CASA has opened consultation on new maintenance regulations that will see charter operations come under the same rules as air transport operations.
The proposed new rules will supersede the requirements in Parts 4, 4A and 4B of the Civil Aviation Regulations that currently apply to charter aircraft operations.
"The proposal primarily sets out continuing airworthiness management and maintenance policies for operators, maintenance providers and people providing continuing airworthiness management services in the current charter sector," CASA explains.
"In the future, these operations will fall under ‘air transport’ and will transition into the new CASR Parts 121, 135 and 133 depending on the class (aeroplane vs helicopter) and size (weight and passenger capacity) of the aircraft.
"The proposed policies also have some effects for other aircraft that will transition into the future air transport sectors."
CASA has also stated that it has considered the cost impact on charter operations when framing the new rules.
"In developing the policy CASA has worked to ensure regulatory requirements are proportionate to the risk associated with the relevant operations and has considered the economic and cost impact on individuals, businesses and the community.
More information including the method of submitting feedback can be found on the CASA Consultation Hub.