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Cynical CASA and the project system

The following was published today. What a cynical exercise when the injured flight nurse still has not been properly dealt with by the insurance system. Now in the 5th year, no CVR or CDR either.

This is not the way to deal with the Senate inquiry.

Casa releases a new project today:

CASA wishes to advise the opening of

Project 14/08 – Categorisation of aeroplane and helicopter “ambulance function” flights as Air Transport Operations

To review and change the ops of medical helo and fixed wing.

Project OS 14/08 – Categorisation of aeroplane and helicopter ‘ambulance function’ flights as Air Transport Operations

Issue

Amongst leading aviation nations, Australia is unique in classifying Medical Transport (MT) flights as aerial work under the prescribed purpose of ‘ambulance functions’, outlined in subregulation 206 (1) (a) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR). This classification subjects Australia’s MT operations to a different standard of regulation than would be the case under the ICAO Air Transport (AT) standards and those of most other ICAO Member States.

In the proposed new Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR), aerial work operating under Part 138 of CASR will be regulated quite separately from AT operations. This means that aerial work operations can have an aerial work-specific certification system, which may or may not involve the issue of an AOC, and a set of simple task-specific regulations that will be primarily of a domestic nature. For example, it is envisaged that the policy for Part 138 would only be applicable to operators conducting aerial work within Australian Territory or in oceanic airspace. This situation immediately highlights that, at the very least, international aeromedical flights will need to be classified as AT operations to permit regulatory compliance.

A reclassification to AT operations will bring MT flights into line with the ICAO AT Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). This provides Australia’s aeromedical operations with greater recognition of the international nature of AOCs issued for such operations. ICAO outlines in Annex 6 to the Chicago Convention that:

“Contracting States shall recognize as valid an air operator certificate issued by another Contracting State provided that the requirements under which the certificate was issued are at least equal to the applicable Standards specified in this Annex.”

The requirements of Part 119 of CASR will ensure this equivalence of standards with Annex 6 of the Chicago Convention is in place for Australian operators.