News: Australia Prepares to Introduce New Regulations For Rotorcraft Air Transport Operations
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is preparing to introduce significant revisions to regulations covering rotorcraft air transport operations, with the introduction of the new Part 119, Part 133 and MOS 133 publications. HeliOffshore’s global membership includes operators who are active in Australia.
The agency is currently conducting a consultation process with stakeholders on these new regulations, with a view to publishing by the end of 2018. More details of the process can be found here: https://consultation.casa.gov.au/regulatory-program/cd1804os/consult_view/
The public consultation process ends on 21st August. The CASA timeline calls for implementation of the new regulations to begin in early 2021. Guidance material should be available to operators by early 2020, and the agency is allowing time to consider feedback from operators on any complications they might envisage with implementation.
Broadly speaking the aim of the regulatory reform, is to remove the distinction between the current “Charter” and “Regular Public Transport” Air Operators Approval Certificate classifications. In a webinar on 2nd August, CASA officials explained that the new Part 119 rules are intended to provide one scalable set of safety requirements applicable to transport operations with both fixed wing and rotorcraft. Part 133 and MOS 133 are specifically intended for rotorcraft air transport operations.
HeliOffshore, the global safety association for the offshore helicopter industry, will follow the regulatory change process with keen interest and will be ready to support member operators as they engage with this important initiative.