The much heralded Part 149 regulation has arrived.

Most of our Members will be aware that our management team have been developing a complete system of governance that covers all technical, financial and administrative aspects of our organisation’s activities. This is good business, and needed to be done – however, we have been working with CASA for almost a year to ensure that – when Pt 149 arrived and should we elect to migrate in the Pt 149 environment – our system of governance would be compatible and place us in a good position to migrate to Pt 149. At our last meeting with CASA representatives in January of this year, we were again advised that we are right on track and 90% or more there.

So – now we have some serious work to do. We now need to asses the final version of this new regulation, and evaluate our position – our organisation faces an important decision. One significant factor is that an organisations’s authorisations, approvals and privileges will be frozen if they do not migrate to Pt 149.

The following is sourced from CASA:

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.