CASA EX102/14 - Exemption — carriage of portable electronic devices during flight

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Instrument number CASA EX102/14
I, terence LINDSAY farquharson, Acting Director of Aviation Safety, on behalf of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 11.160 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998.
[Signed T. Farquharson]
Terry Farquharson
Acting Director of Aviation Safety
17 August 2014
Exemption — carriage of portable electronic devices during flight
1          Duration
            This instrument:
(a)       commences on the day of registration; and
(b)      expires at the end of July 2017, as if it had been repealed by another instrument.
2          Application
                 This instrument applies to the carriage of a portable electronic device (PED) by a passenger on an Australian registered aircraft engaged in charter or regular public transport operations.
3          Definitions
                 In this instrument:
large PED means a PED with a mass of 1 kg or more.
small PED means a PED with a mass of less than 1 kg.
PED means a portable electronic device, such as a mobile phone, music player, e-reader, tablet computer, laptop computer, portable video game console or camera, that has no sharp edges or protrusions.
4          Exemption
            For the stowage of small PEDs, the operator and pilot in command of an Australian registered aircraft are exempt from complying with paragraph 9.3 of Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.16.3.
5          Conditions
            The exemption is subject to the conditions set out in Schedule 1.
Schedule 1          Conditions
      1     A small PED may be carried by a passenger during take-off, landing or other critical phases of flight whenever seat belts are required to be worn in accordance with paragraph 4.1 of CAO 20.16.3.
      2     A small PED carried by a passenger in accordance with clause 1 must be secured by the passenger. For that purpose, it may be held by the passenger, or secured in the pocket of a garment worn by the passenger or the magazine pocket on the back of a seat, but it must not be left unattended.
      3     A small PED must not be secured so that it or its accessories could impede emergency egress.
      4     Large PEDs or PEDs that could impede emergency egress must be placed in an approved stowage for solid articles in accordance with paragraph 9.4 of CAO 20.16.3.
      5     Operators who engage in charter or regular public transport operations must have documented processes and procedures in place that cover the requirements associated with the stowing and securing of PEDs.
              Note   In spite of this exemption, the pilot in command may, under regulation 309A of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988, require passengers to stow small PEDs in an approved stowage for solid articles when he or she considers it necessary in the interests of the safety of air navigation.

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