Following the initial changes made in 2018 and as part of the continual improvement process, a comprehensive review of the Display Administration and Procedure Manual (ADAPM) and associated processes, forms and guidance was completed in June 2020, to ensure:
- The ADAPM continues to be fit for purpose and integrates seamlessly with transition to the new Flight Operations Regulations. An update of the ADAPM was completed in June 2020 and is currently progressing through the final legal review process for publishing.
- Capability exists with the number of trained FOI’s who are approved to assess applications and commence training of additional initial and recurrent training courses for inspectors. A review of the current inspector training course is in progress, to align with the new application forms, updated ADAPM and assessor worksheet. Additional training is planned to commence for inspectors in August 2020 and will also include refresher training for those inspectors currently approved to undertake assessment.
- Application forms, development of assessor worksheet and additional guidance material to permit an expedited nationally consistent application process. New application forms have been approved and will be published alongside the updated ADAPM. The new forms better align with CASA forms philosophy, are clear and simple and better align with requirements of the ADAPM. The updated forms place greater responsibility on the Display Organiser to ensure accurate information is submitted and will result in a higher standard of application to strengthen the assessment process. A new Post Display Report form has combined older forms to simplify administrative workload for the Display Organiser, whilst providing greater assurance for CASA. A new Assessor Worksheet has also been developed, which will bring consistency and standardisation to the assessment process. This form will be implemented with introduction of the new forms and ADAPM at the soonest opportunity.
- Improved communication and consultation with industry in relation to CASA’s oversight and regulatory management of Air Display’s and the transition to Part 91. A new industry facing webpage will be added to the CASA website that will provide specific information regarding Air Displays and the requirements and forms needed to assist application. Industry consultation is scheduled to commence in September 2020 and will seek to inform stakeholders about the changes to the Air Display process being proposed with transition into Part 91 and alignment with international best practice.
A key focus of the review was to strengthen existing processes for current legislation, whilst enabling a seamless transition to Part 91 and the proposal to align with international best practice. As the review has been recently completed and the document approval process is nearing finalisation, once formal approval has been granted, CASA will forward all updated documentation, including the ADAPM, Assessor Worksheet, Forms 696 (Air Display Application), Form 697 (Air Display Pilot Details) and new Post Display Report to the ATSB. In the interim, examples of the standard Air Display Approval and Pilot Approvals are attached for reference.
It is envisaged that once published, the new forms, industry facing website and ADAPM will provide additional guidance to industry, and clearly state all considerations required to conduct an air display in a safe and compliant manner. It is anticipated the new forms and updated ADAPM will improve the quality of applications received from Display Organisers and will provide relevant information to CASA in a timelier manner. Air display assessments will be conducted by inspectors that have undertaken the required training with emphasis being placed on the use of the updated ADAPM, assessor worksheet and standard approvals. Additional inspector training is scheduled to commence for both initial and recurrent training in August 2020.
Internal Training Documentation for Assessors is currently being reviewed and updated to align with the ADAPM, application forms and assessor worksheet. All updated documentation will be provided to the ATSB for review as soon as the document approval process is complete.
Approval for Display Organisers will be implemented as part of the transition to Part 91 and will be addressed in accordance with the proposed timeline (below).
- Transfer of Responsibility to EM RSS (completed April 2020)
- Review of ADAPM (completed June 2020)
- Review of Industry Application Forms and Supporting Documentation (Completed June 2020)
- Development of Assessor Worksheet (Completed June 2020)
- Implementation of Change Management Plan to align Part 91 as Aviation Event (Commenced May 2020)
- Review of ADAPM Inspector training (Underway – to be completed June 2020)
- Initial and Recurrent Inspector training (August 2020)
- Industry Consultation and Communication of Change for transition to Part 91 (September 2020)
- Update of ADAPM to align with Part 91 (June 2021)
- Commencement of Inspector Training for Part 91 implementation (July 2021)
- Commencement of Industry training for Display Organiser and Flying Display Director Approvals (August 2021)
- Implementation of Part 91 and Aviation Events (December 2021)
- Post Implementation review (August 2022)
Future State and Proposed Timelines:
A key element of the continual improvement process adopted by CASA has been to conduct a first principles review of the legislation governing air displays and a gap analysis between Domestic and International Regulations and world’s best practice. The review has concluded that it would be highly beneficial for CASA to adopt elements of Part 91 rules pertaining to Aviation Events found in the New Zealand and UKCAA rulesets. Planning for the integration into the existing CASA Part 91 ruleset is well underway and would permit a seamless and highly beneficial transition for both CASA and Industry.
Benefit to CASA and Industry:
- Simpler, less complex ruleset that clearly defines what an Aviation Event is and when approval is required
- Removes a significant administrative and assessment burden for activities that do not require approval
- Provides industry with time and cost savings for unneeded approvals
- Places greater responsibility for compliance on industry while ensuring appropriate oversight by having robust procedures and allowing more time and capacity for CASA to conduct surveillance for safety outcomes.
- Adopts industry best practice of providing training and approvals to Display Organisers and enhances Display Pilot approvals
Along with the work that has already been completed and by adoption of the proposed timelines for the transition to Part 91 and future state, CASA will be able to strengthen existing processes and better align with world’s best practice.