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Project OS 13/19 - Transition of the Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) rule set from the Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.6 into the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs)
Under subregulation 207(2) of CAR 1988, CASA currently permits Night Vision Goggle (NVG) operations under the instrument of CAO 82.6 (Night Vision Goggles - Helicopters). This instrument was only intended to facilitate an industry trial period of NVG operations, however, over time has become the basis for approval of NVG operations, an unsatisfactory evolution.
CAO 82.6 remains an all-encompassing instrument for NVG operations that includes both operational and airworthiness requirements into the one document, meaning some elements of the instrument are not located in the relevant section of the CAO. The introduction of the new CASR regulatory structure requires more rigorous governance and also provides opportunity for the differing elements of CAO 82.6 to be appropriately divided out into relevant sections under the new CASR's.
The final aim of this project is to migrate the requirements of CAO 82.6 NVG Operations into the new CASRs, including any necessary adjustments to NVIS guidance material.
Phase 1 of this project introduced modifications to CAO 82.6 in December 2016 related to special fire endorsements.
Phase 2 of this project will introduce limited scope amendments of CAO 82.6 to establish a baseline for transitioning the NVIS ruleset into relevant CASR parts. This phase is planned to be completed during calendar year 2019. Where identified as necessary, amendments to CAAP 174-1 will also be published.
Phase 3 of this project will transition the NVIS ruleset into the relevant CASR parts. CASA is yet to determine whether this phase will be completed in time for the commencement of the flight operations regulations in March 2021 or whether as an initial measure the flight operations regulations will refer, where necessary, to CAO 82.6. The accomplishment of phase 3 will be dependent on an assessment of relative priorities for the effective implementation of the flight operations regulations as a whole.
Parts 21, 27, 29, 42, 61, 90, 91, 133, 138, 141 and 142 of CASR 1998
|Consultation updates in 2019|
|Project OS 13/19 - Transition of the Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) rule set from the Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.6 into the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs)||Project amended.||26 April 2019|
|Consultation updates in 2017|
|Summary of consultation on CD 1620OS - NVIS special fire endorsement - Proposed amendments to CAO 82.6||This summary of consultation has been published.||6 March 2017|
|Consultation updates in 2016|
|Civil Aviation Order 82.6 Amendment Instrument 2016 (No. 1)||The CAO amendment requires that a Certificate of Competency be issued to a pilot who meets the requirements for a special fire endorsement. A copy of the certificate is available to support this requirement.||22 December 2016|
|CD 1620OS - NVIS special fire endorsement - proposed amendments to CAO 82.6||Please forward your response to the Project Leader, email@example.com, by close of business 19 December 2016.||9 December 2016|
|Consultation updates in 2013|
|Project OS 13/19 - Transition of the Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) rule set from the Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 82.6 into the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASRs)||Project approved by the Executive Manager Standards Division on 26 September 2013.||2 October 2013|
Project OS 13/19 is related to the group of CASA projects referred to as the flight operations regulations. These rules will replace the current regulations and orders covering private, aerial work, charter and RPT operations.
The specific projects within the flight operations regulations most related to project OS 13/19 are:
- Project OS 99/08–Part 91 of CASR
- Project OS 99/45–Part 133 of CASR
- Project OS 10/26–Part 138 of CASR.
Technical lead: Matthew Wallace, Senior Standards Officer (Rotorcraft)
Policy manager: Manager, Flight Standards Branch