Recommendation R20020205

Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recommendation details
Output No: R20020205
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 provisions for planning a fixed fuel reserve and determine if this fuel should be contained in the fuel tanks that are to be used during the approach and landing.

Initial response
Date issued: 13 December 2002
Response from: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Action status: Closed - Accepted
Response text:

CASA does not agree with this Recommendation as it considers that there is sufficient guidance on fuel management currently available. A rule, stipulating in which tank fuel should be located, would be overly prescriptive.

CASA is in the process of developing new General Operating and Flight Rules (GOFR) which will be contained in proposed CASR Part 91. CASA published Notice of Proposed Rule Making NPRM 0101OS on 17 September 2001 which relates to GOFR. The NPRM included a draft Rule 91.375 which states:

"(1) Before an aircraft commences a flight, the pilot in command of the aircraft must plan the flight in such a way as to ensure that enough fuel will remain in the aircraft's tanks after landing to allow it to fly for at least 30 minutes (or for rotorcraft, 20 minutes) at normal cruise power under ISA conditions at 1500 feet above the place of intended arrival".

In responses to the NPRM, no person commented that the rules should go beyond this and stipulate which tanks should contain the fuel on landing. Civil Aviation Advisory Publication CAAP 234-1(0) provides advice on fuel management. In addition, operators are required to detail in their Operations Manuals how fuel will be managed during flight.

Last update 03 April 2012