Aviation projects approved

An efficient, safe, and secure aviation system is integral to Australia’s social and economic well-being. Australia’s aviation industry aids both travel and trade, connecting our cities and towns and Australia to the rest of the world.

The alignment of AVI Aviation Training Package review and development activities with the Aviation safety regulatory reform timetable is critical to industry’s implementation of revised rules and skilling needs.

The Aviation IRC has scheduled a staged review of the AVI Aviation Training Package to ensure that Training Package products are reflective of national policies and standards, contain contemporary and relevant units of competency, and are available for use by industry at a point in time when Aviation safety legislative requirements take effect.

The Australian Industry Skills Committee has commissioned the Aviation Industry Reference Committee and Australian Industry Standards to undertake training package development project work concerning aviation security and the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

Through 2014-2016, the Inspector of Transport Security (ITS) conducted an inquiry into Aviation and Maritime Transport Security Education and Training in Australia. The inquiry’s recommendations included the review of screener specific qualifications covering job roles undertaking screening tasks in the Aviation and Maritime industry.

To support the implementation of the recommendations, the training package development project work will review and develop the following aviation security qualifications, and individual units of competency contained in:

  • AVI20316 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Passenger and Non-Passenger Screener)
  • AVI20416 Certificate II in Aviation Transport Protection (Checked Baggage Screener)

The Aviation Transport Security project is expected to start in June 2017 and conclude in July 2018.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) is the fastest growing area in civil aviation and this technology is expected to play an increasingly significant role in the Aviation industry over the next 20 years. The number of remote pilot licenses issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has grown from fewer than 100 three years ago, to more than 4,000 today, while nearly 900 organisations are now certified to carry out commercial drone activities.

The Aviation Industry Reference Committee and AIS have also been commissioned to develop new competency standards for operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), more commonly known as ‘Unmanned aerial vehicle’ (UAV) or ‘drones’.

The rapid expansion of commercial RPAS activities in Australia and internationally, has resulted in an industry and regulatory requirement to enhance the vocational skills required to safely operate and control RPAS within a broader range of operating environments. Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 101 sets out the requirements for the operation of unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft), and the operation of rockets and the use of certain fireworks. CASR Part 101 also outlines the legislative requirements applicable to RPAS.

The project will involve the development of new units of competency to address the skilling requirements of RPAS operators across a wide range of industry skill areas, including operating by night, operating under instrument flight rules, undertaking infrastructure inspections, aerial photography, and survey and mapping, in conjunction with operating across a wider range of RPAS types and operating conditions.

The Remote Pilot Aircraft Systems project is expected to start in July 2017 and conclude in December 2018.

Under the direction of the Aviation IRC, AIS will establish Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) for these projects, containing subject matter experts from industry to provide technical input. The TACs will work with AIS to develop draft and final materials, taking into account all stakeholder feedback along the way. The Aviation IRC will review the outcomes of the work of the TACs and sign off for submission to the AISC for approval.

More information on these AVI Aviation projects will be added to the project page on our AIS website soon.

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Dan Minton
Industry Manager
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