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Old 19th Dec 2012, 02:00
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CASA Regulations

I'll be doing some private flying in Australia, in a US registered aircraft, and I'm trying to study AU regulations. The ComLaw website, as redirected by CASA, is confusing at best. There's CAO, CASR, and CAR, and none of them seem to outline what I'm searching for. For example, when looking up the minimum weather requirements for VFR (not necessarily what I'm looking for) I get this from CAR Volume 3, Part 12, Division 3:

Subject to subregulation (4), the pilot in command must not conduct a V.F.R. flight if:
(a) the flight visibility during that flight is not equal to or greater than the applicable distance determined by CASA; and
(b) the vertical and horizontal distances from cloud are not equal to or greater than the applicable distances determined by CASA.
Penalty: 50 penalty units.
This tells me nothing other than in AU you have regulations that tell you CASA has regulations.

Can someone out there give me vector in the right direction cuz I feel like a Swiss RJ100 Captain flying on standby instruments.
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Old 19th Dec 2012, 23:42
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Aus Regs - Handypilot

Handy Pilot - G'day from down under.
You need to go to the Airservices Australia website and look up the Australian Aeronautical Information Publication AIP.
Link is Publications | Airservices
All sorts of useful information (?) held there.
Enjoy your time in Aus.
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Check out this page, it is our version of the 'Airmans Information Manual'.

To be perfectly honest, if you did what you do in the US and stayed within the parameters of the POH, you wouldn't go far wrong!

Except when it comes to radios, we tend to be a bit anal about that over here, but that's a whole other thread!
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This tells me nothing other than in AU you have regulations that tell you CASA has regulations
Then there is CASA "policy"
Then there is an individual CASA staff interpretation.
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FFS, there's a lot simpler than the AIP's for a VFR pilot, guys.

Try the VFR flight guide. Cuts out all the regulatory IFR stuff not needed and even throws in some pretty pictures.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Visual flight guide
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FFS (as you would say), where does it say VFR pilot?
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I'll be doing some private flying in Australia, in a US registered aircraft, and I'm trying to study AU regulations. The ComLaw website, as redirected by CASA, is confusing at best. There's CAO, CASR, and CAR, and none of them seem to outline what I'm searching for. For example, when looking up the minimum weather requirements for VFR (not necessarily what I'm looking for) I get this from CAR Volume 3, Part 12, Division 3:
I'm assuming he's a VFR pilot.
Are you assuming he's not?
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Yes, that's exactly what I'm assuming (at my peril)
For example, when looking up the minimum weather requirements for VFR (not necessarily what I'm looking for) I get this from CAR Volume 3, Part 12, Division 3:
Not mention he/she (so as not to assume) is going to be flying a US registered aircraft!
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I usually don't need to know what VFR requirements are when I fly Australian registered a/c as IFR in other countries.

But yeah, good call, so I'll amend my assumption to say if you're a VFR pilot, then go to the VFR flight guide as it filters out the excess IFR stuff that weighs you down in the AIP.

Just remember much of Australia does not have the radar coverage of the US, so if you're flying VFR, make use of Sartimes with your flightplans (which are pretty much ICAO standard format) and if you have an iPad, OzRunways is my suggestion for your mapping and planning.

Lots of big open spaces, so carry plenty of water and remember the sheep are about the only thing that aren't poisonous.

Also strongly recommend you get an ASIC card application in at least 6-12 weeks before arrival, as they can take forever to approve and it will make access slightly better than impossible at larger airports.

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Makeithappencaptains comment about getting an ASIC card (ie security clearance) early deserves emphasis.
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