Recommendation R20020193

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020193
Date issued: 23 October 2002
Safety action status:
Background: Why this Recommendation was developed

Output text

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Civil Aviation Safety Authority review the general operational requirements, training requirements, flight planning requirements and guidance material provided to pilots conducting VFR operations in dark night conditions.

Initial response
Date issued: 22 March 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed
Response text:

During July 2003, CASA published NPRM 0309FS, including a draft of CASR Part 61.

Those draft regulations included a proposal for the holder of a NVFR endorsement to demonstrate competency to carry out activities authorised by a NVFR endorsement to an appropriately qualified flight instructor, in the appropriate category of aircraft within the previous 24 months, or complete a NVFR flight review.

In December 2006, CASA published 'CAAP 5.13-2(0) NVFR Rating'. That CAAP included sections 'Keeping current', 'NVFR hazards', 'Threat and error management', 'Planning NVFR operations' and 'Conducting NVFR operations'. It also included competency standards for night flying under the VFR, as guidance for trainees, instructors, testing officers and holders of NVFR ratings.

On 01 March 2007, the CASA website advised the CASR Part 61 project status as follows:

Comments to NPRM 0309FS evaluated. Revised legal drafting underway in OLD. NFRM being prepared. MOS being prepared and circulated for consideration/comments. Subject to review and validation per CEO Directive 16/2004.

Further correspondence
Date issued: 13 December 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Response status: Monitor
Response text:

CASA acknowledges the intent of this Recommendation. As part of the proposed CASR Part 61, CASA is developing the requirements for night VFR ratings which will be based on the existing Civil Aviation Order CAO 40.2.2. In addition, a draft competency standard for night visual flight operations has been developed for inclusion in the proposed CASR Part 61 Manual of Standards. CASA plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in relation to this matter in March 2003.

Last update 03 April 2012