CASA 66/14 - Authorisation and permission — helicopter winching operations

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Instrument number CASA 66/14
I, GERARD JOHN CAMPBELL, Executive Manager, Operations Division, a delegate of CASA, make this instrument under subregulations 151 (3) and 250 (2) of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.
[Signed G.J. Campbell]
Gerard J. Campbell
Executive Manager
Operations Division
28 March 2014
Authorisation and permission — helicopter winching operations
1          Duration
                 This instrument:
(a)   commences on the day after registration; and
(b)   expires at the end of 31 March 2016, as if it had been repealed by another instrument.
2          Application
                 This instrument applies to the operation of AS332 Super Puma, EC225 and B412 helicopters (the helicopters) in winching operations at offshore platforms or vessels (the site), solely to recover an unserviceable helicopter (the operation), by:
(a)   Bond Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd, Aviation Reference Number 800160 (the operator); and
(b)   the pilot in command of the helicopter.
3          Authorisation
                 The pilot in command may allow persons or objects to be winched to and from the helicopter.
4          Permission
                 For the operation, a person may be carried on, or in, a part of the helicopter that is not designed for the accommodation of the crew or passengers on, or in, a thing attached to the helicopter.
5          Conditions
                 The authority and permission are subject to the conditions mentioned in Schedule 1, which are necessary in the interests of safety.
Schedule 1          Conditions
        1     In this Schedule:
civil aviation legislation means the Civil Aviation Act 1988 (the Act), the regulations under the Act and the Civil Aviation Orders.
daylight means the time of a day that is after the start of morning civil twilight (first light) and before the end of evening civil twilight (last light).
flight means the flight to and from the site:
(a)   commencing at the place mentioned in the chief pilot’s safety assessment; and
(b)   ending at the place, or any alternative place, mentioned in the assessment.
        2     The operator and the pilot in command of the helicopter must comply with Civil Aviation Order 29.11, other than subsections 5 and 7.
        3     Before the operation, the operator’s chief pilot must make a written safety assessment of all aspects of the operation and the flight, and give the operator the assessment and a written approval for the operation based on it.
        4     For the operation and the flight, the helicopter must operate at the minimum practicable weight and the minimum practicable fuel load, including reserves, necessary for:
(a)   successful completion of the operation and the flight; and
(b)   fly-away capability at the site in the event of engine failure.
        5     The operation may only be conducted:
(a)   in daylight with the horizon visible; and
(b)   using the heave-in line technique in accordance with the procedures set out in the operator’s operations manual:
             (i)  as at the date of this instrument; or
            (ii)  as varied with the written agreement of CASA; and
(c)   at the safest working area of the site that allows fly-away alternatives for the pilot in command; and
(d)   using maintenance personnel of the operator who have successfully completed a course of training for a winching operation, as set out in the operator’s operations manual.
        6     During the operation, the helicopter may not hover wholly or partially over the site.
        7     The operation must have the written permission of the owner or operator of the site (the permission).
        8     The operator and the pilot in command must comply with all conditions of the permission that are consistent with this instrument, Australian civil aviation legislation or instruments made under civil aviation legislation.
        9     The pilot in command must have a copy of this instrument on his or her person during the operation, and for 1 hour before and after the flight.
      10     The operator must give CASA, for each operation:
(a)   details of the operation; and
(b)   a copy of the chief pilot’s safety assessment; and
(c)   a copy of the site owner or operator’s permission, including any conditions.
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