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AD/BEECH 1900/50 Airworthiness Directives as made
State of Design Airworthiness Directives
Administered by: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 15
Registered 23 Sep 2010
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR28-Sep-2010
Tabled Senate28-Sep-2010

CIVIL AVIATION ACT 1988

CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998

ISSUE OF AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVE

Under section 98 of the Civil Aviation Act 1988, the Governor-General may make regulations for the purposes of the Act and in the interests of the safety of air navigation.  Under regulation 39.001 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) may issue airworthiness directives (ADs) for kinds of aircraft or aeronautical products.  Subregulation 39.001(5) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 provides that an AD is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901. Therefore, in accordance with section 6 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, an AD is a legislative instrument.

Under Annex 8 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the State of Design has overall responsibility for continuing airworthiness of an aircraft type, and must provide any information necessary to ensure the continuing airworthiness of a type to appropriate States of Registry.  ADs (and their equivalents) are the most common form of continuing airworthiness information, and are issued by most ICAO Contracting States.

The State of Registry of an individual aircraft is responsible for its continuing airworthiness.  Under Annex 8, the State of Registry must develop or adopt requirements to ensure the continuing airworthiness of aircraft.  When a State of Design issues an AD against a type of aircraft on the Australian Register, CASA, as Australia’s national airworthiness authority, must assess that information and, if appropriate, issue an Australian AD to mandate the requirements of the State of Design.

CASA has reviewed the ADs issued for the Beechcraft 1900 series of aeroplanes by the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA.  The USA is the state of design of the Beechcraft 1900.  CASA has identified three USA ADs issued between 1987 and 1997 that were not mandated in Australia but which may be applicable, or may have been applicable in the past, to some of the nine Beechcraft 1900 aeroplanes currently on the Australian register of civil aircraft.  CASA has decided to list these three USA ADs in a new AD called AD/BEECH 1900/50 State of Design Airworthiness Directives.  AD/BEECH 1900/50 will become effective on 15 October 2010.

As this AD is issued because of Australia’s obligations under Convention on International Civil Aviation, and because it is issued in response to a number of ADs raised by the relevant State of Design, no consultation of the Australian public has taken place on this AD.  The Office of Best Practice Regulation has determined that ADs do not require a Regulatory Impact Statement.

The AD has been made by the Manager, Continuing Airworthiness in the Airworthiness and Engineering Branch, on behalf of CASA, in accordance with subsection 94 (1) of the Act.