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New regulation for sport and recreational aviation (Part 149) [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

**New regulation for sport and recreational aviation (Part 149)**

16 July 2018

Sport and recreational aviation has received a new level of recognition in
Australia, with the making of the first aviation regulation designed for
the sector.

The regulation formalises co-regulatory arrangements that have existed for
many decades with sport and recreational aviation organisations, but
previously only in conditional exemptions from the standard aviation rules.

The new Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)
brings more transparency, flexibility and certainty for the sector. The
sector incorporates a range of activities that cover non-standard aircraft
types such as balloons, gliders, historic, experimental, ex-military and
replica aircraft.

The regulatory change acknowledges the strong history of safe
self-administration in sport and recreational aviation, and the popularity
of sport and recreational aviation today. It also acknowledges the high
performance standards of today's sport and recreational aircraft.

The new Part 149 regulation recognises sport and recreational aviation as a
standard sector of aviation in Australia.

**Next steps**

To operate under Part 149, sport and recreational organisations need to
apply for a Part 149 authorisation. CASA will work with organisations to
develop their documentation, which will outline how they will safely carry
out important aspects of their safety-related self-administration
functions. This could include flying operations, maintenance and training
and assessing.

CASA will shortly open a consultation on a Part 149 Manual of Standards,
which will need to be in place before organisations can operate under the
new ruleset.

Finalising the Part 149 regulation has been a priority for CASA's
regulatory program and has been developed over many years in close
consultation with industry.

View CASR Part 149 on the Federal Register of Legislation
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RPAS - SSRP workshop [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] presentations

Presentations conducted at the RPAS SRP in Sydney  can be found via the Documents Tab on the AMAS Inc website and via the direct links below:


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Once the finalised Risk Register is received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the document will be circulated to the greater membership for feedback.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - Sector Safety Risk Profile workshop [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Coordination and Safety Systems Branch, through its Strategic Analysis team and CASA’s subject matter experts, identifies risk factors and monitors trends in the Australian aviation system. To enhance CASA’s capability to monitor trends and risk factors, CASA has developed a tool for aviation industry sector safety risk profiles which provide a strategic view of risks in a defined industry sector and a platform for the coordinated response and management of risks across a sector. This tool requires the application of the risk profiling methodology to a data set relating to a defined sector. The defined sector CASA is currently reviewing is Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.

Following an initial workshop conducted in Brisbane (March 2018) it was decided to  conduct four workshops to address the risks in the following subcategories:

·         ReOC operators – non-complex operations

·         Excluded category

·         Sports / Recreation (Model Aircraft) Part 101.G

·         ReOC operators – complex operations  

 

CASA will be holding a workshop at the CASA Office in Sydney to identify the risks associated with Sports/ Rec category operations. We would like to invite your society  to participate in the upcoming workshop. The workshop forms an important part of the sector risk profile development process. 

 

The core purpose of the workshop will be to identify risk causes, sources and hazards using the combined knowledge of industry representatives and CASA Reference Group. Sector safety risk profiling is a CASA initiative to identify sector specific risks and to develop strategies to treat these risks with the involvement of the sector participants. It also provides the opportunity for CASA and the industry to collaboratively work on the management of risks and to adopt flexible treatment measures that suit the unique characteristics of the operation.

  

CASA values your time and industry knowledge and appreciates your societies contribution to this initiative. Workshop materials and agenda will be sent to you closer to the date of the workshop.

Thanks in anticipation of your society participating in the workshop.

The CASA Briefing - June 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Briefing

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

By now most people are probably aware that I have been permanently appointed as CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety for a five year term. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to lead CASA through a time of challenges and changes. My vision is for CASA to be an open and transparent regulator and one the aviation industry finds it easy to do business with. I am especially keen to improve our service delivery. People coming to CASA for approvals, licences or certificates have every right to expect efficient, streamlined and timely service. To do this we will continue to improve our systems and processes. Streamlining our systems and centralising data will also make us more effective in continuing to improve aviation safety. The correct analysis of data provides an opportunity to create a new proactive model of risk management. We want to be able to take a risk-based, rather than a knee-jerk approach to safety management. A key element to this approach will be to keep the aviation community ‘in the loop’ about the issues we see emerging from the data and from our broader sectoral analysis.

A current challenge for CASA is the growth of unmanned aircraft, or drones. Drones have enormous potential for making aviation and society safer, by doing many of the repetitive and dangerous aerial jobs without risking human lives. However, this emerging industry poses challenges to us as the regulator because we now have to deal with both emerging technology and a new group of people who have had little or no exposure to aviation. One of my priorities will be bringing this new group into the broader aviation community, so that together we maintain and improve Australia’s aviation safety performance.

I must emphasise that I understand CASA needs to do things differently. In particular, I know many people are frustrated by delays in some of our regulation reform processes. These have been too slow and too long and not sufficiently focused on practical, common-sense outcomes. However, I am confident that by working co-operatively with the aviation community we can make positive progress and deliver effective change that achieves safe skies for all.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

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Consultation reboot for better results

A substantial overhaul of the way CASA consults with the aviation community has been announced. Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody has set up a new body to ‘reboot’ consultation processes. The changes will streamline consultation and ensure the aviation community is directly involved in the early setting of safety and regulatory objectives and policies. CASA will now get timely advice on current and emerging issues from a cross section of aviation organisations. A new consultation body, known as the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel, is being established from 1 July 2017. It is to be made up of senior representatives from Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, the Australian Airports Association, The Australian Aviation Associations Forum, the Regional Aviation Association of Australia and Recreational Aviation Australia. The Aviation Safety Advisory Panel will provide CASA with objective, high-level advice from the aviation community on issues with significant implications for aviation safety and the way CASA performs its functions. CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel will become the avenue through which CASA seeks aviation community input on regulatory and policy approaches. He said: “Most importantly, it will be the forum through which we seek to agree on the objectives and policy outcomes – before we then call our technical experts to do the detailed work. CASA’s overriding responsibility for aviation safety leadership, however, means that there will always be limits. We cannot appease everyone, nor meet every request as regulatory activities are inherently challenging and CASA ultimately has to make the call on major safety questions. My intention is that once we have settled on a position we will stick to it and deliver on what we have said we will deliver. If we can do this, we will maintain the trust and respect of the aviation community as a whole. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has served on consultation panels in the past.”

Take part in our service survey now

CASA is committed to improving the delivery of regulatory services to the aviation community. To achieve this goal we need the help now of everyone who uses CASA’s services. A short survey is underway to give CASA a better understanding of the service needs and preferences of people in the aviation community. The results of the survey will be used to make practical changes to CASA’s service delivery systems and processes. Questions in the survey include how easy it is to obtain CASA services, the level of satisfaction with service delivery, how services should be delivered, how CASA should contact people and how applications for services should be submitted. The survey is multiple choice, with the option to provide written comments as well. All results from the survey will be anonymous, unless people choose to provide contact details. The survey is open until 5 July 2017. Anyone who would prefer a paper version of the survey can request a copy by sending an email to: industryofficer@casa.gov.au.

Take part in the service survey now.

Phone service improvements

From July 2017 CASA is making changes to improve the way phone calls are managed. Calls to all CASA 13 and 1300 numbers will now be diverted through to 131 757. The separate 1300 numbers for aviation medicine and licensing and registration will be redirected to a central telephone menu. This means 131 757 will become CASA’s primary contact number and should be used by all callers. People who call will be able to choose from a range of options, so that enquiries can quickly be directed to the most appropriate place in CASA. Options will include services relating to licensing, aircraft registration, aviation medicine, regional offices and unmanned aircraft. Callers to CASA will not need to do anything differently but they will notice a difference in the way calls are managed.

Pilots to play key role in new safety seminars

A new series of the popular AvSafety seminars for pilots starts from July 2017. The new series will get pilots talking about key safety issues by looking at previous accidents and incidents where the outcomes were both good and bad. This season of seminars will concentrate on pilot decision making during pre-flight, in-flight and approach and landing. Discussions will look at flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents and incidents covering each phase of flight will be set out, with a mix of fixed wing and helicopter events to be examined. The aim of the seminars will be to get pilots thinking about their flying behaviour and decision making and to offer ideas and resources to support safe operations. CASA’s team of safety advisers will ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer lessons learned. The seminars have been developed with the support of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Airservices Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology. A representative from Bureau of Meteorology will attend some seminars to provide information on the new area forecasts format.

In July there are seven AvSafety seminars at: Port Pirie, Griffith, Wagga, Ballarat, Gawler, Moruya and Lilydale. The Port Pirie seminar will be based on the previous lessons for life format.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.

Flight test system changes

Changes are being made to the flight test notification system. The new system, called Flight Test Management, replaces the current Flight Test Notification System from 3 July 2017. The new system will be accessed through the CASA on-line self-service portal. It means all flight examiner records and flight test data will be managed in one system and accessed through the self-service portal. Some paper-based processes will be replaced, eligibility validation will be provided and hard copy paper requirements will be reduced. The major steps for conducting flight tests and proficiency checks will remain the same. All flight examiners should ensure they have checked their qualifications are up to date in the CASA self-service portal as the new system starts. There are also changes to the flight examiner rating course and professional development program, flight test and proficiency check standards, and updates to guidance documentation. The training course for people who want to gain a flight examiner rating or flight examiner endorsement has been re-developed and is now made up of five phases. It provides for recognition of existing flight examiner qualifications.

Go to the CASA self-service portal.

Support for helicopter mustering safety

Everyone involved in helicopter mustering needs a new specialised safety information card. The card provides information on safety around mustering helicopters on the ground and in the air, passenger safety, emergencies and hiring a helicopter for mustering. The card folds down to pocket size to make it easy to carry and hand out to non-aviation people involved in helicopter mustering. Simple illustrations are used to delivery safety messages about 11 key issues relating to safety around mustering helicopters. These include approaching and leaving the helicopter, riding a horse or motorbike near a helicopter, awareness of helicopter blades, sloping ground and avgas drums. Passenger safety focuses on entry and exit, seat belts and seating, doors, headsets and dangerous goods. Four good reasons are set out for hiring a helicopter musting operator that meets all the civil aviation legal and regulatory requirements. People hiring helicopters are advised to ask the operator for a copy of their air operator certificate.

Order a copy of the helicopter mustering card now.

Switch now to new limited category certificates

Owners and operators of ex-military aircraft have until late July 2017 to transition to a limited category certificate under Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Part 132 commenced on 28 January 2017, with transition to the new regulation required by 28 July 2017. Warbirds currently operating on an experimental certificate must transition to a limited category certificate. Under a limited category certificate operations and airworthiness authorisations will be managed by a self-administering organisation in cooperation with CASA. The rules enable other types of standard category aircraft, such as historic and replica aircraft, to operate on a limited category certificate. This type of certificate offers flexibility for personal flights and recreational purposes. As a result a number of people have already made the switch to the new rules. The new rules apply to the owners, operators and pilots of ex-military (warbirds), certain historic and replica aircraft, the owners of any other aircraft certified in the limited category and individuals and organisations that conduct or sell adventure flights in warbirds.

Find out more about the rules for limited category aircraft.

Spotlight on aircraft weighing

Twelve key points to remember when weighing aircraft have been set out in new advice from CASA. There have been recent reports of some general aviation aircraft being prepared for weighing using improper practices. Reports also indicate the preparation of aircraft and the weighing are not being documented properly. This makes it difficult to determine the configuration of the aircraft in which it was last weighed and throws doubts over the validity of the load data sheet. The purpose of aircraft weighing is to determine the baseline empty weight and empty weight centre of gravity of aircraft, with the information published in a load data sheet to provide for the accurate loading of aircraft before flight. Aircraft manufacturer instructions for weighing should be followed if available, with the airworthiness bulletin from CASA providing recommended practices. The recommendations include the state of the aircraft at weighing, configuration, equipment lists, fuel, oil and other liquids and levelling. Weighing documentation should be clear on what was and what was not included in the empty weight of the aircraft. This is important for the future comparison of weighing information.

Find out more about aircraft weighing.


The Bundaberg Aeromodeller's long weekend Spring time fly-in is on again this year. 
There are camping sites with toilets and hot showers, lunch & dinner Saturday and Sunday available, canteen and a pilot making workshop for those with a crafty bent and want to learn how to make heads and bodies

All types of aircraft welcome with a friendly fun fly format.
Bundaberg Aeromodellers welcome all flyers who follow CASA, the club by-laws and are have valid insurance with whoever. 
Because we allow any insurance, MAAA chooses to stop their member's insurance at our gate. However, if you want to fly here and share in our hospitality and facilities you can be signed in as a provisional member and be fully insured for the weekend.
For further information and bookings, contact the president - Wal. Details on the flyer

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AMAS Inc UPDATE / RENEWAL INFORMATION 2018-2019


The AMAS Inc Committee hope that the past year has treated you well and that you had many happy landings. AMAS Inc continues to grow with members in every state and territory and we hope that you'll continue to renew with the society and enjoy the relaxed fun community that makes up this society.

 

As many of you may be aware, the CASA has for quite some time, formally approved the society's application,to allow FPV flying among other matters including area approvals and flying displays.  AMAS Inc works  with the regulator and the society also engages with other federal,state and local government entities.The AMAS Inc  is also a member of the ACUO. 


 Member fees.

On June 1st early membership renewal is open for the 2018/2019 financial year covering the period July 1st 2018 until June 30th 2019 offering all the benefits that AMAS membership provides members and clubs.

The fees are as follows (and are again reduced!):

 

12    Month Membership $45 Senior and $10 Juniors


Renewals can be registered here:


http://www.amas.org.au/wspMemberRegistration-Join.aspx

 

The Future.

 

Our hobby is about family, friends and having fun. We will continue to provide insurance and other benifits at an affordable price without compromising service to you our valued member  whilst reaffirming our commitment to promoting the family and friends aspect of the hobby.

  

Now is a great time to join up potential members, especially juniors!

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The AMAS Committee hope the junior fee reduction will encourage the younger generation to embrace the joys of aeromodelling in the coming years. Furthermore partnering with the D1-Store, in providing member discounts, is another component of the society in which we believe adds value and encouragement in the membership.

 

Some of you expressed an interest in joining the committee, as noted in the member survey last year and we look forward to hearing from you. Simply phone of email the secretary for more information. You do not need any experience and we'd like people from all walks of life from across Australia to participate. So what are you waiting for ...  Get involved today!

 

Finally we would remind all members and clubs to check out our website(as it is a 'Live' document) for any changes  that have occurred.


Remember: "Get up and fly"!  and "Safety is no accident".


 

On behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.

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CASA Briefing Newsletter - May 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Date of Publication: 
25 May 2018

The CASA Briefing, your monthly CASA update

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

CASA is continuing to work hard to bring improvements to the aviation community in the way safety regulation is delivered. Key changes have already been made to aviation medicals, with more change - in the form of the basic class two - imminent. A lot of effort is also underway to lift our service delivery, with a focus on providing a better and easier delivery of services online. The first steps in new online service delivery are due to be taken in the middle of this year, starting with a streamlined process to obtain aviation reference numbers. Very importantly, we have committed to providing a user-friendly guidance document for major new regulatory parts, such as the operations rules in Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. All these initiatives, and more, will lighten the regulatory load on everyone in aviation in Australia.

On top of these reforms we are working on a rationalisation of the way we charge fees for regulatory services. I cannot offer to abolish fees as we are required by government to recover a proportion of the cost of delivering services, but I can promise we will make the fee structure clearer and more predictable. There are currently around 360 different regulatory service fees and we are aiming to reduce this number down to around 100. We are proposing as many fees as possible to be fixed, rather than based on an hourly rate. This means the aviation community will have much more clarity around the charges to be paid to CASA for regulatory services. In line with Australian Government policy, CASA will publicly consult on proposed changes through a cost recovery implementation statement, which is due to be released later this year.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


New fuel rules coming soon

New rules covering minimum fuel requirements for all Australian aircraft start on 8 November 2018. The new rules re-introduce a fixed fuel reserve requirement, reduce reserve requirements for day visual flight rules operations in small piston or turboprop aeroplanes, require pilots to conduct in-flight fuel management with regular fuel quantity checks and if required declare ‘mayday fuel’, and introduce ‘additional fuel’ which simplifies the planning requirements for fuel contingencies. The changes more closely align Australian fuel rules with the International Civil Aviation Organization standards and recommended practices. Many pilots and operators are already complying with standards in the new rules as they have been in CASA guidelines for some time. The changes remove uncertainty by clarifying what must be done legally. The mayday fuel declaration aims to increase safety. It alerts other airspace users to a potential fuel problem facing an aircraft in their vicinity and ensures priority is given to that aircraft, reducing the chances of an accident. Mayday fuel is not aimed at setting conditions to prosecute pilots or operators and a declaration does not automatically mean that emergency services will be mobilised. The fixed fuel reserve for day visual flight rules operations in small piston or turboprop aeroplanes will be 30 minutes.

Get all the details on the new fuel rules.

Stop bars mean stop

Pilots are being reminded of the importance of never crossing an illuminated aerodrome stop bar. Stop bars are a series of red lights co-located with runway holding point markings on taxiways that show where an aircraft or vehicle is required to stop when it does not have a clearance to proceed onto a runway. Taxiing aircraft must stop and hold at all lighted stop bars. Aircraft may only proceed further when given a clearance by air traffic control and when the stop bar lights have been switched off. If stop bar lights are not switched off after a clearance has been given pilots must seek clarification from air traffic control. Pilots must never allow their aircraft to cross an illuminated stop bar. The reminder about the importance of stop bars follows a number of instances of illuminated stop bars being crossed at Perth Airport. Pilots have been receiving clearance to enter a runway but are not waiting for the stop bar lights to be turned off. Pilots are also not challenging air traffic control when the stop bars remain on. Stop bars are a defence against runway incursions, which are a serious risk to safety.

Find out more about stop bars in an Airservices Australia fact sheet.

Helicopter pilots urged not to push on

Helicopter pilots are being urged to make a precautionary landing if a flight isn’t quite right. A campaign has been launched with the theme: ‘don’t push it, land it’. The campaign is supported by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Helicopter Industry Association. All helicopter pilots - no matter their experience or the type of helicopter they fly - should take an early decision to make a precautionary landing if they experience a situation that just isn’t right. ATSB Chief Commissioner, Greg Hood, said making an early decision to land during the onset of an abnormal situation will reduce the likelihood of an accident from happening. “Pilots should always take advantage of their helicopter’s unique ability to land almost anywhere when things aren’t quite right in flight,” Mr Hood says. “If you’re faced with deteriorating weather or if something just doesn’t feel right, don’t push it, make a precautionary landing. If you do decide to push on, it could be the beginning of an accident sequence.” CASA supports and encourages pilots to make a precautionary landing when it is safe to do so. CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody says: “We have seen a number of fatal accidents where had the pilot decided to land, then the accident may not have occurred. CASA will not take any disciplinary action against a pilot if they need to make a precautionary landing, provided it is performed in good faith, as safely as possible and it did not endanger anyone.” President of the Australian Helicopter Industry Association, Peter Crook, says pressures and fear of scrutiny are often the impetus for pilots to ‘push on’ which can see them fly into an uncomfortable situation. Businessman and helicopter pilot Dick Smith has generously donated $20,000 to the helicopter association to help promote the safety messages of ‘don’t push it, land it’.

Read more about the don’t push it, land it campaign.

Take care with Cessna seats

Operators and maintainers are being reminded of the importance of properly maintaining and checking pilot seats and adjustment mechanisms in single engine Cessna aircraft. Action is needed to make sure seats do not move inadvertently during flight. There have been numerous accidents - several fatal - that have occurred due to inadequate inspection and maintenance practices on seat assemblies fitted to single engine Cessna aircraft. Problems occur due to incorrect placement of seat stops, worn seat adjustment mechanisms, poor seat latch/track engagement and the installation of unapproved parts. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA strongly recommends a number of actions. Maintainers need to be aware of airworthiness directives and special inspection requirements relating to pilot seats. They also need to make sure the correct components and parts are fitted to seats, such as seat stops and cotter pins, and to verify previously installed parts are genuine and correct. It is very important to ensure the primary seat locking mechanism, the secondary seat stop and rear track seat stops are correctly positioned. Pilots and passengers must check seat adjustment, locking and security during pre-flight checks. Care must be taken to ensure flight bags, headset cables, seat covers and other gear does not foul seat actuating or locking mechanisms, which could cause inadvertent seat movement.

Learn more in the Cessna seats airworthiness bulletin.

New wasp warning

A warning has been issued about a risk to aircraft safety from a new type of wasp. The key hole wasp is nesting in the Brisbane airport area and has been found at Emerald aerodrome. There is a concern the species could spread to other airports by aircraft or shared ground support equipment. Key hole wasps make nests based from alluvial sediments such as construction site material rather than soil, with peak nesting occurring during warmer temperatures and higher rainfall. The insects are active by day, although airport lighting can extend their activities. Nests are built cell by cell, usually at the furthest point from an opening greater than 5mm. A wasp nest can completely block aircraft pitot tubes, fuel tank vents and drains. Wasp nests and insect blockages in pitot tubes are not limited to small aircraft. In an updated airworthiness bulletin CASA makes a number of recommendations including the importance of installing pitot/static and vent covers any time an aircraft is parked. Probe covers should be regularly checked for damage. Pilots should be aware that on-ground pre-flight air data module BITE tests and/or computer checks will usually not test pitot probes or static vents for physical blockages. Areas where aircraft are stored or maintained should be regularly checked for wasp nests.

Read the updated wasp airworthiness bulletin.

Funds for better positioning technology

The Federal Government has allocated $160.9 million to deliver a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to improve the reliability and the accuracy of positioning data from five metres to 10 centimetres across Australia and its maritime zone. In addition, there will be a $64 million investment in the national positioning infrastructure capability, which will complement SBAS to improve GPS to an accuracy as precise as 3cm in areas of Australia with access to mobile coverage. The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said the funding in this year’s federal budget would support aviation. “The increased reliability provided by better GPS will improve safety for aircraft flying into regional and remote aerodromes, such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service fleet,” Mr Canavan said. “It will reduce the impact of weather on flight cancellations and diversions and improve the safety of landings. This is a practical investment to improve the lives of Australians and make businesses more productive. This technology provides instant, reliable and accurate positioning information, anytime and anywhere around Australia.”

Find out more about SBAS.

Drone review calls for registration and training

A mandatory drone registration scheme and online training for recreational drone flyers have been supported by a CASA review of the safety regulation of remotely piloted aircraft. The review indicated CASA should continue to support work by the manufacturers of remotely piloted aircraft to use geo-fencing technology to prevent drones operating in non-permitted areas such as at or near major airports and in certain classes of restricted airspace. The review was conducted at the request of the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Submissions to a 2017 discussion paper on drone regulation informed the review. In supporting mandatory drone registration, the review determined a registration process must be simple and the system easy to use. Data integrity would be paramount – including a requirement for an applicant to confirm their identity by using the Australian Government’s online document verification service. Owners would be required to renew their drone registration every three years. The review supported recreational drone flyers being required to undertake a simple online course on safe drone operations, followed by a quiz that has a minimum pass mark. This would address the issue of an increasing number of drone flyers who are unaware of the relevant drone rules, have a poor understanding of the rules or wrongly interpret the rules. CASA has not yet taken final decisions on possible changes to the drone safety regulations and any proposals will be subject to public consultation.

Read the drone regulatory review.

In Brief

  • Responses to consultation on the recommendations of the independent review of aviation fatigue rules for air operators and pilots have been published. The responses are currently being analysed before CASA finalises a position on the new fatigue rules, which will include an implementation timetable. The aim is to have key changes in place during 2018. Read the responses on CASA’s consultation hub.
  • A total of 298 submissions were made in response to consultation on a new proposal that would change the guidance for radio frequency use at uncharted aerodromes. CASA is reviewing the comments and will make a final decision on the multicom issue as soon as possible. Comments can be read now.
  • Thirty responses received during consultation on the post implementation review of Part 145 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations have been published. Part 145, which covers requirements for aircraft and aeronautical product maintenance, was first introduced in June 2011. The responses are on CASA’s consultation hub.
  • An advisory circular is now available to provide Australian air operators with guidance on performance-based communication and surveillance (PBCS). It explains the basic principles of PBCS and related flight planning and operational issues. It also includes a compliance checklist. An Australian operator is authorised by CASA to operate on PBCS routes in oceanic airspace if they meet the equipment and performance standards and other conditions. PBCS routes may be more favourable in terms of flight efficiency.
  • The exemption for dual flight checks before solo flights by student pilots has been extended. The extension continues to allow student pilots to conduct a solo flight if they have successfully completed a dual flight check within 30 days prior to the solo flight, instead of within the 14 days as required by the Part 61 regulations. The exemption also applies to flight instructors when authorising solo flights.
  • Advice on spark plug insulator cracking has been updated. Changes have been made to an airworthiness bulletin on spark plugs to more accurately reflect the factors behind cracking. The bulletin looks at detonation, spark plug maintenance and handling, pre-ignition and other causes.

Safety seminars for pilots

The popular lessons for life safety seminars for pilots continue in June 2018. There are seminars being held at:

  • Maitland – Yorke Peninsula
  • Scone
  • Cessnock
  • Bunbury
  • Hamilton
  • Horsham
  • Port Pirie.

The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons. In Ballina a special seminar is being held on radio procedures in the area. Jetstar will talk about their local operational procedures.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar now.

Seminars for engineers

Engineering seminars are being held in June 2018 at Darwin and Archerfield. These seminars will look at a range of topics including airworthiness issues, specialist maintenance certification, regulations and Part 66 licences. They are aimed at engineers, heads of airworthiness and maintenance, other people from airworthiness organisations and training personnel. The seminars are a great professional development opportunity and allow people to talk with CASA maintenance experts and ask questions. The Darwin seminar is on Wednesday 20 June 2018 and Archerfield on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

Find out more and book a place at an engineering seminar.

Flight instructor safety workshops

New workshops are being held to support pilots who hold an instructor rating. The workshops will include lectures, case studies, discussion topics and group exercises. Some of the topics covered will be maintaining good situational awareness in the training environment, anticipating student actions, understanding Part 61 requirements, use of GPS in the instructional environment, on-line resources for instructors and students and maximising the benefit of flight reviews. CASA’s aviation safety advisers will run the free workshops, which will include time to answers questions and listen to feedback. The next flight instructor workshops are being held at Archerfield on Thursday 14 June and Friday 15 June 2018.

Register now for a flight instructor workshop.

D1 Store-AMAS inc member discount


D1 Store, in collaboration with the Australian Miniature Aerosports Society Inc committee are delighted to offer AMAS Inc members a 10% discount on DJI products. Members can visit D1 Store, present your current AMAS Inc membership card (Ecard) to receive the discount which can be used either in store or online. 

For more information:

Kind regards,

The team at AMAS Inc and the D1 Store.

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CASA Drone Safety Review.

CASA has released its report on its recent review of drone regulation.

The key recommendations are;

- mandatory RPA registration in Australia for RPA’s weighing more than 250 grams.

- a simple online course for recreational and excluded category RPA operators on safe RPA operations, followed by a quiz with a minimum pass mark.

- CASA’s education and training framework around the issue of a remote pilot licence should continue.

- continue to support RPA manufacturers’ efforts to utilise geo-fencing technology to prevent RPA operations in areas where operations are not permitted, including at or near major airports and certain classes of restricted airspace.

- participation, where appropriate, in international forums to stay abreast of global trends and participate in trials of the technology where feasible.

- work with Airservices Australia to ensure the development of standard data on airspace.

- deliver a RPAS roadmap to articulate how to safely integrate RPAs into the Australian airspace system, including content on unmanned traffic management systems

More information regarding the matter can be found here:


https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/standard-page/drone-safety-review

CASA Briefing Newsletter - April 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Briefing - Your monthly CASA update

Update from CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

Everyone in aviation can be proud of the new top six safety ranking given to Australia by the International Civil Aviation Organization. The ranking follows the latest International Civil Aviation Organization audit of Australia's aviation safety system, carried out in late 2017. The audit delivered a 95 per cent safety oversight score, which we must now work to maintain. This means Australia currently ranks sixth out of International Civil Aviation Organization member states for effective safety oversight. The International Civil Aviation Organization assesses a nation's safety oversight capabilities by looking at aviation legislation, licensing, operations, civil aviation organisational structures, air navigation and accident investigation. The high ranking demonstrates Australia has a robust aviation safety system supported by public sector agencies with a deep commitment to achieving the best possible safety outcomes. Credit for the ranking also goes to the commitment to safety by the people and organisations who make up Australia's aviation community. It is your day-to-day work, delivering safety during every flight and every aviation activity, that makes Australian skies amongst the safest in the world. Naturally, I am proud of the role the CASA has played in lifting Australia's safety ranking and I thank all staff for their contribution. Tribute also goes to the contributions and efforts of the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, Airservices Australia, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Australia Maritime Safety Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Get more information on the International Civil Aviation Organization's Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme.

I am very pleased the implementation of the recent change which allows designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs) to issue on the spot class two medicals is progressing well. So far more than 110 DAMEs have completed the short online training course to become eligible to issue class two medicals on the spot. I know a number of on the spot medicals have already been issued to pilots by these DAMEs and the numbers will grow in coming weeks. The range of reforms we are making to the aviation medical system will make life a little easier for many pilots by cutting red tape. I understand the pressures that are on the general aviation community in particular and I will continue to strive to find ways for CASA to ease any regulatory burdens.

I had the pleasure recently to attend an industry function in Darwin with the CASA Board and to be able to have robust discussions with around 50 local aviation identities on the challenges they are facing. The CASA Board also took time to visit Hardy's Aviation and Air North. We are grateful for the time they provided, their insights and their suggestions. The candid conversations were a great value to us all.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Latest News

New multicom proposal

Pilots are being asked to comment on a fresh proposal on the use of radio frequencies near uncharted aerodromes in class G airspace. The proposal would permit the use of the multicom frequency 126.7 MHz in the circuit area of aerodromes not published on an aeronautical chart. The circuit area would be within a three nautical mile radius of uncharted aerodromes and 1,500 feet above ground level. The use of 126.7 MHz for uncharted aerodromes will only be a recommendation and single-user aerodromes/ALAs may still use the area VHF frequency where airmanship dictates this as appropriate. CASA will recommend pilots capable of monitoring two frequencies monitor 126.7 MHz in addition to the area VHF frequency when operating at an altitude which could generate a conflict with the circuit area of an uncharted aerodrome. CASA will recommend that 'busy', currently uncharted, aerodromes be published on aeronautical charts.

Comments on the proposal should be submitted through the CASA consultation hub by close of business 14 May 2018.

Spark plug damage warning

There has been an increase in reports of spark plugs in aircraft engines suffering physical damage. CASA has released an airworthiness bulletin looking at issues relating to piston engine spark plug insulator cracking. Maintenance organisations and engineers are advised to consider undertaking specific maintenance to detect and give warning of possible adverse internal engine wear. The primary contributing factors for spark plug insulator cracking are vibration from detonation, mishandling, improper cleaning or gapping and thermal shock from pre-ignition. Proper magneto-to-engine timing is also an important factor. As timing is affected by wear it should be checked and reset at intervals specified in the engine manufacturer's instructions. Lean-of-peak operation where precise control over engine performance cannot be assured is to be avoided to negate the possibility of detonation. The service life of a spark plug can vary greatly with operating conditions, engine models, ignition systems and spark plug types. This means adherence to scheduled servicing intervals is essential for optimum performance. It is important all spark plug failures are reported using the defect reporting system so trend monitoring can be effective.

Find out more about spark plug issues in the airworthiness bulletin.

Drone roadmap is coming

CASA is developing a remotely piloted aircraft systems regulatory roadmap to give the drone industry more certainty about the safety regulation of the sector into the future. The roadmap will seek to address airspace integration and unmanned traffic management, certification and airworthiness standards, detect and avoid technology, communication protocols and low cost automatic dependant surveillance-broadcast technology, autonomous systems, registration and e-identification, training and competency, geo-fencing and safety management systems and human factors. In a speech last month CASA's branch manager Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Luke Gumley, said the drone sector is changing at a revolutionary pace. Luke told the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems conference the roadmap will provide a level of certainty about where CASA is moving with policy and legislation. "The roadmap might not have all the definitive answers as the technology is evolving, however it will provide sufficient information where it is known, to provide certainty to you. I can tell you that in my conversations with the Director, he has made it clear that CASA will be a fast-follower of international developments so that CASA and Australia does not lag other countries."

Read the remotely piloted aircraft in Australian skies speech.

Drone licensing in the spotlight

There's now essential viewing for everyone thinking about entering the professional drone industry. CASA has released a video explaining the benefits of being a licensed drone operator. Experienced drone operators set out the reasons for needing a remote pilot licence, which range from ensuring safe operations to having the financial protection of insurance. The video also explains the steps to obtaining a remote pilot licence and the training offered by approved courses. Ross Anderson of Aviassist says a licence is needed if you want to operate properly in the commercial drone industry. Ross says: "If you want to go out and do the big jobs, if you want to operate in all areas, then getting licensed is mandatory in our opinion". Kelly Monahan of Overall Photography says: "If you're using (a drone) for a job, the people who are going to hire you are going to look for qualifications". The video explains that training covers a wide range of subjects including safe drone flying, the use of aviation radio, weather forecasts, aerodynamics and how to read aviation charts.

Watch the drone licensing video now.

Update on fire extinguishers

Updated information has been released by CASA on the installation of hand held fire extinguishers in aircraft. An airworthiness bulletin looks at a range of issues, including Halon-replacement fire extinguishers. The International Civil Aviation Organization has urged a faster rate of implementing Halon alternatives in fire extinguishers located in engines and auxiliary power units, lavatories and handheld installations. By 2019, new production aircraft will have Halon-replacement handheld fire extinguishers. CASA has implemented this requirement through the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Regardless of whether the regulations require a fire extinguisher or not, CASA recommends at least one extinguisher be fitted to an aircraft and it should be located so it is accessible to a pilot. There are issues to consider in relation to different types of extinguishers being used in aircraft, such as the effects on people when used in closed compartments, corrosion and clean up. When replacing an extinguisher with one using a different extinguishing agent there should be a review of the structural installation. Halocarbon fire extinguishers are heavier than Halon extinguishers.

Read the fire extinguisher airworthiness bulletin.

Bathurst, Dubbo airspace reviews

Reviews of the airspace at Bathurst and Dubbo aerodromes have found there are no risks that require changes to existing airspace arrangements. The Bathurst review identified an opportunity to improve safety through CASA-initiated education and training programs focussed on local procedures, as well as the establishment of a local airspace user forum to raise issues and identify risks. Feedback from airspace users identified some concerns about glider operations, including communication problems between gliders and other aircraft. Recent collaboration between airspace users has identified the benefit of publishing local procedures in a NOTAM for the duration of each gliding camp and the possible benefits of publishing the procedures in ERSA. Feedback from airspace users around Dubbo indicated an improvement in airmanship and frequency management would enhance situational awareness and safety in the region for all airspace users. CASA will continue to provide education and safety information seminars at Dubbo to improve awareness about operations in the vicinity of a non-controlled aerodrome and to enhance awareness of issues related to the close proximity of the Narromine aerodrome. There was insufficient support for the establishment of a broadcast area using a dedicated frequency to cover Dubbo and Narromine.

Read the Bathurst and Dubbo airspace reviews.

In brief

  • A new cabin safety bulletin has been issued covering the seating of disabled passengers.  The bulletin looks at check-in, boarding, safety briefings, emergency rows and seat allocation.
  • A technical working group set up by the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel to CASA held a three-day workshop in April 2018 to provide technical expertise and industry sector insight to the review of Part 66 (aircraft engineer licences and ratings). The working group examined 40 issues identified through an earlier public consultation and developed possible solutions. A report will now go to the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel for consideration.
  • CASA received 27 responses to the Fatigue review final report: implementation considerations consultation. Responses are now being analysed and considered. Feedback will be provided to a technical working group for consideration prior to CASA releasing a detailed response, including an implementation timetable. CASA is extending fatigue exemptions and legislative instruments to enable time for the recommendations to be considered.
  • Mark Rindfleish – who has held senior safety and advisory positions in several major Australian airlines – has been appointed to the CASA Board for a three-year term. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack announced the appointment. "In addition to possessing a wealth of aviation safety expertise, as a former head of flying operations and chief pilot with Jetstar Airways and Singapore Airlines captain, Mr Rindfleish also brings extensive aviation operational experience to the Board," Mr McCormack said.
  • A proposed legislative instrument covering Required Communication Performance and Required Surveillance Performance(RCP 240 and RSP 180) Capability Declarations is open for comment until 2 May 2018. This instrument would enable aircraft registered in Australia or operated by an Australian operator to declare RCP and RSP capabilities as required in any airspace.

Safety seminars for pilots

The popular lessons for life safety seminars for pilots continue in May 2018. There are seminars being held at:

  • Dubbo
  • Townsville
  • Bathurst
  • Charters Towers
  • Inverell
  • Launceston
  • Armidale
  • Ballina*
  • Burnie
  • Merimbula
  • Derby
  • Broome
  • Alice Springs
  • Yulara
  • Esperance
  • Tooradin
  • Deniliquin

The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons. In Ballina a special seminar is being held on radio procedures in the area. Jetstar will talk about their local operational procedures.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar now.

Seminar for engineers

Engineering seminars are being held in May 2018 at Alice Springs and Broome. These seminars will look at a range of topics including airworthiness issues, specialist maintenance certification, regulations and Part 66 licenses. They are aimed at engineers, heads of airworthiness and maintenance, other people from airworthiness organisations and training personnel. The seminars are a great professional development opportunity and allow people to talk with CASA maintenance experts and ask questions.

Find out more and book a place at an engineering seminar.

IALPG Drone Seminar

The AMAS Inc was recently  invited to a drone privacy seminar. Some of the content that was presented at the IALPG Seminar can be found here:

CASA Briefing Newsletter - March 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Date of Publication: 
28 March 2018

The CASA Briefing, your monthly CASA update

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

CASA has been busy ringing in the changes over the last month in key areas. The most significant initiative has been the release for comment of first part of the so-called ‘six pack’ of interlinked new flight operations regulations. Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations covers the general operating and flight rules and forms the foundation of all aviation operations. The vast majority of the proposed regulations in Part 91 make no change to current requirements as the rules have simply been moved into one package from the Civil Aviation Regulations, Civil Aviation Orders, supporting instruments and exemptions. We have consolidated more than 100 current documents into just two - the new Part 91 and its manual of standards. A range of improvements have also been made to nine areas in the new rules. These are aimed at making compliance easier, providing greater operational flexibility, reducing red tape and paperwork and improving safety.

I appreciate the Part 91 package is lengthy and by necessity written in legal language. To help everyone understand and follow the requirements of Part 91 I am pleased to announce CASA will produce a one-stop guidance document. This Part 91 guidance document will be a pilot’s guide to all the regulations, including the manual of standards requirements, written in the familiar style of the current and popular visual flight rules guide. The guidance document will be made available later this year to give everyone a chance to be familiar with it prior to Part 91 being implemented. I intend the guidance document to be the central reference document used by pilots for the operational rules, as well as a handy guide for CASA examinations. I am keen to provide pilots this practical and user friendly document so that there is less need to reference the actual regulations. This will assist everyone to have a better understanding of the rules and will therefore improve compliance. Naturally, we will continue to look for opportunities to make the regulations and the manual of standards simpler before the rules are finalised.

Please take the opportunity to have your say on Part 91 by going to CASA’s easy-to-use consultation hub. The consultation hub allows you to focus on one or more of the nine areas within Part 91 that introduce changes to requirements or to make general comments about the changes. This means there is no need to read through the whole of Part 91 to have your say on specific issues relevant to your operations. Part 91 consultation is open now.

Two important reforms of the aviation medical system are now in place and work continues to bring in the new basic class two medical by the middle of 2018. The latest medical changes mean designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs) can issue class 2 medicals on the spot without reference to CASA, unless the DAME elects to refer the application to CASA. Information and training materials have been sent to DAMEs to equip them to take advantage of the new arrangements. These changes, which will come into effect on 4 April 2018, will mean quicker and easier medicals for hundreds of people each month.

We have also released for comment the review of new fatigue rules. This independent review has supported the need for modernised fatigue requirements and made a range of recommendations for improving the rules. Final decisions on the makeup of the new rules will be made after comments on the review have been carefully considered.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Fatigue review recommendations

The independent review of the new fatigue rules found there was a “significant risk exposure that needs to be properly managed”. The review made 24 recommendations aimed at improving the new fatigue rules, the implementation of changes and guidance and information about the rules. Recommendations include more closely aligning flight and duty period limits with international averages, creating two tiers of fatigue risk management system requirements, providing additional flexibility for operators using the prescriptive limits and removing or revising the requirements for aerial application operations. The review recommends a freeze of the transition dates for the implementation of the new fatigue rules and the adoption of a staggered approach to implementation and transition.

The chairman of CASA's Board, Jeff Boyd, has welcomed the fatigue review report. Mr Boyd said: “The review team has confirmed the need to change from the old Civil Aviation Order 48 fatigue rules and standard industry exemptions and CASA’s Board supports this view. The report provides a method to find an appropriate balance between fatigue risk and operational impact and the board is seeking input from industry on potential implementation issues prior to finalising changes to the rules.” CASA is seeking feedback on priorities for actions resulting from the review as well as implementation issues. Feedback should be lodged before 17 April 2018, using CASA’s consultation hub.

Read the fatigue review and have your say now.

Check for seat belt defects

Cabin crew have been reminded of the importance of checking seat belts and crew harnesses for defects. Checking seatbelts and harnesses should not be limited to a maintenance cycle. In a new cabin safety bulletin CASA recommends seat belts be checked on an ongoing basis by the operating crew. Any problems should then be captured in the air operator's defect reporting system. For example, some operators have a cabin condition log where the cabin crew of an aircraft will record deficiencies and this information is then transferred into the aircraft maintenance log. Crew should be reporting any fraying, holes, twisting, or adjustment problems that stop seat belts being used normally. CASA has become aware of seat belt defects on operating aircraft through surveillance activities and reports from the travelling public. The cabin safety bulletin features pictures taken by CASA inspectors of damage to a passenger seatbelt and a crew harness. Neither of the faults had been reported.

Read the seat belt and harness cabin safety bulletin.

R22 fuel tank warning – retrofit now

A strong recommendation has been issued to owners and operators of Robinson R22 helicopters to take action as soon as possible to replace aluminium fuel tanks. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA says retrofitting R22 aircraft with bladder fuel tanks decreases the likelihood of a post-crash fire. The Robinson Helicopter Company has published a revised service bulletin about fuel tank modifications. This revised service bulletin gives a compliance time as soon as practical, but no later than next 2200-hour overhaul, 12 year inspection, or 15 January 2020. The modification needs to be made at whichever milestone occurs first. The service bulletin also provides information on a discount kit and a rebate available for each field installation. CASA’s airworthiness bulletin includes a timely reminder to operators and maintainers of aircraft of the responsibility to follow their approved system of maintenance or the manufacturer’s maintenance program. In this case it means ensuring compliance to all Robinson Helicopter Company service bulletins. There have been multiple crashes of Robinson R22 helicopters with post-impact fires in Australia. One crash involved a survivable training flight where the occupants were able to leave the helicopter before the ruptured fuel tanks ignited.

Read the R22 fuel tank airworthiness bulletin.

Helicopter corrosion warning

A recent helicopter defect report has triggered a warning about the risks of corrosion in salty environments. Corrosion was found on Sikorsky S92 flap stop bracket pins. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA says operators of offshore helicopters need to have in place a rigorous corrosion control program. Before an aircraft is used in offshore operations it should be inspected to establish a base-line of corrosion damage. All major corrosion damage should be reported directly back to the original equipment manufacturer to provide input into the worldwide aging fleet data and to allow corrosion programs to be updated. CASA says aircraft operators should consider mapping individual aircraft corrosion to allow ongoing analysis, as well as collecting corrosion data across all models of aircraft to identify known corrosion spots and to assist future maintenance planning. Internal inspections and corrosion preventive compound application plans can be developed based on mission requirements, operating environments and experience.

Read the helicopter corrosion airworthiness bulletin.

Drone penalties issued

The importance of understanding and always following the drone safety regulations has been highlighted by the latest regulatory infringement notices issued by CASA. Both commercial and recreational drone flyers have been issued penalties for breaching the remotely piloted aircraft safety regulations. A person who conducted commercial drone operations - aerial photography – in the Brisbane central business district was issued with fines for a commercial operation without the required approval ($900) and flying over a populous area ($900). Another commercial drone operator in regional Australia was issued with two fines for demonstration flights at an agriculture show – one for operations over a populous area ($1050) and the other for flying within 30 metres of people not associated with the operation ($210). A commercial drone operator in a major regional centre undertaking aerial photography was issued with two fines relating to commercial operations without a required approval ($1050) and flying over a populous area ($1050). A recreational drone flyer at a store opening in Melbourne was fined ($1050) for operating within 30 metres of people not associated with the operation.

Check the drone safety regulations.

In brief

  • Comment is being called for on a proposal to improve the Part 61 flight instructor rating. The proposed improvements to the requirements would better support flight training operators and trainers to develop and deliver their flight instructor training courses. Changes would also amend the privileges and limitations of certain training endorsements and enhance guidance material. Comment now, with consultation closing on 22 April 2018.
  • Recommendations have been made to operators and maintainers of Cessna 441 aircraft about fatigue cracking of main landing gear trunnions. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA strongly recommends ensuring main landing gear trunnions are cleaned and carefully inspected per the applicable supplemental inspection document. If cracks are present affected trunnions should be replaced as a fracture failure during landing may cause significant damage to the aircraft. The recommendations follow several landing gear failures.
  • Advice has been released to aircraft maintainers on the use of approved model list – supplemental type certificates. These are an approval method that allows a set of compliance data – such as type design data - to be designated as ‘baseline data’ that can be applicable to various aircraft models. It is intended for installations that are identical or similar that share baseline data between models. The advice covers Federal Aviation Administration field approvals, when additional approved data is required and provides guidance on power and wiring.
  • Comment is being sought before 26 April 2018 on a proposed airworthiness directive about wing strut and wing strut fittings on GippsAero GA8 series aeroplanes. The proposed directive would require a general visual inspection of the wing strut and strut fittings for evidence of cracks, corrosion and damage in accordance with the requirements of GippsAero Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2017-174 Issue 1. Affected parts would need to be replaced.
  • Airspace restrictions are about to come into effect for the Commonwealth Games being held in Queensland. From 2 – 18 April 2018 all aircraft and airspace users planning to fly within 90 nautical miles of the Gold Coast airport must comply with the regulations and the procedures detailed in an Aeronautical Information Service Supplement and relevant NOTAMs. An aircraft that does not comply with the air defence identification zone requirements may be subject to intercept by military aircraft and the crew subject to criminal prosecution.
  • Drones are subject to restrictions during the Commonwealth Games at all venues. These restrictions apply from 25 March to 18 April 2018. No sport or recreational drones will be given permission to operate within any of the areas around Games venues. Commercial drone operations will only be allowed if prior approval has been given and no approvals will be given for areas where there will be low level helicopter operations. There will be an increased police presence at all venues to monitor compliance with the restrictions and penalties can be issued.

Safety seminars for pilots

The popular lessons for life safety seminars for pilots continue in April 2018. There are seminars being held at:

  • Kununurra
  • Mackay
  • Airlie Beach
  • Geraldton
  • Mudgee
  • Jandakot
  • Colac

The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar now.

Seminar for engineers

An engineering seminar is being held in April at Kununurra. This seminar will look at a range of topics including airworthiness issues, specialist maintenance certification, regulations and Part 66 licenses. It is aimed at engineers, heads of airworthiness and maintenance, other people from airworthiness organisations and training personnel. The seminar is a great professional development opportunity and allows people to talk with CASA maintenance experts and ask questions.

Find out more and book a place at an engineering seminar.

 


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Manilla Slope Fest 2018

A message from the AMAS Inc  acting president, Mr Phillip Poole:

Written permission has been secured, for AMAS Inc members to operate model aircraft, from Mr Godfrey Wenness, owner of the property "The Mountain", 1106 Wimbourne Road, Manilla NSW 2346. It is with that permission that I invite the AMAS Inc membership to the Manilla Slope Fest 2018. The slope fest will be run from the 7th to the 16th September 2018 at the above noted property. Information regarding the property can be found here:

Further information regarding the event can be obtained via Phillip Poole using the following email address:

Notice of General Meeting 2-18



As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modeling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Zoom Video Conference.

10:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 31st March, 2018

at Brigalow Street, Toowoomba Qld. 4530.

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now. 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 8th March, 2018.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on/by the 9th March 2018 for initial consideration .

Please be advised that no Notice of Motion or Agenda items were received.

Any submissions received requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in its revised form with any other Notices of Motion on the 15th  March.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 15th March to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS Inc by noon 29th March.


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Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

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CASA Briefing Newsletter - February 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Date of Publication: 
28 February 2018

The CASA Briefing, your monthly CASA update

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

I am pleased to advise significant progress is being made in implementing the key reforms to the aviation medical system we announced late in 2017. From 1 March 2018 a Class 2 medical certificate will be an option for pilots operating non-passenger carrying commercial flights in aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of less than 8618 kilograms. This includes pilots operating in aerial application, flight examiners and flight instructors. Currently these pilots must have a Class 1 medical for these operations. The change opens up the potential pool of pilots for these operations, giving more experienced pilots who no longer hold a Class 1 medical the opportunity to continue to contribute to non-passenger carrying commercial aviation. A particular benefit will be allowing experienced air transport pilots to offer their services and skills to flying training – a change with the potential to benefit current and future pilots.

Another of the announced reforms to aviation medicine is on track to be implemented by late March 2018. This change will allow all designated aviation medical examiners (DAMEs) to issue Class 2 medicals on the spot without reference to CASA, unless the DAME elects to refer the application to CASA. Allowing DAMEs to directly issue Class 2 medicals should simplify and speed up the medical process for hundreds of applicants each month. I can also advise the new Basic Class 2 medical certificate – based on the Austroads commercial vehicle driver standards – is on track to be introduced in the middle of 2018.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

Progress on new flight rules

The first consultation with the aviation community on the proposed new general operating and flight rules—Part 91 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations - has commenced. An industry technical working group recently undertook evaluation of the draft regulation and the associated manual of standards. The working group was the first to meet since the establishment of the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel – the new group of aviation community representatives that advises CASA on current issues. The working group found the draft regulations and standards broadly achieved the intended policy, although some issues need to be addressed. Where possible the suggested changes will be made, or issues will be highlighted for additional feedback during further consultation. CASA staff supporting the Part 91 working group were impressed by the dedication of the participants and thanked members for their time and valuable feedback. Part 91 is a key element of a suite of regulations covering flight operations, which also includes Parts 119, 121, 133, 135 and 138.

Find out more about Part 91.

New SMS alerts for medicals

A new SMS notification system to assist people who have applied for an aviation medical certificate is now available. Medical applicants can opt to receive SMS notifications from CASA’s medical records system when they lodge their application. An automatic SMS will be sent to their mobile phone number on three occasions: 60 days before a medical certificate is due to expire, once a designated aviation medical examiner has uploaded a medical application to CASA and when a medical certificate has been issued by CASA. The new system will also send manual SMS messages notifying applicants of any correspondence that has been sent by email - such as requests for further information, prompts to supply missing information and reminders to provide previously requested reports.

Find out more about the medical records system.

Codeine now only by prescription

If you’re a pilot, engineer, air traffic controller or anyone else working in a safety sensitive aviation position you need to be aware of the changes to codeine scheduling introduced on 1 February 2018. Medicines containing codeine are now only available with a prescription from your doctor. If your doctor prescribes medicine containing codeine you must notify the organisation you’re working for so appropriate work safety measures can be put in place. CASA already routinely screens for codeine and opiates as part of the alcohol and drug testing program. This is done because codeine can impair performance, making it unsuitable for use in a safety sensitive environment. If you already own medicines containing codeine that you purchased over the counter before 1 February 2018, and you are working in a safety sensitive aviation position, you should not use these medications without a doctor’s report and you must notify your aviation organisation.

More information about the codeine changes can be found at the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Codeine information hub.

Commonwealth Games airspace restrictions

Airspace restrictions will be in place during the upcoming Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast. From 2 – 18 April 2018 all aircraft and airspace users planning to fly within 90 nautical miles of the Gold Coast airport must comply with the regulations and the procedures detailed in an Aeronautical Information Service Supplement and relevant NOTAMs. Temporary restricted areas and air defence identification zones will be created. Any aircraft unable to comply with the requirements will not be allowed to operate within the temporary restricted areas. Any aircraft that does not comply with the air defence identification zone requirements may be subject to intercept by military aircraft and the crew subject to criminal prosecution. There will be increased Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police Airwing activity in the region. Aircraft transiting the Gold Coast area during the Games should plan to avoid the area from Broadbeach, Porpoise Point Southport, Nerang, Mudgeeraba to Robina due to increased traffic.

The operation of drones is also restricted during the Commonwealth Games, from 25 March to 18 April 2018. An Aeronautical Information Circular sets out temporary restricted areas for drones at the main stadium and all other venues, including those outside the Gold Coast at locations such as Cairns and Townsville. No sport or recreational drones will be given permission to operate within any of the areas around Games venues. Sport and recreational drone flyers must not bring drones to any Games venue. Commercial drone operations will only be allowed if prior approval has been given and no approvals will be given for areas where there will be low level helicopter operations. There will be an increased police presence at all venues to monitor compliance with the restrictions and penalties can be issued.

Find out more about Commonwealth Games airspace.

Get details on drone restrictions.

Keep safe from wasps

A timely reminder has been issued about the risks mud dauber wasps can pose to aircraft. Mud dauber wasps are common across Australia, are up to three centimetres in length and are either completely black or metallic blue, with some species having yellow or greenish markings on the body. Mud dauber wasps will build a nest in any available cavity, including those in aircraft. A defect report investigation found a number of wasp nests inside the wing of a Cessna 182. There was also one large wasp nest entirely suspended on the flight control cables in the rear fuselage. A wasp nest can completely block pitot tubes, fuel tank vents and drains. Wasp nest and insect blockages in pitot tubes are not limited to small aircraft. Each year, CASA receives approximately five defect reports affecting various systems and types of aircraft. Overseas reports detail fatal accidents which have been attributed to wasp nests blocking the pitot tube, resulting in a loss of airspeed indication. In 2013 an Airbus A330 suffered a rejected take-off in Brisbane due to an airspeed indication failure which was only detected during the take-off roll. During the subsequent inspection it was found that the Captain’s pitot probe was almost totally obstructed by an insect nest, consistent with mud-dauber wasp nest residue. Nests can be built in very short periods of time, which means protective covers should be used even during short turn-around times. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA makes a number of recommendations to protect against wasp infestation.

Get all the details about wasp infestation.

Cabin safety focus – turbulence and devices

Two new cabin safety bulletins have been issued – covering portable electronic devices and turbulence and seat belts. Cabin safety bulletins provide guidance to air operators and cabin crew on important safety issues. The importance of seat belts and harnesses is highlighted by the 386 reports of weather-related incidents in 2016. Approximately 86 per cent of all reported weather-related incidents involved windshear or turbulence. Errors that lead to injuries include cabin crew members not being secure during turbulence, cabin crew members standing during critical phases of flight, leaving service equipment unrestrained and handling hot liquids during turbulence. The bulletin also covers passenger seat belts, cabin crew standard operating procedures, training and monitoring and improvement. The bulletin covering portable electronic devices provides guidance on the exemption that permits expanded use of devices. Surveillance and information obtained by CASA has indicated air operators may need to conduct a review to ensure they are meeting the requirements of the exemption relating to the stowage of loose articles. There are a number of steps that must be taken to meet the exemption conditions, including a risk assessment, crew training and passenger information.

Read the turbulence and electronic devices bulletins.

Horn Island airspace review

A review of airspace around Horn Island in the Torres Strait has made six recommendations. The review, by CASA’s Office of Airspace Regulation, found the airspace architecture is fit for purpose. However, local area charting needs to be introduced for the Torres Strait area to assist pilots operating into and out of Horn Island. Stakeholder feedback focussed on charting issues and the need for additional infrastructure at Horn Island aerodrome, such as a new taxiway. Airspace users also identified the need for targeted education about the airspace and local procedures for the region. Recommendations include the need for Airservices Australia to publish by 8 November 2018 a visual navigation chart that provides a clear indication of the visual reference points used by visual flight rules aircraft. Airservices is also to include Coconut Island on the Enroute chart low 6 as soon as possible. The Horn Island airport operator should conduct a bi-annual airspace users forum with locally based airspace users and regular transient operators to discuss operating issues or risks associated with flying activity in the region. The Torres Shire Council should consider the safety, efficiency and capacity benefit of a taxiway parallel to runway 08/26.

Read the Horn Island airspace report.

Seminars for pilots

The popular lessons for life safety seminars for pilots continue in March 2018. There are seminars being held at:

  • Swan Hill
  • Schofield
  • Maitland
  • Point Cook
  • Cooma
  • Jacobs Well*
  • Gympie
  • Kyneton
  • Innisfail
  • Bundaberg
  • Maryborough
  • Mareeba
  • Jabiru

The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. Updates will be delivered on key safety messages and issues from Airservices Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons. Seminars marked by an asterisk include a briefing by Airservices Australia on the airspace and procedure changes around the Gold Coast during the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.

In brief

  • Remember the 2017 Flight Safety Australia Collectors' Edition is now available. This print magazine is a bumper collection of more than 50 articles that were published online during 2017. It includes features, contributor and general articles, aviation medicine and maintenance articles, and a close-call section written by pilots who share their experiences in the name of safety. Order a copy of the magazine now.
  • Feedback has strongly supported proposed changes to helicopter licensing requirements in relation to the 105 hour training option for the commercial helicopter pilot licence. Consultation on the proposal attracted 63 submissions. CASA will now make changes to the licensing regulations, with an amendment required to Part 61 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations before 31 August 2018. Legislative instruments could be made to give effect to the proposals. Read the responses and next steps.
  • The 30 April 2018 deadline for air operators and Part 141 certificate holders to submit draft operations manual changes or apply for a fatigue risk management system in preparation for transition to new fatigue rules has been removed. A new transition deadline will be announced soon. The decision to remove the deadline was foreshadowed in December 2017 due to the ongoing independent review of fatigue rules. Both CASA and the aviation community will require more time to respond to the final review findings, which are scheduled to be delivered to CASA in March 2018.
  • Radio communication requirements for gliding operations in Class E airspace will be updated in the 1 March 2018 Aeronautical Information Package. Unless otherwise authorised, glider pilots in Class E airspace must maintain a listening watch on the appropriate air traffic control frequency. The Gliding Federation of Australia and CASA have worked together to better define the circumstances under which glider pilots can operate off-frequency in Class E. When flying in groups glider pilots can nominate one aircraft to monitor air traffic control and pass on traffic information to other gliders using a discrete glider frequency. Special arrangements can also be made for gliding competitions or events, with authorisation to be provided through a NOTAM issued by Airservices Australia. These practices are commonly used by glider pilots flying in Class E airspace already and the updated advice formalises the procedures.

Notice of General Meeting 1-18


As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modeling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Zoom Video Conference.

10:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 31st March, 2018

at Brigalow Street, Toowoomba Qld. 4530.

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now. 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 8th March, 2018.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on/by the 9th March 2018 for initial consideration .

Any submissions received requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in its revised form with any other Notices of Motion on the 15th  March.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 15th March to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS Inc by noon 29th March.


Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

 

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary, on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.

0417879416

CASA Briefing Newsletter - January 2018 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Briefing

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

CASA has started the New year with a few organisational changes designed to put a clearer focus on our priorities and make sure we use our human and other resources in the most effective and efficient ways. This is not a massive change from the structure we have been working under for some time, more like adjustments and improvements. I believe these alterations will bring tangible benefits for the aviation community.

One important change is the creation of a new branch covering general, recreational and sport aviation. This will ensure a stronger focus on the general aviation sector within CASA, a move I know will be welcomed by many. I believe that a vibrant general aviation sector is important for the health of the aviation community as a whole. While CASA's influence on the strength and performance of the general aviation sector is limited, we can play a role by ensuring regulatory requirements are reasonable and fit for purpose. We must also ensure we minimise regulatory red tape and make the processes for gaining authorisations and approvals as smooth as possible. The General, Recreational and Sport Aviation branch will be the key contact point between general aviation and CASA. Responsibilities of the branch will include entry control, surveillance, regulatory services and oversight of the new Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Part 149 will cover approved self-administering sport and recreational aviation organisations and is close to being made.

In another key change, CASA's Aviation Group now has two divisions – the National Operations and Standards division, and the Regulatory Services and Surveillance division. The position of executive manager Regulatory Services and Surveillance division has been filled by new recruit Peter White. Peter's background includes transport security and regulatory reform and he is also a recreational pilot. Recruitment for executive manager of National Operations and Standards is well advanced. CASA's other divisions are Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Services and Legal and Regulatory Affairs. A number of changes have been made to these divisions to better use our existing resources. If you would like to look at our new structure in more detail please go to our organisational chart.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Your feedback needed on maintenance review

A comprehensive review of a key package of maintenance regulations is underway. The aviation community is being asked to provide feedback on Part 145 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 and associated legislation. Part 145 covers organisations that provide maintenance services for regular public transport aircraft and aeronautical products. It was introduced in 2011. CASA believes some elements of the regulations can be simplified and some requirements made less restrictive. The aim is to make improvements while maintaining compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization standards and achieving harmonisation with other jurisdictions such as the European Aviation Safety Agency. A number of areas within the Part 145 regulations and associated manual of standards have already been identified as needing to be addressed as a priority. These include specialist maintenance, regulatory complexity and international harmonisation. CASA will use feedback to the Part 145 review to develop interim measures to provide temporary relief from identified issues - such as specialist maintenance complexities - until longer term changes can be implemented. Overall, the review seeks to ensure the Part 145 package effectively addresses relevant safety risks, as well as identifying and addressing any errors, omissions, gaps, unintended consequences or implementation issues.

Have your say on the Part 145 review before 16 February 2018.

All you need to know about airspace management

There's a lot to know about the evolving area of communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management. The good news is CASA has produced a comprehensive package of resources to take pilots through all the key elements of the satellite-based technology being used for the management of Australian airspace. The new CNS/ATM kit covers communication, global navigation satellite systems, surveillance, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system, aircraft equipment, performance-based navigation, flight planning and associated human factors issues. It is made up of a resource guide, workbook and DVD. The videos on the DVD step through a range of issues including how satellite navigation works, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, the global navigation satellite system and human factors. The workbook contains questions and activities to test knowledge gained from using the CNS/ATM kit. It can assist when preparing for the instrument flight rating exam and other qualifications.

Order a copy of the CNS/ATM kit now. Or use the kit online.

Sponsorships on offer now

CASA is offering sponsorships to organisations actively promoting aviation safety. Applications can be made for the latest round of sponsorship support until 2 March 2018. The sponsorship program targets community and not-for-profit organisations. CASA sponsors activities such as conferences, workshops and seminars, safety forums, educational programs, publications and recreational or industry events. Most sponsorship is delivered by financial support and is typically less than $5000. In the latest sponsorship round CASA is looking for applications that support current safety promotion priorities and activities. These include safety management systems, new aviation rules, drone safety awareness, targeted helicopter safety information, airport safety, sport aviation safety and ageing aircraft safety issues. Sponsorship applications must be made using the form available on the CASA web site.

Find out more about CASA sponsorships and make an application.

Survey will test CASA's performance

CASA is about to conduct the second of its regular surveys to find out how the aviation community rates its performance. It has been more than two years since the first survey of CASA's relationships and interactions with the aviation community and it is now time to check how CASA is tracking against the benchmark data obtained in late 2015. A professional market research organisation will conduct the survey from a sample of people and organisations representing all sectors of the aviation community. People in aviation may receive a letter or email in late February 2018 from a market research organisation asking if they can participate in the survey. CASA encourages everyone who is approached to give a little of their time to share their honest feedback. Hearing directly from the aviation community allows CASA to gain a frank view of what it is doing well and what is working, as well as importantly where improvements need to made.

Find out more about the CASA performance survey.

Aerodrome information needs checking

Airservices Australia is asking the aviation community to assist in verifying the accuracy of information held about a number of aerodromes, aeroplane landing areas and helicopter landing sites. Owners and operators of these locations are being asked to fill in a form confirming important information such as contact details, aerodrome reference point and the number of movements. Much of the information held on aerodromes not in the Enroute Supplement Australia FAC can be decades old, with varying degrees of accuracy and completeness. CASA's regulations require processes to be in place to manage the integrity of aeronautical information and this is now needed for aerodromes not in the Enroute Supplement Australia FAC and for aeroplane landing areas and helicopter landing sites. The information held about these locations in the aeronautical information package is important for a range of reasons, particularly now that it used in CASA's 'Can I Fly There?' drone app. Drone operators use the app to identify areas where aircraft are flying at low altitudes to avoid the risk of collisions. Pilots who use aerodromes or aircraft landing areas on the list are asked to bring the aerodrome data validation process to the attention of owners and operators of the locations.

Full details of the aerodrome validation.

More time for fatigue changes

Air operators and flying training organisations have more time to transition to the new fatigue risk management rules. CASA had set a deadline of 30 April 2018 for organisations to either submit draft changes to operations manuals to comply with the new requirements or to apply for a fatigue risk management system. The decision to remove the existing 30 April 2018 deadline was based on the preliminary report of an independent review of the new fatigue rules. Dédale Asia Pacific, a Melbourne-based human factors and safety consultancy, is leading the review, which is looking at the fatigue rules for air operators and pilots contained in Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013. This review was commissioned following feedback from the aviation community. The review team has found both CASA and the aviation industry will require more time to respond to their final report, which is due in March 2018. A new transition deadline will be announced after CASA fully considers all the recommendations contained in the final report of the independent review team. Operators can still choose to adopt the current fatigue regulations now, including a fatigue risk management system.

Find out more about fatigue management changes.

Comment on ADS-B compatible technology

Time is running down on your chance to have a say on making automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B) technology more accessible for visual flight rules aircraft. CASA has issued a discussion paper seeking comment on options to reduce the cost of ADS-B installation and maintenance, standards suitable for visual flight rules aircraft, developing technical standards and various ADS-B configurations. The discussion paper looks at portable installations, indicative equipment costs, ADS-B IN equipment and ADS-B use by remotely piloted aircraft. All aircraft operating under the instrument flight rules are already required to carry ADS-B transmitting equipment and there is an extensive ADS-B ground receiver network used by air traffic control. Current technical specifications for ADS-B are designed for instrument flight rules operations in controlled airspace and the requirements may preclude ADS-B solutions suitable for use in visual flight rules aircraft. Very few visual flight rules aircraft have been voluntarily fitted with ADS-B OUT technology as the cost of installing the equipment can be prohibitive. CASA hopes that by exploring ADS-B compatible technologies a safe and effective solution may be available at a reduced cost to allow greater voluntary fitting of the equipment.

Have your say on options for ADS-B for visual flight rules aircraft by 23 February 2018

In brief

  • The 2017 Flight Safety Australia Collectors' Edition is now available. This print magazine is a bumper collection of more than 50 articles that were published online during 2017. It includes feature articles, contributor and general articles, aviation medicine and maintenance articles, and a close-call section written by pilots who share their experiences in the name of safety. Order a copy of the magazine now.
  • New guidance information is available on the manufacture of fixed pitch wooden propellers. Covers manufacturing processes, acceptable timbers, moisture content, brittleness and marking.
  • Responses to consultation on the maintenance of limited category aircraft have been published. The submissions and a summary of the responses are available on the CASA consultation hub.
  • Consultation on the discussion paper issued by the Department of Infrastructure on indemnity and insurance arrangements for industry delegates and authorised persons has been extended until 31 January 2018.
  • A new edition of the licensing instrument - prescription of aircraft and ratings (edition 4) - is now available. A guidance only version of the instrument is also available.
  • Dates for the 2018 flight examiner rating course classroom workshops have been released. The workshops will be held from March to November 2018 at CASA regional offices.
  • Ms Jane McAloon has been appointed to the CASA Board. Ms McAloon has extensive Board and governance experience, including working in regulated industries in the public and private sector in transport and infrastructure. Ms Anita Taylor has been re-appointed to the Board. The appointments of Ian Smith and Murray Warfield concluded on 2 December 2017.

Calling all pilots

The popular safety seminars for pilots continue during 2018, with the focus on lessons for life. Seminars are being held at nineteen locations in February 2018:

  • Melbourne
  • Strathalbyn
  • Gatton
  • Mildura
  • Lethbridge
  • Shepparton
  • Southport*
  • Gold Coast*
  • Latrobe Valley
  • Lismore*
  • Adelaide
  • Sale
  • Sunshine Coast*
  • Caboolture*
  • Forbes
  • Temora
  • Redcliffe*
  • Archerfield*
  • Wangaratta

The seminars will explore three major themes: flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents will be used to take pilots through many of the safety-related decisions faced at three crucial phases of flight - before departing, in-flight, and at the crucial arrival and landing phase. An update will be delivered on key safety messages and issues from Airservices Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons. Seminars marked by an asterisk include a briefing by Airservices Australia on the airspace and procedure changes around the Gold Coast during the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.


Feedback

We want your comments and questions.

Please send feedback to CASA Briefing now.

Social Media

Follow CASA on social media now.

We're on FacebookTwitterLinkedin and YouTube.

Christmas message from the AMAS Inc committee

Christmas can be a magical time for most of us.

It brings back happy memories of family gatherings and charming traditions that have been passed down through the generations. 

Christmas carols, gift exchanges and family feasts are just some of the enduring traditions that make the season one of the world's favourite festive occasions.

Christmas means something different to every person and family. 

Sadly it is is also a time of great loneliness and depression for some.  

Everyone appreciates a simple card or a message. If you are alone, remember the good times, friends and family past. Celebrate them!  

If you know someone who is have difficulty at this time Reach out to them.  Invite them for a meal.  Try to make a difference in their lives.   

Make this Christmas special for someone in need. It will automatically become special for you.  


Many families take a family picture to send with a card, text messages or even emails wishing others a Merry Christmas will make them feel special.

The best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas tree, those gifts are mates, friends, family, children and the ones you love.

 

On behalf of the committee at AMAS Inc  we wish a merry Christmas, prosperous and safe New Year to all our AMAS aeromodelling community .

Safely celebrate this Christmas with friends, like a child, with toys that fly.   

Enjoy the innocence of Christmas.


Seasons greetings from the AMAS Inc committee.

CASA Briefing Newsletter - December 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Briefing

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

Rather than slowing down in the final month of 2017, CASA has delivered on a number of long standing issues. The announcement of major reforms to the aviation medical system was widely welcomed by the aviation community, including by organisations such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association who are not noted for being CASA supporters. I thank the people and organisations who worked with CASA to develop the plans for the reforms and ask for a little patience while we put the changes into place during the coming months. My aim is to have the new basic class two aviation medical available for pilots by the middle of 2018. I have noted that some people would like the reforms to go further and I understand this sentiment. However, I believe the changes we have announced are significant and will offer thousands of general aviation pilots access to a simpler and easier aviation medical. Importantly, this is not the end of aviation medical reform. CASA will be undertaking a holistic review of the aviation medical system and this means we will be striving for further improvements and reforms.

Two other significant developments were the next step in introducing new radio procedures for use in low-level class G airspace and the beginning of consultation on options for low cost ADS-B. Final consultation is being undertaken on using the MULTICOM frequency as the common low-level class G frequency below 5000 feet where there is no other established frequency. CASA has listened to the views of the aviation community on this issue, particularly general aviation. Our earlier discussion paper found 82 per cent of respondents supported the MULTICOM proposal and on the basis of this overwhelming support CASA developed a set of proposals that maintain and enhance safety while offering operational benefits. I am pleased that we have moved to resolve this issue as it had generated considerable debate over a number of years. Low cost ADS-B is another potential win for general aviation and the views and detailed comments of pilots and aircraft maintainers are essential in developing future plans. I look forward to reading responses to the ADS-B discussion paper in the New Year.

The year ahead will be a big year for CASA. As well as the implementation of the aviation medicine and MULTICOM changes, I am committed to finalising the remaining suites of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. This work alone will be a huge task for our organisation. In addition we will be completing the review into the new fatigue regulations, which will allow a final policy position to be reached. I would like to thank everyone in the aviation community who has worked with CASA and contributed to maintaining and improving aviation safety during 2017. Safety belongs to the whole aviation community and CASA will continue its work of supporting, facilitating and educating in the year ahead. Enjoy the holiday break and fly safely.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Have your say on low cost ADS-B

A package of initiatives to cut the costs and red tape of fitting automatic dependant surveillance - broadcast (ADS-B) technology in visual flight rules aircraft has been released for comment. CASA wants to hear the views of the aviation community on the best ways to make ADS-B OUT more easily accessible for visual flight rules operations. A new discussion paper seeks comment on options to reduce the cost of ADS-B installation and maintenance, standards suitable for visual flight rules aircraft, developing technical standards and various ADS-B configurations. It also looks at portable installations, indicative equipment costs, ADS-B IN equipment and ADS-B use by remotely piloted aircraft.

All aircraft operating under the instrument flight rules are already required to carry ADS-B transmitting equipment and there is an extensive ADS-B ground receiver network used by air traffic control. Current technical specifications for ADS-B are designed for instrument flight rules operations in controlled airspace and the requirements may preclude ADS-B solutions suitable for use in visual flight rules aircraft. Very few visual flight rules aircraft have been voluntarily fitted with ADS-B OUT technology as the cost of installing the equipment can be prohibitive. CASA hopes that by exploring ADS-B compatible technologies a safe and effective solution may be available at a reduced cost to allow greater voluntary fitting of the equipment. CASA currently has no intention of requiring ADS-B technology to be fitted to visual flight rules aircraft – ADS-B equipment remains an option.

Have your say on options for ADS-B for visual flight rules aircraft by 23 February 2018.

Comment now on low level frequency proposals

The next step towards the introduction of new procedures for radio use in low level class G airspace has been taken. A notice of proposed rule making has been released for comment on using the MULTICOM frequency of 126.7 MHz as the common low-altitude frequency in class G airspace. It would be used where a discrete frequency such as common traffic advisory frequency or broadcast area does not exist. It is proposed that aircraft operating to both the visual flight rules and instrument flight rules will monitor and broadcast on the MULTICOM frequency below 5000 feet. Instrument flight rules aircraft would still be required to monitor and respond on the overlying area VHF frequency where able. CASA is also proposing to increase the size of common traffic advisory frequency broadcast areas from 10 to 20 nautical miles laterally and up to 5000 feet vertically. This will enhance the safety of instrument flight rules operations, particularly air transport operations. It will ensure all aircraft at a common traffic advisory frequency aerodrome are on the same frequency, including aircraft conducting instrument approaches, which typically commence at around 15 nautical miles. This change will result in all traffic being alerted earlier to incoming instrument flight rules traffic and will avoid instrument flight rules aircraft having to manage multiple frequency changes in a very short period, thus reducing cockpit workload. Using the MULTICOM at low levels was strongly supported in responses to an earlier discussion paper issued by CASA.

Have your say on the low level frequency proposals by 12 January 2018.

Drone registration supported

Strong support for some form of drone registration scheme has been expressed by people responding to a CASA drone discussion paper. Eighty six per cent of the 910 responses supported drone registration, although there was disagreement about how this should be achieved. Registration options include basing schemes on the owner, operator or drone, with weight or the type of operation being a determining factor in whether registration is required. A majority of respondents said small drones should not be required to be registered. The analysis of the discussion paper found broad support for mandatory training and proficiency for drone flyers. Weight was again seen as a determining factor in the need for training and proficiency. There was strong support for free and user friendly education on the safe flying of drones, with e-learning mentioned as valuable. Views on whether mandatory geo-fencing technology should be fitted to all drones were evenly split for and against. Some people believe geo-fencing should be used in areas close to airports while others say the technology is ineffective. In the area of counter drone technology most people were supportive of trained law enforcement personnel having access to the capability. Many people said this technology should not be available to the general public. Overall, people responding to the discussion paper said the current drone rules are appropriate and CASA is doing a good job. CASA is now considering the detailed feedback as part of a review of drone regulation.

Go to the drone discussion paper responses.

Work starts on major reforms to medicals system

Work is now underway to implement a series of major reforms to the aviation medical certificate system. The reforms include creating a new category of private pilot medical certificate, allowing non passenger carrying commercial operations under a full Class 2 medical certificate and extending the delegation of medical decision making to medical professionals. The new medical certificate category to be known as a basic Class 2 will be available to private pilots flying piston engine powered aircraft carrying up to five non fare paying passengers. Operations will be limited to the daytime visual flight rules and will be permitted in all classes of airspace. This basic Class 2 medical certificate will only require an assessment by a doctor using the Austroads commercial vehicle driver standards. General practitioners will be able to carry out assessments. There will be no additional medical review by CASA of the basic class 2. Medical issues covered by the Austroad commercial standard include cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, psychiatric conditions, blackouts substance abuse and vision and hearing disorders. The new basic Class 2 medical will be valid for a maximum of five years up to the age of 40 and a maximum of two years above the age of 40. The current unrestricted Class 2 medical certificate will remain in place for private pilots operating aircraft up to 8618 kilograms with a maximum of nine non fare paying passengers. This unrestricted Class 2 medical will be used under all flight rules and allow for operations in all classes of airspace. Importantly, pilots flying commercial operations with no passengers – such as flying training and aerial agriculture – will now be able to do so on the basis of an unrestricted Class 2 medical certificate. Previously these operations required the pilot to hold a Class 1 medical certificate. The reforms to aviation medical certification will be progressively introduced during 2018.

We’re closed for the holiday period

Time is running out to obtain any regulatory services from CASA before the Christmas-New Year holidays. CASA will be closed from end of business Friday 22 December 2017 until start of business Tuesday 2 January 2018. New applications, variations and renewals should be submitted to CASA well before Friday 22 December 2017, as only urgent matters will receive attention on the day. All normal services will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Over the holiday period there will be some CASA staff available to help with urgent aviation safety matters but please limit enquiries to matters that need immediate attention. For holiday season help call the main CASA telephone number – 131 757 – and follow the prompts. Foreign air operators looking for information over the Christmas-New Year period should go to the international operations section of the CASA web site. Urgent assistance for international operations requests such as non-scheduled medical flights can be obtained by calling +61 7 3144 7400. CASA will also assist with urgent or emergency airspace requests - call +61 2 6217 1177.

Get all the 2017-18 holiday information.

Holiday season cabin safety campaign

A holiday season cabin safety campaign has been launched by CASA using a series of videos targeting poor passenger behaviour. High quality animated videos deliver safety messages on issues such as listening to cabin safety briefings, wearing seat belts, limiting carry-on luggage, losing electronic devices in seats, smoking in toilets, safe carriage of children, following crew instructions and emergency evacuations. The messages are delivered using ‘jelly bean’ characters that show the disastrous consequences of failing to do the right thing on board an aircraft. The campaign will increase public awareness of important cabin safety issues and support airline safety messages. The campaign’s concept has been supported by the Asia Pacific Cabin Safety Working Group. CASA has also recently updated cabin safety web site information and issued new cabin safety bulletins to the aviation industry.

Watch the cabin safety campaign video.

Go to the cabin safety web pages.

Go to the cabin safety bulletin.

In brief

Comment is being sought on a policy paper on indemnity and insurance arrangements for industry delegates and authorised persons. There are four proposals – continuing current arrangements, extending coverage, case-by-case coverage and coverage where commercial insurance is not available. Lodge comments by 22 December.

A new edition of the legislative instrument that sets out the flight review requirements and type ratings for specified aircraft types under Part 61 of Civil Aviation Safety Regulations has been released. It also prescribes the flight training and flight review requirements for the exercise of the privileges of specified class ratings.

Drone discussion paper report now available [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has just released the interim analysis of responses to CASA's Discussion paper.

The analysis can be downloaded from this link here: https://consultation.casa.gov.au/regulatory-program/dp1708os/consultation/published_select_respondent


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CASA Briefing Newsletter - November 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Date of Publication: 
23 November 2017

The CASA Briefing

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

As we approach the end of 2017 there are three key issues I am pushing towards resolution. These are reforms to the aviation medicine system, radio frequency use at low levels in uncontrolled airspace and drone regulation. While it will not be possible to make regulatory or other changes before the end of this year, I do want everyone in the aviation community to be clear about CASA’s intent on these policies and for action plans to be under development where required. CASA has conducted consultation on all three issues and we have reached, or are developing, policy positions that reflect the legitimate interests of people across the aviation community while ensuring we get appropriate and optimal safety outcomes. As in everything we do CASA is striving to find the right balance between safety, operational flexibility and sensible rule making.

I know there is keen interest in the reform of aviation medicine, with 164 responses submitted to our discussion paper on the topic. After carefully looking at the responses we are close to finalising positions on a range of aviation medical changes, including streamlining the medical process for private pilots. Much of this work is based on the latest assessment of medical risks, along with a goal of removing unnecessary red tape where this is possible without impacting safety outcomes. I believe the aviation community accepts the need for medical standards and assessments in key operational positions, as long as the requirements are proportional to the risks. Of course risks are never static, so we do need to review our requirements when appropriate, which is exactly what we are doing. I expect to announce proposed medical changes before the close of 2017.

A notice of proposed rule making on low level radio frequencies will also be released before the end of 2017. This will set out how we will implement the decision to use the multicom frequency 126.7 below 5000 feet in class G airspace, as well as associated changes. Instrument flight rules traffic will still be required to monitor the relevant area frequency below 5000 feet and CASA will encourage visual flight rules traffic to do the same. In the area of drone regulation we are completing the analysis of the feedback to the recent discussion paper on the future of regulation for this sector. Initial analysis shows a high level of support for both some type of drone registration scheme and a level of mandatory training for people flying drones. With the continuing rapid growth in the drone sector there are clearly important regulatory decisions to be made in 2018.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


New approach to surveillance outcomes

A number of important changes have been made to CASA’s approach to safety surveillance. Surveillance findings are now being presented in a simpler and more easily understood format. The aim is to clearly link surveillance findings to safety outcomes, encouraging a genuinely collaborative approach between CASA and the aviation community to maintaining and improving safety. There are now three levels of surveillance findings – safety alerts, safety findings and safety observations. Safety alerts are issued to identify regulatory deficiencies that require immediate attention by the aviation authorisation holder that has been audited or checked. Safety findings, which were previously known as non-compliance notices or NCNs, identify regulatory issues that require timely attention by the authorisation holder but are not urgent. Safety observations are issued when CASA finds areas where safety performance could potentially be improved. There is no change to findings in relation to aircraft defects, which will continue to be raised as Aircraft Survey Reports – known as ASRs. CASA is also taking a more proactive approach to sharing information as part of surveillance activity. During the exit meeting at the end of surveillance activity CASA will wherever possible advise authorisation holders of any potential findings, including safety alerts, safety findings or safety observations. These findings will be provisional but the early sharing of this information will give authorisation holders the chance to immediately start working to resolve any issues. Surveillance findings will be formally confirmed in writing after full consideration and review. The surveillance changes have been made in response to recommendations made in the Australian Government’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

Find out more from the surveillance fact sheet.

Regulatory challenges have been set

CASA is challenging itself to produce aviation safety regulations that are reasonable and relevant. That’s a key message from the chair of CASA’s Board, Jeff Boyd, in the 2016-17 annual report. Mr Boyd says: “CASA’s Board is working closely with the organisation to drive a practical approach to regulation. We have set some ambitious targets for the release of all outstanding regulations and we will meet them by working to a deadline with defined deliverables and being transparent by making the regulation reform timeline public. We have demonstrated also, through the delay in releasing the fatigue management rule set, for example, that we are prepared to stop and review whether our proposed solutions are fit for purpose.” Mr Boyd adds there has been a shift in the way CASA regulates, as well as a commitment to improvement and pragmatism, which has been driven by CASA’s regulatory philosophy. “That said there is little room for complacency: international, technological, economic and industry developments mean that the regulation of aviation safety must continually evolve and adapt. In response, CASA must regularly adjust and review its own activities and operations to ensure that the organisation remains fit for purpose in a rapidly changing environment. And we know we must do things efficiently and effectively, with a view to meeting the expectations of the Government while achieving satisfactory outcomes for the aviation industry.”

Read more about CASA in the 2016-17 annual report.

Keep track of your application

CASA is introducing a new SMS notification system for people who submit remote pilot and flight crew licensing applications. The changes are part of continued efforts to improve the way CASA communicates with the aviation community. The new SMS notification system will let people know when application processing starts and finishes. This means applicants won’t need to keep checking the CASA Self Service online system to see how their application is progressing. Never-the-less, CASA Self Service will still provide the information for anyone who prefers to access it online. There is no need to register to receive the SMS notifications – applicants just need to make sure their contact details, including their mobile phone number, are up to date. Over the coming months the system will be expanded to provide notifications to people applying for aviation medical certificates.

Find out more about the new SMS notification system.

Christmas-New Year closure details

CASA will be taking a break over the Christmas-New Year holiday period. Normal services provided to the aviation community will not be available from close of business Friday 22 December 2017 until start of business Tuesday 2 January 2018. People who anticipate needing CASA services during the holiday period should contact CASA well before the closure. New applications, variations and renewals should be submitted to CASA as soon as possible. In particular please note that only urgent issues can be dealt with on Friday 22 December 2017. All normal services will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018. Over the holiday period there will be some CASA staff available to help with urgent aviation safety matters but please limit enquiries to matters that need immediate attention. For holiday season help call the main CASA telephone number – 131 757 – and follow the prompts. Foreign air operators looking for information over the Christmas-New Year period should go to the international operations section of the CASA web site. Urgent assistance for international operations requests such as non-scheduled medical flights can be obtained by calling +61 7 3144 7400. CASA will also assist with urgent or emergency airspace requests - call +61 2 6217 1177.

Get all the 2017-18 holiday information.

Aircraft flight manuals explained

A new advisory circular is now available on aircraft flight manuals. The circular sets out the requirements for aircraft flight manuals and lists aircraft not required to have the document. This includes aircraft up to a maximum take-off weight of 2,722 kg manufactured and flown prior to 1 March 1979, historic and ex-military aircraft, amateur-built aircraft and experimental aircraft. Covered in the circular are topics such as the format of aircraft flight manuals, approvals for changes, maintaining the manuals, pilot requirements and carriage of the manuals in aircraft. For some older aircraft, the aircraft flight manual may be referred to as the pilot’s operating handbook, the owner’s handbook or the owner’s manual. The Civil Aviation Regulations require the registered operator of an aircraft to ensure the aircraft flight manual is at all times appropriate for the aircraft, having regard to any modifications or repairs. The regulations also require a pilot in command to comply with the requirements, instructions, procedures or limitations on the operation of an aircraft as set out in an aircraft flight manual. If an aircraft flight manual has been issued for a particular aircraft it must be carried on board at all times unless the aircraft is operated under an air operator’s certificate and an approved operations manual is carried.

Go to the aircraft flight manual advisory circular.

Fines issued for drone breaches

CASA continues to issues penalties for breaches of the remotely piloted aircraft safety regulations. So far in 2017 more than 20 people have been fined for breaking the drone rules. Recently a recreational drone flyer was fined $900 for operating over a Victorian jumps horse race, which was deemed a populous area. A recreational drone flyer was fined $1050 for operating a drone over a state netball carnival in Queensland – again deemed a populous area. In Sydney, a recreational drone flyer who took to the air near the Harbour Bridge and Opera House was fined $540 for operating in the Sydney Harbour restricted airspace. A South Australian recreational drone operator was issued with a $900 penalty for flying beyond visual line of sight. All these fines were avoidable by simply following the safety rules at all times and in the case of the Sydney Harbour flight by using the Can I Fly There? app, which shows restricted airspace and other no-fly zones. CASA has also counselled many drone flyers for operations that potentially breach the remotely piloted aircraft regulations.

Follow the drone safety rules at all times.

Checking battery capacity

Advice on lead acid battery capacity tests is now available. An in-flight battery failure resulting in a loss of electrical power can be catastrophic. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA says a battery capacity test provides an indication of the condition of the battery and provides an initial starting point for the first charge. The capacity of a battery is the ability to deliver current for a minimum amount of time while remaining above a minimum voltage. The battery is considered airworthy if it meets 80 to 85 per cent of its one hour capacity rating. Proper maintenance is essential if batteries are to achieve maximum life and performance. Testing is done by connecting a fully charged battery that has been removed from an aircraft to a capacity tester that incorporates a load resistance, amp meter, volt meter and a timer. Batteries that are found to be airworthy must be recharged before being refitted to an aircraft as charging while in an aircraft is dangerous and prohibited. The airworthiness bulletin provides advice on how often battery capacity tests should be carried out.

Get the full details on battery capacity tests.

In brief

CASA has responded to feedback on new helicopter licensing requirements. Comment is being sought by 3 December 2017 on a proposal to amend Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations to include a 105 hour training option for the commercial helicopter pilot licence. This reflects the old 105 hour option in the Civil Aviation Regulations.

The list of maintenance training organisations approved to carry out aircraft maintenance training theory and practical training has been updated.

The advisory circular on using a Part 66 licence to provide certification for completion of maintenance has been updated.

Guidance on use of night vision imaging systems during helicopter operations has been updated.

On 9 November 2017 changes to the phraseology for standard instrument departures and arrivals - SIDs and STARs - took effect in Australia.

The manual of standards for Part 90 – additional airworthiness requirements – has changed the requirements for flight crew seating, emergency exits, and carriage of fire extinguishers.

Flight Safety Australia - November-December 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED

Flight Safety Australia November–December 2017 out now

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Flight Safety Australia asks an awkward question for the lead story of the November–December 2017 edition: can an aircraft be hacked? The answer from aviation experts is a reassuring 'no', but computer security experts are not so sure. In the modern world of cyberwarfare and 'botnet' attacks by internet-connected baby monitors they find it an intriguing question. While robust engineering and network protocols surround aircraft flight controls, other parts of the aviation system are not so well protected.

Keeping your biological software running without glitches is the subject of a straightforward story on sleep hygiene. Sleep is essential for the mental performance required to fly—or maintain—an aircraft safely and restful sleep requires the right 'hygienic' conditions.

There's a handy summary and guide to the features and potential benefits of a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). An SBAS increases the reliability and accuracy of GNSS allowing navigation to an order of a few centimetres. This opens the potential for new uses, such as accurate approach guidance.

We take a long, fond backward glance at the Boeing 747, an epoch-making aircraft now going out of service at an accelerating rate. The nearly 50-year career of the original 'jumbo jet' began in the era when the world's airlines had several fatal crashes every month, and will end in an era where there are fewer fatal crashes in a typical year despite passenger numbers growing more than tenfold. The integrity and flying qualities of the 747 must take some credit for this, despite the type being involved in the two most deadly air crashes ever.

Contributor Adrian Park analyses a deadly runway crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-11 at Narita Airport, Japan in 2009. Thomas P. Turner discusses the insidious hazard of partial power loss, and Kreisha Ballantyne laments how some part-time pilots are, in effect, unreachable by safety messages. The issue also revisits the grim topic of wire strike, a subtle and multifaceted hazard that any pilot or aircrew member required to operate at low altitude needs to be intimately aware of. There's also simple, practical information on how to interpret the Telatemp stickers used on Robinson helicopters.

The popular quiz and reader-submitted close calls round out a packed edition.
And remember that from January 2018 Flight Safety Australia will appear monthly, in a new app form, with features and stories posted daily on the www.flightsafetyaustralia.com  website.



CASA Briefing Newsletter - October 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

I fully appreciate the words ‘regulatory reform’ and ‘regulatory change’ give rise to apprehension – at the least - amongst the aviation community. Modernising and improving the aviation regulations has been a drawn out process that has not always run smoothly. While the journey has been rough in places, 45 parts of the new regulations have in fact been made, with ten to be completed. The task of finishing this work was paused while issues with previous regulatory packages, such as the flight crew licensing suite, were addressed and new processes were put in place to manage regulatory development and transition. I can assure you that CASA has learnt lessons from the past and we are approaching the last stage of regulatory reform with a very different mindset. If the introduction of new regulations is to be successful it must be a more co-operative and streamlined process.

Genuine consultation is a key to successful change and the recently created Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and its supporting technical working groups are central to our new approach to regulatory reform. The Panel is structured to provide expert advice to CASA and, at the same time, ensure key leaders in Australian aviation fully understand the policies and positions CASA is taking on regulatory changes. The technical working groups will be an opportunity for subject matter experts to look closely at specific technical issues and proposals and provide advice to the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel before CASA finalises its position on regulations. Nearly 400 people have expressed an interest in contributing to the working groups and I thank everyone for their offer of assistance. We will be in touch with everyone soon with information on the next steps.

As we move forward with the completion of the new regulations there will be a lot of focus on the flying operations suite of regulations. This suite is made up of Parts 91, 119, 121, 133, 135 and 138 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. Work on finalising these parts has started and I expect to see timely progress. My aim is to complete the development of the flying operations and other parts by the end of 2018, although the implementation and transition will naturally take longer. I do want to bring regulatory reform to an end as soon as possible, but I do not want to overburden the aviation community with the demands of change. As in many aspects of life, success will in part be determined by getting the balance right.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Work to improve engineer licensing regulations

An important step has been taken in making improvements to the regulations covering aircraft engineer licences and ratings. A special technical working group is being set up to find solutions to issues with the regulations and to make recommendations for changes to the regulations and supporting guidance material. The working group will be established by the new Aviation Safety Advisory Panel, which provides CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety high-level advice from the aviation community on safety and regulatory issues. The working group will be made up of people with expertise in the aviation maintenance sector who have expressed an interest in contributing formally to the process of improving the maintenance engineer licensing regulations. This action follows the release of submissions made to the post implementation review of Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, which covers maintenance licensing. A total of 70 submissions were made to the review, with three key areas of concern emerging. These are the regulations themselves and the associated manual of standards, issues with licences and aeroskills training. The regulations were described as too complex and supporting material not easily understood, there is a lack of understanding of privileges and limitations and type training is considered too complex and difficult.

Find out more about the review of the engineer licensing regulations and read submissions.

Tick of approval for new sport and recreational regs

New regulations to oversee the self-administration functions of organisations in the sport and recreational sector have received official aviation community support to be made into law. A final meeting of the sport and recreational aviation standards consultative subcommittee reviewed additional changes CASA proposes to make to Part 149 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. This followed public consultation on the draft of the regulations in 2016. The subcommittee formally endorsed the regulation changes, noting a few areas for clarification or future work. CASA will now work towards having the regulations finalised through the rule-making processes and signed by June 2018. The Part 149 regulations bring a new level of recognition and uniformity to the sport and recreational aviation sector by formalising a close and collaborative regulatory relationship between CASA and peak organisations.

Find out more about Part 149.

Just approach to safety enforcement

CASA’s commitment to its regulatory philosophy and a ‘just culture’ approach to safety regulation has been strengthened. A new instruction from the Director of Aviation Safety to CASA staff sets out limitations on the use of information that may show a contravention of the safety rules. The instruction clarifies how information can be used when CASA makes decisions about whether enforcement action may need to be taken. Individuals and organisations found to have violated a provision of the safety rules will be given an opportunity to address and correct safety issues without CASA initiating enforcement action. Enforcement action will only be taken where there is a deliberate, willful or reckless breach of the aviation safety rules, where there is a pattern of repeated misconduct or there is a failure to take appropriate corrective or necessary protective action while identified safety issues are addressed. The new instruction puts into practical effect key elements of CASA's regulatory philosophy. Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody says: "It is vital that CASA does not simply talk about 'just culture' but actively implements those principles into our day-to-day operations and decision making. Our rational approach to 'just culture' means that where honest errors or mistakes are made CASA looks to encourage and support the efforts of individuals and organisations to make necessary improvements, correct identified problems and ensure safety risks are effectively managed in the process. Individuals and organisations with an understanding and commitment to safety need to take responsibility for addressing safety shortcomings and where they demonstrate the ability and willingness to do this CASA need not take action. Of course, if the safety rules are deliberately flouted or action is not taken to address safety issues then CASA must and will take appropriate action.”

Get details of the safety information instruction.

Stronger drone rules

Stronger and clearer safety rules governing the flying of drones have been introduced to better protect people and aircraft from drones. The drone safety rules have been tightened in response to community concerns about the safety of drones and the rapid growth in drone numbers. The new requirements are set out in an interim formal direction that will apply until a full review of the drone regulations is completed. Recreational drones weighing more than 100 grams must now never be flown within three nautical miles of any controlled aerodrome. In addition, recreational drones weighing more than 100 grams must not be flown within three nautical miles of non-controlled aerodromes or helicopter landing sites if it is clear aircraft are operating there. Recreational drones of all weights must not be flown above 400 feet at any location, kept more than 30 metres from people who are not involved in controlling the drone and only one drone can be flown at a time. All drones – recreational and non-recreational – must now be kept away from areas where fire, police or other emergency operations are underway unless there is approval from the person in charge of the emergency operation. Existing rules prohibiting drones flying over and above crowds and groups of people and only allowing flights during the day and within visual line of sight still apply. Drones must never be flown in a way that creates a hazard to people, property or aircraft. CASA’s Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said the new drone rules make the safety requirements clearer for people flying drones and will be easier to enforce. CASA is making it easier to operate drones safely with a new dedicated website setting out the rules and safe flying tips.

Get more on the drone safety rules at CASA’s new drone website.

New graphical weather forecasts

Changes are being made to aviation weather forecast formats. In response to requests from the aviation community the Bureau of Meteorology is changing the format of area forecasts from text based to graphical. The new format is known as a graphical area forecast and it will be introduced on 9 November 2017. The Bureau says the new forecast formats aim to improve safety and ease of flight planning. Graphical area forecasts will incorporate an image outlining the boundaries of different weather areas, will present information in a more accessible format and will rely less on complex location descriptions in long text strings. A pilot can look at the image and quickly see which weather areas are relevant to their flight. Graphical area forecasts will be accompanied by a table which outlines surface visibility and weather, cloud, icing, turbulence and the freezing level. The 28 forecast areas currently used will be amalgamated into ten larger graphical forecast areas, using names based on region instead of the current area numbering format. Graphical area forecasts will be valid for six hours, but two consecutive forecasts will be released at each issue time, providing a forecast for 12 hours.

Find out more about the new graphical area forecasts, including a user guide.

Cable inspection details released

Details of the new inspection regime required for primary flight control cable terminals have been released. The inspection regime replaces an earlier mandatory requirement to replace primary flight control cables after 15 years time in service. The primary flight control cable assemblies covered by the mandatory inspections have terminal fittings manufactured from SAE-AISI 303Se or SAE-AISI 304 stainless steel with 15 years or more time in service. Cable terminal fittings with an unknown time in service must be inspected. An examination must be carried out of the entire exposed surface of each cable terminal fitting using a 10X magnifier or borescope to look for any corrosion, pitting or cracking. Any cable with evidence of pitting, corrosion or cracking on the cable terminal fitting must be replaced. Under an airworthiness directive issued by CASA an initial inspection of affected cables must be carried out before 1 November 2018. Repeat inspections will be required every 12 months. Any cables that have previously been replaced do need not need repetitive inspections until they reach 15 years time in service. CASA took action on this issue following reports of multiple cable terminal failures and developed the inspection regime in the light of feedback from the aviation community.

Read the cable airworthiness directive.

Don’t miss a seminar for pilots

Safety seminars for pilots are being held at sixteen locations in November 2017. Avsafety seminars are at:

  • Cairns
  • Jandakot
  • Naracoorte
  • Swan Hill
  • Mount Gambier
  • Parafield
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Port Macquarie
  • Moorabbin
  • Esperance
  • Hobart
  • Toowoomba
  • Devonport
  • Murray Bridge
  • Canberra
  • Bunbury

The seminars will take pilots through previous accidents and incidents to learn valuable safety lessons. There is a focus on pilot decision making, flying within your limits and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents and incidents covering each phase of flight will be set out, with a mix of fixed wing and helicopter events to be examined. CASA's safety advisers ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.

Engineering seminars on now

Three aviation engineering seminars are being held in November 2017. Seminars will be held at:

  • Perth
  • Jandakot
  • Tyabb

The seminars are aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations. Topics to be covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and maintenance licence examples. CASA aims to support the professional development of people in safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources. Importantly the seminars will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA.

Book your place at an engineering seminar.

In brief

Work on the independent review of the new fatigue rules is progressing well, with a report to be handed to CASA early in 2018. The review team is evaluating previous feedback to CASA on the fatigue changes, gathering additional information from representative organisations and examining a range of fatigue issues.

There are proposals to make changes to the manual of standards for Part 21 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, which covers certification and airworthiness requirements for aircraft and parts. Relevant Civil Aviation Orders and Australian Technical Standard Orders are proposed to be repealed and if necessary transferred into the Part 21 manual of standards. Comment by 8 November 2017.

CASA is currently hiring staff. Roles include flying operations, airworthiness and drone inspectors, along with a range of other regulatory positions in our offices around Australia. Applications close soon.

A review of airspace activity at Caboolture has found the operating environment is safe for current levels and complexity of aircraft activity. Concerns about the 12/30 runway designator should be raised with the Caboolture aerodrome operator.

Comment now on proposed updates to the rules for aerodrome operations. Proposals are to make Part 139 regulations more flexible and practical.

On 9 November 2017, changes to standard instrument departures and arrivals - SIDs and STARs – take effect. For pilots conducting a SID or STAR there is new phraseology, changes to charts and speed restrictions. Full details in aeronautical information circular H21/17.

CASA has responded to feedback from the helicopter sector and made changes to the requirements for helicopter aerial application endorsements. The change reduces the number of hours needed before an endorsement can be sought, subject to other requirements.

CASA- AMAS re Direction - Operations of certain unmanned aircraft [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Find below correspondence received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority RPAS Branch:


Please find attached a letter regarding CASA's recently issued direction on the operations of certain unmanned aircraft.

CASA- AMAS re Direction - Operations of certain unmanned aircraft.

 

Sincerely,

 

Luke Gumley

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Manager

RPAS Branch

CASA\Aviation Group

 

p: +61 8 8422 2922  m: +61 413 300 166 

Aviation House, 16 Furzer Street, Phillip ACT 2606

GPO Box 2005, Canberra ACT 2601

www.casa.gov.au 


Civil Aviation Safety Authority Instrument 96-17

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority  has just released a new Instrument regarding RPAS - CASA 96-17. [Links supplied  below with the Explanatory Statement]

The new Instrument is directed predominantly at the recreational drone sector.

The exact purpose is highlighted in the Explanatory Statement for this Instrument thus:

This legislative instrument gives directions to regulate the operation of certain unmanned aircraft in the interests of safety, particularly in relation to the operation of unmanned aircraft in the area of emergency operations, near aerodromes, and near people not associated with the operation of the aircraft.

The CASA 96-17 Instrument can be found here.

The CASA explanatory statement can be found here.

Further correspondence has been received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and will be circulated in a separate email message. 

CASA-New recreational drone rules

20 October 2017

Members,

Received from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority:


CASA announced today new stronger and clearer rules for flying drones to help drone flyers operate with increased safety.

The new rules will better protect people and aircraft from drones and have been developed in response to community concerns about drone safety and the rapid increase in the number of drone operators.

They do not apply to all drone flyers. If you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) and operate according to a remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) or have an authorisation from CASA, you will be exempt from the new measures. Model aircraft operating under CASA approvals are also exempt.

These new interim measures also make it clear that operating drones near a public safety or emergency operations is not permitted. CASA has also launched a new website called droneflyer.com.au that explains key safety rules for recreational drone flyers, using easy-to-understand language and clear and simple information graphics.

Droneflyer.com.au complements CASA's Can I fly there? free mobile app, which helps recreational and sub-2 kg drone operators fly safely by providing practical information about where they can and can't operate.

For specific details on the new measures and about flying drones commercially, visit www.casa.gov.au/drones

AMAS Inc Website 'Live Document'.

Members,

Please be advised:

The AMAS Inc website is a 'Live Document' (subject to change)and as such resulting from the September 2017 General Meeting changes as directed by the membership have been finalised. The revised Constitution and associated documents have been administered through the required government departments and have been uploaded to the website.

Kind regards,

The team at AMAS Inc.
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CASA Briefing Newsletter - September 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

From CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

On 4 September 2017 we took another a key step in re-setting the way CASA consults and engages with the aviation community. That was the date of the first meeting of the new Aviation Safety Advisory Panel, which has been set up to provide me with informed and objective high-level advice on current, emerging and potential issues and the way CASA performs its functions. The meeting was chaired by Professor Pat Murray and there was enthusiastic participation by all Panel members. The Panel agreed progress needs to be made quickly on a range of long-standing issues and that CASA should strive to develop the remaining new regulations by the end of 2018. Members also agreed action needs to be taken to streamline and recast consultation mechanisms.

The membership of the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel is drawn from representative groups including The Australian Aviation Associations Forum, the Regional Aviation Association of Australia, Recreational Aviation Australia and the Australian Airports Association, as well as the two largest airlines. This means the Panel delivers views and expert advice from a wide spectrum of Australian aviation and can focus on the ‘big picture’ issues from a policy perspective rather than individual or sector based interests. At the first meeting the Panel agreed that its work will be supported by technical working groups to be established as required from a pool of interested and suitably qualified people. These working groups, which will look at specific issues, will be tasked and guided by the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel to ensure alignment with agreed strategies and priorities. CASA will shortly be calling for expressions of interest from members of the aviation community interested in being involved in the technical working groups and other activities to support aviation safety.

Issues identified by the Panel for resolution as quickly as possible include pilot medical certification standards, radio frequency use in low level uncontrolled airspace, validation of the principles underpinning the development of the new flying operations suite of regulations, future policy directions to safely support growth in drones and concluding the outstanding actions from the aviation safety regulation review. I am very pleased there was common ground on the need to progress and close off these issues as they all have a high priority and must not be allowed to drag on. The Panel reviewed CASA’s guiding principles for the development and implementation of new safety regulations and, while agreeing they are sound, asked for them to be refreshed. This refresh will focus on a stronger emphasis on risk analysis, simplicity and clarity in the principles supporting the exercise of discretion, the 'uniqueness’ of the Australian aviation environment being seen as an exception rather than the default and timeliness.

You can find out more about the Aviation Safety Advisory Panel and read the minutes of the first meeting.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Your views are in on low level frequencies

The results of consultation on radio frequency use in low level uncontrolled airspace have been released. An analysis of the responses to a CASA discussion paper shows a majority support using the MULTICOM frequency 126.7 at low levels in Class G airspace. Nearly 500 people provided online and written submissions to the discussion paper, which canvassed views on using the MULTICOM or designated Area VHF frequencies. Supporters of MULTICOM said this frequency has better coverage, high levels of established use and is straightforward to use as it is uniform in all regions. Submissions also emphasised a desire to separate air traffic control services from pilot broadcasts to reduce the risk of over-transmission. While there was majority support for the MULTICOM a number of submissions provided detailed arguments for using Area frequencies. Supporters of Area frequency use pointed to the safety and situational awareness benefits of access to air traffic control services. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority expressed support for Area frequency use due to its advantages for search and rescue, hazard alert broadcasts and information to pilots such as notification of airspace restrictions. A number of respondents also highlighted the importance of a uniform, robust approach to safety education that reinforces pilot responsibility and awareness. CASA will make a policy decision on the low level frequency use issue before the end of 2017. There will be additional consultation and a comprehensive education program for pilots following the decision.

Read the consultation report and submissions.

Comment now on aerodrome rule proposals

An important consultation exercise is underway as part of updating and improving the regulations covering aerodromes. CASA is seeking responses on 11 specific proposals to make changes to Part 139 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations and the associated manual of standards. The aim is to make the aerodrome safety requirements more streamlined, flexible and practical. CASA will also seek to reduce regulatory costs and burdens wherever possible. The current aerodrome regulations were made in 2003 and changes in technology, international standards and best practices mean an update is timely. One of the key proposed changes is simplifying the aerodrome certification system. Aerodrome certification would only be required where a terminal instrument flight procedure is provided at an aerodrome or an aerodrome operator chose to seek certification. The category of registered aerodromes would be abolished. This clearer and simpler system would bring a range of benefits to aerodrome operations, including reducing emergency preparedness costs for many aerodromes. Other proposed changes are developing more outcome based standards, introducing a graduated structure for certification requirements, changing requirements for technical inspections and introducing the position of an accountable manager for aerodrome operators. There is a proposed transition phase for the changes of one year for current certified aerodromes and two years for registered aerodromes. Transition would start one year after the amended rules were made.

Read the detailed aerodrome rule change proposals and comment by 8 December 2017.

Guidance on salvaged parts

Guidance on the steps to follow when fitting removed or salvaged parts to an aircraft have been released. The Civil Aviation Regulations allow components that have been removed or salvaged from an aircraft to be fitted to another aircraft as long as no maintenance needs to be carried out on the components. The components must not be damaged and they must comply with the manufacturer’s specifications. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA sets out five steps that should be followed when dealing with removed or salvaged parts. The continuing airworthiness records of the source aircraft should be examined to establish the condition of the component, the component should be removed in a controlled environment, a general visual inspection of the component should be done to detect any damage, the component should be carefully stored and records should be created to establish the traceability of the component. Only qualified personnel approved to replace the component should be used to carry out the removal. A person planning to fit a removed or salvaged component to an aircraft must have the agreement of the registered operator of that aircraft.

Find out more in the removed or salvaged parts airworthiness bulletin.

Lycoming engine warning

A range of Lycoming engines fitted to fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are at risk of premature connecting rod bush wear. The issue has caused five uncontained engine failures worldwide, with one reported in Australia. Two groups of Lycoming engines are affected – all engines new, factory rebuilt or factory overhauled in 2011 and engines repaired or overhauled using suspected non-conforming bushing identified in a Lycoming service bulletin. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA makes a number of strong recommendations to address the issues with both groups of engines. A US Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive requires inspections and corrective actions in relation to the second group of engines, which may have non-conforming bushing. These bushes are subject to progressive destruction causing fatigue cracking between adjoining components under normal engine operational loads. This can ultimately lead to fatigue failure of the piston pin end of the connecting rod, with associated damage to the crankcase, crankshaft, camshaft, cylinders and pistons. The CASA airworthiness bulletin says it is crucial any adverse indications or unusual behaviour during operation of an applicable engine yet to have the actions of the airworthiness directive performed are thoroughly investigated prior to further flight. Engine oil and oil filter inspections are effective in detecting problems with the first group of engines. CASA is asking for all Lycoming connecting rod little end bushing defects to be reported using the Defect Reporting Service.

Get full details in the Lycoming engine airworthiness bulletin.

Have your say on tests and checks

Proposals to simplify and streamline the flight testing and proficiency checking systems are now open for comment. The aim of the proposed changes is to make flight test and proficiency check standards easier to understand and apply. Changes are proposed to be made to the manual of standards for Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, which covers flight crew licensing. They involve flight test standards for Part 61 licences, ratings and endorsements and proficiency check standards for Part 61 ratings. Examiners have found the current format of the material to be inflexible, with aircraft equipment, operational practices or locations leading to difficulties in applying the standards. CASA has also found instances where several test and check items were addressing a common activity or manoeuvre, but used different terms. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to regularise the flight test and proficiency check standards across the testing and checking system so that common items are used in the manual of standards, flight test forms, the online flight test management system and the flight examiner handbook.

Comment on the proposed changes before 3 October 2017.

Aircraft flight test seminar in Perth

Aviation people in Western Australia who need to learn about aircraft flight testing should book a place in a special seminar now. CASA is holding an aircraft certification and flight testing seminar in November 2017 in Perth. The seminar explains the flight requirements associated with the aircraft type certification process. An overview is provided of the certification process, as well as a description of the flight test techniques and procedures pertinent to an applicable airworthiness standard. Safety during certification test flying is emphasised. Pilots, engineers and aviation managers involved in aircraft certification will all find the seminar useful and interesting. The information is particularly valuable to anyone involved in amateur aircraft building. The seminar is free but places are limited, so bookings are essential.

Book a place for the Perth aircraft flight testing seminar now.

Find out more about aircraft flight testing and evaluation.

Pilot safety seminars on now

CASA is holding safety seminars for pilots at eleven locations in October 2017. Avsafety seminars are at:

  • Loxton
  • Mittagong
  • Warnervale
  • Goolwa
  • Jindabyne
  • Broken Hill
  • Geraldton
  • Echuca
  • Camden
  • Kalgoorlie
  • Ayr

Pilots taking part in the seminars will look at previous accidents and incidents to learn lessons for the future. In focus will be pilot decision making, flying within your limits and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents and incidents covering each phase of flight will be set out, with a mix of fixed wing and helicopter events to be examined. CASA's safety advisers will ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.

Seminars for engineers

Five engineering safety seminars are being held in October 2017. Seminars will be held at:

  • Essendon
  • Cairns
  • Townsville
  • Airlie Beach
  • Mackay

The seminars are aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations. Topics to be covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and the maintenance licence examples. CASA aims to support the professional development of people in safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources. Importantly the seminars will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA.

Book your place at an engineering seminar.

In Brief

AMAS 2017-18 AGM/GM Outcomes


The following nominees have been elected office bearers of the 2017-18 AMAS committee:

President: Mr Shane Hunter
Vice President: Mr Phillip Poole
Secretary: Mr Mike Snabaitis
Treasurer: Mr Rob Orrock
Committee officer: Mr Lex Cunningham

All four notices of motion, including the reduction in junior membership fee, have been voted by the AMAS membership in the affirmative. The website, being a 'live document', is being revised to reflect the outcomes.

A recording of the meeting, along with previous meeting recordings, can be found via the website here:


Partition for designated areas for model aircraft in Brisbane

Hi guys I was wondering if you could get this out to your Brisbane members as this is an important step in securing a council supplied and endorsed designated flying field for everyone in Brisbane who is not part of a club. 

Thanks 

Steven Gilbert

Brisbane Park Flyers 


Petition can be found here.


CASA Briefing Newsletter - August 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

The CASA Briefing

From Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

Everyone with an interest in remotely piloted aircraft should take a few minutes to read an important discussion paper issued by CASA.  This paper canvasses a range of key safety issues in relation to the recreational and commercial operation of drones.  The comments CASA receives on these issues will inform an important review of the safety regulation of the remotely piloted aircraft sector.  With the rapid growth in the numbers of drones and constant advances in technology a review is essential to address emerging risks, take account of international regulatory developments and keep pace with the views and expectations of the Australian community.  Estimate s indicate there are at least 50,000 recreational drones being flown around Australia today and there are more than 1100 certified remotely piloted aircraft operators.  The growth in these numbers shows no sign of slowing, meaning the safety and regulatory challenges are not abating.

The discussion paper covers five key issues.  These are: drone registration, training and education of drone operators, geo-fencing, counter drone technology and future approaches to drone aviation safety regulation.  The paper sets out issues to consider such as costs and overseas practice and poses questions for consideration.  I am pleased to say the initial response to the discussion paper has been strong, with hundreds of people taking the opportunity to have their say using our new consultation hub.  The consultation hub is easy to use, with text boxes to capture detailed comments, as well as simple questions to answer.  The discussion paper is open for comment until 22 September 2017.

While we are taking the time to consult on key issues about the future safety regulation of drones, this does not mean current activities within CASA in this area are static.  We have recently established a remotely piloted aircraft systems branch to strengthen our focus on the sector.  The new branch brings together operational and standards staff already working in this area into one team, as well as taking responsibility for regulatory services, safety oversight and enforcement, safety education and engagement.  I believe our new branch will deliver high quality safety, regulatory and educational outcomes for the remotely piloted aircraft sector, other airspace users and members of the public.

Have your say now on the remotely piloted aircraft systems discussion paper.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody


Review of fatigue rules underway

A team of leading international specialists is conducting an independent review of the new fatigue rules.  The review is benchmarking the new fatigue regulations against those of other leading aviation countries and regulators, including the European Aviation Safety Agency, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.  It will also look at results of investigations into fatigue related accidents and incidents and how CASA's philosophy and approach to fatigue regulation compares with that of other transport regulators and high-risk industries.  The outcomes of the review will provide CASA with an informed basis for finalising the reform of the fatigue rules for air operators and pilots.  Dédale Asia Pacific has assembled a team of specialists to carry out the review, which will provide a full report and recommendations to the CASA Board early in 2018.  The specialists have experience and expertise in studying the effects of fatigue on operational performance in a range of safety critical industries, as well as developing and evaluating fatigue models.  They have worked with airlines and other transport operators to implement effective fatigue risk management systems.  CASA will extend the implementation period for new fatigue regulations by an additional six months to enable sufficient time for the review to be carried out and recommendations to be considered.  Air operators will be required to submit their draft operations manual changes or an application for a fatigue risk management system to CASA by 30 April 2018, and complete the transition to the new fatigue rules by 31 October 2018.

Find out more about the fatigue review.


Warning to check vintage aircraft spars

Owners and operators of a range of vintage De Havilland aircraft need to be aware of issues with replacement wing and aileron spars produced by the Croydon Aircraft Company of New Zealand.  These spars could be fitted to all variants of De Havilland DH60 Moth, DH82 Tiger Moth and DH83 Fox Moth aircraft.  Airworthiness directives and an airworthiness bulletin have been issued in relation to these wing and aileron replacement spars.  The airworthiness directives prohibit aerobatics or other flights involving high load factors in aircraft fitted with the identified Croydon replacement spars.  Owners, operators and maintainers must review aircraft records and determine if an affected spar is fitted to their aircraft.  In an airworthiness bulletin CASA asks for reports to be lodged where any Croydon spars are fitted to aircraft.  Reports should be made as soon as possible using the defect reporting service or the unapproved part form.  Additionally, if there is any evidence an affected aircraft has other Croydon Aircraft Company parts installed contact should be made with the manufacturer.  Advice should be sought in relation to the status of current manufacturing approvals for parts. In an information notice on the issue, the UK Civil Aviation Authority says some spars manufactured by the Croydon Aircraft Company appear not to comply with the original De Havilland drawings.  The most notable features are differences in the spindled cross-section of the spars.  These spars may be undersize with reduced structural reserves.  This issue is the subject of ongoing investigation by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority.

Get all the details in the wing and aileron spar airworthiness bulletin.

Go to the airworthiness directives.


Service delivery a focus of new plan

CASA's latest corporate plan continues to focus on safety as the highest priority, while setting out how regulatory activity will be pragmatic, practical and proportional.  The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, released the 2017–18 CASA corporate plan, saying it is a strong blueprint for the future of aviation safety regulation in Australia.  Mr Chester said CASA will maintain and enhance a fair, effective and efficient aviation safety regulation system.  He said CASA will collaboratively engage with the aviation community to promote and support a positive safety culture and continually improve its organisational performance.  "I am particularly pleased to see CASA is committed to modernising its service delivery to meet the evolving needs of all sectors of Australian aviation," Mr Chester said.  "In 2017–18 CASA will develop a customer service charter that will shape the way it delivers client services.  It will optimise client service channel options and will drive a digital first approach to medical certification.  The overarching objective will be to create an efficient, simple and accessible experience for the people and organisations in aviation that conduct regulatory business with CASA."  Other important initiatives in the latest CASA corporate plan include a review of the safety regulatory strategy for remotely piloted aircraft systems, commencing implementation of the final tranche of regulatory reform, and continuing the implementation of the Government's response to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.

Read the latest corporate plan.


New security card requirements

The Federal Government has made changes to a number of requirements for aviation security identification cards.  From 1 August 2017 people applying for aviation security identification cards – known as ASICs - must verify their identity in person with the body issuing their card.  Applicants will need to present their original identity documentation in person to the issuing body or their representative.  This requirement is in line with the practices used for obtaining other proof of identity documents such as passports or drivers licences.  People applying for an ASIC should check the issuing body they are using has a local representative who can verify their identity in person before lodging an application.  There are currently 46 organisations authorised to issue ASICs under the transport security arrangements administered by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.  The changes to ASIC requirements also include new categories of identification documents to ensure a more robust, risk-based approach to identity proofing.  Applicants need to provide identification documents covering four categories.  These include a birth certificate or naturalisation certificate, a government issued photographic proof of identity such as a drivers licence, a Medicare card or tax documents and evidence of a current residential address.  Certified copies of identification documents are not acceptable.  CASA can only issue ASICs to applicants with a defined operational need.  This means applicants must either hold a valid flight crew licence and a current medical certificate or be enrolled and undergoing training with a certified flying training organisation.

Find out more about the ASIC changes and requirements.


SIDs and STARs changes make communication clearer

Changes are coming to SIDs and STARs.  SIDs – standard instrument departures – and STARs – standard instrument arrivals – are the charted instrument procedure routes used for operating at suitably equipped aerodromes.  Various level and speed restrictions apply along the routes.  Standard communication procedures between air traffic control and pilots are used to avoid long and complex radio transmissions.  However, over time non-harmonised practices have been introduced and different phrases have been given different meanings.  The result is there can be a mismatch in understanding of SID and STAR communications between pilots and air traffic control.  The safety risks from this situation have led to action at the international level to harmonise SID and STAR communications.  From 9 November 2017 Australia will introduce changes to standard communication phraseology for SIDs and STARs in accordance with amendments published by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  This updated phraseology positively reinforces that the lateral, vertical and speed requirements embedded in a SID or STAR continue to apply unless explicitly cancelled or amended by an air traffic controller.  From 9 November 2017 there will also be changes to SID and STAR charts, arrival speeds, speed limitations based on airspace and general air traffic control speed restrictions.

Get full details on the SIDs and STARs changes in an aeronautical information circular.


Get to a seminar for pilots

Pilots at 14 locations have the opportunity to brush up their safety knowledge at AvSafety seminars in September 2017.  Safety seminars are being held at: Tamworth, Albany, Moree, Tyabb, Wollongong, Rawnsley Park, Wilpena Pound , Mount Isa, Rockhampton, Nhill, Cowra , William Creek, Clare Valley and Darwin.  Pilots taking part in the seminars will look at previous accidents and incidents to learn lessons for the future.  In focus will be pilot decision making, flying within your limits and hazards on arrival.  Case studies of accidents and incidents covering each phase of flight will be set out, with a mix of fixed wing and helicopter events to be examined.  CASA's safety advisers will ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer their own lessons.  The seminars have been developed with the support of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Airservices Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.


Warbird regulations transition complete

Most ex-military aircraft must now have a new limited category certificate to continue to operate.  This follows the end of the six month transition period for Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.  The Part 132 regulations apply to owners, operators and pilots of limited category aircraft.  They also apply to individuals and organisations that conduct or sell adventure flights in warbirds.  Most owners and operators who needed to obtain a limited category certificate did so well before the 28 July 2017 deadline.  Under the new limited category regulations operations and airworthiness authorisations are managed by a self-administering organisation in cooperation with CASA.  The new rules require operators of adventure flights to provide an extra safety briefing at the point of sale – in person, online or over the telephone.  This briefing is in addition to a safety briefing given to all passengers before they board an aircraft for an adventure flight.  A warning placard must also be placed in the aircraft where it is visible to passengers.

Find out more about the rules for limited category aircraft.


Comment on limited category maintenance

Feedback is being sought on options for the future regulation of maintenance for limited category aircraft.  Maintenance of warbirds and other limited category aircraft is currently governed under a mix of the Civil Aviation Regulations, Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, Civil Aviation Orders and legislative instruments.  Now that a new set of operational regulations for limited category aircraft is in place under Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations there is an opportunity to make a change to maintenance arrangements.  A discussion paper has been issued setting out three options for comment.  The options are to retain the present regulatory structure, incorporate maintenance rules for limited category aircraft into Part 42 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations or create a maintenance subpart in the new Part 132 regulations.  The discussion paper sets out a range of issues associated with each option.  Everyone with an interest in warbirds and other limited category aircraft is asked to use CASA's new consultation hub to indicate which option they support and to provide detailed comments.

Read the limited category discussion paper and have your say before 15 September 2017.


AMAS Committee Nominations

President: Mr Shane Hunter
Secretary: Mr Mike Snabaitis
Treasurer: Mr Rob Orrock
Vice President: Mr Phillip Poole
Committee Officer: Mr Lex Cunningham

NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND GENERAL MEETING-4 . Amendment Motion #4 Voting

NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND  GENERAL MEETING.


Members, please be advised that voting has opened.

 

As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modelling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Zoom (https://zoom.us/)

11:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 9th September, 2017

at location to be advised.

 

Notices of motion and nominations for Committee positions are being called for.


NOMINATIONS

 

Nominations for committee positions are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS before noon on 26th August, 2017.

 

Nominations (refer Constitution Clause 19) must be seconded by another member and include some details (a brief resume) regarding the nominee for the information of members. Nomination forms are available via the website.

 

Positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,  Committee member

Note: The current Vice President will be retiring and not re standing.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now.  Refer Annex A  for currently received Notice of Motions / Nomination

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 9th August  2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on the 10th August  2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions from members requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in the  revised form with any other Notices of Motion on  the 23rd August.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd August  to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS by noon 7th September.(if voting by email please return ballots to both: voting@amas.org.au  and secretary@amas.org.au )
Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.



Annex A:


1.

The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to change the word control to administer in section of OBJECTS  3.1 which currently states:

"to associate into, control and coordinate under  a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Flying Miniature Aircraft operations in Australia and all activities incidental thereto and to admit as Members of the Association persons interested in the advancement and encouragement of and participation in Flying Miniature Aircraft Activities in Australia"

 

Reason for this proposed change is to fully clarify the AMAS policy towards  control of members and clubs.

 

It is not now, nor ever has been the intention of the  AMAS Inc. to enforce Draconian regulations.

 

The AMAS believes in and promotes  the policies of Flying Together and Open Fields, and the right of clubs to implement their own procedures over and above the necessary compliance with the conditions of AMAS membership.

 

The Internal Management and operation of clubs is  rightly decided by their own membership and their committees as it should be.

 

 

 

2. The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

As a result of discussions with our Insurance Broker regarding certain Insurance Legislation the AMAS Committee wishes to put  forward the following Motion:

 

" That the Junior Membership fee be reduced to a nominal Fee of $10 per annum"

 

Reason being to assist parents financially and to encourage more Juniors to participate in our great Sport/hobby.

 

Whilst initially the Committee had proposed a zero fee, further investigation and discussion on the matter has resulted in the  previous motion already circulated to members being withdrawn,  as an amendment  to the previous motion would not be in compliance with the Associations Act.

 

3.  The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to remove Item E Day Membership from the Classes of  Membership

 

Remove 5.6 Day Membership

 

Remove 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, 5.6.4, 5.6.5, 5.6.6,a, b, c, d,.

 

Remove 5.6.7, 5.6.8, 5.6.9.

 

Reason being that AMAS has provided for Day membership for over 4 years and the Committee believes this class of membership is no longer warranted in the present day and age.

 

As AMAS has always promoted Flying Side by Side and Open Fields this form of membership was  originally instituted to allow for those persons requiring appropriate insurance and  cooperation with other modelling organisations in the formation years of this Society

 

However with the increased growth of Independent clubs now providing their own insurance coverage and numerous Insurance companies providing individual cover for modellers, the Committee believes  that Day membership is no longer required to be provided as Prospective Members are now adequately covered under AMAS insurance policies, Constitution and ByLaws,

 

 This will enable us to utilise the monies saved to further benefit our membership.


4.  From the AMAS Committee:  That the   Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, that in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years is long overdue, and on that basis he will receive a very modest Honorarium of $1000.

4A. The following amendment to motion 4 has been received from Mr Ian Macgregor:


Mike, 

Please put forward my proposal :

The  AMAS Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, receive a very modest Honorarium of $6000 annually. This is in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years and is long overdue. 

Thanks,

Ian Macgregor

4B. The following amendment to motion 4 has been received from Mr Robert Orrock and is confirmed and finalised as the notice of motion presented to the membership for voting:

I would like to propose that the AMAS secretary have his hard work and dedication be recognized with a $3000 annual honorarium. 

Regards,

R Orrock.

NFRM 1309OS - Remotely piloted aircraft systems [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

NFRM 1309OS - Remotely piloted aircraft systems

CASA has published Notice of Final Rule Making (NFRM) 1309OS - Remotely piloted aircraft systems.

On 14 May 2014, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) published Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) 1309OS - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems - Amendments to CASR Part 101. The purpose of this NFRM is to set out CASA's disposition of comments received to the NPRM, which invited public comment on proposed changes to:

  • allow RPA with a gross weight of 2 kilograms and below to be used commercially without the requirement to hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) or an RPA operator's certificate (ReOC)
  • update the current terminology used within Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) and bring it into line with the latest terminology used by ICAO as found in Annex 2 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation - Rules of the Air
  • clarify the current requirements for remote pilot training and certification
  • remove redundant requirements and simplify the process for approval.

This NFRM:

  • provides a background of the regulatory policy proposed and consultation undertaken
  • discusses the submissions made in response to NPRM 1309OS
  • provides an analysis of the responses and gives a CASA response and disposition
  • discusses the impact and gives an explanation of the changes
  • provides the final legislative changes and associated advisory materials.

CASA received 90 responses to the NPRM; comments varied widely, with many respondents having opposing points of view to each other about the same proposals. Two of the respondents established petitions with a total of 430 persons signing the petitions.

CASA would like to thank those who participated in the consultations on the issues addressed in the NPRM. The input of stakeholders who are directly or indirectly affected by change proposals is appreciated and valued in our regulatory development process.



Public consultation on DP 1708OS - Review of RPAS operations [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]



Public consultation on DP 1708OS - Review of RPAS operations

Tell us your views on drone regulation - CASA discussion paper released

Australia was one of the first countries in the world to produce legislation governing the operation of drones in 2002. CASA introduced significant amendments to Part 101 in September 2016 – that have been welcomed by some and questioned by others in the aviation industry and broader community.

CASA intends to publish the notice of final rulemaking for the September 2016 amendments next week. This information may assist you in your response to this discussion paper as it will summarise the consultation conducted, the feedback we received and our position regarding those comments.

Following the introduction of these amendments, CASA is now conducting a review of the safety benefits and cost effectiveness of current regulations for drone use in Australia. As part of the review, we have produced a discussion paper for consultation with the aviation community about the issues and concerns that have been raised since the amendments were made.

You can view the discussion paper and provide your feedback to CASA by 22 September 2017.

More information about Part 101 and flying drones in Australia can be found on the CASA website.


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND GENERAL MEETING-3. Amendment motion #4


 

As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modelling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Zoom (https://zoom.us/)

11:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 9th September, 2017

at location to be advised.

 

Notices of motion and nominations for Committee positions are being called for.


NOMINATIONS

 

Nominations for committee positions are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS before noon on 26th August, 2017.

 

Nominations (refer Constitution Clause 19) must be seconded by another member and include some details (a brief resume) regarding the nominee for the information of members. Nomination forms are available via the website.

 

Positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,  Committee member

Note: The current Vice President will be retiring and not re standing.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now.  Refer Annex A  for currently received Notice of Motions / Nomination

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 9th August  2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on the 10th August  2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions from members requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in the  revised form with any other Notices of Motion on  the 23rd August.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd August  to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS by noon 7th September.
Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.



Annex A:


1.

The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to change the word control to administer in section of OBJECTS  3.1 which currently states:

“to associate into, control and coordinate under  a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Flying Miniature Aircraft operations in Australia and all activities incidental thereto and to admit as Members of the Association persons interested in the advancement and encouragement of and participation in Flying Miniature Aircraft Activities in Australia”

 

Reason for this proposed change is to fully clarify the AMAS policy towards  control of members and clubs.

 

It is not now, nor ever has been the intention of the  AMAS Inc. to enforce Draconian regulations.

 

The AMAS believes in and promotes  the policies of Flying Together and Open Fields, and the right of clubs to implement their own procedures over and above the necessary compliance with the conditions of AMAS membership.

 

The Internal Management and operation of clubs is  rightly decided by their own membership and their committees as it should be.

 

 

 

2. The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

As a result of discussions with our Insurance Broker regarding certain Insurance Legislation the AMAS Committee wishes to put  forward the following Motion:

 

“ That the Junior Membership fee be reduced to a nominal Fee of $10 per annum”

 

Reason being to assist parents financially and to encourage more Juniors to participate in our great Sport/hobby.

 

Whilst initially the Committee had proposed a zero fee, further investigation and discussion on the matter has resulted in the  previous motion already circulated to members being withdrawn,  as an amendment  to the previous motion would not be in compliance with the Associations Act.

 

3.  The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to remove Item E Day Membership from the Classes of  Membership

 

Remove 5.6 Day Membership

 

Remove 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, 5.6.4, 5.6.5, 5.6.6,a, b, c, d,.

 

Remove 5.6.7, 5.6.8, 5.6.9.

 

Reason being that AMAS has provided for Day membership for over 4 years and the Committee believes this class of membership is no longer warranted in the present day and age.

 

As AMAS has always promoted Flying Side by Side and Open Fields this form of membership was  originally instituted to allow for those persons requiring appropriate insurance and  cooperation with other modelling organisations in the formation years of this Society

 

However with the increased growth of Independent clubs now providing their own insurance coverage and numerous Insurance companies providing individual cover for modellers, the Committee believes  that Day membership is no longer required to be provided as Prospective Members are now adequately covered under AMAS insurance policies, Constitution and ByLaws,

 

 This will enable us to utilise the monies saved to further benefit our membership.


4.  From the AMAS Committee:  That the   Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, that in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years is long overdue, and on that basis he will receive a very modest Honorarium of $1000.

4A. The following amendment to motion 4 has been received from Mr Ian Macgregor:


Mike, 

Please put forward my proposal :

The  AMAS Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, receive a very modest Honorarium of $6000 annually. This is in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years and is long overdue. 

Thanks,

Ian Macgregor

CASA Briefing Newsletter - July 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]



CASA Briefing

July 2017

From acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Graeme Crawford

CASA has taken an important step in gaining access to additional safety information about foreign airlines. We have signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Air Transport Association – IATA - to access their safety audit reports. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. All IATA members are IOSA registered and must remain registered to maintain IATA membership. CASA will use the IOSA information to complement the existing oversight and surveillance of foreign airlines. It will also be used as part of the assessment process for new foreign carriers seeking authorisation to operate to Australia. In the future we expect to have access to IOSA information in relation to Australian carriers, which will be used to support our existing audit and surveillance work. CASA worked closely with IATA to understand their audit processes, quality assurance arrangements and management of approved auditors. Australia is the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region to use IOSA as part of the safety oversight of airlines. The use of the information will benefit airlines as it will make CASA’s surveillance and audits even more efficient and effective. IATA senior vice president safety and flight operation, Gilberto Lopez-Meyer, has said sharing IOSA information with regulators reduces the burden and costs of safety oversight. Agreements to share IOSA information are already in place with the US Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency and China.

Find out more about IOSA.

Regards
Graeme Crawford

(CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, is on leave)


Learn from sport close calls

No pilot wants to have a close call in the air. But they do happen and while they can be frightening or even embarrassing at the time, they can also be a valuable part of aviation safety education. To help pilots involved in sport aviation learn from the close calls of their colleagues CASA has published a new booklet containing 17 real life stories. They have been grouped under decision making, distractions, and errors, slips and omissions. In the introduction to the booklet it is pointed out that between 75 and 80 per cent of aviation accidents result from some type of human error. Skill based errors are the most common, followed by decision making and violations. While not all errors lead to tragic outcomes, there were 11 fatal accidents in sports aviation in 2016. The message from the close call stories is that diligence, proper planning and sound airmanship can avert disastrous outcomes. The close call stories cover ballooning, gyroplanes, recreational aircraft, hang gliding, gliding, paragliding and parachuting.

Order a copy of sport aviation close calls.

Horizontal situation indicator belt failure

A warning has been issued about the premature failure of drive belts in a horizontal situation indicator. Belts are reported to have failed in the Century Flight Systems horizontal situation indicator model number NSD360. The criticality of these belts failing in service is considered major if the instrument is the primary source of directional information. Failure of this instrument is considered hazardous if there is an undetected accuracy error of more than 10°. The failures are not associated with a failure flag. The drive belts, with part number 30B437, are currently lasting between 3 to 12 months in service before failing. After approximately 60-100 hours the belts are starting to fray and weaken, resulting in failure soon after. The belt is comprised of a number of load carrying tensile cords and the construction of the belt has changed. CASA has been in correspondence with the US Federal Aviation Administration office which oversights Century Flight Systems and will provide more information as it is available.

Go to the horizontal situation indicator drive belt airworthiness bulletin.

Revamped training course for flight examiners

A revamped training course has been released for people who want to gain a flight examiner rating or flight examiner endorsement. The flight examiner rating course now provides better support for flight examiner applicants by combining eLearning, a classroom workshop, industry mentoring, an interview and a flight test conducted by CASA. The course is competency based and prepares flight examiner applicants to conduct flight tests and proficiency checks under Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 – the flight crew licensing suite. It provides training and assessment for the 11 flight examiner rating endorsements, covering both aeroplane and helicopter categories. The course recognises existing flight examiner qualifications. In conjunction with the new course the flight examiner handbook and all flight test and proficiency check forms have been updated. The revised handbook has been designed so that each flight test and proficiency check chapter stands alone and can be used as a practical guide. The chapters are presented according to a chronological template on how to plan, conduct and complete a flight test and proficiency check. The flight test and proficiency check forms have been redesigned into a plain English checklist style.

Get more on the new flight examiner rating course.

Training module for performance-based navigation

Satellite based navigation is now the corner stone of instrument flight rules aircraft operations across Australia. This means it is important for many pilots to have an understanding of the requirements and benefits of this technology, known as performance based navigation or PBN. All instrument flight rules aircraft operating in Australian airspace must be fitted with global navigation satellite system receivers for performance based navigation. To help pilots better understand performance based navigation CASA has released a new on-line eLearning tool which covers key elements of the technology and regulatory requirements. The tool has information on aircraft equipment, pilot licensing, operational requirements and continuing airworthiness. It also covers navigation specification requirements, deeming provisions and CASA approvals. There are links to the relevant regulations. The eLearning does not replace the formal training pilots must undertake to use performance based navigation but it provides an overview of the requirements of on-board navigation equipment and the navigation specifications that must be included in flight plans.

Go to the performance based navigation eLearning now.

Regulatory philosophy explained

There’s an easy and quick way to get a solid understanding of CASA’s regulatory philosophy. The key elements of the regulatory philosophy have been captured in a short video on CASA’s YouTube channel. There are ten principles in the regulatory philosophy that underpin the way CASA will perform its functions, exercise its powers and engage with the aviation community. The updated regulatory philosophy was developed in response to a recommendation in the Aviation Safety Regulation Review. The regulatory philosophy covers issues such as trust and respect, risk-based action and decision making, consultation and collaboration, consistency and flexibility and regulatory costs. CASA’s general manager Legal Affairs, Regulatory Policy and International Strategy presents the video on the regulatory philosophy. He says CASA must set an example to the aviation community by demonstrating what it means to be a responsible regulator. The video also looks at what is meant by just culture and how the regulatory philosophy dovetails with safety management.

Watch the regulatory philosophy video now.

Perth, Pilbara, Wellcamp airspace reviews

Three airspace reviews have been completed – at Perth, Pilbara and Brisbane West Wellcamp. The reviews found the airspace arrangements at the three locations were suitable and safe, although improvements could be made to enhance efficiency and awareness. The Perth review found there had been a reduction in airspace incidents over the last five years and most issues were not safety related but about airspace access and clearance delays. A need for more targeted education of pilots was identified following training incidents at Jandakot and failures to comply with air traffic control instructions. There should also be more consultation to determine the cause of airspace infringements and possible mitigation options. The Pilbara review looked at airspace 125 nautical miles around the Paraburdoo radar. While aircraft movements in the area have been decreasing after a period of rapid growth, traffic could increase if mining activity changes. Very high frequency radio coverage at lower levels remains an issue, with communication with the Melbourne air traffic services centre a concern. It was recommended that Airservices should investigate the introduction of a chart to cover the major mining aerodromes in the Pilbara region. The Brisbane West Wellcamp and Oakey airspace review found the airspace is fit for purpose and can accommodate forecast future growth. Ten recommendations were made, including a further detailed review to be conducted no later than 2020.

Read the airspace reviews:

Seminars on now for pilots

Twelve of the popular AvSafety seminars for pilots are being held in August 2017. They are at: Bendigo, Parkes, Katherine, Orange, Taree, Ballina, Gove, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Yarrawonga, Aldinga and Albury. The seminars will get pilots talking about key safety issues by looking at previous accidents and incidents where the outcomes were both good and bad. They will focus on pilot decision making and look at flying within your limits, making the right decisions in-flight and hazards on arrival. Case studies of accidents and incidents covering each phase of flight will be set out, with a mix of fixed wing and helicopter events to be examined. CASA’s safety advisers will ensure the seminars are interactive and open, with pilots encouraged to talk about their own experiences and offer lessons learned. The seminars have been developed with the support of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Airservices Australia, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Book your place at an AvSafety seminar for pilots now.

Engineers – seminars for you

Five engineering safety seminars are being held in August 2017. Seminars will be held at: Darwin, Launceston, Hobart, Moorabbin and Gove. These seminars are aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations. CASA aims to support the professional development of people in these safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources. Importantly the seminars will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA. Topics to be covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and the maintenance licence examples.

Book your place at an engineering seminar.

Drone flyers fined for safety breaches

Three people flying recreational drones in breach of the safety regulations have been fined a total of $3240. Penalties were issued for operating a drone over an Easter egg hunt, a wedding and for flying in Sydney Harbour restricted airspace. The operator of the drone at Sydney Harbour was also fined for flying within 30 metres of people not involved in the operation. The fines are the latest in penalties imposed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for breaching the drone safety rules. A group of children at a Canberra Easter egg hunt were put at risk by a drone flown at a height from which if the drone malfunctioned it would not have been able to clear the area. The drone pilot was fined $900. A $900 fine was also issued for hazardous flying at and near guests at a wedding in regional NSW. All three drone pilots paid the penalties issued by CASA. CASA's Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said fines will continue to be issued where people break the drone safety rules. "The rules protect people, property and aircraft from drones," Mr Carmody said. "If you fly a drone it is your responsibility to fly by the rules and stay safe at all times. "Every drone pilot should download CASA's drone safety app, which will help them fly safely."

Get the CASA drone safety app.



NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND GENERAL MEETING.-2

AUSTRALIAN MINIATURE AEROSPORTS SOCIETY Inc

NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND  GENERAL MEETING.

 

As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modelling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Zoom (https://zoom.us/)

11:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 9th September, 2017

at location to be advised.

 

Notices of motion and nominations for Committee positions are being called for.


NOMINATIONS

 

Nominations for committee positions are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS before noon on 26th August, 2017.

 

Nominations (refer Constitution Clause 19) must be seconded by another member and include some details (a brief resume) regarding the nominee for the information of members. Nomination forms are available via the website.

 

Positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,  Committee member

Note: The current Vice President will be retiring and not re standing.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now.  Refer Annex A  for currently received Notice of Motions / Nomination

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 9th August  2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on the 10th August  2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions from members requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in the  revised form with any other Notices of Motion on  the 23rd August.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd August  to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS by noon 7th September.
Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.



Annex A:


1.

The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to change the word control to administer in section of OBJECTS  3.1 which currently states:

“to associate into, control and coordinate under  a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Flying Miniature Aircraft operations in Australia and all activities incidental thereto and to admit as Members of the Association persons interested in the advancement and encouragement of and participation in Flying Miniature Aircraft Activities in Australia”

 

Reason for this proposed change is to fully clarify the AMAS policy towards  control of members and clubs.

 

It is not now, nor ever has been the intention of the  AMAS Inc. to enforce Draconian regulations.

 

The AMAS believes in and promotes  the policies of Flying Together and Open Fields, and the right of clubs to implement their own procedures over and above the necessary compliance with the conditions of AMAS membership.

 

The Internal Management and operation of clubs is  rightly decided by their own membership and their committees as it should be.

 

 

 

2. The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

As a result of discussions with our Insurance Broker regarding certain Insurance Legislation the AMAS Committee wishes to put  forward the following Motion:

 

“ That the Junior Membership fee be reduced to a nominal Fee of $10 per annum”

 

Reason being to assist parents financially and to encourage more Juniors to participate in our great Sport/hobby.

 

Whilst initially the Committee had proposed a zero fee, further investigation and discussion on the matter has resulted in the  previous motion already circulated to members being withdrawn,  as an amendment  to the previous motion would not be in compliance with the Associations Act.

 

3.  The AMAS committee is proposing a change to the Constitution in accordance with the Current Rules and Legislation.

 

Motion to remove Item E Day Membership from the Classes of  Membership

 

Remove 5.6 Day Membership

 

Remove 5.6.1, 5.6.2, 5.6.3, 5.6.4, 5.6.5, 5.6.6,a, b, c, d,.

 

Remove 5.6.7, 5.6.8, 5.6.9.

 

Reason being that AMAS has provided for Day membership for over 4 years and the Committee believes this class of membership is no longer warranted in the present day and age.

 

As AMAS has always promoted Flying Side by Side and Open Fields this form of membership was  originally instituted to allow for those persons requiring appropriate insurance and  cooperation with other modelling organisations in the formation years of this Society

 

However with the increased growth of Independent clubs now providing their own insurance coverage and numerous Insurance companies providing individual cover for modellers, the Committee believes  that Day membership is no longer required to be provided as Prospective Members are now adequately covered under AMAS insurance policies, Constitution and ByLaws,

 

 This will enable us to utilise the monies saved to further benefit our membership.


4.  From the AMAS Committee:  That the   Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, that in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years is long overdue, and on that basis he will receive a very modest Honorarium of $1000.


Flight Safety Australia - July-August 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Flight Safety Australia July–August 2017 out now!

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The lead story of Flight Safety Australia’s July–August edition looks at how artificial intelligence could influence aviation. The machine-learning technology that gives computers subtle skills comparable with, and in some cases greater than, those of humans is already offered in some avionic packages. The question is what it will evolve into.

The issue also looks back 70 years to the introduction of the Beechcraft Bonanza in 1947. The venerable type’s 70th birthday is an opportunity to reflect on the changes and continuities in general aviation.

Contributor Adrian Park examines the pressures and situations that can lead airline crews into costly and dangerous runway overruns. He looks at three incidents in Thailand, the US and Indonesia.

Thomas P. Turner urges general aviation pilots to use their ears and other senses to understand what their aircraft are trying to say to them. Potentially deadly accidents can be avoided by the combination of developing mechanical sympathy and taking the time before, during and after flight to look, listen and feel for problems and issues. In Dancing with the STARs Kreisha Ballantyne examines the topic of safely mixing with scheduled traffic and other larger aircraft in the vicinity of the aerodrome. It’s a plea for planning and consideration.

An incident on a Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft highlights the problems involved with subtle failures of advanced technology. Looking at a simpler, but equally important technology, Hot and Confused debunks a misconception caused by unclear labelling of engine bay flammable fluid hoses.

There are also stories on electric taxi systems for transport aircraft, how accurately chronological age predicts pilot performance, and the Safety in Mind series looks at Professor Patrick Hudson’s scale of safety cultures.

The popular quiz and reader-submitted close calls round out a packed issue.

Don’t forget there are two ways to keep up-to-date with Flight Safety Australia’s coverage of all the latest aviation safety news and issues. Download the magazine tablet app from the App Store or from Google Playand enjoy the interactive bi-monthly magazine experience, complete with video and audio. Once you’ve downloaded the issue, you can read it offline at your leisure. And for daily aviation safety updates, as well as all the bi-monthly magazine articles, subscribe to the magazine’s news site: www.flightsafetyaustralia.com



Notice of Annual and General Meeting.

AUSTRALIAN MINIATURE AEROSPORTS SOCIETY Inc

NOTICE OF ANNUAL AND  GENERAL MEETING.

 

As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modelling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Google Hangout (or video conference TBA)

11:00 AM (Qld Time) Saturday 9th September, 2017

at location to be advised.

 

Notices of motion and nominations for Committee positions are now being called for.

NOMINATIONS

 

Nominations for committee positions are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS before noon on 26th August, 2017.

 

Nominations (refer Constitution Clause 19) must be seconded by another member and include some details (a brief resume) regarding the nominee for the information of members. Nomination forms are available via the website.

 

Positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer,  Committee member

Note: The current Vice President will be retiring and not re standing.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now.  Refer Annex A  for currently received Notice of Motions / Nomination

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 9th August  2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on the 10th August  2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions from members requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in the  revised form with any other Notices of Motion on  the 23rd August.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd August  to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS by noon 7th September.
Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.



Annex A:


1.From the AMAS Committee:  "To promote and encourage Juniors to participate in our sport/hobby, the Society will offer a zero membership fee in order that they may be able to join our great organisation at no cost whatsoever to themselves or parents."

2.From the AMAS Committee:  That the   Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, that in recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years is long overdue, and on that basis he will receive a very modest Honorarium of $1000.

3. From the AMAS Committee:  That 'Day Membership' be removed as a "class of member" from the AMAS inc Constitution.


CASA Briefing Newsletter - May 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

CASA Briefing

May 2017

From acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

I would like to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to respond to two important consultation documents released by CASA in recent months. A total of 160 submissions were made in response to the medical certification standards discussion paper, while 494 people responded to the discussion paper on frequency use at low levels in class G airspace. The comprehensive medical discussion paper set out a range of medical certification issues and options. Options ranged from continuing existing medical requirements to developing a new medical certificate for the sport and recreational sectors. The class G frequency paper put forward two options for radio broadcasts in the vicinity of aerodromes in class G airspace that are not marked on aeronautical charts. They were to use the appropriate area frequency or the MULTICOM frequency 126.7. Both these issues have attracted vigorous debate within groups in the aviation community for some time and CASA recognised the need to formally canvass the views of everyone who wanted to have their say. I believe the solid response to the papers has shown CASA took the right approach in undertaking formal consultation.

We have now published 70 responses to the medical certification paper on the CASA web site. These were responses where the person or organisation agreed to their submissions being published. Most of the leading aviation organisations submitted a response, including the Aerial Application Association of Australia, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Australian Airline Pilots Association, Recreational Aviation Australia and the Sports Aircraft Association of Australia. I also thank the many individuals who wrote their own submissions. CASA will now engage an independent party to develop a report on the medical certification submissions so we can clearly understand the views that have been presented on the various options. This will equip CASA to make decisions on potential changes to the medical certification system. A similar report will be created on the submissions to the class G frequency paper to facilitate timely decision making on the relevant issues. I can assure everyone that CASA is committed to finalising positions on both medical standards and the class G frequency as quickly as is possible, while not rushing into inappropriate decisions. Your comments and views are at the core of our decision making process.

Read the medical certification submissions.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

A photograph of Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety


Defect reporting is vital

The aviation community is being reminded of the importance of reporting aircraft defects to CASA. The new defect reporting service is easier to use and makes reported data more accessible to the aviation community. Aircraft operators, maintainers and manufacturers must submit a report for each malfunction, failure or defect that occurs under the relevant reportable categories. In addition, any defect which has endangered or may endanger the safe operation of an aircraft must be reported. The information on defects is carefully assessed by CASA to provide information that can be used to make sound regulatory decisions and to provide important advice to aircraft operators and maintainers. The defect reporting service allows users to share industry experience and assist in the early identification of potential issues. While some failures in aircraft parts are random, the probability of failure can often be estimated based on previous failure data. Historical failure analysis can be of value in determining inspection intervals and failure modes, particularly for components maintained on condition.

Find out more about defect reporting in an airworthiness bulletin.

New way to keep cables safe

CASA will soon be seeking comment on the details of a new approach to keeping primary flight control cable assemblies safe. The new approach will offer an inspection regime instead of the mandatory replacement of all affected flight control assemblies at 15 years’ time in service. This will provide relief from the cost and time needed to replace all affected flight control assemblies. An airworthiness directive issued in early 2015 - AD/GENERAL/87 Primary Flight Control Cable Assembly Retirement – put in place the mandatory replacement regime. The directive covered primary flight control cable assemblies with terminals constructed of SAE-AISI 303 Se or SAE-AISI 304 stainless steel with a total time in service of 15 years or more. The requirements of this airworthiness directive take effect from 1 January 2018. As the airworthiness directive currently stands this means flight control cable assemblies on affected aircraft that have already reached or exceeded 15 years’ time in service must be replaced before 1 January 2018. However, CASA will soon be issuing a proposed airworthiness directive which will put forward amendments to the current airworthiness directive, AD/GENERAL/87. The aviation community will be asked to comment on the proposed amendments before CASA finalises the new control cable assembly airworthiness requirements. CASA has now agreed that inspections - if performed in a particular and thorough manner - can satisfactorily address the risks of cracking and failure of control cable assemblies. The repeating inspection regime will require detailed inspection for evidence of corrosion and fraying, which if found, will require cable replacement.

New app to keep drones safe

A new smartphone app has been released to make flying drones safer. The app clearly shows crucial drone no-fly zones and drone fly with caution zones for drones operated in the under two kilogram commercial category. This information can also be used as guide for recreational drone flyers and certified remotely piloted aircraft operators. The app uses a drone flyers location to display no-fly zones around major airports, the flight paths of smaller airports and helicopter landing areas. Users will also see restricted and military airspace where drones must not be flown. The drone no-fly zones are shaded in red on the map. Orange shading is used to show fly with caution zones around areas where aircraft are known to operate at low altitudes. It is the first time an official app has been released in Australia to help drone flyers stay safe and abide by the safety regulations. Information is also shown for uncontrolled aerodromes and aircraft landing areas, with written advice about what to do when flying a drone in those locations. The app has been produced with specialist drone software company Drone Complier and will be available in Android, iOS and web-based HTML5.

Get the “Can I fly there?” drone app now.

Watch before you fly the outback

Winter is a great time to go flying in outback and remote areas of Australia. Before pilots take off for less populated areas they should take time to watch Out-n-Back Two. This is a spectacular aviation safety video mini-series for visual flight rules and recreational pilots. The ten part series covers a 3350 nautical mile trip from western NSW, through outback Queensland to Cape York, down the Queensland coast and back across country to Bathurst. The journey delivers a hands-on explanation of nearly 30 safety topics critical to all stages of flight. These include knowing your aircraft, weight and balance, fuel management, remote flying, fatigue management, radio calls, ageing aircraft, bird strikes, remotely piloted aircraft, emergency procedures and electronic flight bags. The safety information is delivered during interviews with local aviation people with expertise in each topic. The ten online videos feature stunning footage taken from cameras mounted on a Cessna 172 flown by chief flying instructor Catherine Fitzsimons.

Watch Out-n-Back series two now.

Jabiru wing bolts must be replaced

A requirement to replace wing attachment bolts on Jabiru aircraft has been issued. CASA has published an airworthiness directive calling for replacement of the quarter inch wing attachment bolts before or on reaching 2000 hours’ time-in-service. The replacement is to be done in accordance with a service bulletin issued by the manufacturer Jabiru. The service bulletin says all Jabiru aircraft feature strut braced wings with the root of each wing attached to the fuselage through two bolted joints loaded in shear. At manufacture these joints are secured using AN4 bolts. The service bulletin adds: “Examination of several airframes which have reached 5000 hours’ time-in-service revealed one only original AN4 bolt that was not in acceptable condition. The bolt was never replaced during the 5000 hour period. As a precautionary measure a 2000 hour life is now imposed on all AN4 wing attachment bolts, both the front and back.” CASA’s airworthiness directive says aircraft which have already reached 2000 hours’ time-in-service, must have bolts replaced before the next 100-hour or annual maintenance inspection, whichever occurs first. The airworthiness directive took effect on 22 May 2017.

More details in the CASA airworthiness directive.

Read the Jabiru service bulletin.

Remote pilot licence changes

Changes to the training requirements for remote pilot licences take effect from 1 June 2017. From this date all practical training to obtain a remote pilot licence must be done through an organisation holding a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate with a training approval. There are currently 36 organisations approved to provide practical remotely piloted aircraft training. The change means practical training can no longer be done through remote aircraft manufacturers or their agents unless they have a certificate and training approval. CASA has made the change to ensure all practical training is conducted by organisations that have an approved syllabus, qualified instructors, suitable facilities and appropriate record keeping. Practical training is carried out in the category of remotely piloted aircraft to be operated – fixed wing, helicopter or multirotor. Most people will complete their practical training on a remotely piloted aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of less than 7 kg and are limited to that weight class. People completing their practical remotely piloted aircraft training are required to have a minimum of five hours flight time logged on their aircraft type. Along with the practical training applicants must complete aviation theory training. This can be done in combination with the practical training provided by approved organisations, forming a complete remote pilot licence training package. It can also be completed by passing a CASA ground theory examination. CASA will continue to recognise practical training courses completed before 1 June 2017 conducted by drone manufacturers or their agents.

Get more information about remote pilot licences.

Seminars for pilots on now

CASA is holding eight safety seminars for pilots around the nation during June 2017. Lessons for life seminars are scheduled at Horsham, Bunbury, Bankstown, Cessnock, Horn Island, Scone, Gold Coast and Archerfield. Seven of these seminars will focus on fuel management and handling partial power loss in a single engine aircraft. One of the seminars – Bunbury – will include a refresher on weather forecasts and a summary of accident/incident statistics over recent years. Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation reports nominate fuel management and partial power loss as the cause of a high number of accidents. Lessons will be learnt from past accidents, with everyone asked to consider how the accident could have been avoided. Other issues may be discussed such as electronic flight bags, regulatory changes, correct procedures to follow at non-controlled aerodromes and the requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast. All the seminars provide an important opportunity for pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA.

Book your place for an AvSafety Seminar now.

Aviation ‘whatdunit’ takes mystery out of new regs

Air operators and pilots in Darwin have the chance to take part in a real life aviation whodunit in early June 2017. CASA is holding a crash scene investigation workshop to learn lessons from a Piper Chieftain accident and to apply those lessons to the need for key regulatory changes. The CSI workshop will be looking at how safety can be improved by more appropriate regulations for charter and small regular public transport operations. To understand the need for change participants will look in detail at the factors behind the Chieftain accident, which happened in poor weather conditions. A team of CASA specialists - with expertise in accident investigations, air traffic control and psychology - will be joined by an expert from the Bureau of Meteorology. The panel will work through the accident and then invite people taking part in the workshop to make linkages with more effective safety management through best practice regulations. Those attending will have a greater appreciation of the logic behind proposed changes to Parts 135 and 119 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, as well as how to be prepared for the changes. Part 135 will cover air transport operations in small aeroplanes and will set a common level of safety for what are currently classified as charter and regular public transport operations. The Darwin CSI workshop is free, will be held on Saturday 3 June 2017 from 10:00 to 15:30, with a light lunch provided.

Book your place at the Darwin CSI workshop now.

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AMAS Inc UPDATE / RENEWAL INFORMATION 2017-2018

Members,

 

Please be advised:

 

UPDATE /  RENEWAL INFORMATION 2017-2018

 

The AMAS Inc Committee hope that the past year has treated you well and that you had many happy landings. AMAS Inc continues to grow with members in every state and territory and we hope that you’ll continue to renew with us.

 

As many of you may be aware, the CASA has now formally approved the society’s application, among other matters, to allow FPV flying. AMAS Inc works very closely with the regulator and you can expect a few more updates in the coming months ahead. The AMAS is considered an authority by CASA and trust our relationship with the CASA will only strengthen in to the future.


 Member fees.

On June 1st early membership renewal is open for the 2017/2018 financial year covering the period July 1st2017 until June 30th /2018 offering all the benefits that AMAS membership provides members and clubs.

The fees are as follows (and are again reduced!):

 

12    Month Membership $45 Senior and $22 Juniors

 

The Future.

 

Our hobby is about family, friends and having fun.  We thought about reducing our fees again this year(via Treasurer/Budget projections) and of which you can see above we have(within 10% of current fees as per the Constitution)! However an idea was put forward further to this subject to reduce fees, for example adjust the senior fee and the money offset could be used to fund juniors. (As you can see we've reduced the fees anyway).This small amount is an investment in the future of the hobby whilst reaffirming our commitment to promoting the family and friends aspect of the hobby.

 

The AMAS Committee will be submitting a Motion to be put to the members at the Annual General meeting, for a vote by the entire  membership , as per the Constitution.

(http://www.amas.org.au/hosted/org/67/docs/68a5a0f0/AMASCONSTITUTIONAMENDED03October2015.pdf)

 

Motion: “To promote and encourage Juniors to participate in our sport/hobby, we will offer a zero membership fee in order that they may be able to join our great organisation at no cost whatsoever to themselves or parents.”

 

The entire membership is encouraged to consider the matter and provide feedback/variation to the matter.

 

Now is a great time to join up potential members!

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The AMAS Committee hope it will encourage the younger generation to embrace the joys of aeromodelling in the coming years.

 

We trust this motion will be supported by our ever increasing membership!

 

 Earlier this year it was decided that due to the ever increasing workload of our Secretary, who has diligently provided a virtual 24 hour seven day service to our ever increasing membership, that in

recognition of the of the outstanding service he has provided on a voluntary basis for five years is long overdue, and on that basis he will receive a very modest Honorarium of $1000 at the end of this financial year. All other Committee members are volunteers and receive no remuneration. Minor expenses are reimbursed. This is many, many thousands of dollars less than people in other organisations receive for an equivalent number of members, and of course is only a pittance in terms of the hours spent on the affairs of this Society.

 

In accordance with his previous comments made over the last 18 months ,we wish to advise that our current Vice President and Life member Mr John Taylor will not be standing for any positions on the AMAS Committee at the Annual General Meeting later in the year, as he is retiring and  intending to spend more of his time just building and flying.

Having by then reached the grand age of 81 it is his time to move on and watch younger people come up with fresh ideas to grow our Society and Sport/hobby. We wish him well in total retirement!

 

Many of you expressed an interest in joining the committee, as noted in the recent member survey and we look forward to hearing from you. Simply phone of email the secretary for more information. You do not need any experience and we need people from all walks of life from across Australia. So what are you waiting for …..  Get involved today.

 

Finally we would remind all members and clubs to check out our website(as it is a 'Live' document) for any changes  that have occurred in the last year, and to get in early to renew your membership from June 1stwhen a reminder Bulletin will be sent out with all the details for the coming year.

 

*An update regarding the Loganholme Aeromodellers Radio Control Society (LARCS) which was devastated in the recent TC Debbie aftermath: The President Mr Michael Davis advised that operations will shortly recommence after much Logan Council, external and club member action cleaning up. The LARCS President also sends thanks on behalf of the LARCS membership for the overwhelming assistance given after the event and thanks the AMAS Inc membership for the kind donation for five thousand dollars towards disaster relief.

 

On behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.

 

 

 

Changes to approved training for commercial drone operation.

Changes to approved training for drone operation

Tuesday 17 May 2017

The practical training requirements for gaining an Australian Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) will change from 1 June 2017.

The changes were set when amendments to Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101commenced on 29 September 2016.

A RePL is required if you are operating a drone outside of the standard operating conditions applicable to the excluded category.

The excluded RPA category allows low-risk RPA operations in certain circumstances without the need for a ReOC or RePL. This includes commercial operators with RPAs lighter than 2 kilograms and some private landowners and leaseholders operating RPAs up to 25 kilograms. Private landowners and leaseholders operating above 25 kilograms are required to hold a RePL.

From 1 June, RePL applicants will satisfy the training requirements by completing a RePL training course conducted by a person holding a RPA Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) that authorised the training. Applicants can also apply to CASA for a flight test.

CASA will continue to recognise practical training courses completed before 1 June 2017by drone manufacturers or their agents. CASA approved training organisations are located across Australia in regional and metropolitan areas and a list of approved drone operators. including those who can conduct training, can be found on the CASA website. Traditional aviation flying schools can also provide aeronautical knowledge theory training.

Drone manufacturers and their agents who wish to provide practical training for the issue of a RePL from 1 June 2017 must hold a ReOC that authorises the training.

Depending on the training approval each ReOC holder has obtained, they can train in a range of categories (i.e. aeroplane, rotorcraft etc.) related to specific remotely piloted aircraft or drones.

An information package on becoming a certified training provider is available from CASA by emailing RPAS@casa.gov.au. To receive a package by reply email, include “manufacturer training approval” in the subject line.

More information about the advantages of holding a RePL can be found on the Flying drones/remotely piloted aircraft in Australia pages on the CASA website. All inquiries can be emailed to CASA at RPAS@casa.gov.au

SENATE DRONE INQUIRY MEDIA RELEASE 10TH MAY 2017

CASA Briefing Newsletter - April 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

CASA Briefing

April 2017

From acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, has issued a new Statement of Expectations to the CASA Board. This is an important document that sets out the strategic directions the Government expects CASA to head in between now and mid-2019. It also sets out how CASA is meant to perform its functions. As a notice provided under the Civil Aviation Act, the Minister’s Statement of Expectations guides the CASA Board’s strategic deliberations and decision making. CASA’s next Corporate Plan will reflect the strategic directions in the Statement. The Minister has made it clear that CASA’s regulatory activity should be pragmatic, practical and proportional. Mr Chester has said a pragmatic, practical and proportional approach to regulatory activity is intended to help support aviation growth, particularly in the general aviation sector. It is important to understand the Statement of Expectations builds on the work CASA has been undertaking in recent years to lift our performance in a range of key areas. These include CASA’s approach to safety regulation, the development of new regulations and stakeholder engagement. The Statement of Expectations also reinforces CASA’s commitment to our Regulatory Philosophy. Of course it should not be forgotten that the Statement of Expectations makes it clear CASA will continue to ensure the highest priority is given to aviation safety.

The Minister also recently announced the appointment of Ms Cheryl Cartwright to the CASA Board. I welcome Cheryl’s appointment as she will add more diversity of experience to the Board and lift the gender balance close to 50 per cent, which is great for our organisation. Cheryl has a background in government relations, strategic planning and communications. This appointment is consistent with CASA’s governing legislation, which stresses the importance of an appropriate balance of professional expertise on the Board to complement the aviation experience of current Board members.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

A photograph of Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety


Cold and flu drugs could put you at risk

Winter is coming and it’s time for everyone in safety sensitive positions in aviation to think carefully about cold and flu medications. Codeine, which is found in a number of cold and flu treatments, is a drug included in the aviation drug and alcohol testing program. If codeine is detected during testing a person is required to stop work until they are cleared by either a CASA doctor or under the provisions of their company’s Drug and Alcohol Management Plan. Naturally this means disruption to normal work and rosters and for casual workers possibly lost income. To avoid testing positive for codeine people working in aviation sensitive roles, such as pilots, maintainers and cabin and ground crew, should seek advice from their doctor or their company’s drug and alcohol management personnel before taking cold and flu treatments. Over the counter medications can cause side effects which impair the ability to perform to required standards and so put safety at risk. The permitted level of codeine under the drug and alcohol regulations is 25 nanograms per millilitre. In 2015-16 CASA conducted 16,598 random drug and alcohol tests on safety sensitive aviation personnel.

Find out more about drug and alcohol testing.

How to protect low use engines

New advice has been released on how to protect piston aircraft engines that are not flown regularly. These engines are susceptible to damage from corrosion and contamination, which may adversely affect expected service life. In coastal areas and areas of high relative humidity corrosion attack can occur within a few days. Aircraft operators with aircraft that are flown infrequently should follow the instructions of engine manufacturers as well as be aware of a range of key issues. These issues are set out in an airworthiness bulletin which covers the use of preservation oil, establishing an appropriate engine preservation threshold and regime, calendar time oil changes and engine ground running. The need for engine preservation should be evaluated by aircraft operators, taking into account environmental conditions and periods of aircraft inactivity. Changing oil on a calendar time basis for low utilisation engines is an effective means of removing contaminants such as water and the by-products of combustion. Engine ground running is not a substitute for regular flying and will in fact tend to aggravate rather than minimise corrosion. Similarly, the practice of pulling engines through by hand when aircraft are not run or flown for extended periods can also exacerbate problems.

Get all the details on protecting engines.

Cost recovery changes reduce costs

CASA’s cost recovery arrangements are being streamlined and improved. Changes are being made to cost recovery for international and domestic travel, legislative instruments and refunds on fixed fees. The changes will reduce a range of regulatory costs to the aviation community. In line with Australian Government policy CASA is required to recover costs for providing regulatory services. Fees apply to regulatory services such as licences and ratings, examinations, medicals, aircraft registration, certificates, permits, exemptions, approvals and authorities. Fees are charged at hourly rates or as fixed fees starting from $25. The time charged for international travel by CASA to provide regulatory services is being changed to a standard working day rather than an hourly rate. CASA’s satellite offices in Broome, Kununurra, Gove and Horn Island will be treated as fully operating offices for the purposes of cost recovery. This will reduce travel charges for some regulatory services in these areas, benefitting local aviation communities. CASA will also standardise the way in which charges are applied for the drafting and lodging of Federal Registered Legislative Instruments. This will provide greater certainty and consistency and ensure that CASA does not charge more than is required for this work. There will now be partial refunds of fixed fees where a task is not required to be completed and a fee has been paid in advance. Changes to cost recovery will take effect from 1 May 2017.

Find out more about CASA’s cost recovery.

Approved testing officer delegations extended

Existing approved testing officer delegations are being extended for another 12 months - until 30 June 2018. These delegations, which allow approved testing officers to carry out certain flight tests and proficiency checks, were to have expired on 30 June 2017. The extension has been made while the indemnity arrangements that currently cover approved testing officers are comprehensively reviewed. Under changes introduced in the new licensing suite of regulations approved testing officer delegations are being replaced by a flight examiner rating. This change meant current indemnity arrangements, which only cover delegates and authorised persons, ceased once approved testing officers moved across to the flight examiner rating. The 12 month extension of the existing delegations means the indemnity protection offered to all CASA delegates and authorised persons, as set out in Civil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP) Admin-1, will apply to people who continue to hold an approved testing officer delegation. Approved testing officers who still have their delegation and have not obtained a flight examiner rating do not need to take any action at this time. A working group comprising CASA, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Department of Finance has been established to examine all aspects of the indemnity scheme and insurance-related considerations. A policy paper on the issues will be produced for comment during 2017. This will look at whether indemnity arrangements should continue and if indemnity does continue the nature and extent of the coverage.

Find out more about the approved testing officer delegations.

New look for aviation medicine online

The web site that provides information about aviation medicine is changing. The current aviation medicine web site is being integrated into the main CASA web site. This will change the design and layout of the aviation medicine web pages, while all essential information and functionality is retained. The change could affect some bookmarks of individual aviation medicine web pages. As part of the move to the CASA web site all aviation medicine online information has been reviewed to make sure it is up-to-date and easy to find. The search functions for Designated Aviation Medical Examiners and Designated Aviation Ophthalmologists will continue to operate in the same way. The changes will not affect the medical records system or the login procedures. CASA has undertaken user testing of the new aviation medicine web pages to make sure they meet the needs of the aviation community. The new web pages are scheduled to go live in May 2017.

Visit the aviation medicine web pages.

Cabin crew ratio clarified

The federal government has supported the continuation of approvals for a ratio of one cabin crew member to every fifty passenger seats on some domestic aircraft. This follows a parliamentary committee inquiry into cabin crew ratios. In a statement the government said there was unequivocal advice from both CASA and Office of Transport Security that having a one to fifty cabin crew ratio in Australia did not reduce the safety or security of domestic aircraft operations. Most major international safety regulatory authorities around the world endorse the one to fifty ratio. CASA issues individual directions to airlines permitting a one to fifty cabin crew ratio if aircraft have been certificated by the state of design for this ratio. Airlines need to have in place an approved robust safety management system and safety risk management plan to have access to the ratio on specified aircraft. The statement by the government said the Office of Transport Security has confirmed that since the use of the one to fifty cabin crew ratio was permitted on some Australian aircraft in 2006, there has not been a diminution of security standards in Australia.

Read the statement on cabin crew ratios.

Ten seminars for pilots coming soon

CASA is holding ten safety seminars for pilots around the nation during April 2017. Lessons for life seminars are scheduled at Inverell, Innisfail, Jandakot, Armidale, Merimbula, Townsville, Jabiru, Esperance, Alice Springs and Ayers Rock. Eight of these seminars will focus on fuel management and handling partial power loss in a single engine aircraft. Two of the seminars – Jandakot and Esperance – will include a refresher on weather forecasts and a summary of accident/incident statistics over recent years. Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation reports nominate fuel management and partial power loss as the cause of a high number of accidents. Lessons will be learnt from past accidents, with everyone asked to consider how the accident could have been avoided. Other issues may be discussed such as electronic flight bags, regulatory changes, correct procedures to follow at non-controlled aerodromes and the requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast. All the seminars provide an important opportunity for pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA.

Book your place for an AvSafety Seminar now.

Seminars for engineers

Two engineering safety seminars are being held in May 2017. An engineering seminar will be held at Caloundra on Wednesday 17 May 2017 and at Alice Springs on Tuesday 23 May 2017. These seminars are aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations. CASA aims to support the professional development of people in these safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources. Importantly the seminars will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA. Topics to be covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and the Part 64 review. Part 64 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations covers the requirements needed for an authorisation to operate an aeronautical radio or the authority to taxi an aeroplane.

Book your place at an engineering seminar.

Hobart airspace study

A study of the airspace around Hobart aerodrome has made three recommendations. The study, conducted by CASA’s Office of Airspace Regulation, says the existing airspace classification and architecture should remain unchanged, except for one adjustment to a controlled area step. It is recommended that Airservices Australia continues redesign work for flight routes into and out of Hobart, making improvements to existing terminal instrument flight procedures and introducing standard arrival routes. The report says CASA should monitor aircraft and passenger movements and incidents at Hobart over the next 24 months to determine whether a trend of traffic growth continues. An aeronautical risk review should then be conducted if necessary. There has been a steady growth in traffic movements at Hobart over the last four years. The annual number of airspace related incidents at Hobart has remained low, with seven incidents recorded between December 2009 and June 2016. There were no injuries from any of the incidents. Airspace users reported that on occasions they experienced delays in receiving airways clearances and there were general inefficiencies in the use of airspace. Stakeholder comments highlighted that occasionally the tower frequency experienced congestion and over transmission occurrences.

Go to the full Hobart airspace study report.

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AMAS Inc Member Survey Results

QLD STATE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR DISASTER AFFECTED SPORTS CLUBS

Members,

For your information below:


 Member Memo 6/17 – 6 April 2017

 

STATE GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR DISASTER AFFECTED SPORTS CLUBS

 

Below is a copy of emailed advice received from the Minister for Sport regarding funding being put in place to assist clubs recover from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath.

 

Any queries should be directed to Sport and recreation Services on 1300 656 191.

 

Regards

PETER CUMMISKEY

Chief Executive Officer

  

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Sports House
Cnr Castlemaine & Caxton Streets
MILTON  QLD  4064

 

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Telephone      07 3369 8955

Facsimile       07 3369 8977 
Email             admin@qsport.org.au

Website:        http://www.qsport.org.au/

 

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and is for the use of the individual or organisation to whom it is addressed to above. If you are not the intended recipient you have received this e-mail in error. Any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, copying or dealing with this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please reply immediately by way of advice to admin@qsport.org.au or telephone 07 3369 8955.

 

 

 

 

Please see below or this link for the Minister for Sport’s media release on disaster affected sports clubs.

 

For further information or assistance, phone 1300 656 191.

 

Media Statements

Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

$12 million prioritised for disaster affected sports clubs

Sport and recreation clubs in areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath will have access to immediate assistance and priority assessment for upcoming sports infrastructure funds. 

Inspecting damage at the MAD Mountain Bike Club in Mackay, Sports Minister Mick de Brenni announced the availability of $1 million is a special disaster recovery program to assist with immediate needs. 

Under the disaster recovery program clubs can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist with urgent needs such as replacing equipment or making repairs to clubhouses or grounds. 

“This will assist sports clubs with repairing or reconnecting damaged electrical equipment, repairing plumbing, and cleaning facilities to bring them up to scratch for immediate use,” Mr de Brenni said. 

“In addition, today I have directed Queensland’s Sport and Recreation Services to amend the guidelines and expedite the assessment process for Queensland’s upcoming sports infrastructure funding round. 

“I will be remaking the official guidelines for this $11 million program so as to prioritise funding towards clubs and organisations in areas affected by Cyclone Debbie and its aftermath. 

“The updated guidelines will shortly be published on the department’s website.

“Under our sports infrastructure grants program grants of up to $100,000 are available for clubs to upgrade, replace or build new infrastructure.

"We’ve seen the damage that has been done by Cyclone Debbie and the floods across so much of the state, and a lot of sports clubs have felt the full force of its fury. 

“Sports clubs across Queensland are run by volunteers, and volunteers in disaster areas already have enough on their hands with their own homes and businesses. 

“Local clubs are dear to the heart of our communities, especially in regional areas, and we want to make sure that we give as much support as possible to help the community move on from these events. 

“I encourage every club in the disaster affected areas, no matter how big or small, to get in touch with Sport and Recreation Services.”

Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said local clubs across Mackay and the Whitsundays have seen significant damage.

“The MAD Mountain Bike Club here in Mackay has been gearing up to host the State Championships in October this year,” Ms Gilbert said.

“This funding will help clubs like this get back up and running so that we can continue to run top level events here in North Queensland.”

Application forms are available from local Sport and Recreation Services Offices or online at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au. For further information or assistance, phone 1300 656 191.

[ENDS]

Kind regards

 

Khiraan Kumar

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP

Minister for Housing and Public Works

Minister for Sport

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P 07 3719 7270 | Email: Khiraan.Kumar@ministerial.qld.gov.au

GPO Box 2457 Brisbane QLD 4001

 

 

Loganholme Radio Control Aeromodellers Inc flood disaster. "Call to Action".

Please be advised:

The Loganholme Radio Control Aeromodellers Society Inc has experienced a severe weather event stemming from ex cyclone Debbie and has suffered immense flood damage to its infrastructure and equipment. The club website can be found here:

http://www.larcs.com.au/

and Facebook page, which shows example of the devastation, can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/341678649335809/ 

Help is on the way!

The AMAS Inc has been advised that the LARCS club is underwater as a result of the flooding caused by cyclone Debbie. The full extent of the damage is unknown however the club facilities and equipment are currently under water.  The AMAS Inc  intends to make $5000 immediately available to assist LARCS with the recovery.

Moving forward the LARCS will most probably require, for example, earth moving equipment, technical expertise, trade assistance etc, so if you’re able to assist please let the AMAS Inc or better still LARCS committee know:

Ian Flanders, LARCS Secretary, larcssec@gmail.com  

and LARCS contact details here:

http://www.larcs.com.au/crew

How can you help? You may be in another state and wonder how you can help out because in the unfortunate event that something was to happen to your field you would expect the AMAS and members of your society to help you. Perhaps you or your club could make a donation to LARCS or you could hold a BBQ, a raffle. Aeromodelers are an amazing group of very talented and generous people. Every little bit counts so please discuss with your club committees.

Please help spread the word because I’m sure that members of clubs affiliated with other Societies would be willing to lend a hand because after all,  we’re aeromodellers.

 

As more is known the AMAS committee will keep you all informed. 

Radio Control Model News

Correspondence has been received from Mr Stephen Green, editor for Radio Control Model News, indicating he has available some article space within the magazine and is offering this space to interested AMAS members who can provide items for inclusion such as flying field news or current and up and coming event news.

Stephen can be contacted at: stephen@rcmnews.com regarding the above mentioned offer.


CASA Briefing Newsletter - March 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


CASA Briefing

From acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody

An important milestone in Australian aviation was reached this month.  Australia and the United States signed off on amendments to our bilateral aviation safety agreement which make Australian access to the lucrative American aviation market cheaper and easier.  The changes will benefit Australian aviation parts and products designers and manufacturers, as well as people and companies that export aircraft and aircraft products to the United States.  In a range of circumstances these amendments allow for easier acceptance by the US Federal Aviation Administration of CASA supplemental type certificates and associated Australian authorised release certificates. The changes will deliver a significant financial boost for a number of sectors of the Australian aviation industry, including small design organisations, parts suppliers and large airlines.  New opportunities will be created to sell existing designs and products and to grow business.  Importantly, costs are reduced without compromising safety.

CASA will continue to work with other like-minded safety regulators around the world to develop and improve arrangements that can benefit Australian aviation.  We are committed to expanding opportunities for the Australian aviation industry by keeping regulatory burdens as light as possible while maintaining our enviable safety record.  Developing and improving these kinds of arrangements is a process of negotiation and co-operation between regulatory partners that takes time and patience, but the results can yield big rewards.  I would like to thank everyone who worked on the changes to the bilateral agreement with the United States, including a number of people from the aviation industry.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

A photograph of Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety

Spectacular new safety video for VFR pilots

A spectacular new aviation safety video mini-series for visual flight rules and recreational pilots has been released.  The ten part series covers a 3350 nautical mile trip from western NSW, through outback Queensland to Cape York, down the Queensland coast and back across country to Bathurst.  The journey provides a hands-on explanation of nearly 30 safety topics critical to all stages of flight.  These include knowing your aircraft, weight and balance, fuel management, remote flying, fatigue management, radio calls, ageing aircraft, bird strikes, remotely piloted aircraft, emergency procedures and electronic flight bags.  The safety information is delivered during interviews with local aviation people with expertise in each topic.  Those interviewed include people with experience in outback flying, remote aerodrome refuellers, a Royal Flying Doctor Service representative, an air traffic controller, local pilots, a helicopter mustering pilot and a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer.  There are also several interviews with CASA personnel covering CASA activities in regional areas.  The ten online videos feature stunning footage taken from cameras mounted on a Cessna 172 flown by chief flying instructor Catherine Fitzsimons.  Out-n-Back series two are must see videos for all pilots who appreciate the spectacle and enjoyment of flight across Australia.

Watch Out-n-Back series two now.

Work to find risks to pilot health

An important initiative aimed at improving the understanding of the health of pilots has been launched.  The Queensland Institute of Medical Research approached CASA about a collaborative project with air operators to identify medical risk areas in the pilot population.  CASA’s principal medical officer, Dr Michael Drane, says data will be drawn from within CASA’s medical records system, which contains a “treasure trove” of longitudinal medical data dating back to the 1990’s.  Dr Drane says: “This data, which does not identify individuals, can be used to pinpoint medical problems and how they have developed in the pilot population by applying a scientific method to this unique occupational group.  We can then be ahead of the game in identifying risk areas, looking to reduce risks and in prevention.  A number of projects are being considered, with one of the first areas to be studied being the skin cancer melanoma and the increased incidence in pilots.  The aviation environment may be contributing to melanoma risks and we are looking to understand the nature of this illness in aviation.”  The project is consistent with updated International Civil Aviation Organization Standards and Recommended Practices which provide a role for safety regulators in aviation health promotion and preventative health care.  Other health areas that may be examined in the future include obesity, sleep apnoea and pterygia – growths on the eye which have been linked to exposure to ultraviolet light.

Comment now on class G frequencies

All pilots are being urged to have their say on the most appropriate radio frequency to use at low levels in uncontrolled airspace.  A discussion paper has been issued setting out two options for radio broadcasts in the vicinity of aerodromes in class G airspace that are not marked on aeronautical charts.  The options are to use the appropriate area frequency or the MULTICOM frequency 126.7.  This issue impacts all pilots that fly in uncontrolled airspace and CASA is calling for a wide response to the discussion paper.  The discussion paper sets out detailed arguments and safety assessments for both options, as well as looking at overseas practice.  CASA’s acting CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, said there were various views on the issue and it is time to determine the best outcome in the interests of aviation safety.  Mr Carmody said: “To do that we need all pilots to send us their comments now.  We want to hear from recreational pilots, private pilots, commercial pilots, aerial work operators and airline flight crew.  CASA will not make a final decision on the class G frequency issue until we carefully review all feedback and publish a summary of the results of the consultation.”

Go to the class G radio frequency discussion paper and comment before 28 April 2017.

Drones on the up and up

The number of drones in the Australian sky is growing rapidly.  Tens of thousands of people now fly drones for fun and thousands more are in commercial and aerial work operations.  There are now more than 950 holders of remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificates and nearly 4000 people have notified CASA of their intention to operate in the new under two kilogram commercial category.  There are more than 4600 people who hold a remote pilot licence, which authorises them to fly for certified remotely piloted aircraft operators.  In 2013 there were 60 certified remotely piloted aircraft operators and 166 remote pilot licence holders.  With all this growth in drone operations there inevitably comes a level of complaints or reports of potentially unsafe operations.  To streamline the reporting of complaints and incidents CASA has set up an online form to capture the essential information required for a potential investigation.  The form asks for available evidence such as images or videos, the date, time and location of the incident, identification details of the drone and the identity of the drone pilot.  It is made clear that for an investigation to take place CASA must have sufficient evidence of a potential breach of the drone safety regulations, as well as evidence of the person controlling the drone at the time.

Always report unsafe drone operations using the complaint form.

Government GA advisory group meets

The federal government’s new General Aviation Advisory Group met for the first time in March 2017.  There was discussion about a range of key issues including the classification of operations, levels of flying activity, skills and training, and regulatory reform.  The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester attended the meeting in Canberra and said direct engagement between the industry and the government was key to achieving the common goal of a safe, growing and sustainable aviation industry.  "The General Aviation Advisory Group will ensure the industry has a voice at the heart of Government by providing advice directly to me on matters affecting the general aviation sector,” Mr Chester said.  He reiterated that the aviation sector should develop strategies to attract young people, including more women, into the industry.  The Group received a briefing from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics on the progress of the General Aviation Study and members provided initial comments to inform the study going forward.  The Group also agreed on its terms of reference and operating protocols.  “I look forward to working with the General Aviation Advisory Group to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead for the sector in Australia,” Mr Chester said

Find out more about the General Aviation Study.

Safety seminars for pilots on now

CASA is holding seven safety seminars for pilots around the nation during April 2017. Lessons for life seminars are scheduled at Derby, Broome, Dubbo, Mudgee, Bathurst, Geraldton and Maitland – York Peninsula.  These seminars will focus on fuel management and handling partial power loss in a single engine aircraft.  Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation reports nominate these issues as the cause of a high number of accidents.  Lessons will be learnt from accidents, with everyone asked to consider how the accident could have been avoided.  Other issues may be discussed such as electronic flight bags, regulatory changes, correct procedures to follow at non-controlled aerodromes and the requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast.  The seminars also provide an important opportunity for pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA.

Book your place for an AvSafety Seminar now.

Seminar in Broome for engineers

An engineering safety seminar is being held in Broome on 4 April 2017.  The seminar is aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations.  CASA aims to support the professional development of people in these safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources.  Importantly the seminar will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA.  Topics covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and the Part 64 review.  Part 64 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations covers the requirements needed for an authorisation to operate an aeronautical radio or the authority to taxi an aeroplane.

Book a place at Broome engineering seminar.

Time to comment on maintenance engineer licence regs

Everyone in the aircraft maintenance sector is being urged to have their say on issues relating to maintenance engineer licences and ratings.  CASA is seeking comments to inform a review of Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the Part 66 Manual of Standards and associated advisory material.  Part 66 covers aircraft maintenance engineer licensing.  The review is seeking to reduce the complexity of the maintenance licensing regulations and standards, fix anomalies and unintended consequences, remove ambiguities and provide a more progressive licensing system that includes a small aircraft licence.  It will also ensure the regulations are optimised to support the required competency outcomes and improve the way privileges are stated on licences to provide clarity. The introduction of a proposed new small aircraft maintenance licensing structure, which was to have started on 4 July 2016, has been postponed while the review is underway.  This follows requests from maintenance training organisations and aviation representative groups.  While the review is being conducted people can still gain an aircraft engineer licence for the maintenance of small aircraft using the CASA basics examinations and schedule of experience system.

Comment on the maintenance licensing review by 26 May 2017.

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Senate Drone Inquiry - Public Hearing 01-17 Transcript Minutes

Senate Drone Inquiry - Public Hearing 01-17

Sensate drone hearing( 1)

CASA Briefing Newsletter - February 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]



CASA Briefing

February 2017

From acting Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Shane Carmody

Drones - properly known as remotely piloted aircraft - are here to stay as an important and growing sector of the aviation community. As in other sectors of aviation it is CASA’s role to develop and manage appropriate safety regulations to protect people, property and other aircraft. It is also CASA’s role to educate drone operators about safety and to provide effective safety support. While Australia has had a set of drone safety regulations for many years, the rapid growth in both recreational and commercial drone use means CASA has to look for new opportunities to deliver education and safety support. I am pleased to say that is exactly what is being done with the development of a new drone app – called ‘can I fly there?’. The app will show drone no-fly zones such as aerodromes, helicopter landing areas and restricted airspace. It will also flag no-drone areas where emergency services such as firefighters are operating. Users of the app can see drone no-fly zones near their current location or enter a location where they want to operate. This initiative will help recreational and very small commercial drone flyers to stay safe in the air. Importantly, if used correctly, it will assist to keep drones away from areas where aircraft are flying at low altitudes and could be at risk of a mid-air collision. We will continue to consult with all sectors of the aviation community to get the right balance between facilitating the growth of the drone industry while maintaining safe skies for all.

On 2 February 2017 history was made with the final fitment mandate for Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) technology coming into effect for all instrument flight rules aircraft operating in Australia. This truly heralds a new era in air traffic surveillance that keeps Australian aviation at the forefront of safety. Before ADS-B Australia's electronic airspace surveillance coverage was patchy by international standards, with only around 18 per cent of the continent covered by radar. We have been progressively introducing the new technology since 2004 as we had an immediate need for air traffic surveillance that could not be easily achieved with traditional radars. Benefits of ADS-B include reduced separation standards, increased airspace efficiencies, more accurate and timely provision of directed traffic information and quicker and more accurate search and rescue alerting. It also enables us to take the next steps in air traffic management, including increases in pilot-to-pilot situational awareness through ADS-B IN cockpit displays receiving broadcasts from other ADS-B equipped aircraft in the vicinity.

I will be spending time at the Avalon Airshow and look forward to meeting as many people as possible on the CASA stand and at the events I will be attending. If you are at Avalon please take the opportunity to visit the CASA stand and discuss any aviation safety issues with our staff.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody

A photograph of Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety


Have your say on engineer licensing review

A comprehensive review of issues relating to aircraft maintenance engineer licenses and ratings is underway. The scope of the review includes Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the Part 66 Manual of Standards and associated advisory material. Part 66 covers aircraft maintenance engineer licensing. CASA wants to hear from the aviation community about issues that should be addressed by the review, as well as ideas for possible solutions. One priority is to address issues identified under the proposed new small aircraft maintenance licensing structure. In particular, the aim is to better integrate small aircraft maintenance licences into a progressive licensing system. The introduction of the proposed new small aircraft maintenance licensing structure, which was to have started on 4 July 2016, has been postponed while the review is underway. This follows requests from maintenance training organisations and aviation representative groups. While the review is being conducted people can still gain an aircraft engineer licence for the maintenance of small aircraft using the CASA basics examinations and schedule of experience system.

Comment on the maintenance licensing review by 26 May 2017.

Hunt for new CASA boss is underway

Recruitment has formally begun for CASA’s new Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety. The chairman of CASA, Jeff Boyd, announced the Board will be conducting a thorough search to identify the best candidate to lead the organisation. The role is responsible for providing strategic leadership and management to deliver the organisation’s vision of ‘safe skies for all’. Mr Boyd said: “We’re looking for a person who has experience in leading large complex organisations, as well as an understanding of managing a diverse range of stakeholders, government process and regulatory systems. We’re also looking for someone who has a thorough understanding of the aviation or similar industries, or an ability to rapidly obtain this knowledge.” The recruitment follows the resignation of former CEO and Director Mark Skidmore in August 2016 and the appointment of Shane Carmody in an acting capacity from October 2016. Applications for the role will close on Monday 13 March 2017.

Focus on better implementation of new rules

A wide range of recommendations to improve the implementation of new aviation safety regulations have been made by the taskforce set up to solve problems with the licensing regulations. It in its final report the licensing solutions taskforce said many lessons could be learnt from its efforts over nearly a year. The taskforce worked closely with an industry advisory panel to improve the new licensing suite of regulations. This focus on consultation and collaboration between CASA and aviation industry representatives was a major factor in the taskforce’s success. Recommendations for the future of regulatory development and implementation include reviewing CASA’s stakeholder engagement, having a model of collaboration and cross functional cooperation within CASA and with the aviation community, establishing flexible teams to work on preparation activities, consulting with the aviation community to establish a clear delivery framework right from the beginning and developing guidance material and acceptable means of compliance prior to implementation of regulations. In addition all affected CASA staff must be trained on new regulations and an inspector helpline set up prior to the implementation of new regulations. An online forum to facilitate consultation between the aviation community and CASA was also recommended. CASA continues work to finalise further improvements to licensing suite of regulations.

Read the licensing taskforce report.

New drone survey takes-off

A new annual survey of certified remotely piloted aircraft operators is being conducted to capture the rapidly changing nature of this expanding sector of the aviation community. The survey will enable remotely piloted aircraft operators to provide information about their industry, helping CASA make evidence-based decisions in the future. With drone technology rapidly advancing, while becoming cheaper and more accessible, the Australian remotely piloted aircraft sector has undergone unprecedented growth in recent years. There are now more than 900 certified commercial operators around the nation—a sizable increase from the 14 in 2012. CASA is mindful of this fast-paced environment and wants to track and understand what is changing, where it is occurring and how it could affect safety. The 29 survey questions cover the previous calendar year’s operations - including the type and number of remotely piloted aircraft used, the nature of those operations, certification and staffing levels, as well as other safety-related topics. The survey is open to all holders of remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificates.

Take part in remotely piloted aircraft survey before it closes on 28 February 2017.

Thirteen pilot seminars in March 2017

CASA is holding 13 safety seminars for pilots around the nation during March 2017. Lessons for life seminars are scheduled at Sunshine Coast, Albany, Caboolture, Kununurra, Tooradin, Kyneton, Mackay, Adelaide, Airlie Beach, Colac, Cooma, Kalgoorlie and Maitland. These seminars will focus on fuel management and handling partial power loss in a single engine aircraft. Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation reports nominate these issues as the cause of a high number of accidents. Lessons will be learnt from accidents, with everyone asked to consider how the accident could have been avoided. Other issues may be discussed such as electronic flight bags, regulatory changes, correct procedures to follow at non-controlled aerodromes and the requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast. The seminars also provide an important opportunity for pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA.

Book your place for an AvSafety Seminar now.

New engineering safety support

A new series of safety seminars for people responsible for aircraft airworthiness and maintenance begins in March 2017. Continuing airworthiness and aircraft engineering is a complex discipline which requires on going education to keep up to date with latest advances and the high level of safety knowledge required in modern aviation. These seminars are aimed at people in airworthiness roles such as engineers, the head of aircraft airworthiness and maintenance, continuing airworthiness management, air operators and training organisations. CASA aims to support the professional development of people in these safety critical roles by providing access to the latest best practice, information and resources. Importantly the seminars will also provide the opportunity to ask questions and raise issues with CASA. Topics covered will include the maintenance responsibilities of the registered operator, registration holder, responsible manager, aircraft owner and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer; defect reporting; tool control; and the Part 64 review. Part 64 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations covers the requirements needed for an authorisation to operate an aeronautical radio or the authority to taxi an aeroplane.

Book now for the Kununurra engineering safety seminar.

More comments needed on the future of medicals

Time is running down on the chance to have a say on the future of pilot medical certification. CASA needs comments from people across the aviation community on a comprehensive medical discussion paper. While some people have already sent submissions, many more are needed. The paper sets out a range of medical certification issues and puts forward a number of options. These options range from continuing existing medical requirements to developing a new medical certificate for the sport and recreational sectors. They also include re-assessing risk tolerances, streamlining certification practices, aligning sport and recreational standards and mitigating the risks of any changes through operational restrictions. The discussion paper looks at a range of other relevant issues such as CASA’s approach to aviation medicine, the approach to medical certification in four other nations, pilot incapacitation in Australia, accidents and risks, psychiatric conditions and the protection of third parties. The discussion paper makes it clear CASA’s operational objective is to strive to let as many people continue to fly as safely as possible. However, CASA is aware there is a perception from some elements of the pilot community that CASA can take an overly rigorous approach in terms of testing and contesting opinions from other doctors.

Comment on the medical discussion paper by 30 March 2017.

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Notice of General Meeting - Agenda Items For Consideration.

Members,

Finalised agenda items/notices of motions as noted below are circulated to the membership for consideration:



As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modeling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Google Hangout

2:00 PM (Qld Time) Saturday 11th March, 2017

at 3 Shirley Street, Redbank Plains Qld. 4301.

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now. Refer Annex A.

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 16th February, 2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on/by the 17th February 2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions received requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in its revised form with any other Notices of Motion on the 23rd February.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd February to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS Inc by noon 9th March.


Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

 

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary, on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.

0417879416


ANNEX A:

1. 

I , John D. Taylor as a financial member of Skyraiders Inc, move a Motion that the AMAS Society call for volunteers for appointment as AMAS Inc Representatives in all States and Territories of Australia.

 Reasoning being that with the ever growing membership throughout Australia this action is warranted, and will further assist the AMAS Inc Committee to better serve our membership with more direct input from these representatives.

 As our AMAS Inc membership is comprised of R/C, C/L, F/F , Indoor and FPV fliers such Volunteer could come from any one of these disciplines which would provide an all inclusive and balanced input.

2.

From the AMAS Inc Committee.

 

Expressions of interest(EOI):

The committee finds the Society growing at a rapid rate(as has been the

case for the preceding years) and as a duty of care sees requirement for

expansion of the current knowledge/experience base to assist the AMAS

Inc Committee in management of the Society. EOI  for such

knowledge/experience being sought ranges from, but not limited to, the

following:

 

1. Society Public/Media Relations Officer.

2. Graphics Designer.

3. Television/Radio/Current Affairs.

4. Marketing/Advertising.

5. Legal.

6. Technical: Eg, Special Interest Groups.

7. Official Committee Office Bearer Positions.

8. Finance.

9. Insurance.

10. Any advisory beneficial to the progress of the Society.

 

EOI can be received via the Office of the Society Secretariat.

Notice of General Meeting.

As you know the AMAS Inc is the only aero-modeling association that offers every single member the right to participate directly and vote in the running of our organization at a national level. Our democratic process is our great strength since it enables us to retain our focus where it needs to be, on our members. As a member of the AMAS Inc you are encouraged to take part in the process. Please refer to the AMAS Inc Constitution for further detail which can be found via the website.

 

Therefore, members please be advised:

 

Live broadcast video via Google Hangout

2:00 PM (Qld Time) Saturday 11th March, 2017

at 3 Shirley Street, Redbank Plains Qld. 4301.

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items have been called for since the preceding General Meeting and are being called for now. Refer Annex A.

NOTICES OF MOTION & AGENDA ITEMS

 

Notices of motion and Agenda items are to be forwarded to the Secretary AMAS via email or conventional mail before noon on 16th February, 2017.

All notices of motion received and agenda items will be forwarded to members/clubs on/by the 17th February 2017 for initial consideration .

Any submissions received requesting amendment to any notice of motion will be put to the member/club who initially submitted the motion for consideration. If the member/club agrees to any amendment of the motion previously submitted, the motion shall be amended and presented to membership in its revised form with any other Notices of Motion on the 23rd February.

The finalised Notices of Motion will be emailed on the 23rd February to members/clubs to vote for or against the motion/s. All votes are to be received by the returning officer at the office of the Secretary AMAS Inc by noon 9th March.


Results of the Notices of Motion will be presented at the General Meeting.

 

Do not hesitate to contact the Society if you have any questions.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mike Snabaitis.

Secretary, on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.

0417879416


ANNEX A:

1. 

I , John D. Taylor as a financial member of Skyraiders Inc, move a Motion that the AMAS Society call for volunteers for appointment as AMAS Inc Representatives in all States and Territories of Australia.

 Reasoning being that with the ever growing membership throughout Australia this action is warranted, and will further assist the AMAS Inc Committee to better serve our membership with more direct input from these representatives.

 As our AMAS Inc membership is comprised of R/C, C/L, F/F , Indoor and FPV fliers such Volunteer could come from any one of these disciplines which would provide an all inclusive and balanced input.

2.

From the AMAS Inc Committee.

 

Expressions of interest(EOI):

The committee finds the Society growing at a rapid rate(as has been the

case for the preceding years) and as a duty of care sees requirement for

expansion of the current knowledge/experience base to assist the AMAS

Inc Committee in management of the Society. EOI  for such

knowledge/experience being sought ranges from, but not limited to, the

following:

 

1. Society Public/Media Relations Officer.

2. Graphics Designer.

3. Television/Radio/Current Affairs.

4. Marketing/Advertising.

5. Legal.

6. Technical: Eg, Special Interest Groups.

7. Official Committee Office Bearer Positions.

8. Finance.

9. Insurance.

10. Any advisory beneficial to the progress of the Society.

 

EOI can be received via the Office of the Society Secretariat.

CASA Briefing Newsletter - January 2017 [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


CASA Briefing

January 2017

From acting Director of Aviation Safety and CEO, Shane Carmody

It seems every year in aviation is packed with issues to grapple with and challenges to meet and 2017 looks no different. For CASA the ongoing challenges are to strike the appropriate balance in our regulatory work, be clear and consistent, understand the impact of our decisions and be willing to consider alternative ways to achieve required safety outcomes. A lot of work continues within CASA to embed our regulatory philosophy in all aspects of our operations and decision making. This philosophy underpins all aspects of CASA’s work - making and implementing regulations, working with individuals and operators, developing safety education and support and communicating with the aviation community. I have made it very clear to everyone in CASA, not just operational staff, that the regulatory philosophy must drive everything we do.

I am pleased CASA has recently delivered on two ongoing commitments, with the release of the medical certification discussion paper in December and the first steps taken to conduct an independent review of the new fatigue rules. Both matters have been contentious, with a wide range of views expressed by people and organisations. The medical certification discussion paper covers a lot of territory. I thank the many people who have already commented and I encourage as many people as possible to read the paper and have their say. CASA will look dispassionately at the submissions and undertake an open process in determining what changes may be appropriate. We have gone to tender for the conduct of the fatigue review and will look to have the selection process finalised by March 2017 and a report delivered in the second half of the year. Finally on 2 February 2017 another longstanding initiative will have reached a milestone, with the implementation of the automatic dependent surveillance - broadcast mandate, a major improvement to Australia’s aviation safety system.

Best wishes
Shane Carmody
Shane Carmody Acting Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety Lo-Res


First step in fatigue rules review

In October 2016, CASA and its Board decided an independent review would be conducted of the latest fatigue rules for air operators and pilots. These rules are in Civil Aviation Order 48.1 Instrument 2013. In January 2017, CASA issued a tender to engage the services of a suitably qualified independent specialist, or team of specialists, to undertake the fatigue review. This independent review will provide CASA with an informed basis on which to finalise reform of the fatigue rules. The review has four objectives - determining if the new rules are necessary, evaluating the research and evidence used in developing the rules, evaluating how research and evidence takes into account the Australian operating environment and evaluating the extent to which the latest fatigue rules are consistent with the principles in CASA’s regulatory philosophy and the directive about the development of new regulations. The review will consider a range of issues including the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, along with the current and proposed fatigue rules of the European Aviation Safety Agency, New Zealand, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Other issues to be considered include the results of investigations into fatigue related accidents and incidents and the approach to fatigue regulation by other transport regulators. The terms of reference were approved by the CASA Board.

Visit the fatigue review web page on the CASA website.

R22 main rotor blade warning

A crack in an R22 main rotor blade has sparked new safety recommendations to pilots and operators. In an airworthiness bulletin CASA recommends main rotor blade inspections pay particular attention to the blade trailing edges. If there are sudden and increased vibration levels during flight the pilot should land immediately to investigate the cause, as increased vibration levels are a reason to suspect a cracked blade. The recommendations follow the discovery of main rotor blade cracking on an R22 Beta II helicopter fitted with A016-6 main rotor blades. This was found after the helicopter experienced an unusual increase in vibration levels and commenced a landing.  Shortly before making a successful landing and while in the hover the pilot reported an increase in vertical vibration levels and a decrease in power available.  Subsequent inspection revealed a crack approximately 160 mm in length emanating from the trailing edge and running chord wise toward the D section spar. The total time in service of the blade was 1782.7 hours. The manufacturer stipulates a life limit of 2200 hours or 12 years for these blades. The incident is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the root cause has not yet been identified. CASA is keeping the issue under a close watch and any blade defects should be reported using the online defect reporting service.  Defects include corrosion, dents and chips, as well as any marks on the blade which may have been present at manufacture.

Read the R22 main rotor blade airworthiness bulletin.

Have your say on pilot medicals

It’s time to have your say on pilot medical certification. CASA is seeking comments on a comprehensive discussion paper setting out a range of medical certification issues and options. Six options are contained in the discussion paper, ranging from continuing existing medical requirements to developing a new medical certificate for the sport and recreational sectors. Other options include re-assessing risk tolerances, streamlining certification practices, aligning sport and recreational standards and mitigating the risks of any changes through operational restrictions. The discussion paper also looks at a range of relevant issues such as CASA’s approach to aviation medicine, the approach to medical certification in four other nations, pilot incapacitation in Australia, accidents and risks, psychiatric conditions and the protection of third parties. The discussion paper says: “CASA’s operational objective, in practice, is to develop policy and guidelines that strive to let as many people continue to fly as safely as possible. However, CASA is aware there is a perception from some elements of the pilot community that CASA can take an overly rigorous approach in terms of testing and contesting opinions from other doctors. It is difficult to determine the accuracy of the allegation of ‘over regulation’ by CASA in aviation medicine when the claims made involve the health of different individuals and the advice of different medical practitioners, some of which may involve competing opinions.”

Comment on the medical discussion paper by 30 March 2017.

New warbird rules take flight

New regulations for ex-military, replica and historic aircraft come into effect on 28 January 2017. Warbirds, which are currently operating under experimental certificates of airworthiness, will transition to a limited category airworthiness certificate.  Under a limited category certificate operational rules and airworthiness authorisations will be managed by a self-administering organisation in cooperation with CASA. Transition to the new regulations is required by 28 July 2017. A new manual of standards for the warbird, replica and historic aircraft regulations, which are in Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, is now available. The manual of standards covers general requirements under the regulations, qualifications and experience requirements, certification and airworthiness requirements, issuing permit index numbers and historic aircraft. New definitions for design philosophy and maintenance levels are included. The manual of standards also prescribes requirements relating to the operation of aircraft, including the type of passenger warning placard that must be displayed and aerodromes unsuitable as landing areas. The new regulations require an extra safety briefing at the point of sale for any adventure flight, as well as before boarding, limits to passenger numbers and conditions for flights over populous areas. Overall, the new rules provide flexibility and certainty around the recreational use of warbirds and limited category historic or replica aircraft.

Find out more about the new warbird and historic aircraft rules.

Safety lessons for pilots

CASA is holding eight safety seminars for pilots around the nation during February 2017. Lessons for life seminars are scheduled at Devonport, Mildura, Hobart, Gympie, Bundaberg, Maryborough, Forbes and Temora. These seminars will focus on fuel management and handling partial power loss in a single engine aircraft.  Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigation reports nominate these issues as the cause of a high number of accidents. Lessons will be learnt from accidents, with everyone asked to consider how the accident could have been avoided. Other issues may be discussed such as electronic flight bags, regulatory changes, correct procedures to follow at non-controlled aerodromes and the requirements for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast. The seminars also provide an important opportunity for pilots to give feedback and suggestions to CASA.

Book your place for an AvSafety Seminar now

Drone regulation made easy

Three new easy to understand online resources covering the safety regulation of drones are now available. The documents provide a basic overview of the rules for all categories of drones, remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificates and the remote pilot licence. In the basic overview the new rules for very small commercial operations are set out along with the operating requirements. Very small drone operators must obtain an aviation reference number and then notify CASA at least five days before their first commercial flight. Anyone flying a drone commercially that is not operating in the very small category must obtain a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate. There are benefits from having a certificate such as being able to fly large drones and the ability to apply for a range of additional approvals beyond the standard operating conditions. These can allow operations such as flying at night or within three nautical miles of a controlled aerodrome. There are two ways to gain a remotely piloted aircraft pilot licence. People with no prior aviation knowledge can complete a course with an remotely piloted aircraft system training provider. If a person has already passed an aeronautical knowledge exam for a flight crew licence they only need to complete practical training with an approved training provider and log a minimum of five hours flight time.

Read the drone information sheets now.


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AMAS Inc Committee Message 1-17

A message from the AMAS Inc Committee:

A. Please be advised that 3 new files have recently been updated or added to the AMAS website, they are:

1) AMAS Bylaws and Site Attendance form  on the documents tab.
2) AMAS Child & Youth Risk Management Policy on the documents tab.
3) Solo Control Line endorsement form on the flight training tab.

Club Committees always have the option to add tasks or conditions to pilot endorsement forms if they feel it is deemed necessary to suit the site used or to satisfy any additional safety and club requirements.

B. HobbyKing will be conducting the "HobbyKing Live 2017 Australia  show on March 25th 2017 at the Penrith Electric Model Aero Club. Event flyer can be found here. and also here.

Further information or any questions can be emailed to HKLiveAU@hobbyking.com

C. The Australian Miniature Aerosports Society Inc was invited to provide a submission to the senate inquiry into the regulatory requirements that impact on the safe use of remotely piloted aircraft systems, unmanned aerial systems and associated systems. The accepted submission can be found here.

D. A general meeting of the Society has been called for the 11th March 2017. Agenda items are called for and further details will follow in due course(shortly).

Kind regards,

Mike Snabaitis.
Secretary on behalf of the AMAS Inc Committee.
www.amas.org.au

Flight Safety Australia January-February 2017 out now! [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


Flight Safety Australia January-February 2017 out now!

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As the biennial Australian International Airshow approaches, Flight Safety Australia’s January–February 2017 edition looks at how airshows manage risk. It’s a story of complexity—thorough planning and ongoing cooperation between CASA and the aviation industry. We also look back in time to 1972, the year that has the grim distinction of having the greatest number of airline passengers killed worldwide. Analysis of that year’s appalling record produces two conclusions: momentary congratulations at how technology and modern crew resource management techniques have lowered the fatal accident rate; and the sobering realisation that because air travel is growing rapidly, crash rates need to keep falling or the overall number of annual deaths will exceed 1972’s total. A study of high-reliability organisations in the Safety in mind series reveals how a few general principles used in operations as diverse as electricity distribution, nuclear power and aircraft carrier flight decks can make accidents rare, despite inherent and obvious risks.

US contributor Thomas P. Turner writes elegantly and convincingly on why pilots sometimes make it a point of pride to compensate for maintenance failures and oversights in aircraft—and why this is a dangerous practise. Kreisha Ballantyne explores the role of education, experience and exams in producing well-rounded and expert pilots and Adrian Park looks at the chilling story of an international airliner that nearly crashed shortly after taking off from Melbourne airport because of a data entry error. Yet older technology also has its dangers as a look at the inherent fragility of gyroscopic instruments reminds us. There is also a discussion of the people-centred safety philosophy being adopted by an Australian air carrier and reports on risk management and human factors in the sport and recreational aviation sectors.

The popular quiz and reader-submitted close calls round out a packed issue.

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