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Using CASA Basics frequently asked questions
- What can CASA Basics and a schedule of experience be used for?
Since the introduction of Part 66 in June 2011 CASA has made available the use of CASA Basics and a recognised schedule of experience to:
- obtain an aircraft engineer licence covering non-type rated aircraft (similar to previous CAR 31 'lower group' ratings)
- obtain an aircraft engineer licence covering turbine engine privileges for non-type rated aircraft (with the addition of CASA approved turbine engine training)
- remove exclusions from an already held aircraft engineer licence (category or subcategory)
- remove exclusions from already held aircraft type ratings when combined with CASA approved aircraft type training related to the exclusions.
This provision will be extended in the CASR legislation and will continue to be available until 30 June 2021.
- What are the different categories of an aircraft engineer licence?
An aircraft engineer licence can be issued in any of the following categories and subcategories listed below.
Category A (mechanical)
- A1 – turbine-engine aeroplanes
- A2 – piston-engine aeroplanes
- A3 – turbine-engine helicopters
- A4 – piston-engine helicopters
Category B1 (mechanical)
- B1.1 – turbine-engine aeroplanes
- B1.2 – piston-engine aeroplanes
- B1.3 – turbine-engine helicopters
- B1.4 – piston-engine helicopters
Category B2 (avionics)
- B2 - aircraft (aeroplanes and helicopters)
- Large aircraft in a base maintenance activity
- What is an exclusion on a licence?
An exclusion on your Part 66 licence indicates that you do not have the privilege to certify for maintenance carried out on the specified aircraft system. On your aircraft engineer licence the exclusions (limitations) on the specified aircraft system. On your aircraft engineer licence the exclusions (limitations) and additional privileges that apply to you are printed adjacent to the licence and or aircraft type rating. If an exclusion is applied to your subcategory B1 or category B2 licence, these exclusions are applicable to the aircraft type ratings within the respective B category or subcategory licence. To find out what the respective exclusion code means, refer to the explanatory list on the last page of your licence.
- What is the difference between type rated and non-type rated aircraft?
Type rated aircraft are typically large aircraft including aeroplanes over 5,700 kg maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and multi-engine helicopters. CASA sometimes assigns type ratings to other aircraft (such as particular small aircraft) or specific engines if CASA has a reason that type training would improve aviation safety. See Appendix IX of the Part 66 manual of standards for the list of aircraft and aircraft engines CASA currently type rate for Part 66 licensing requirements.
Non-type rated aircraft are generally those weighing not more than 5,700 kg or aircraft above 5,700 kg that CASA deems a type rating is not needed. Maintenance of these aircraft are covered by category B1 and category B2 aircraft engineer licences (as long as the maintenance is within the scope of the licence) and do not require a specific aircraft type rating on your licence.
- Can I use CASA Basics and SOE to get a licence for maintaining type rated aircraft?
No. You cannot use CASA Basics and the SOE to gain an initial Part 66 licence for maintaining type rated aircraft. Instead, you need to complete the necessary training with a Part 147 maintenance training organisation (MTO) approved by CASA to deliver licence category training, and an MTO approved to deliver applicable aircraft type training. This is available through:
- Part 147 maintenance training organisations (see Advisory Circular 147-02 for a list of approved Part 147 MTOs)
- Part 145 and or CAR 30 approved maintenance organisations approved by CASA to provide aircraft type training to employees.
- Can I use CASA Basics to get a licence for maintaining non-type rated aircraft?
Yes. Up to 30 June 2021 CASA Basics and the SOE can be used to gain a licence that covers non-type rated aircraft. In order to receive a Part 66 licence outcome, applications must be received by CASA no later than close of business 30 June 2021.
- I already have an aircraft engineer licence. How can I use CASA Basics?
If you already hold an aircraft engineer licence, and have credit for CASA Basics, and have been compiling a SOE, you could use it towards a Part 66 licensing outcome through a CASA approved Part 147 MTO.
CASA Basics and a SOE (including aircraft theory type training where applicable) will not be able to be used beyond 30 June 2021 for the following:
- removal of exclusions from a category or subcategory on your licence
- removal of exclusions from a rating on your licence.
- I'm an unlicensed aircraft maintenance engineer. How can I use CASA Basics?
If you are an unlicensed aircraft maintenance engineer (AME), you can use CASA Basics and a SOE to qualify for a licence up to 30 June 2021. You will need to submit your application and have it received by CASA by close of business 30 June 2021. Alternatively, you can contact a CASA approved Part 147 MTO who can conduct a recognition of prior learning towards a Part 66 licence outcome.
- Can I continue to use my existing CASA Basics credits?
CASA Basics credits do not expire. They can continue to be used towards meeting the theory requirements, under Part 66, if submitted through a CASA approved Part 147 MTO.
- How do I book an exam?
For more information on CASA Basics exam sitting dates and locations, and or to book an exam, visit the ASPEQ website.
- What is the latest date I can sit a CASA Basics exam to meet the 3 July deadline?
Successful exam outcomes should be achieved to allow enough time for individuals to meet all licence application requirements and submit relevant documentation to CASA by close of business 30 June 2021.
- What happens if I fail a CASA Basics exam?
More information on CASA Basics failure provisions can be found in Chapter 4 of the AME Licensing Procedures Manual.
- What other options are available for getting an aircraft engineer licence that covers non-type rated aircraft?
Undertake Part 66 training via a CASA approved Part 147 MTO (see Part 1).
CASA has recently consulted on a proposal to introduce a self-study training and examination pathway that leads to the grant of a Part 66 licence – this is not a continuation of the CASA Basics and SOE pathway. The new self-study pathway will align to the Part 66 knowledge and examination requirements, with an alternate practical assessment pathway included. We will soon commence the next phase of this project to develop the detailed policies and administrative systems required for introduction of the self-study pathway. Once introduced, the new self-study pathway will provide an alternative training option to achieve your licence outcome.