Australia Seeks To Simplify Maintenance Engineer Licensing

Following years of reform, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is taking another look at its regulations governing maintenance engineer licensing and ratings.

In 2011, CASA promulgated the current Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 66, an adoption of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rating system for all but small aircraft. Regulators determined that EASA’s B3 license category was too limited for Australia’s general-aviation-heavy operations and decided to table the rating until after Part 66 implementation. In the interim, it has used “limited” B1 and B2 ratings to license small aircraft engineers.

Credit: CASA.gov.AU

A 2014 notice of proposed rulemaking would have adopted a positive statement of license privileges for small aircraft ratings. After meeting some industry resistance, the authority is conducting a “post-implementation” review of not only the new rating but the entire Part 66 regulation and guidance material. CASA says it is soliciting feedback to “prioritize resolution of issues identified with the previous proposals and to provide a small aircraft licensing system that is more efficiently integrated into a progressive licensing system.”

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