SOR 1304OS - Regulation of aeroplane and helicopter 'ambulance function' flights as Air Transport operations
In July 2013, CASA published NPRM 1304OS – Regulation of aeroplane and helicopter 'ambulance function' flights as AT operations. The purpose of the NPRM was to advise the public and the wider aviation community of CASA intent to regulate, to the greatest extent practicable, ambulance function flights to the same safety standards that are currently applicable to AT operations. This intention would extend to the adoption of AOC certification requirements, operating standards and maintenance standards.
The NPRM outlined a new and updated policy that specifically categorises MT flights so that they operate under the requirements of an AT AOC (issued under Part 119 of CASR 1998) and the applicable operational rule set (i.e. Part 133 of CASR 1998 for helicopter operations and either Part 121 or 135 of CASR 1998 for aeroplane operations).
The NPRM sought comment in regard to the areas of the AT operations suite where additional compliance or relief considerations would be required, taking into account the purpose and nature of MT flights.
CASA received 19 responses to the NPRM.
This SOR presents CASA’s evaluation of the comments received, together with the consequent disposition action.
Contact: Dale South, Project Leader