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APRIL 2020 - OPERATIONAL REGULATIONS, REGULATORY SCHEDULES AND OTHER DOCUMENT UPDATES

EFFECTIVE 1 APRIL 2020

Download the new 2020 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 in each document lists significant changes since the previous issues (01 April 2019). 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

  • RS 50: Definitions: include definition of airworthy
  • OR 6.1.11(e): Ensure equipment is checked before emplaning (buddy check)
  • OR 7.1.1: Equipment checks (compatibility)
  • OR 14.4, 14.8.1: Remove certain powers of the Board
  • Misconduct Policy and Procedures Manual: revise multiple parts to simplify processes

Chief Instructors, Instructors and Coaches

  • RS 53 8.1: Additional requirement for Coach rating
  • RS 53: 7.1.1, 8.4, 11.1, 12.1 & 14: Twelve month probation period for Ratings and Endorsements
  • RS 60: 5.1 & 7.3: Allow 3 month only extensions on CJPM renewal
  • OR 7.1.2(b): Student parachutist must wear suitable footwear.
  • OR 11.3.1 & 11.3.3, TOM (various), Tandem Endorsement Guide PART 10: Re-introduction of TAF
  • OR 11.3.2: Clarify SFF descent supervision.
  • OR 14.5.5: Privileges of Course Trainer
  • Coach Assessment and Appointment: 1.4.4 Prerequisite to include nationally accredited coach course.

Tandem Masters

  • RS 53 6.1: Tandem only pathway to Course Trainer
  • RS 52: 4.1(f) & 7.7: Introduce Tandem Accuracy Approval
  • Tandem Endorsement Guide: 1.2 Recommend 3 years skydiving as a pre-requisite.

Jump Pilots

  • RS 56 7.2, Jump Pilot Manual 3.3: Include recommendations/Minimum Requirements for Jump Pilot Examiner (JPE)
  • RS 56 4.2(d), Jump Pilot Manual 3.2.4: Probationary period for JPA
  • Jump Pilot Manual5.4.2: Ensure correct operating procedures are followed
  • Jump Pilot Manual 5.4.3: Preferred Climb areas

requirements for Tandem Master medicals - UPDATED February 2020

Background

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 an alternative that may be accepted.

The GP medical became 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. 

Current APF alternative: 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 (See RS 53, par  6.5 and 7.1.2).    

What is this?

The Basic Class 2 is an alternative CASA medical for pilots of private day operations flying under VFR. It allows for fewer privileges than a standard Class 2 medical certificate but is simpler to obtain, as the examination can be done by a GP.

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 general 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.

  1. Book appointment with medical practitioner or DAME
  2. Obtain CASA Aviation Reference Number (ARN) 
  3. Log onto CASA online medical registration system (MRS) 
  4. Confirm correct email and address
  5. Apply for your medical certificate
  6. Download and print medical questionnaire
  7. Take CASA medical questionnaire to appointment
  8. Complete required tests and medical examinations
  9. Log back into MRS and finalise application, pay online CASA fee of $10
  10. Await the issue of your medical certificate 
  11. Submit your new medical certificate to the APF Office at apf@apf.com.au

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

Charl Rootman
Safety & Training Manager

7 February 2020

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