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AHIA and CASA form closer ties to expedite regulatory reviews

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 10, 2013

CASA and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association (AHIA) have formed closer working relationships following the appointment by CASA of a liaison officer to work with association on its review of proposed new regulations and standards.

Dale South, project manager in the regulator’s Rotary Wing Regulations section, has been appointed as the liaison officer between CASA and the AHIA.

The AHIA working group has proposed some amendments to CASR Part 61 (flight crew licensing) and the applicable Manuals of Standards (MOS).

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Both CASA and the AHIA have agreed the volume and new format of the untried legislation had caused misunderstanding amongst industry key players and some regional CASA staff. Some regions have a different opinion on the intent of some regulations or standards. The AHIA sought a better way to process their findings as the deadline for implementation of CASR Part 61 is 4 December 2013 – and time now is of the essence.

In August this year the AHIA wrote to CASA’s director of aviation safety John McCormick and sought a closer working relationship between the AHIA and CASA during the review processes.

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