New rules to take off

Pilot and flight instructor Carrie Munro. New piloting and operational rules for safety air safety will be introduced in September. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d424603
Pilot and flight instructor Carrie Munro. New piloting and operational rules for safety air safety will be introduced in September. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d424603

From next month, flight crew licences, ratings and other authorisations will be issued under Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 61.

The new internationally recognised licences conform to the International Civil Aviation Organisation Annex 1 requirements and aircraft type and class ratings system.

Other changes include flight crew training being conducted by a Part 141 or Part 142 operator, while the minimum age a pilot can apply for a licence will drop to 15 years of age.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said the changes would mean better trained pilots and improved safety over the long term.

‘Overall it brings Australia into line with leading aviation nations in terms of pilot licensing and training,’ he said.

Royal Aero Club WA’s chief flying instructor Trevor Jones did not expect the changes to influence how pilots are trained too much.

‘Aviation is a safety orientated industry,’ he said.

‘As such every element of training includes safety aspects and this will not change simply by giving it a different name.’

Mr Jones did however expect kinks to be found once the reform is implemented.

‘The transition will be relatively smooth however there will be a number of areas that have changed where industry will be responsible for absorbing the costs associated with those changes,’ he said.

‘These will only become apparent once they are faced.’

For information visit casa.gov.au.