Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Big changes for bush pilots as Civil Aviation Safety Authority shake-up continues (with audio interview)

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is going through a huge shake-up of licensing and management.

It will bring Australia into line with international regulations and it will also bring all the licensing information into an electronic system.

The change is causing some nervousness amongst country pilots and private pilots who aren't comfortable with increased levels of bureaucracy and regulation.

Matt McKay, team leader of safety for CASA, has been conducting information sessions for rural pilots to explain how the changes will be introduced.

He says he can understand the confusion and concern but he's confident the end result will be worth it.

"In the transitional phase there are some complications... but for the vast majority it's a reasonably simple change over," Mr McKay said.

But he says there has been more difficulty in introducing changes for commercial pilots.

"For people who had existing privileges that has to be captured in new licenses and ratings, and that's proving to be difficult in some situations."

There is a move away from writing data into log books and a lot of data will ultimately be stored electronically.

"It will now all be stored by the CASA data base."

Story and audio interview:   http://www.abc.net.au

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