CASA’s long awaited revised maintenance suite of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASRs) have been signed into law, and will take effect from June 27 2011.
The new CASRs cover continuing airworthiness requirements (Part 42), approved maintenance organisations (Part 145), maintenance personnel licensing (Part 66) and maintenance training organisations (Part 147).
“The outcome-based approach of the new regulations means there is a clear focus on safety outcomes at all times, while providing the aviation maintenance industry with flexibility,” said CASA director of aviation safety John McCormick.
Parts 42 and 145 at this point are only applicable to RPT aircraft and operators, and will be phased in over a two year period. Revised regs for other aviation sectors such as charter, aerial work and private flying are to “be developed at a later date, after wide consultation with these sectors,” according to CASA.
New rules under Part 42 for charter operators are aimed at being in place by June 27 2013, and “will combine current RPT and charter operations and require aircraft used for these purposes to be operated and maintained to the same standard”, according to CASA.
The new rules will ensure RPT operators establish continuing airworthiness management systems, maintenance organisations will need to introduce safety systems and human factors training, and all licensed aircraft maintenance engineers will have their licences re-issued.
Detailed information on the regulations is available on the CASA website.