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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 61.695

Limitations on exercise of privileges of air transport pilot licences--instrument proficiency check

             (1)  The holder of an air transport pilot licence is authorised to exercise the privileges of the licence under the IFR in an aircraft of a particular category only if the holder has a valid instrument proficiency check for the aircraft category.

             (2)  However:

                     (a)  the holder is authorised to exercise the privileges of the licence in a multi-engine aeroplane only if the holder has a valid instrument proficiency check for multi-engine aeroplanes; and

                     (b)  the holder is authorised to exercise the privileges of the licence in a multi-engine helicopter only if the holder has a valid instrument proficiency check for multi-engine helicopters.

             (3)  Subject to subregulations (4) and (4B), for subregulations (1) and (2), the holder is taken to have a valid instrument proficiency check for the aircraft category, or for multi-engine aeroplanes or helicopters, during the following periods:

                     (a)  if the holder passes the flight test for the air transport pilot licence in a relevant aircraft--the period from when the holder passes the flight test to the end of the 12th month after the month in which the holder passes the flight test;

                     (b)  if the holder successfully completes an operator proficiency check that covers IFR operations in the relevant aircraft, and that is conducted by a flight examiner who holds an instrument rating flight test endorsement--the period from when the holder successfully completes the check to the end of the 12th month after the month in which the holder successfully completes the check;

                     (c)  if:

                              (i)  the holder is successfully participating in an operator's training and checking system for an IFR operation in the relevant aircraft; and

                             (ii)  the operator holds an approval under regulation 61.040 for the system for this subregulation and operations in the relevant aircraft;

                            the period during which the holder is successfully participating in the system;

                     (d)  if the holder successfully completes an instrument proficiency check for the relevant aircraft--the period from when the holder successfully completes the check to the end of the 12th month after the month in which the holder successfully completes the check;

                     (e)  if:

                              (i)  the holder is taken to have a valid instrument proficiency check under any of paragraphs (a) to (d) for the relevant aircraft (the existing check ); and

                             (ii)  within 3 months before the validity of the existing check expires, the holder successfully completes an instrument proficiency check for the relevant aircraft;

                            the period from when the validity of the existing check expires to the end of the 12th month after the validity of the existing check expires.

             (4)  If, at any time, the holder attempts, but does not successfully complete, an instrument proficiency check mentioned in subregulation (4A) (the failed check ), the holder is no longer taken to have a valid instrument proficiency check for:

                     (a)  the aircraft category in which the holder attempted the failed check; or

                     (b)  multi-engine aircraft of the category in which the holder attempted the failed check.

          (4A)  For subregulation (4), the failed check may be any of the following:

                     (a)  an instrument proficiency check for an aircraft category;

                     (b)  an instrument proficiency check for multi-engine aeroplanes or helicopters;

                     (c)  an instrument proficiency check for an aircraft type.

          (4B)  If the holder is taken to have a valid instrument proficiency check for the relevant aircraft only because of the holder's participation in an operator's training and checking system, the check is taken to be valid only for operations conducted by the operator.

             (5)  For paragraphs (3)(d) and (e), the holder successfully completes an instrument proficiency check for the relevant aircraft if:

                     (a)  CASA or a flight examiner:

                              (i)  assesses the holder's competency to conduct operations under the IFR in a relevant aircraft as meeting the standards mentioned in the Part 61 Manual of Standards for an instrument proficiency check in the relevant aircraft; and

                             (ii)  endorses the holder's licence document to the effect that the holder has completed the instrument proficiency check; and

                            (iii)  includes in the endorsement the matters mentioned in subregulation (8); or

                     (b)  a person mentioned in subregulation (7) assesses the holder as competent to conduct operations under the IFR in a relevant aircraft, and CASA or a flight examiner:

                              (i)  conducts an oral assessment of the holder's knowledge of IFR operation procedures to the standards mentioned in the Part 61 Manual of Standards for an instrument proficiency check; and

                             (ii)  endorses the holder's licence document to the effect that the holder has completed the instrument proficiency check; and

                            (iii)  includes in the endorsement the matters mentioned in subregulation (8).

             (6)  For paragraphs (3)(d) and (e), the instrument proficiency check must be conducted in a relevant aircraft or an approved flight simulation training device for the proficiency check.

             (7)  For paragraph (5)(b), the person is the holder of an approval under regulation 61.040 to conduct the proficiency check.

             (8)  For subparagraphs (5)(a)(iii) and (b)(iii), the matters are:

                     (a)  the date on which the instrument proficiency check is conducted; and

                     (b)  the aircraft to which the instrument proficiency check relates.

             (9)  In this regulation:

"relevant aircraft" , for an instrument proficiency check, means:

                     (a)  if the instrument proficiency check is for an aircraft category--a single-engine or multi-engine aircraft of that category; or

                     (b)  if the instrument proficiency check is for multi-engine aeroplanes--a multi-engine aeroplane; or

                     (c)  if the instrument proficiency check is for multi-engine helicopters--a multi-engine helicopter.



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