Action taken by the ATSB
Unless operators actively track the qualifications, endorsements, ratings and recency of their staff, there is the risk that pilots and instructors may operate aircraft with invalid qualifications and not be at the specified competency standard required for the task. Pilots, including those who have gained their Australian ratings as part of the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997, need to be aware of the different requirements regarding rating renewals in Australia. A valid rating is an important measure of competency.
Operators need to be able to assure themselves that pilots' qualifications are valid, and their competence confirmed when allocating tasks. On that basis, the ATSB issues the following Safety Advisory Notice.
Safety Advisory Notice
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau suggests that operators and pilots should consider the safety implications of this safety issue and take action where considered appropriate.