Parachute Federation first to achieve new 149 safety certificate

written by Adam Thorn | April 30, 2020

The Australian Parachute Federation has become one of the first recreational organisations to be awarded a CASA Part 149 certificate, which aims to delegate more responsibility to applicants.

To qualify, successful organisations must be self-administrating and demonstrate to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority that they can comply with the new requirements.

The Part 149 regulations were created in July 2018 and came into effect one year later.

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CASA chief executive Shane Carmody said, “Part 149 creates a more streamlined process for the safety regulation of sport and recreational aviation. Self-administering organisations such as the Australian Parachute Federation have a very clear picture of their safety and regulatory responsibilities and the functions they need to discharge.

“CASA will continue to deliver safety oversight of self-administering organisations through surveillance and audits to ensure the required safety outcomes are being achieved, while the organisations get on with the job of running their sector of aviation. I congratulate the Australian Parachute Federation for the work they have successfully completed to be the first to obtain a self-administering certificate.”

Australian Parachute Federation’s Dave Smith said, “Like other sport and recreational aviation organisations we have operated for years under an instrument, which did to some extent make it feel as if we were different to other parts of the aviation community.

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“We are now recognised under a specific set of regulations and have gone through a process to demonstrate we comply with the requirements. This gives us confidence and certainty in managing and growing our area of sport aviation.”

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