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Project OS 99/45 - CASR Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft
The operating rules for rotorcraft charter and RPT operations are modified versions of the rules applicable to aeroplanes that do not appropriately meet the future requirements of the rotorcraft industry. The rules are currently contained in various Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR), Civil Aviation Orders (CAO) and associated legislative instruments and have not yet been moved to the CASR structure or updated in many years. The current rules do not adequately encompass future powered-lift (or tiltrotor) rotorcraft.
The term rotorcraft means an aircraft in any of the following categories of aircraft:
- powered-lift aircraft.
This project will implement a new CASR Part 133 and Part 133 Manual of Standards (MOS) that replaces the various Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR) and Civil Aviation Orders (CAO) that relate to rotorcraft air transport rules.
These new rules will effectively replace the operating rules for current helicopter aerial work (air ambulance), charter and RPT operations. The new rules will be supported by a number of Advisory Circulars (AC). The new rules will apply in addition to, or in substitution for, the general operating and flight rules prescribed in Part 91, when using rotorcraft for air transport operations.
This project incorporates the following key proposals:
- A specific structure for regulations relating to air transport operations using rotorcraft, with CASR Part 133 solely addressing these operations.
- A single standard to be introduced for air transport operations, whether unscheduled or scheduled.
- The applicability and standards of CASR Part 133 are aligned to closely to Australia's obligations as a member State of ICAO and to CASA's hierarchy of priorities within the Classification of Civil Aviation Activities Policy for rotorcraft. These support a systems approach to safety by requiring rules to make clear who is responsible for complying with each rule and by ensuring Operators are responsible for providing guidance, training and monitoring for their personnel on how to comply with the regulations and the operator's policies when conducting operations under their Air Operator's Certificate.
- In recognition of aircraft accident history and potential risk mitigators, improving the standards for air transport operations conducted under the Visual Flight Rules at night.
- Linking the requirements for operations conducted under the Visual Flight Rules at night more directly to the safety risks of such operations and the requirements for IFR operations.
- Establishing safety-based outcomes for overwater flights and the equipment requirements for such operations and providing a greater focus for operators to Establish procedures, training and recency requirements that are most appropriate to the circumstances and complexity of their operations.
- Establishing rotorcraft performance standards based on ICAO requirements that incorporate consideration of exposure to the potential for a forced landing, and that allow for risk management of this exposure through appropriate consideration of the likelihood and consequences of a forced landing event.
Part 133 operator's will require certification under CASR Part 119 (see project OS 99/43).
This project is associated with CASR Part 133.
|Consultation updates in 2020|
|PP 1918OS - Proposed transitional policies for flight operations regulations||Comments close 30 June 2020.||02 June 2020|
|Consultation updates in 2019|
|CASR Dictionary amendments||The changes to the CASR dictionary essential to understanding and interpreting the terminology used in Parts 91, 119, 121, 133, 135 and 138, are now available on the Federal Register of Legislation. Like the 6 CASR parts, these specific dictionary changes become effective on 25 March 2021. Industry is advised that further CAR and CASR dictionary changes will occur as part of the legislative package that repeals existing 1988 series Civil Aviation Regulations. This package is currently under development and is planned to be available later in 2019. The new legislative instrument is available at Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Operations Definitions) Regulations 2019||17 April 2019|
|Summary of consultation on CD 1804OS - Proposed changes to the rules for rotorcraft air transport operations - Part 119 and 133 of CASR||Summary of consultation on CD 1804OS has been published.||9 January 2019|
|Consultation updates in 2018|
|Civil Aviation Safety Amendment (Part 133) Regulations 2018||Regulation made 6 December||20 December 2018|
|Proposed CASR Dictionary amendments||Parts 119, 121, 133, 135 CASR Dictionary - Draft consultation (pdf 276.95 KB) is an earlier version of public consultation draft changes to the CASR Dictionary. This will be updated as approved drafts become available.||18 December 2018|
|CD 1804OS – Proposed changes to the rules for rotorcraft air transport operations – Part 119 and 133 of CASR||Comments close 21 August 2018.||24 July 2018|
|Draft AMC GM CASR Part 119 (pdf 383.57 KB) - Australian air transport operators – certification and management||Comments close 21 August 2018||24 July 2018|
|Consultation updates in 2012|
|Consultation Draft of CASR Part 133 - Australian Air Transport Operations - Rotorcraft||Comments on the Consultation Draft for CASR Part 135 are to be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org, Standards Development Branch by close of business 17 August 2012.||26 June 2012|
|briefing_casr133.pdf (pdf 578.63 KB)||Updated briefing on CASR Part 133 - May 2012||17 May 2012|
|Consultation updates in 2008|
|NPRM 0807OS - Passenger Transport Services: terminology in and application of new CASR Parts 119, 121, 129, 131, 133 and 135||This NPRM closed for comment on 6 February 2009.||11 December 2008|
|Consultation updates in 2003|
|nprm0301os.pdf (pdf 1.57 MB)||NPRM 0301OS - Air Transport and Aerial Work Operations - Rotorcraft has been published. Your comments are invited by 30 May 2003.||27 March 2003|
|Consultation updates in 2002|
|MOS Part 133 - Air Transport & Aerial Work Operations - Rotorcraft||Draft Chapter 11 titled Airworthiness and Maintenance Control to Manual of Standards - MOS Part 133 - Air Transport & Aerial Work Operations - Rotorcraft, has been published. Your comments are invited.||6 August 2002|
|Consultation updates in 2001|
|New technical working draft regulations for CASR 133 maintenance aspects||CASR Part 133 maintenance aspects of the regulations have been developed and are available for review.||18 October 2001|
|Consultation updates in 2000|
|dp0006os.pdf (pdf 571.59 KB)||DP 0006OS - Commercial Air Transport Operations - Rotorcraft response period has been extended to close on 31 January 2001.||6 December 2000|
|dp0006os.pdf (pdf 571.59 KB)||DP 0006OS - Commercial Air Transport and Aerial Work Operations - Rotocraft has been published. Your comments are requested by 8 December 2000.||5 October 2000|
|Consultation updates in 1996|
|Project OS 99/45 - CASR Part 133 - Australian air transport operations - rotorcraft||Project approved.||1 January 1996|
Other Part 133 activities
The CASR Part 133 history page includes:
- other projects
Project OS 99/45 is part of a group of CASA projects associated with the flight operations regulations. These projects consist of:
- CASR Part 91
- CASR Part 119
- CASR Part 121
- CASR Part 133
- CASR Part 135
- CASR Part 138.
These rules will replace the current regulations and orders covering private, aerial work, charter and RPT operations.
Technical lead: Dale South
Policy manager: Manager, Flight Standards Branch