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April 2018 - Operational Regulations and Regulatory Schedules

EFFECTIVE 18 APRIL 2018

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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 (15 May 2017).  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:

All Jumpers

  • A ‘Dictionary of Definitions’ on APF website now referenced as key source of definitions and terms (though still in RS 50)
  • References to round canopies removed.  The exception is in OR 7.1.1(b) which requires STO approval for use of round parachutes. This reflects modern usage of ram-air canopies.
  • OR 12.1 & 12.2 Logs and Record Retention and Inspection modified to clarify minimum requirements for different levels of parachutist, referencing the RSs, and providing for electronic log use by some highly experienced parachutists.
  • OR 12.5.2:  Reserve/Emergency parachutes inspection/repack cycle updated for Technical Directive 01/2017 (provides for 12-month repacks on Cert B and above equipment).
  • RS 52, 4.1 (d) added to explain “consecutively prenominated” qualifying landings.
  • RS 55, 8 Incidents/Records: Photographs and video footage of serious incidents are considered records that must be retained in accordance with OR 12.1 (7-years or longer if aged <18)
  • RS 58, 14.1 to 14.3 Insurance: Applied to clubs AND individuals, reworded and consolidated, references policy terms and conditions and clarifies claims process.
  • OR 7.3 Power to Ground Equipment – moved here from Misconduct manual (previously Part 13)

Chief Instructors and Instructors

  • New Instructor Structure: mainly OR Part 14 and RS 53:  Will apply to all instructors who currently hold valid ratings.  Two levels: Instructor (previously IB, IC, ID) and Senior Instructor (Previously IA).  AFF, SSF and Tandem endorsement remain unchanged.  Two new endorsements: Course Trainer and DZSO. Tandem Supervisor endorsement discontinued (now part of DZSO). Some administrative processes still being changed to reflect new structure.
  • The term ‘Tandem Instructor’ reverts to ‘Tandem Master’.
  • RS 53, 6.3 Tandem medical: APF may accept CASA acknowledgement of a Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner Certificate (RAMPC).
  • RS 53, 7.1.2 Tandem Endorsement Currency:  Reworded for clarity and requirement added for TMs to have their EPs reviewed biannually by CI and recorded by the CI.
  • Freefly definition (which always covered freefall that was NOT predominantly face-to-earth) for clarity now mentions ‘angles’ being included.
  • OR 4.1.2(c) Visitor Assessment:  CASR Part 149 requirement added – for a check on any restrictions or cancellations that may be in place from another parachuting organisation (via APF Office)
  • Incident notification consolidated into RS 55, simplified and aligned with online submission. Now requires either ‘immediate notification’ or ‘within 7 days’. 
  • 14.3.1 and RS 53, 8.2:  Two new Coach types established: “Canopy” and “CRW”.
  • RS 58, 5.2 (c): Clarifies provision for forfeiture of Training Organisation approval due to inactivity.

Jump Pilots

  • Jump Pilot definition aligned with CASA definition
  • OR 5.1.1-5.1.3  Pilot qualification requirements clarified.
  • OR 5.1.5 & 5.1.7  Jump Pilot regular competency reassessments added

Riggers and Packers

  • Definition ‘equipment standard’ modified to become the primary overarching APF standard, as per Technical Directive 01/2018.
  • OR 12.5.2:  Reserve/Emergency parachutes inspection/repack cycle updated for Technical Directive 01/2017 (provides for 12-mont repacks on Cert B and above equipment).
  • OR 7.3 Power to Ground Equipment – moved here from Misconduct manual (previously Part 13)

Display Organisers and Display Jumpers

  • OR 10.1.2  DO Responsibilities for keeping record moved here (replaces 12.6.3).OR 10.1.3 
  • Distance between target and spectators: duplicate info removed from OR; now simply points to same in RS 58, 10.2
  • Incident notification consolidated into RS 55, simplified and aligned with online submission.   Now requires either ‘immediate notification’ or ‘within 7 days’. Now requires either ‘within 7 days’ or ‘immediate notification’.

Clubs and Councils

  • RS 58, 5.2 (c): Clarifies provision for forfeiture of Training Organisation approval due to inactivity.
  • RS 58, 8:  Agents for APF: Membership applications and money collected must now be forwarded to APF within 7 days of the date of application (no longer the 10th day of following month).
  • RS 58,13 Club audits: ‘each membership year’ changed to ‘periodic audits’.
  • RS 58, 14.1 to 14.3 Insurance: Applied to clubs AND individuals, reworded and consolidated, references policy terms and conditions and clarifies claims process.
  • OR & RS: References to Councils amended/removed where inconsistent with the terms of delegation in their Council Committee Charter (e.g. 14.4 removal of involvement in CI appointment); no longer involved in disciplinary matters, . 

New requirements for Tandem Instructor medicals

Background

It is standard practice that Tandem Instructors (TI’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 TI is responsible for the tandem student. The TI 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 TI’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 TI’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 TI’s regular GP who has known the TI 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 TI’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 TI’s visit a new GP simply for the sake of obtaining the TI medical, which defeats the purpose of this alternative.As a result of the numerous problems and challenges, the GP Tandem medical will soon not be accepted by APF. 

New requirements/regulations: RAMPC

The APF requirement will still be a CASA Class 2 medical. However, TI’s will have the alternative to obtain a CASA Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate (RAMPC), which may be accepted by the APF. 

What is this?

RAMPC is an alternative CASA medical for pilots of light-weight, single-engine aircraft flying under VFR and to a maximum altitude of 10,000ft, and allowed to take a maximum of only 1 passenger.

How does it work?

A RAMPC examination can be done by any GP. The form (CASA Form 166 A, B, C) can be downloaded from the CASA website. Section A needs to be completed by the applicant. 

Download RAMPC Form 

To apply for the RAMPC the applicant requires an ARN (Aviation Reference Number) (CASA Form1162). There is no cost involved and CASA issues this number within 5 days (but can be as quick as a couple of hours).

Download ARN Form

The applicant then needs to make an appointment with a GP. The examination can take up to an hour, depending how well the GP knows the TI. The GP indicates his/her final assessment on the form.

The applicant then lodges the form with CASA, who will assess the application and issue the RAMPC.

What are the costs?

The only costs involved is the GP consultation fee which may vary. There is no cost involved in obtaining an ARN and CASA does not charge for the RAMPC.

What will change for TI’s and when?

It is envisaged that the Operational Regulations and Regulatory Schedules will change with the new requirements coming into effect around March 2018. After this date, new “GP tandem medicals” will not be accepted.

Any current valid TI medical (including GP medicals) will remain valid until the date of expiry.

The RAMPC is valid for 2 years if the person is under 65 years old, and 1 year if 65 or older. (The full CASA Class 2 medical is still valid for 4 years for a person under 40 years, if someone would prefer this.)

More information about RAMPC

Charl Rootman
Safety & Training Officer SA, WA and NT

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