 nm.
- Weight and balance regulation with options to determine passenger weights supported by an AMC.
- More flexible/practical runway take-off and landing performance requirements to cover the various kinds of operations under Part 135.
- Autopilot unserviceable allowed in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) by day only unless with two pilots.
- Terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) required for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aeroplanes of 6 passengers or more.
- Move from flight hours as the qualifier for competency and making it an operator responsibility to determine experience and ensure competency prior to unsupervised line operations.
- Mandatory ongoing training and checking of all pilots scaled to the nature of the operation.
- Requirement for the carriage of first aid kits.
How to respond
Comment period now closed
Contact Stuart Jones, CASR Part 135 Project Leader