Instrument number CASA 61/15
I, GERARD JOHN CAMPBELL, Executive Manager, Operations Division, a delegate of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 208 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.
[Signed G.J. Campbell]
Gerard J. Campbell
25 May 2015
Direction — number of cabin attendants for Airbus A320 and Fokker F100 aircraft (Virgin Australia Regional Airlines)
(a) commences on 1 July 2015; and
(b) expires at the end of June 2016, as if it had been repealed by another instrument.
This instrument applies to the aircraft mentioned in section 3 that are:
(a) operated by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines Pty Ltd, Aviation Reference Number 075986 (the operator); and
(b) engaged in regular public transport, or charter, operations.
In spite of subparagraph 6.1 (b) of Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.16.3, the operator may operate any of the following Australian registered aircraft:
(a) A320-200 series aircraft that provide for a maximum seating capacity of 168 passengers;
(b) Fokker 28 MK 0100 (F100) aircraft that provide for a maximum seating capacity of 100 passengers;
if there is 1 cabin attendant for every 50 passenger seats or part of that number.
Note CAO 20.16.3 applies in all other respects to an aircraft referred to in this section.
The direction is subject to the conditions mentioned in Schedule 1.
Schedule 1 Conditions
1 Only physically competent (able-bodied) persons may occupy seats in the overwing emergency exit rows.
2 During the aircraft take-off, landing operation and in prepared emergencies, each overwing emergency exit row must be occupied by a minimum of 2 able‑bodied persons.
3 If less than 8 able-bodied persons are available to occupy the overwing emergency exit rows, the operator must ensure that after compliance with the weight and balance loading requirements, the emergency exit rows are occupied in the following sequence:
(a) for A320-200 series aircraft:
(i) row 11, seats A and F; and
(ii) row 12, seats A and F; and
(iii) row 11, seats C and D; and
(iv) row 12, seats C and D;
(b) for F100 aircraft with emergency exits in rows 11 and 12:
(i) row 11, seats A and G; and
(ii) row 12, seats A and G; and
(iii) row 11, seats B and E; and
(iv) row 12, seats B and E;
(c) for F100 aircraft with emergency exits in rows 12 and 13:
(i) row 12, seats A and G; and
(ii) row 13, seats A and G; and
(iii) row 12, seats B and E; and
(iv) row 13, seats B and E.
4 All passengers seated in the overwing emergency exit rows must receive and respond to a briefing which instructs them in the opening of overwing emergency exits and subsequent actions required in the event of an emergency.
5 The operator must ensure that the aircraft can be evacuated in 90 seconds.
6 Arrangements for the seating and briefing of passengers must be in accordance with procedures set out in the operator’s operations manual and acceptable to CASA.
7 For an operation in an F100 aircraft, the operation must be one that does not require the carriage of life rafts in accordance with paragraph 5.2 of CAO 20.11.