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Who Needs an AOC?
If you conduct or seek to conduct International Operations, go to International Operators.
An AOC is required if you intend to conduct any of the following commercial purposes:
1. Aerial work purposes
Aerial work activities include the following:
- Aerial surveying
- Aerial spotting
- Aerial Agricultural operations
- Aerial photography
- Aerial advertising
- Ambulance functions
- Aerial Stock Mustering
- Feral and diseased animal control
- Frost Protection
- Power line
- Search and Rescue
- Sling Load Operations
- Target Towing
- Trade Operations
- Winching and Hoist
- Carriage, for trading purposes, of goods owned by the pilot, owner or hirer of the aircraft on schedules that are not fixed and terminals
2. Flight training
An AOC authorises the conduct of the following training activities:
- A CASR Part 142 activity including:
- an integrated training course for the grant under Part 61 of a private pilot licence or commercial pilot licence
- training for
- multi-crew pilot licence, air transport pilot licence or flight engineer licence
- type rating other than a type rating mentioned in an instrument under regulation 142.045
- multi-crew cooperation training
- training, conducted as a multi-crew operation, for:
- a flight crew rating other than a type rating
- flight crew endorsement other than design feature or flight activity endorsement
- training that is given as part of a flight review that is conducted as a multi-crew cooperation
- differences training as outlined in regulation 142.015(2)(g)
- Flight training for the issue of commercial balloon licences or ratings under Part 5 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR).
CASA authorisation to conduct non-integrated training courses for the grant a private pilot and commercial pilot licenses is issued under a Part 141 certificate. Please refer to the Guidance material on Part 141 flying training organisations.
Charter operations cover:
- Carriage of passengers or cargo for hire or reward to or from any place, other than carriage in accordance with fixed schedules to and from fixed terminals or carriage for an operation mentioned in sub regulation 262AM(7) or under a permission to fly in force under sub regulation 317(1).
- Carriage, in accordance with fixed schedules to and from fixed terminals, of passengers and/or cargo in circumstances in which the accommodation in the aircraft is not available to persons generally.
4. Regular public transport
Regular public transport operations generally cover the transport of persons or cargo for persons for hire or reward in accordance with fixed schedules to and from fixed terminals over specific routes with or without intermediate stopping places between terminals.