Aviation safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
|Date issued:||12 May 2004|
|Safety action status:||Closed - No Longer Relevant|
There are currently no regulatory requirements for helicopters
engaged in single-pilot commercial or aerial work under the Night
Visual Flight Rules (NVFR), which are not Instrument Flight Rules
(IFR) equipped, to have an autopilot or stability augmentation
system (SAS). These systems would permit pilots to safely cope with
the high workloads encountered during NVFR flight.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority assess the safety benefits of requiring an autopilot or stability augmentation system in all single pilot helicopter operating flight under the NVFR, in the Charter and Aerial Work category, excluding dual pilot training.
|Date issued:||14 July 2004|
|Response from:||Civil Aviation Safety Authority|
Issues raised in the recommendations relate to Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 133, which is currently under review. Therefore, until the review is complete, CASA is unable to provide the ATSB with any substantial comment.
|Response status:||Closed - Accepted|
CASA has reviewed the recommendation and believes that it will
be addressed with the introduction of CASR Part 133. Included in
CASR Part 133 is a general statement that provides practical and
effective approach to this aspect of the safety of NVFR flight in
rotorcraft. An extract from that Part is provided below for your
In December 2006 the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) published Civil Aviation Advisory Publication 5.13-2(0) Night Visual Flight Rules Rating. This advisory included safety information on night flying with the intent of assisting flight instructors and flying schools in providing appropriate training to Night VFR pilots. Additionally, CASA advised that Civil Aviation Safety Regulation Part 61 Flight crew licensing will incorporate a biennial flight review requirement.