Flight Reviews changing to 2 yearly cycle
CASA has approved a change to a 24-month Flight Review cycle, which will take effect with the issue of Operations Directive 02/20 ‘Flight Reviews’ that was comes into effect on 3 August 2020. From the commencement date of this Operations Directive, the maximum period between flight reviews will be 24 months and flight reviews will be conducted in accordance with Operations Advice Notice (OAN) 1/20. The Manual of Standard Procedures Part 2 (Operations) will be updated at Sections 10.4 and 11.3.4 to reflect this changed process.
1. Who must meet the flight review requirements?
Anyone who intends to act as pilot in command must complete a flight review.
2. Who is authorised to conduct flight reviews?
For command pilots, any Level 1 or higher certificated instructor. For instructors, the flight review will be conducted by their CFI or a Level 3 Instructor authorised by the RM/O. For CFIs and Deputy CFIs, a Level 3 Instructor assigned by the RM/O.
Foreign Pilots & the Operation of Foreign Registered Gliders in Australia
Australia welcomes overseas glider pilots and we try to make it easy for you to fly here. However, ultimately we are governed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and there are formalities we all have to comply with.
Regardless of whether the glider(s) concerned in any given operation are registered in Australia or a foreign country, foreign pilots operating in Australia under the auspices of the GFA must be GFA qualified, be issued with GFA pilot authorisations for the tasks contemplated, and must be members of the GFA and an affiliated club.
To have an effective Safety Management System, we need to be able to learn from our mistakes. To do so we need to report our mistakes, determine the cause(s) and implement remedial actions.This requires an honest and open culture where admitting mistakes is not considered a weakness, punitive action being a thing of the past and misdemeanors being addressed in a just manner. If we achieve that we are well on the way to being an effective learning organisation with good prospects for a much improved accident record. - David Pietsch, Canberra Gliding Club
Use of oxygen and protective breathing equipment . The regulations pertaining to the provision and use of oxygen systems are contained in Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 20.4. These regulations apply to all Australian aircraft and the supplemental oxygen requirements for sailplanes can be summarised as follows