CASA : Withdrawal of Indemnity and changes to Approved Testing Officers (ATO’s) to Flight Examiner Rating

Dear All,

You may be aware that on 08 August 2014, CASA announced the transition for Approved Testing Officers (ATO) to move to a Flight Examiner Rating on the individuals Part 61 Licence.

In summary:

  • Existing ATO’s will be transitioned to a Flight Examiner Rating on 30 June 2016.  ATOs will continue to be covered by the indemnity provided under the Civil Aviation Advisory Publication until this date.
  • ATOs can elect to transition early to a Flight Examiner Rating anytime from 01 September 2014. If they do transition, they will no longer be covered under the current CASA indemnity (Professional Indemnity) and will be required to make their own arrangements.
  • Importantly, “CASR Part 61 introduces a requirement for a test flight in some situations where, under current regulations, a flight is not required. Two of these situations involve the conduct of flight tests for the issue of a type rating, and the conduct of flight tests for the issue of a multi-engine class rating”.  If the ATO is performing these activities they will not be covered under the current CASA indemnity and will be required to make their own arrangements.
  • As stated in the CASA publication there is no legal obligation on the Flight Examiner Rating holder to hold professional indemnity insurance.

Where to from here?…

In response to these changes made by CASA, we are aware that QBE Aviation have taken immediate action and are finalising details with their QBE Professional Indemnity colleagues to provide a solution for the ATOs / Flight Examiners and we will keep you appraised of developments.

We have not received any advice from other Insurers at the time of going to print but we will update you accordingly with any further information that is released.

We trust you find this bulletin to be of interest and please do not hesitate to contact Aerosure should you wish to discuss any matters raised including appropriate insurance & risk mitigation solutions that can be tailored to meet your own organisation’s requirements