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Project OS 02/03 - Fatigue risk management systems
At present, CASA regulates flight and duty times for flight crew via CAO 48. This prescriptive legislation also permits operators to be exempt from its provisions (subject to CASA approval) via two alternative means:
- prescriptive limitations contained in standard industry exemptions (SIES) that are class of operation specific
- safety case-based fatigue risk management systems (FRMS).
Since the establishment of this regulatory framework, more advanced methods of fatigue management have become available.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has developed an amendment to the Annex 6 Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) to incorporate changes to the fatigue management provisions. This amendment describes management of fatigue risk for flight crew and cabin crew, with reference to other involved personnel. The amendment was approved in June 2011.
Project OS 02/03 has been registered for some time, but was placed on hold pending receipt of the ICAO SARP material. When the ICAO SARP fatigue management material became available in August 2011, Project OS 02/03 was re-established by the then Executive Manager of Standards Division, Peter Boyd.
The amended SARP will be considered, along with a review of applicable legislation, standards and policies. CASA Standards development procedures require the project to consult with affected stakeholders. The project will:
- review the amended ICAO SARP of Annex 6, which relates to fatigue management
- review current CASA standards (CAO 48) and policies about the management of fatigue risk
- amend CASA legislation, standards and policies to achieve a regime that takes into account the recommendations of ICAO and contemporary fatigue science principles and knowledge where appropriate
- address, as far as reasonably practicable, the management of fatigue risk for aviation personnel.
This project will be undertaken in 2 phases in order to take into account the priority of the issue:
- Phase 1 of the project will consider the implications of fatigue risk in flight crew
- Phase 2 of the project will consider the implications of fatigue risk in cabin crew.
In October 2016, CASA and its Board established that an independent review of the fatigue rules for operators and pilots contained in Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2013 would be undertaken in 2017 as a result of feedback received from various sections of the aviation industry.
The fatigue rules for air operators and pilots were updated as part of CASA's regulation reform program, which seeks to align Australia’s rules with international standards, improve aviation safety, address known risks, and maintain our reputation for safety in aviation. The review will provide an informed basis on which CASA will complete the implementation of the new fatigue rules in the context of the current international and domestic regulatory environments.
Visit the independent review web page for further information, including the terms of reference.
Proposed CASR Part 119 - Australian air transport operators - certification and management
Proposed CASR Part 121 - Commercial air transport operations
Proposed CASR Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft
Proposed CASR Part 138 - Aerial work operations
CASR Part 137 - Aerial application operations
CASR Part 141 - Recreational, private and commercial pilot flight training, other than certain integrated training courses
CASR Part 142 - Integrated and multi-crew pilot flight training, contracted recurrent training and contracted checking
Project Team: Nick Strange, Reuben Delamore
Project Sponsor: Executive Manager, Standards Division
|Consultation updates in 2018|
|CD 1811OS - Modernising Australia's Fatigue Rules - proposed CAO 48.1 Instrument 2019||Comments close 10 February 2019.||14 December 2018|
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|CAAP 48-01 v2.0 - Fatigue management for flight crew members||This CAAP has been published.||28 Oct 2016|
|CD 1510OS-2 - Improvements to the new rules for fatigue management for flight crew members||All comments should be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org, by close of business 11 May 2016.||24 Mar 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2015|
|CD 1510OS - Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Amendment Instrument 2015 (No.1)||All comments should be submitted via the Project Leader, email@example.com by close of business 2 October 2015.||13 August 2015|
|Consultation updates in 2014|
|All comments should be submitted by 9 May 2014.|
|Consultation updates in 2002|
|Project OS 02/03 - Fatigue Risk Management Systems||Project opened||March 2002|
See the fatigue management web page for further information about the fatigue rules, latest news, key dates, and links to a comprehensive collection of material to help you understand and apply the fatigue rules.