Aviation safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
|Date issued:||20 October 1997|
|Safety action status:|
This recommendation resulted from a study into violations of
The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority provide more guidance either in the syllabus or the regulations regarding basic navigational abilities to be attained by the student pilot, stipulate minimum dual hours of cross country training to be completed by the student pilot and increase the minimum number of cross country hours to be flown as pilot in command.
|Date issued:||02 November 1998|
|Response from:||Civil Aviation Safety Authority|
|Action status:||Closed - Accepted|
CASA is working in conjunction with Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) to produce a set of competency based standards for the Private (PPL) and Commercial (CPL) aeroplane licences. This is a major project involving substantial industry consultation and expenditure. The project is expected to be complete and the new standards available to the aviation industry by February 1999.
All elements of flying skill identified as essential to safely exercise the privileges of a PPL or CPL will be addressed in the competency based standards. The criteria required to objectively assess whether a candidate has met the required standard of performance for each element will be listed. As far as CASA is aware, Australia will be the first country to have such a set of standards for aviation. Improved and consistent standards of training and testing across the entire flying training industry is the expected outcome.
Included in the standards are the essential elements and performance criteria applicable to basic navigation, including operations into and near controlled airspace. A draft copy of the standards relating to these elements is attached. CASA considers that these standards will provide the additional syllabus guidance recommended by BASI and lead to an improved standard of pilot performance in these areas.
Because the standards will be comprehensive and objective, it is not considered necessary to increase the minimum hours devoted to navigation training. Mandating increased training hours does not necessarily increase competency and is inconsistent with CASA's policy of less prescriptive regulation. Detailed and objective standards will, however, assist all involved in the training and testing process (including the trainee) to ensure that a safe standard is achieved.