28-Jan-2015 Source: CASA
We repost in full the following advice from Australian regulator CASA
Changes have been made to the flight crew licensing requirements for R22 and R44 helicopters, to make it easier for pilots operating these aircraft.
New legislative instruments were registered on 5 January, with the following changes now in effect.
The training and flight review requirements for the R22 and R44 helicopters are closely aligned to the Special Federal Aviation Regulation 73 provisions, which address identified operational concerns.
Under Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61, special aircraft training and testing requirements such as these are managed under the type rating system, which is why the R22 and R44 were prescribed as type-rated single-engine helicopters.
Having reconsidered the situation and listened to feedback from industry, CASA determined that that requirements associated with type ratings were considered too onerous for these helicopters, which is why they have been relaxed.
The conclusion was that type-specific training endorsements and flight examiner endorsements – as well as the type-specific flight test – could be adequately managed by including the R22 and R44 in the single-engine helicopter class rating, with the additional requirements included in the change.
The change achieves an equivalent outcome whereby pilots still require type-specific training and a check of competency before flying a type for the first time, yet with reduced administration, cost and complexity.
The 24 month flight review requirement that applies to pilots operating R22 and R44 helicopter is satisfied as follows.
While there is no requirement for Part 141 operators to have an R22 or R44 type rating training course, they still need to have a training course that covers type specific theory and practical elements for pilots that need initial type specific training and a flight review.