• CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody. (composite image: CASA/Bidgee)
    CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody. (composite image: CASA/Bidgee)

CASA CEO and Director of Aviation Safety Shane Carmody says his organisation will apply lessons learnt from past mistakes when it considers regulatory change in future.

Speaking in his October CASA Briefing Newsletter, Carmody also said that he expected to complete regulatory reform by the end of next year.

"While the journey has been rough in places, 45 parts of the new regulations have in fact been made, with ten to be completed," Carmody pointed out. "The task of finishing this work was paused while issues with previous regulatory packages, such as the flight crew licensing suite, were addressed and new processes were put in place to manage regulatory development and transition.

"I can assure you that CASA has learnt lessons from the past and we are approaching the last stage of regulatory reform with a very different mindset. If the introduction of new regulations is to be successful it must be a more co-operative and streamlined process.

"Genuine consultation is a key to successful change and the recently created Aviation Safety Advisory Panel [ASAP] and its supporting technical working groups are central to our new approach to regulatory reform. The Panel is structured to provide expert advice to CASA and, at the same time, ensure key leaders in Australian aviation fully understand the policies and positions CASA is taking on regulatory changes."

Following a call earlier this month for volunteers to go on a register of experts, CASA has said that nearly 400 people have come forward to sit on Technical Working Groups (TWG) for the CASR parts not yet completed, or under post-implementation review.

CASA will focus now on flying operations regulation suites, which includes CASR Parts 91, 119, 121, 133, 135 and 138.

"I do want to bring regulatory reform to an end as soon as possible," Carmody stressed, "but I do not want to overburden the aviation community with the demands of change. As in many aspects of life, success will in part be determined by getting the balance right."

CASA is also in the process of setting up a TWG to resolve issues with CASR Part 61 on maintenence licensing, and has approved Part 149 on sport and recreational flying.

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