NPRM 0707AS - CASR Part 65 - Air traffic services licensing
Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) 0707AS
Air traffic services licensing
Part 65 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) is titled "Air Traffic Services Licensing" and initially came into effect on 1 May 2003. Part 65 sets out the rules for training and licensing air traffic controllers and flight service officers.
CASA instigated a Post-Implementation Review (PIR) of the Part including its Manual of Standards (MOS) and supporting Advisory Circular (AC). The PIR was undertaken by a Part 65 technical committee comprising specialists from CASA and Airservices Australia, in accordance with a process approved by the Standards Consultative Committee (SCC).
The technical committee has recommended changes to the regulations and the MOS. This NPRM deals with the proposed revisions to the Part 65 regulations.
Key changes (as proposed in July 2007)
- Recency: Additional method for satisfying recency requirement. The recency requirement and re-satisfaction of recency can be tailored to a particular location by use of a risk assessment process.
- Currency: Currency requirements will be introduced against ATS qualifications and an additional currency requirement will apply to persons returning to ATC duties after absences of 3 years or more.
- ATC ratings: New ATM rating which combines the functions of the Area, Area (Radar) and Approach (Radar) Ratings.
- Life of authorisations: Ratings, Endorsements and Qualifications to be issued without expiry.
- English language proficiency: Current English language requirements to be updated to meet proposed ICAO Annex 1 standard.
- Fatigue management: Fatigue management requirements to be introduced.
- Streamlined licence requirements: Eligible persons will be able to control for up to 28 days pending issue of licence document.
- Supervision: Regulations will now clarify the original intent that persons undertaking on-the-job training must be supervised by an on-the-job training instructor.
- Assessment: Regulations will now clarify the original intent that assessments must be conducted by a workplace assessor.
- Cancellation of licences: Licences will only be cancelled for safety reasons or breaches of regulations. Loss of medical fitness or retirement will no longer require cancellation of licence.
- Omission of duplicated regulations: Some of the administrative regulations have been omitted because they are now covered in CASR Part 11.
- Notifying CASA when competence is in doubt: To allow safety action to be taken, ATS providers will be able to notify CASA about controllers whose competence is in doubt.
How to respond
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