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Australia Simplifies Flying Training Rules

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  • Australia Simplifies Flying Training Rules

    The new regulations covering a large number of flying training organisations are being simplified.

    This follows a review by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Part 141 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.

    The simplification of the rules and requirements will cut red tape and reduce costs for about 300 flying training schools across Australia.

    CASA estimates the changes will lower costs in the flying training industry by nearly $2 million a year.

    Optimal safety outcomes for flying training will be maintained by retaining the core elements of the new Part 141.

    Part 141 covers flying training for recreational, private and commercial pilot licences, ratings and endorsements for single pilot aircraft. It does not extend to intensive integrated training for private and commercial licences, which is contained in Part 142 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.

    The new licensing suite of regulations, which includes Part 141, will take effect from 1 September 2014. Simplification of the requirements will be made before the regulations come into effect.

    CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, John McCormick, said the review of flying training regulations was conducted in line with the Federal Government’s direction to look for opportunities to reduce the cost and burden of regulatory compliance on industry.

    “I am very pleased the new regulations in Part 141 can be simplified and made less costly while at the same time maintaining high safety outcomes,” Mr McCormick said.

    “Naturally, safety can never be jeopardised in the pursuit of simpler regulations but with hard work the two outcomes can be achieved.

    “CASA has listened to the views of people in the flying training sector and responded to their concerns with positive action.”

    Key changes to Part 141 are:

    The requirement for a safety management system will be removed. Recommending safety management systems are implemented for small, simple flying training organisations is more beneficial than mandating them.

    A quality assurance manager will no longer be required and the quality assurance system requirements will be simplified for operators who are limited to simulator training.

    There will no longer be a need to develop an exposition when transitioning to the new rules. An operations manual will achieve the same safety outcomes.

    To help reduce the administrative burden on flying schools, CASA will provide training course material and off-the-shelf operations manual material.

    A policy statement will be developed in relation to entry control processes to ensure they do not go beyond what is legislatively required.