APRIL 2019 - OPERATIONAL REGULATIONS, REGULATORY SCHEDULES AND OTHER DOCUMENT UPDATES
EFFECTIVE 1 APRIL 2019
Download the new 2019 regulations 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. As usual, an Amendments table page 3 of each document lists significant changes since the previous issues (18 April 2018). All changed text is also highlighted throughout each document by a vertical line in the left-side margin adjacent to changed text. Here is a summary of key points relevant to your title/group:
- ‘Dictionary of Definitions’ on APF website updated to reflect changes in freefly, tracking and angles.
- OR 6.1.8(b)(iv): Minimum age for GCA is 18 years old.
- OR 9.9: Tracking and Angles requirements in line with Technical Directive 03/18 Tracking and Angles Descents.
- OR 9.10: High Performance Landing pre-requisites.
- OR 11.1.3: High Performance landing is deemed a training descent under OR 9.10.
- OR 12.5.2(a)(i): All parachute assembly parts are to be compatible and functional as per APF Equipment Standards.
- RS 51: Updated CASA Instrument CASA84/18 replaces CASA06/16.
- Training Operations Manual (TOM) 5.12: High Performance Canopy training requirements.
Chief Instructors, Instructors and Coaches
- OR: Removed reference to TAF Training Course. Still allows TAF as a next step towards AFF.
- RS 53 5.1: Instructor must be trained and assessed to act as GCA.
- OR 14.8.1: A Tribunal may also cancel a rating, endorsement or appointment.
- RS 6.2(c) and RS 7.4(b): First Aid currency requirements for new and revalidating DZSO.
- Tandem Endorsement Guide: Minimum exit height for tandem descent is no lower than 7500 feet.
- OR 11.1.3(j): Allows for High Performance landings as a training descent.
- OR 14.3.1(f): Includes Canopy Coach appointment.
- RS 53 8.2 – 8.5: Includes relevant changes for High Performance Canopy Coach, Canopy Coach, Coach Assessment and Coach Validity.
- Coach Assessment and Appointment: Updates to include Canopy Coach and High Performance Canopy coach requirements and assessments.
- Jump Pilot Manual 2.2.3(d): A PIC under direct supervision must hold APF issued JPA (changed from other than when training under ICUS).
- Jump Pilot Manual 4.2.1(c): Installation of an in-flight door may be recorded as an Engineering Order in the aircraft’s documents.
- Jump Pilot Manual 4.3.2: Re-word Permitted Pilot Maintenance.
- Jump Pilot Manual 7.3.5(c): Describes the jump-run technique when dropping wingsuiters to increase separation from the tail.
New requirements for Tandem Master medicals - UPDATED JULY 2018
It is standard practice that Tandem Masters (TM’s) across the world are required to pass a medical test in order to hold a valid tandem rating or endorsement. The reason is obvious: A TM is responsible for the tandem student. The TM is the “pilot in command” or the “parachutist in command” and any serious health issue may put the student at risk. The fact that most tandems are done for commercial purposes with tandem students being paying customers, accentuates the need for a medical.
The international standard is for TM’s to hold a civil aviation agency medical (e.g. CASA Class 2, US FAA Class 3, Brazilian ANAC Class 3, etc.). Some time ago APF introduced the “GP Tandem Medical” as an alternative to the CASA Class 2 in order to make it easier for TM’s to get the medical done from a practical point of view. The intention was never to lower the standard of the medical or examination and was supposed to be done by the TM’s regular GP who has known the TM and his/her medical background for a period of time.
As per RS 53 par 6.3, the APF requirement is still (and has always been) a CASA “private pilot/Class 2” medical, with the GP medical an alternative that may be accepted.
The GP medical has recently become problematic: GP’s have reported TM’s to CASA who refuse to accept unfavourable results and simply visit another GP; False or forged GP medicals have been submitted; Some examinations have proven to be grossly inadequate; Numerous TM’s visit a new GP simply for the sake of obtaining the TM medical, which defeats the purpose of this alternative. As a result of the numerous problems and challenges, the GP Tandem medical is not accepted by APF anymore.
In February 2018 APF announced that the GP medical for TM’s was being phased and replaced by the CASA RAMPC. Since then, CASA has announced that it will be replacing the RAMPC with a Basic Class 2 medical certificate. This came into effect in July 2018 and CASA will no longer be accepting RAMPC applications.
New requirements/regulations: CASA Basic Class 2 Medical Certificate
The APF requirement will still be a CASA Class 2 medical. However, TM’s will have the alternative to obtain a CASA Basic Class 2 medical certificate, which may be accepted by the APF.
What is this?
The Basic Class 2 is an alternative CASA medical for pilots of private day operations flying under VFR and below 10,000 ft, piston aircraft only carrying a maximum of 5 passengers, and with a MTOW of less than 8168 kg.
The medical standard is exactly the same as a commercial driver standard (Austroads). Examinations are conducted by any medical practitioner who can conduct a motor vehicle driver examination.
How does it work?
Before logging onto the CASA Medical Records System (MRS) to commence your application for a Basic Class 2, you need to first book an appointment with a medical practitioner or DAME. The details of this appointment are necessary to help complete the documents you need to take with you to your medical examination.
To apply for any CASA medical certificate an applicant requires an ARN (Aviation Reference Number). There is no cost involved and CASA issues this number within 5 days (but can be as quick as a couple of hours).
Below is a summary of the steps you will need to complete to obtain a Basic Class 2 medical certificate.
- Book appointment with medical practitioner or DAME
- Obtain CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN)
- Log onto CASA online medical registration system (MRS)
- Confirm correct email and address
- Apply for your medical certificate
- Pay online CASA fee of $10
- Download and print medical questionnaire
- Take CASA medical questionnaire to appointment
- Complete required tests and medical examinations
- Log back into MRS and finalise application
- Await the issue of your medical certificate (usually within a few minutes)
- Submit your new medical certificate to the APF Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for CASA ARN
CASA MRS system
What are the costs?
The only costs involved is the GP consultation fee which may vary, and the $10 CASA fee for the Basic Class 2 medical certificate. There is no cost involved in obtaining an ARN.
What will change for TM’s and when?
The new Operational Regulations and Regulatory Schedules with the new medical requirements came into effect on 18 April 2018.
Any current valid TM medical (including GP medicals and RAMPC) will remain valid until the date of expiry.
The Basic Class 2 can be valid for up to 5 years if the person is under 40 years old, and 2 years if 40 or older.
More information on the basic Class 2 medical certificate
Safety & Training Officer SA, WA and NT
10 July 2018