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May 2017 - Operational Regulations, Regulatory Schedules and Training Operations Manual

EFFECTIVE 15 MAY 2017

Download the new 2017 regulations and TOM from the Publications page or here:

These new regulations are binding on all members of the APF and apply to parachuting activities conducted or undertaken under the auspices of the APF. 
In summary, the more significant changes to these 3 documents include:

Operational Regulations

  • Code of Ethics no longer in front of OpRegs booklet. It’s on web site and in Member Protection Policy.
  • Part 8 contents moved: Weather Limitations moved to Part 6 Safety as OR 6.4, and remaining DZ content 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 moved to RS 58 (10, 11, 12)
  • Part 13 contents moved: 13.1, 13.2 Authorities/Powers moved to Misconduct Policy and Procedures Manual, 13.3 DZ Conditions to RS 58, Waiver of Regs to OR 1.2
  • Responsibilities of DZSO rearranged under two subheadings to include system in place versus implementation, complementing the unchanged CI’s responsibilities.
  • A simpler DZ classification system that removes “Restricted DZ”, replaced by classification of DZs by Certificate Class with conditions. This means DZs that were “Restricted” are no longer automatically under Display conditions, however they may still require a Display ratings as part of conditions.
  • Newly endorsed Tandem Instructors has a minimum landing requirement of 50 landings before being permitted to jump onto Classes E or F DZs (similar to Displays) 
  • Alcohol, Drugs or Fatigue as per TD02/2016 replaces old 8-hour rule.
  • Equipment modifications and bulletins updated as per TD 01/2016, with changes to 12.5.2 (a), 15.4.1 and 15.4.2.

Regulatory Schedules

  • RS 50: Changes to some definitions, e.g. equipment bulletin, parachuting activities, parachuting display, Rules and Regulations, Target.  The definition for Restricted DZ removed.
  • RS 51: New CASA Instrument EX116/16 Exemption – use of radio communication systems during parachute operations – relevant to GCA use of approved frequency and required training.
  • RS 52, 4: Qualifying Descents and Validity – amendments standardising landing accuracy requirements for Certificate Classes and Display ratings. Includes new 2nd option for target as a “runway”, changes to numbers of required landings and “consecutively nominated”.
  • RS 52, 5: Parachutist Certification Requirements – amended.  Existing Display Pro holders may now be eligible for Certificate Class F (if other requirements met)
  • RS 52, 7: Display Rating Requirements – amended to align with other changes in RS 52;  and 7.6 (a) Validity – Display Pro & Open renewals require at least 20 descents in last 12 months .
  • RS 58, 8(a): Agents for APF and membership applications – Must be completed online; APF may charge an admin fee for processing hardcopy applications; Funds collected by a Club on behalf of APF and not transferred by the due date may be deducted from the Club’s account.
  • RS 58: as per NPRM 40, 41 & 42, clause 10 on DZs becomes 10, 11 & 12, with rationalised content on DZs moved from ORs 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 & 13.3.  Restricted DZs removed and replaced by classification by Certificate Class with conditions.  Note that the new definition of a Parachuting Display excludes descents made at APF-approved DZs.
  • RS 58, 17: Applications and Records – Use of online applications reinforced, and APF may charge an admin fee for processing hardcopy applications.

Training Operations Manual

The TOM is the industry standard and is binding on all Chief Instructors and their Training Organisations.

  • Revision of canopy pilot content throughout:
    • Canopy handling aims and minimum requirements added to student Training Tables.
    • Revision and renaming of the Canopy Handling Training Table – it is now the mandatory Class A Canopy Handling Training Table. 
    • Rewrite of the Canopy conversion content – it is now detailed in Appendix I as highly recommended for Certificate Class B candidates.
    • Small revision of the CRW Training Table.
  • Sample Cert Class A assessment removed.  The revised multiple-choice version now in Class A Training Guide, and a new Class B assessment in Class B Training Guide.
  • 4.4 Spotting amendments for consistency with RS 52 (for Class B and Class D).
  • 4.5 to 4.6 Equipment Conversions merged under one heading. 
  • 4.6 Class B Skydiver Assessment added as recommended – as per Class B Training Guide.
  • Part 5 Intermediate and Advance Training – new introduction, rearranged and additions: 
    • Added 5.1 Canopy Piloting (highly recommended), and 5.2 Australian Star Crest (appropriate training).
    • 5.3 recommendation for “holders” of Certificate Class D to be trained to act as Loadmasters changed to “candidates” for Cert Class D.
    • 5.4 recommendation added that candidates for Certificate Class D be trained to act as DZSO of non-training operations.
    • 5.5 Course of instruction required for camera descents, to satisfaction of DZSO.
    • Added 5.11 High Altitude descents.
  • New multiple choice Pre-First Jump Assessment (Appendix C)
  • New Appendix I covering a recommended Canopy Training Descent for Class B candidates.
  • Radiocommunication training for GCAs aligned with new CASA Instrument EX116/16 and sample assessment revised.
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