The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) in collaboration with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) have come to an agreement with regards to the new Part 93 exemption. This temporary exemption has been broadly welcomed by the aviation industry and has been regarded as a positive move while the industry waits for the promulgation of Part 93. The new exemption was a CAASA initiative and considered the economic impact it has on the aviation industry. This new exemption, while not as accommodating that the new Part 93 amendment will be, is to temporarily cover the gap while the Department of Transport (DOT) and the Minister of Transport finalise the 19th and 20thamendments. The Part 93 amendment is due to be included in the 19th amendment.
The new exemption is valid for a period of 180 days and may (if necessary) be extended for a further 180 days. “We believe the amended Part 93 will see the ‘light of day’ within the next two months,” said Kev Storie, Chief Operations Officer, CAASA. “CAASA, as is all industry is particularly concerned that not one section of the aviation regulation has been promulgated since the new Minister took office and this has raised many questions for which no satisfactory answers have been forth coming.”
According to CAASA, the time taken for this amendment is excessive and CAASA is seeking answers as to why there are hold ups and are working on solutions to minimise the disruption to the industry going forward. CAASA believes if future regulations that are CARCom approved and recommended to the Minister, continue to take in excess of six months to be promulgated, it will seriously hamstring the aviation industry. The Part 93 exemption can be found on the SACAA website.