Project CS 14/22 - Amendment of CAO 20.18 in relation to carriage of cockpit voice recorder
The Beechcraft models B200 and B300LW TCDS, A24CE, states that the certification of the aircraft is for a maximum of 15 including crew. However, Note 18 of that TCDS states: "For airplanes placed on the Australian register after December 31, 1987, the maximum occupancy is limited to eleven places unless equipped with a cockpit voice recorder system approved by the Department of Aviation."
CAO 20.18 Paragraph 6.1(b) requires, in part, that a CVR must be fitted to an aircraft: "...of a type certificated in its country of manufacture for operation with more than eleven places...". Legal opinion has been sought and the determination found that the words used in the CAO overrode the Note in the TCDS.
The issue is that Note has apparently been applied inconsistently since 1988 and there may be a number of aircraft that do not comply with the CAO.
Whilst there is no safety risk the inconsistency needs to be addressed and the CAO amended.
To amend CAO 20.18 Paragraph 6.1(b), in consultation with ATSB, to remove any ambiguity and provide certainty to the operators of this aircraft type.
This project was approved by Grant Mazowita, A/g EM Standards Division on 24 September 2014.
CAO 20.18 paragraph 6.1(b)
Draft Part 91 of CASR
Project Leader/s: Charles Lenarcic
Standards Officer/s: Mike Broom
Project Sponsor/s: Peter Boyd, Executive Manager Standards Division.
Standards Consultative Committee (SCC)
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|Project CS 14/22 - Amendment of CAO 20.18 in relation to carriage of cockpit voice recorder||Project approved.||26 Sep 2014|