The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has pushed back the start date of its crucial new flight operation regulations from 25 March to 2 December 2020.
CASA said it made the move because it received feedback from working groups that stakeholders needed more time to adapt to the changes.
The new rules will apply to all pilots and operators who fly in Australia, and will replace the existing Civil Aviation Regulations and Civil Aviation Orders.
Essentially, they will replace hundreds of documents such as regulations, orders, exemptions, approvals, permissions, instructions and directions.
CASA has made the changes to improve safety, stating, “It’s not just the rapid advances in technology and the increasing complexity of the operating environment.
“Public expectations about aviation safety have also changed – what might have been acceptable decades ago is no longer the case.
“The new flight operations regulations balance best international practices with local operating conditions.”
As well as the full legal documents, CASA is also promising to introduce a “comprehensive plain English guide” as well as a mapping tool showing where a rule is in the current legislation compared with the older texts.
CASA added, “One of the main aims of the new rules is to improve the safety of charter operations. There is a significant statistical difference in accident rates between charter and regular public transport (RPT) flights.
“There are also, currently, different regulatory requirements for RPT and charter. The new rules reduce this difference by creating one category of air transport, but scale the requirements to the size and complexity of the operations.
“Rather than relying on multiple exemptions, and a confusing proliferation of Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and Civil Aviation Orders, the new rules consolidate existing requirements into activity-based parts.”