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NPRM 1502SS - Approved self-administering aviation organisations
The draft Part 149 Regulations and Manual of Standards (MOS) propose that approved self-administering aviation organisations ASAOs) administer regulatory authorisations for a range of aviation activities. The proposal would introduce new approvals for ASAOs, which currently oversee and administer a range of aviation activities through CASA’s granting of exemptions to the existing aviation legislation.
Part 149 impacts all ASAOs, with the majority of these currently existing within the sport and recreational aviation sector. This sector includes light recreational and microlight aircraft, gliders, hang gliders, parachuting, paragliders and recreational ballooning. It also includes warbirds (ex-military, replica and historic aircraft), gyroplanes, model aircraft, rockets and kites as well as amateur- built and experimental aircraft.
CASA currently works with ASAOs using a risk-based assurance model, where self-administering organisations are required to meet performance standards as well as undergo both corporate (governance) and functional (in the field) audits. The proposed Part 149 would allow self-administering organisations to continue administering their own activities, provided they meet - and continue to meet - new prescribed standards. These standards are described in the Part 149 MOS.
CASA proposes that ASAOs with Part 149 certification will be able to:
- issue the certificate of registration for aircraft over 70kg empty weight
- issue airworthiness certificates (where applicable)
- issue pilot qualifications
- issue maintainer qualifications
- approve associated flying training and maintenance training facilities
- conduct surveillance activities of members
- take enforcement action where members are in breach of the regulations.
The new rules would formalise the relationship between CASA and self-administering organisations by introducing a strengthened legal framework. If approved, ASAOs will be issued with a Part 149 Certificate from CASA.
How to respond
Please forward your response to CASA via the online response form by 28 October 2016.