AOPA-Australia has lodged detailed comments with Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority on proposed sweeping changes to the general operating and flight regulations, known as CASR Part 91. The broad-based changes include proposals concerning regulatory violations, radio equipment, aircraft ownership, electronic charts and the use of aerodromes, all of which would cause significant impact to general aviation interests.

"Given our concerns about the unsatisfactory state of so many of the proposed regulations, AOPA is unable to support their further progression without substantial revision," said the association.


Spanish helicopter services provider Inaer has ordered from AgustaWestland two GrandNew helicopters for emergency medical services operation as well as four of the light twins and one AW139 medium twin helicopter for offshore transport. The Alicante-based company is AgustaWestland's largest commercial customer with a fleet of 60 helicopters.


Enstrom has delivered the first 480B helicopter to Ukraine. The turbine single was handed over to the airframer's newest dealer Rotor Ukraine. The aircraft will be used as both a sales demonstrator and for charter operations.


Diamond Aircraft has handed over the first DV20 Katana piston single to the Croatian Aviation Training Centre in Zagreb. A second Katana is scheduled for delivery before the end of the third quarter. The centre is also planning to acquire next year a convertible flight simulator for the DA40 NG and DA42 NG.

Source: Flight International