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This order amends the Civil Aviation Order 20.18 (Aircraft equipment — basic operational requirements) Instrument 2014 by requiring helicopter operations under visual flight rules at night to be equipped with instruments that meet instrument meteorological conditions stability requirements.
Administered by: Infrastructure and Regional Development
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 s 54(2) item 9
Registered 17 Mar 2015
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR18-Mar-2015
Tabled Senate19-Mar-2015
Date of repeal 29 Apr 2015
Repealed by Civil Aviation Order 20.18 Amendment Instrument 2015 (No. 2)

I, MARK ALAN SKIDMORE, Director of Aviation Safety, on behalf of CASA, make this instrument under regulation 207 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988.

[Signed M. Skidmore]

Mark Skidmore AM
Director of Aviation Safety

13 March 2015

1          Name of instrument

                 This instrument is the Civil Aviation Order 20.18 Amendment Instrument 2015 (No. 1).

2          Commencement

                 This instrument commences on the day after registration.

3          Amendment of Civil Aviation Order 20.18

                 Schedule 1 amends Civil Aviation Order 20.18.

4          Transitional application — helicopter V.F.R. operations at night

                 The amendments to Civil Aviation Order 20.18 in Schedule 1 of this instrument do not apply until 1 January 2016.

Schedule 1          Amendments

[1]        Paragraph 3.2


the V.F.R.


by day

[2]        After paragraph 3.2


    3.2A     A helicopter may only be operated under the V.F.R. at night if:

(a)   it is equipped with the instruments specified in Appendix VIII; and

(b)   it is equipped with any other instruments and indicators specified in the helicopter’s flight manual;

(c)   for flights under V.F.R. at night which involve flights over land or water where the helicopter’s attitude cannot be maintained by the use of visual external surface cues as a result of lights on the ground or celestial illumination:

             (i)  the helicopter is equipped in accordance with subparagraph 4.2 (d) of this Order; or

            (ii)  the helicopter is operated by a qualified 2 pilot crew, each with access to flight controls.

[3]        Subparagraph 4.2 (d)


(d)   an approved automatic pilot or automatic stabilisation system.