Printed headline: Wake-Up Call
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is taking a look at its fatigue management rules at the behest of community stakeholders. While the proposal is limited in scope to operations personnel, expansion to include other sectors, including maintenance, is expected.
Proposed Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 48.1 Instrument 2019 was published in response to formal recommendations made after an independent review. The new rule is applicable to air operators, flight-training organizations and some flight-crew license holders, and it will replace the current prescriptive rule with an outcomes-based approach. It also will consolidate all fatigue rules into a single instrument, creating a central location for current and future rulemakings on the subject.
While the proposal does not address maintenance personnel, CASA says it intends to distribute surveys to collect information in support of regulatory development that would make fatigue rules applicable to maintenance, cabin crew and air traffic control personnel.
CAO 48.1 is expected to to be released in February. High-capacity regular transport operators will be required to comply with the new rules by September. All other operators must comply by March 2020. Comments on the proposed operational fatigue rules are due Feb. 10.