The Civil Aviation Safety Authority – CASA for short – is the Australian entity which has the responsibility of regulating all aspects of civil aviation fall.
The authority was set up in 1995 when the responsibility for air traffic control was hived off from the previous entity, and set up as Air Services Australia.
This allowed the CASA to focus on regulation, pilot qualifications, and air crash investigations, among other activities.
One of the Civil Aviation’s ongoing responsibilities is to issue a licence to pilots, ground crew, and airport operators, but it also signs off on aircraft safety, in terms of overhauling and servicing when passing certain milestones such as hours flown, number of takeoffs, and landings.
It’s other biggest ongoing operation is to enforce broad safety requirements as stipulated by the Australian Commonwealth’s Civil Aviation Act of 1988 and the updated Air Navigation Act of 1920. The CASA is held to account by the Federal Government of Australia and falls under the portfolio of the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry.
Any civil aircraft operations that take place within the airspace of Australia must be sanctioned by the Civil Aviation Authority and in addition, Australian airplanes operating outside the national airspace must also report to CASA.
The CASA has a role in keeping up to speed with the latest aeronautic technology and to draft new standards and regulations as new aircraft and procedures are developed. A typical example was the introduction of twin booms of different heights for boarding the latest generation double-decked jumbo aircraft.
The CASA is also responsible for ensuring that pilots undergo regular drug and alcohol tests to ensure that they are sober when in control of the aircraft. The CASA has a specifically important role to play in ensuring that safety standards are met in commercial air passenger transport.