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Further damage to aviation accrues from CAR 232

Further damage to aviation accrues from CAR 232

A full 85 penalty points can accrue if an “operator” is ramp checked and has not:

(a)  the flight check system has been approved by CASA;

(b)  if CASA has required the system to be revised–the system has been revised in the manner specified by CASA.

85 penalty points at AUD$180 per point, so the maximum penalty is $15,300, making the administrative penalty $3060 – should improve the relationships with the aviation industry with #casa.

In the words of a long-time aviation member, there are serious issues here for all aviation participants:

“……By and large, what CASA micro-management will accept is a threat to air safety, the “approved systems” are so complex and extensive, and generally so contrary to manufacturer’s Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) recommended procedures, that they seriously impinge on the safe operation of the aircraft.

Note: That what is in the AFM, despite CAR 138, is not acceptable to at least two CASA regional offices.

Well, some bright spark in CASA has decided that, in the new Skidmore spirit of cooperation with industry, that CAR 232 should be rigorously enforced, after all it is “the law”, every aircraft has a “registered operator”, and CAR 232 rates a stand-alone mention in the CASA Ramp Check checklist, so it must be really, really important…..”


 

CIVIL AVIATION REGULATIONS 1988 – REG 232

Flight check system

             (1)   The operator of an aircraft shall establish a flight check system for each type of aircraft, setting out the procedure to be followed by the pilot in command and other flight crew members prior to and on take-off, in flight, on landing and in emergency situations.

Penalty:  25 penalty units.

             (2)   A flight check system shall be subject to the prior approval of CASA, and CASA may at any time require the system to be revised in such manner as CASA specifies.

             (3)   The pilot in command must ensure that the check lists of the procedures are carried in the aircraft and are located where they will be available instantly to the crew member concerned.

Penalty:  10 penalty units.

             (4)   The pilot in command shall ensure that the flight check system is carried out in detail.

Penalty:  25 penalty units.

(5)  The operator of an aircraft must not allow the aircraft to be flown if the following requirements have not been satisfied:

(a)  the flight check system has been approved by CASA;

(b)  if CASA has required the system to be revised–the system has been revised in the manner specified by CASA.

Penalty:  25 penalty units.

(6)  An offence against subregulation (1), (3), (4) or (5) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability , see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .

 

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