When you are getting ready to operate, you probaberly have already asked yourself if you need an ReOC, and when you answered yes, you now want to know how to apply for one. There are a number of steps involved in applying for an ReOC; below is the basic outline:
- Develop (or engage a contractor) your operations, flight, maintenance and risk manuals;
- Ensure that you understand and know how to apply your manuals to your operations;
- Submit to CASA (or a delegate) your manauls for review;
- Wait, wait and wait some more;
- Pay CASA (or delegate) the appropriate fees;
- Make changes to the manals are suggested and required by CASA (or delegate);
- Resubmit the documentation;
- Recived your ReOC;
There are a lot of steps to gain a 12 month license/ReOC to start operating. Some of our clients have had up to 9 months between the initial submission to the final issuing of an initial ReOC. In that time, they are unable to operate any of their larger platforms, or make applications for operations outside the standard operating conditions. And in that time, most of them have canceled their application to CASA and continued to operate under our FlyFreely system.
If you decided to develop your own manuals, there are some sample manuals that CASA provides; these manuals require heavy editing to ensure that they are ready for your specific requirements. In addition, you will be responsible for maintaining the content of the manuals as the regulations change, industry standards change, or the technologies that you utilise change. In addition, you will need to consider the complex operations that you wish to undertake and the systems that you need to ensure that all the pilots in your organisation are able to meet these requirements.
There are alternatives to gaining your own ReOC; you can operate under someone else’s. In our next blog, we will explore the reasons to operate under someone else’s ReOC and the traps that you can fall into if you are not careful.