Instrument number CASA EX180/12
I, Peter William Boyd, Executive Manager, Standards Division, a delegate of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 11.160 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR 1998).
[Signed P. Boyd]
21 January 2013
Exemption — maintenance on limited category and experimental aircraft
(a) commences on the day after registration; and
(b) stops having effect at the end of 31 March 2015.
Instrument CASA EX11/11 is revoked.
This instrument applies to:
(a) each person carrying out maintenance on a limited category or experimental aircraft; and
(b) the registered operator of the aircraft.
The person or registered operator is exempt from compliance with the following provisions of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR 1988):
(a) regulation 42U;
(b) paragraphs 42W (2) (b) , 42W (4) (a) and 42W (4) (c).
The exemption is limited to the extent mentioned in Schedule 1.
The exemption is subject to the conditions mentioned in Schedule 2.
Schedule 1 Limitations
1 The exemption does not apply to:
(a) maintenance of aircraft instruments and equipment specifically required by CASR 1998, CAR 1988 or the Civil Aviation Orders; or
(b) maintenance related to a condition of the special certificate of airworthiness or experimental certificate for the aircraft; or
(c) maintenance specified in an Airworthiness Directive or a direction issued by CASA applicable to the aircraft; or
(d) maintenance related to an instruction specified in the aircraft’s approved maintenance data.
2 In relation to replacement of aircraft components, the exemption only has application if no replacement component is available to the registered operator.
Schedule 2 Conditions
1 In this Schedule:
major design change means a design change that has a significant effect on:
(a) the weight and balance of the aircraft; or
(b) the structural strength of the aircraft; or
(c) the performance of the aircraft; or
(d) the operational characteristics of the aircraft; or
(e) other characteristics that may affect the validity of the special certificate of airworthiness or the experimental certificate for the aircraft.
2 Subject to Schedule 1, if the maintenance is a modification or repair that is a major design change to the aircraft, the registered operator for the aircraft must not operate or allow the aircraft to be operated for flight after the modification or repair to the aircraft until all of the following have occurred:
(a) the registered operator has provided the following information in writing to CASA’s Airworthiness and Engineering Branch, or an authorised person who holds power to make decisions under regulations 21.006A and 21.009 and the provisions of Subpart 21.M of CASR 1998, or a person who is authorised to issue a certificate of airworthiness in the category of the aircraft:
(i) a description of the repair or modification (and if the change or repair has been made, photographs of it);
(ii) the reasons for making the repair or modification;
(iii) how the repair or modification may affect any of the matters specified in the definition of major design change (for example, weight and balance);
(iv) why the repair or modification will not affect the safety of the aircraft;
(b) CASA, or the authorised person, after assessing the information provided:
(i) is satisfied that the aircraft can reasonably be expected to be safe when it is operated under the conditions limiting its intended use in its repaired or modified condition and the aircraft’s maintenance schedule adequately takes into account the proposed repair or modification; and
(ii) is satisfied the aircraft is not required to be the subject of further flight testing; and
(iii) informs the registered operator in writing that the modification or repair is acceptable.
3 CASA or the authorised person may issue a new special certificate of airworthiness with appropriate conditions attached, if CASA or the authorised person considers that:
(a) the conditions limiting the aircraft’s intended use in its repaired or modified condition are not adequate or appropriate; or
(b) the aircraft’s maintenance schedule does not take into account the proposed repair or modification.
4 If CASA, or the authorised person, considers flight testing to be necessary, CASA or the authorised person must issue an experimental certificate for the purpose under paragraph 21.191 (b) CASR 1998, and the test flights must be conducted in accordance with any procedures or conditions specified on the certificate.