Project OS 09/03 - Amendment to CAO 20 - Refuelling with passengers onboard in aircraft with less than 20 passengers
This project is now closed.
6 Sep 2012
This NPRM closed for comment 5 September 2012.
11 Jul 2012
This NPRM is open for comment and is available on the CASA website. Comment period closes 5 September 2012.
3 Mar 2010
This project is now closed.
Refer Project Closure Notes for further information.
26 Feb 2009
Project approved 9 February 2009.
Project closure notes
Project closed 3 March 2010. The Amendment Order to CAO 20.9 was registered on 3 March 2010.
Amending CAO 20.9, will eliminate the need for operators to apply for a CASA exemption to the CAO. Operators of aircraft that use turbine fuel, where applicable, will now be able to have passengers remain onboard the aircraft during fuelling operations provided they meet the conditions and limitations specified in CAO 20.9 paragraphs 4.2.2 and 4.3.1. This amendment will have the effect of reducing the cost while maintaining equivalent safety that applied under the exemption to the relevant industry operators.
Currently CAO 20 Section 9, Subsection 4 provides for the ability for aeroplanes that carry 20 passengers or more, for the passengers to remain onboard while the aeroplane is refuelling.
However, operators of small aeroplanes of less than 20 passengers (many of the smaller corporate jets) that have underwing refuelling systems, similar to those of the larger capacity aeroplanes and that use the relevant aviation grade turbine fuel, cannot fuel with passengers onboard. Therefore, all passengers must disembark the aeroplane prior to refuelling.
At some airports, operators of aeroplanes that conduct private and charter flights, both domestically and internationally, have no right of entry to airport terminals, requiring passengers to congregate on the hardstand whilst refuelling takes place.
Regularly, CASA issues an exemption under CAR 235 (11) to allow these operators to refuel aeroplanes of less than 20 passengers. The exemption is issued on the basis of the operator providing passenger supervision by one of the flight crew members and following the procedure in CAO 20.9 (4.2.2) that applies to aircraft of more than 20 passengers. Where an operator can comply with conditions in a CAO, limitations within the Aircraft Flight Manual (AFM) and/or operations manual, there is no added value to safety by CASA undertaking an individual assessment of each application.
Review and amend CAO 20.9 (4.2.2) to allow operators of aircraft with less than 20 passengers to refuel aircraft with passengers onboard, provided they comply with certain conditions under the CAO. In addition, amend CAO 20.9 (4.3.1) to allow operators to have the auxiliary power unit (APU) running during these refuelling operations provided it is in compliance with limitations in the AFM. This will eliminate the associated cost to industry and the associated bureaucratic process of applying and then having to reapply, due to each exemption having an expiry date.
The amendment would be in line with the current exemption and associated explanatory statement and there should be no further guidance material required.
This project was approved by Greg Hood, GGM GAOG - 9 February 2009
CAO 20.9 - 4.2.2 and 4.3.1
Project Leader: Stuart Jones
Project Sponsor: Greg Hood, GGM General Aviation Operations Group (GAOG)
RDMB Program Manager: Nick Fisher