Project CS 06/01 - Increase of the MTOW for Aircraft Operating Under CAO 95.55 Operations
Project Closure Notes
Project closed 9 October 2009.
CASA has decided not to proceed with this project.
Recreational Aviation Australia Inc. (RAAus) has asked CASA to establish a new legislative project to increase to 750?kg the maximum take-off weight for aircraft operating under the current CAO 95.55. CASA's CEO has indicated he has no objection in principle to an increase in the maximum weight, but that CASA would need to consult more broadly with the aviation community and assess any risks before legislative change could take place.
This project sets out to consider increasing the MTOW to 750?kg for RAAus operations. This would occur after the proposed CASR Part 103 rules have been introduced, during Part 103's initial post-implementation review (PIR).?
The current requirements for operating aircraft under CAO 95.55 restrict the MTOW to 544?kg for most certificated aircraft and 600?kg for light sport aircraft (LSA). Currently, the design standard for CS VLA (formerly known as JAR VLA) allows aircraft to be designed up to a MTOW of 750?kg. This design standard is acceptable under CAO 95.55 provided the weight does not exceed 544?kg or 600?kg depending on the aircraft category. CASA believes that there would be no adverse safety impact by operating these aircraft with increased weight provided the aircraft are certificated to a suitable standard that allows up to 750?kg (such as CS VLA).
However, it is expected that the increase in the MTOW for RAAus operations may be controversial for other sectors of the aviation community and CASA needs to undertake a broad and proper consultative process through this project.
CASR Part 103 - Sport and recreational aviation operations
Project Leader: Mike Cleaver
Project Sponsor: Greg Vaughan
|Consultation updates in 2009|
|Project CS 06/01 - Proposed MTOW increase for Aircraft operating under CAO 95.55 operations||This project is now closed.
Refer Project Closure Notes for full details.
|12 Oct 2009|
|Consultation updates in 2006|
|Project CS 06/01 - Increase of the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) for aircraft operating under CAO 95.55||New rulechange project has been registered.||19 Jun 2006|