Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), one of the worlds most foremost Authorities on Civilian Aviation Safety, was established on 6 July 1995 as an independent statutory authority. Under section 8 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, CASA is a body corporate separate from the Commonwealth.
CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas. It is also required to provide comprehensive safety education and training programmes, cooperate with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, and administer the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959.
The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 2002, made under authority of the Civil Aviation Act, provide for general regulatory controls for the safety of air navigation. The Civil Aviation Act and the Regulations empower CASA to issue Civil Aviation Orders on detailed matters of regulation.
The Chief Executive Officer manages CASA, and is responsible to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.
From 27 June 2011, CASA introduced a new system for licensing aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs), covered under CASR 1998 Part 66. Additionally, new continuing airworthiness regulations were enacted and which include:
- CASR Part 42 which covers continuing airworthiness for aircraft and aeronautical products
- CASR Part 145 which covers approved maintenance organisations
- CASR Part 147 which covers maintenance training organisations (MTOs)
Queensland Aerospace Pty Ltd (QAC) is a fully approved CASR Part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Type Training Organisation.