The Australian and International Pilots Association (AIPA), through its Safety and Technical Committee, is committed to protecting and advancing aviation standards and operations. The committee works to position AIPA as a key component of the aviation quality control process: through the development of relationships with Government, regulatory bodies and industry to ensure the views of Australia's professional airline pilots are considered in important safety and technical matters.

AIPA is also a cofounding member of the Australian Airline Pilots’ Association (AusALPA) which represents more than 5,000 professional pilots within Australia on safety and technical matters.

Please click on the links below to view recent submissions from AIPA and AusALPA.

AIPA re Aeronautical Assessment Hayes Dock

The HPA proposal creates two problems: one, the cranes are significant obstacles; and two, the larger vessels create turbulent wakes in strong winds. AIPA is generally opposed to penetrations of the Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) and particularly...

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AIPA Letter to CASA re Independent Review of Aviation Fatigue Rules

AIPA welcomes the fact that the Review team has agreed that Australia’s fatigue management rules need updating. The fact that very little technical detail in the 2013 Instrument has been identified as requiring amendment reinforces our view that...

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AIPA Response to Modernising Airspace Protection Public Consulation Paper

AIPA firmly believes that the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) developed by ICAO in relation to the design, construction and airspace protection for airports are the minimum acceptable standards for safe operation of aircraft in Australia.

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AIPA Submission to the DIRD re Western Sydney Airport Draft EIS 2015

In general, the Association supports the decision to have Badgerys Creek as the site for the WSA and supports the airport being built to the standards and requirements to accommodate up to Code 4F aeroplanes with a plan to expand to a parallel...

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AIPA Comments on Draft CAAP48-1(2)

AIPA remains concerned about some aspects of the prescriptive FTL even following the July amendments to the Instrument. We believe that CASA is wilting somewhat under the commercial and political pressure of vested interests that are unwilling to...

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AIPA Letter to Treasury re Final Report on Competition

AIPA has submitted a response to the Competition Policy Review Final Report and recommends that the Australian Government note the Panel’s views but decline to vary the approach taken to Air Services Agreements and cabotage in Australia’s current...

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AIPA Comments to DIRD on Scope of Asics

AIPA has made comment on the DIRD’s Options Discussion Paper Scope of Aviation Security Identification Cards. AIPA maintained a position on the need for risk-based security and have been critical of the ‘one size fits all’ model used in Australia.

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AIPA Comments to CASA on NPRM 1411AS Unserviceability Markings and Ground Signals

AIPA has responded to CASA’s NPRM 1411AS – Unserviceability Markings and Ground Signals. AIPA endorses the adoption of the ICAO standard 36m markings and, to the extent that CASA adequately risk assessed the conspicuity of the 9m markings of 18 and...

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AIPA Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Enquiry into Airport and Aviation Security

AIPA maintains its position on the need for risk-based security and highlighted the need to redress the inadequacy of screening applied to those who gain airside access other than through terminal secure areas and the need to secure apron areas...

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AIPA Comments to CASA re Draft CAAP 48-1 November 2014

AIPA has concerns regarding the prescriptive FTL, particularly in areas of the SIE that AIPA believes is lacking in scientific and verified operational experience. AIPA is also concerned that there are several provisions that could potentially...

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AIPA Letter to CASA re NPRM 1320AS Navigation Approvals

AIPA has recently reviewed the NPRM and is, in general, supportive of CASA’s decision to align navigation authorisations with the ICAO PBN Manual (Doc 9613) and to create provisions/criteria for Advanced PBN, in addition to trying to rationalise the...

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AIPA Letter to Office of Transport Security re Review of Aviation Prohibited Items List

AIPA has recently reviewed the discussion paper and is, in general, supportive of the Department’s decision to align the Prohibited Items List with ICAO and other international practices; and welcomes the shift to a risk-based security.

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AIPA Submission on the Recommendations of the ASRR Panel

AIPA has responded to the Aviation Safety Regulatory Review (ASRR) and has offered the commentary on the 37 recommendations made by the ASRR Panel in relation to improving the performance of the Australian Government agencies within the system,...

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AIPA Submission to CASA Notice of Proposed Change to Section 6.2 Runways 139

AIPA has responded to CASA’s NPC 139-05 and believes that the MOS139 should be equal to or more restrictive than ICAO Annex 14. Any regulatory relief granted should be considered as transitional, with a timeframe given for full compliance. Approval...

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AIPA Submission to the Aviation Safety Regulation Review

AIPA made a number of recommendations relating to the structures, effectiveness and processes of all agencies involved in aviation safety; the relationship and interaction of between those agencies, as well as with the DIRD; the outcomes and...

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AIPA President Introduction to Disallowance Brief

Despite representing a significant improvement of existing practices, the Instrument falls short of the necessary standard for safe operations in a number of areas. In AIPA’s view, disallowance will not adversely affect most operators and the...

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AIPA President Letter re Why we need the parliament to disallow civil aviation order 48.1 instrument 2013

AIPA is a fervent supporter of FRMS. We applaud the introduction by CASA of “operator obligations” as a means to impose some FRMS processes on those operators who choose to operate only under the prescriptive rules set out in the Instrument but we...

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AIPA Submission re CASA Consultation Draft - Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Flt Crew Licensing) Regulation

AIPA is not confident that the Part 61 MOS will lead to any improvement to current training standards, which we still see as a latent risk and believe that much greater consultation will be required. AIPA also believes that it is critical that AIPA...

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AIPA Comments to CASA re NPRM 1213CS Addition of Safety Based Requirements

AIPA is supportive of any proposal that considers practical means of provided enhanced security and operational safety for flight crew as well as any proposal that considers practical, cost-effective means of ensuring post-accident entry to the...

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AIPA Submission to Consultative Draft Part 61 MOS

AIPA has expressed concerns that the Part 61 MOS will not lead to any improvement to current training standards, which we still see as a latent risk in an operational world that is just beginning to realise the price being paid in terms of skill...

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AIPA Submission to NPRM 123OS EDTO

AIPA is ambivalent about the proposed changes because, while there will be no reduction in safety, we do not believe that the changes have been adequately justified. Notwithstanding the lack of transparency in the true scope and depth of CASA’s EDTO...

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AIPA Submission to Deputy PM & Minster for Infrastructure and Regional Development re Colour Vision Deficiency

AIPA recommends that the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development accepts the evidence of many years of safe operations by CVD affected pilots in Australia that this is not a safety issue and that the Minister consequently intervene to...

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AIPA Submission to BOM Draft TAF Review

AIPA supports the 15 recommendations made in the Draft Review. The idea that aerodrome operators might consider BOM as a revenue source when seeking rent for the installation of equipment required for the provision of met services for that aerodrome...

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