Airborne Aviation Operational & Regulatory Documents

There are a number of documents that you will need to reference as a pilot, particularly during your training. This page is designed to give you an overview of what areas each document set covers, and when available a link to the document online.

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AIP Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) Australia consists of a package of documents which provide all the operational information necessary for the safe and efficient conduct of national (civil) and international air navigation throughout Australia and its Territories.

Publications include:

AIP Book - General, Enroute, Aerodrome
ERSA - En Route Supplement Australia
DAP - Departure and Approach Procedures

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CARCivil Aviation Regulations & Civil Aviaition Act 1988 (CAR & CAA)

The Civil Aviation Act (CAA) provides the primary legislative base for air safety control in Australia and contains a number of important regulatory provisions.

The Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) contain the mandatory regulatory requirements in relation to airworthiness and operational matters, licencing and requirements, enforcement powers and air traffic control.

Download: Civil Aviation Safety Authority
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CASRCivil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR)

The Civil Aviation Regulations were made in 1988 and have been amended many times since. They are being progressively reviewed as CASA brings its requirements into line with international standards and best regulatory practice. Major new policies are generally incorporated into the CASRs.

The intention is that the matter in the 1988 Regulations and the Civil Aviation Orders will be progressively brought into the CASRs. As part of that process, the Regulations are to be rewritten in modern, easy to understand language.

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CAOCivil Aviation Orders (CAO)

The Civil Aviation Regulations make provision for Civil Aviation Orders (CAO), which include information on technical standards and specifications. In particular, they contain detailed mandatory operational, airworthiness and safety requirements, including design requirements, standards, specifications, mandatory operational, technical and administrative procedures and safety instructions.

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CAAPCivil Aviation Advisory Publication (CAAP)

Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAPs) are advisory documents which set out in simple language the purpose of the Regulation/Order and ways to comply with the mandatory requirements.

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