Australia CASA: Responses to aerodromes consultation published

Notice of proposed rule making - Post-implementation review of the legislative framework for Part 139 - Aerodromes (NPRM 1426AS)

Thank you for your feedback on this proposal.

CASA received 109 responses through the Consultation Hub survey, including 76 individual responses and 33 responses on behalf of an organisation.


Part 139 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) and the subsidiary Part 139 Manual of Standards (MOS) were implemented in 2003. These rules regulate:

  • the operation of certified, registered and ‘certain other’ aerodromes
  • obstacles and hazards
  • aerodrome radio communication services.

By 2014, CASA and industry both recognised that a comprehensive review of the Part 139 legislative framework was necessary. While a review of the rules for fire fighting (Subpart 139.H of CASR) and heliports will be subject to separate consultation, the proposed amendments to Part 139 of CASR and the Part 139 MOS aim to:

  • more closely reflect the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARP) for Annex 14, Aerodromes to the International Convention on Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention)
  • simplify the categorisation of aerodromes by moving to two categories: certified aerodromes (regulated) and uncertified aerodromes (unregulated)
  • introduce a graduated structure for aerodrome certification requirements to ensure that regulatory requirements are commensurate with the operation(s) being conducted at the aerodrome
  • re-write existing regulations in an outcome-based format, where appropriate
  • reduce existing regulatory costs
  • provide a more streamlined and clearer regulatory framework for Part 139.

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This press release was sourced from Australia CASA on 10-Jul-2018.