• Warbirds without civil history will transition to the Limited category under the new Part 132. (Steve Hitchen)
    Warbirds without civil history will transition to the Limited category under the new Part 132. (Steve Hitchen)

Civilian operators of ex-military historic aircraft will be operating under the new CASR Part 132 Limited category rules from today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said Part 132 will provide for all warbird operators to be members of an approved oversight organisation, which he says will streamline and simplify regulation.

“The consolidation and clearer set of rules will provide more certainty around operations of these unique types of aircraft,” Chester said.

“This covers ex-armed forces and restored aircraft and will improve the safety and administration.

“A new Part 132 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) for the regulation of limited category aircraft has been developed in consultation with this specialised industry sector."

Under the new rules, warbird operators will be able to fly their aeroplanes for personal use, tow gliders and compete in air races.

Australian Warbirds Association (AWA) will be the primary oversight organisation charged with administering and conducting compliance.

AWA CEO Mark Awad said the association welcomes the signing of CASR Part 132 into law.

“Whilst this legislation has undergone a lengthy development process, we and all other stakeholders have been thoroughly consulted by CASA at every step of the way,” he said.

“We believe Part 132 will prove to have a positive impact on Australia's warbird community; noting that its passage is a step in the right direction for CASA and its long-running process of regulatory reform.

“We represent a unique group within the broader general aviation sector, and are proud of our collaborative approach in working with other peak bodies and organizations, CASA, the Department of Infrastructure and all other stakeholders towards a stronger, more vibrant and sustainable industry for all.”

Part 132 covers ex-military aircraft that don't have a history of civil use other than as a warbird in the Experimental category. Those aircraft that do have civil history can remain under CASA oversight.

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