Project OS 09/01 - Review of Cabin Crew Ratios set out in CAO 20.16.3
CASA currently has authorised a number of operators of aircraft <216 passengers to operate at up to 1:50 cabin crew ratio after evaluating the safety-related implications of each individual proposal. Thorough assessments of the safety cases provided by operators were done, including comprehensive and detailed review of the application and practical demonstrations by the operators, taking into account evacuation efficiency and crew member redundancy issues.
Present legislation contained in CAO 20.16.3 is not reflective of worlds best practice, in which other nations allow a ratio of up to 1:50.
The amendment to CAO 20.16.3 will take into account:
- Aircraft certification requirements
- Associated conditions - related to CAO 20.16.3 including paragraphs 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3 relating to the carriage of children and cabin crew numbers per floor level exit; and
- A requirement for operators to present a satisfactory safety case to CASA to allow for a ratio of up to 1:50.
The process for amending the CAO will involve wide consultation with members of the SCC, including airlines and the FAAA and public consultation by the issue of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).
CASA will seek expressions of interest to form a small working group to asses the safety issues and progress the amendment of the CAO.
Review and recommend amendments to CAO 20.16.3 in order to align the cabin attendant ratio and associated conditions with current worlds best practice in which other nations apply a ratio of up to 1:50.
Produce draft advisory material that may be required to support the amendments to the CAO.
This project was approved by Mick Quinn, DCEO Operations on 12 January 2009
Project Leader: Grant Howard
Project sponsor: Mick Quinn, DCEO Operations
RDMB Programme Manager: Nick Strange
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|Project OS 09/01 - Review of Cabin Crew Ratios set out in CAO 20.16.3||Project approved 12 January 2009.||17 Feb 2009|