Does anyone know if anything has changed regs-wise since the marathon topic after a number of gyro-comm-ag-related deaths, that eventually got locked, back in 2015?
In other words, is the information as provided in that thread by Goffel still the status quo?
Goffel wrote: Just some useful info for those wanting or are doing commercial work in a gyro.
Please comply to the regulations of Part 62 and, (if on), Part 96.
There is a minimum of a 100 hours on a gyro to comply with before doing commercial work.
You also need a Part 96 authorisation approved by the Director.
An ATO does not need a Part 96, unless u are going to do commercial work....that is when things change.
For that, you need the minimum 300 hours, which can be made up of....200 hours on an aircraft with a mcm 5700 kgs or less AND at least 100 hours on the gyro.
You also then, in addition, need a Part 96 authoristion given by the Director to carry out Part 96 work.
Quite simple.......to do instruction.....you need an ATO.
To do any type of commercial work......you need an AOC.
Flipping is not instruction.....therefore one needs an AOC.
As you are operating a Gyro with a NPL, one needs a Part 96 authorisation.
1) Requirements for the issuance of Part 96...62.14.1.
2) Requirements for a Part 96 authorisation.....62.14.2
5) Theoretical knowledge exam....62.14.5
6) Skills test....62.14.6
7) Application for a Part 96 authorisation...62.14.7
8 ) Issuing of Part 96 authorisation...62.14.8.......
9) Period of validity...62.14.9
10) PRIVILEGES of a Part 96 authorisation....62.14.10......look at (1) (b).**********
11) Maintenance of competency......62.14.11
The operator of a non type certified aircraft used for the provision of flight training or in the commercial air transport operations, as the case may be, shall not operate the aircraft unless such operator is the holder of a valid-
a)ATO Approval, issued in terms of Part 141; or
2)Licence issued in terms of the Air Services Licence Act 1990; and
3)Operating certificate issued in terms of reulation 96.04.3.
96.01.1. (7)....For the purpose of subregulation (3), FLIPPING IS DEFINED AS CARRYING OF FARE-PAYING PASSENGERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SIGHT SEEING and such operation shall be restricted to as follows;
(landing taking off, duration, max pax etc).
As for doing "Ag work" and that by definition is what the gyro pilots were doing, they should have had a proper ag rating and followed all the rules pertaining how to get the rating, just like any other ag pilot......Avcasa diploma....30 hours under supervision, a flight test by either a G1 or G2, with the appropriate ag rating......with the appropriate ground experience.
What should have happened, is that these pilots should have now gone and done an Ag rating, which entails, (besides the mandatory min two hours dual), 30 hours of supervised ag flying, and then a flight test by either a G1 or G2 ag rated instructor. (lets not debate on the chemical course, nor the 10 hours supervised helo flying ).
The next point, to get an Ag rating, a pilot must have a min 300 hours......
For an AOC holder to employ and let a non rated pilot do the work they are not qualified for, is illegal.
However, the operator must have a G13 on his ASL . (G13 = spraying, seeding and dusting operations other than for agriculture purposes and clouds). (G5 is for agriculture spraying, seeding and dusting which is probably not the case with this).