CASA EX43/15 - Exemption and permission — winching operations and emplaning and deplaning

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Instrument number CASA EX43/15
I, GERARD JOHN CAMPBELL, Executive Manager, Operations Division, a delegate of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 11.160 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR 1998) and subregulation 250 (2) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR 1988).
[Signed G.J. Campbell]
Gerard J. Campbell
Executive Manager
Operations Division
2 March 2015
Exemption and permission — winching operations and emplaning and deplaning
1          Duration
                 This instrument:
(a)   commences on the day of registration; and
(b)   expires at the end of February 2018, as if it had been repealed by another instrument.
2          Application
                 This instrument applies to the State of New South Wales, acting through NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Aviation Reference Number 085810 (the operator), in relation to aerial work operations (the operations) that involve emplaning and deplaning or winching.
3          Exemption
                 The operator is exempt from the requirements of subregulations 151 (1) and 251 (1) of CAR 1988 and paragraph 5.1 and subsection 7 of Civil Aviation Order 29.11 (CAO 29.11) when carrying out any of the aerial work activities mentioned in Schedule 2.
4          Permissions
        (1)     The operator is permitted to carry passengers in a part of the helicopter that is not designed for the accommodation of crew or passengers, or on or in anything attached to the helicopter for the purpose of emplaning and deplaning or winching when carrying out aerial work activities mentioned in Schedule 2.
        (2)     The operator is permitted to use a single engine helicopter for winching operations when carrying out aerial work activities mentioned in Schedule 2.
5          Conditions
                 The exemption and permissions are subject to the conditions mentioned in Schedule 1.
Schedule 1          Conditions
        1     Emplaning or deplaning may only be conducted where normal landing is not possible.
        2     Winching may only be conducted where normal landing or emplaning and deplaning from the hover are not possible.
        3     Only full-time employees of the operator are to be engaged in emplaning, deplaning or winching operations.
        4     Only crew essential to the operations must be carried in the helicopter.
        5     Operations must be conducted in accordance with the procedures set out in the operator’s operations manual.
        6     A crew person, trained and proficient in emplaning, deplaning and winching operations and who is in contact with the pilot of the helicopter by radio telephone, must be carried on the helicopter at all times during these operations.
        7     Emplaning and deplaning or winching operations must be conducted in accordance with the relevant requirements for aircraft, aircrew and specialised role personnel specified in the operator’s operations manual.
        8     The operator must ensure that each person taking part in the operations is briefed in accordance with the requirements in the operator’s operations manual.
        9     The operator must ensure that personnel and equipment are winched separately.
      10     The operator must comply with all the conditions specified in the operator’s low flying general permit.
      11     The operator must ensure that winch operating areas meet the criteria specified for advanced operational training operations in paragraph 5.5 of CAO 29.11.
Schedule 2          Aerial work activities
        1     The collection of rare or endangered flora samples in country inhospitable for a helicopter landing site (HLS) or having environmental value that would be severely compromised by building an HLS.
        2     The collection of samples from feral animals for disease control where a landing is not practicable.
        3     The insertion of personnel for noxious plant control purposes in places where a landing is not practicable.
        4     The insertion of personnel for infrastructure construction where construction of an HLS is not practicable.