The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has bowed to pressure from industry, delaying the implementation of new licensing regulations from the earlier proposed December 4 this year to September 1 2014.
In a statement announcing the timetable change, CASA said: “The primary reason for the changes is the need to give the aviation industry more time to prepare for the commencement of the new regulations.
“Despite CASA’s education and information campaign on the new licensing regulations many pilots and people working in flying training are only starting to understand the new rules.”
The planned changes affect Parts 61, 64, 141 and 142 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.
“While the new regulations do not make major changes to existing practices it is clear more time for education and information communication is required,” CASA said.
As a result of feedback from industry during the consultation process, CASA proposed amendments to clarify the intent of the regulations, correct any anomalies and make improvements which will benefit the aviation industry.
“Due to issues beyond CASA’s control it has not been possible to make these amendments before 4 December 2013,” the authority said.
“Taking all these factors into account CASA has decided to change the commencement date of the licensing suite to 1 September 2014.”
More information on the licensing suite.