NPRM 1604CS - Part 21 Manual of Standards
Pursuant to the Government’s response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review Report, the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Airworthiness and Other Matters—2015 Measures No. 1) Regulation 2015 (the Regulation) was made in December 2015 to provide a formal three tier regulatory structure for Part 21 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR). The Regulation inserted various provisions that provide for the issue of a Part 21 MOS.
Part 21 is an established Part that is internationally harmonised and the basis of several international agreements. In order to minimise the effects on industry and international agreements, the amendments do not involve a significant restructure of the Part, but rather provide for the MOS to be used in conjunction with the existing regulations to improve the flexibility, clarity and functionality of the legislation.
The Part 21 MOS will eventually cover a wide range of matters under Part 21, such as airworthiness certification standards for unmanned aircraft and providing increased flexibility for approved design organisations (ADOs). It is also intended that the MOS will be the single source of third tier legislation for Part 21; the various other existing third tier sources of standards, such as the Australian Technical Standard Orders (ATSOs) and Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs), would therefore be consolidated into the MOS.
The Part 21 MOS would initially be populated in a series of amendments over the coming months. This will provide for the standards to be developed, consulted and implemented progressively. CASA has formed two industry working groups under the Certification and Manufacturing Standards Sub-Committee that will assist with the development of particular elements of the MOS, such as independent checking requirements for ADOs.
The Regulation commences on 1 June 2016. Several of the regulation amendments associated with consolidating standards into the MOS require the MOS to be in force on 1 June 2016. These items will therefore be prioritised for publication in the first version of the MOS.
How to respond
Please forward your response to the Project Leader Ben Challender, by close of business 27 April 2016.