Notice of Proposed Rule Making -
Carriage of Fuel on Flights to a Remote Island
The objective of this NPRM is to propose additional requirements for commercial passenger-carrying flights to remote islands, in order to minimise the risk of an aeroplane’s fuel being exhausted and therefore necessitating the flight crew to ditch the aircraft or attempt an unsafe landing.
Implementing the proposal in this NPRM will expedite the promulgation of requirements relating to flights to remote islands as proposed in CASR Parts 121 and 135 and consulted on already.
Key change proposals (to CAO 82.0)
Designate Cocos (Keeling) Island as a remote island in the definition of ‘remote island’ in paragraph 2.1. Note that ‘Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ is the legal name for the territory within which the collection of islands are located, including the island on which the Cocos (Keeling) Island aerodrome is located.
Remove the provision in paragraph 2.3 that allows an operator not to carry fuel for diversion to an alternate aerodrome if the operator’s operations manual provides for such a procedure.
Amend the meaning of minimum safe fuel to require the calculation of fuel for diversion to an alternate aerodrome in the event of a loss of pressurisation coupled with the failure of an engine, in addition to either of the individual failures. This possibility is envisaged by CAR 234 (3) (c) and as such it is proposed to align the requirement in CAO 82.0 with the intent of the CARs, and the requirements applicable to EDTO flights.
Insert a requirement in subsection 3A that a pilot in command, who is subject to the conditions of the section, must nominate an alternate aerodrome (as defined in the CARs). The nomination of an alternate aerodrome would therefore be needed to be specified on a flight plan, and be planned for accordingly.
Extend the conditions of subsection 3A to apply to passenger-carrying aerial work flights. This would capture certain air ambulance flights, surveillance flights, and other aerial work flights where the carriage of persons other than operating crew members occurs.
Extend the conditions of subsection 3A to apply to passenger-carrying RPT flights. This is consistent with the proposals in CASR Parts 121 and 135.
Make provision for CASA to approve an operator to not comply with subsection 3A, subject to conditions which would not adversely affect safety. This is consistent with the proposals in CASR Part 121 and 135.
Comment period now closed.
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