Published date: 9 May 2007

General

Civil Aviation Authority Advisory Circulars contain information about standards, practices, and procedures that the Director has found to be an Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) with the associated rule.

An AMC is not intended to be the only means of compliance with a rule, and consideration will be given to other methods of compliance that may be presented to the Director. When new standards, practices, or procedures are found to be acceptable they will be added to the appropriate Advisory Circular.

This Advisory Circular also includes guidance material(GM) to facilitate compliance with the rule requirements. Guidance material must not be regarded as an acceptable means of compliance.

Purpose

The Advisory Circular provides information on the course that is acceptable to the Director for meeting the Civil Aviation Rule requirements for the issue of a Parachute Drop Rating.

Related Rules

This Advisory Circular relates specifically to Civil Aviation Rule Part 61 Subpart N – Parachute Drop Rating

Change Notice

Revision 2 re-numbers this advisory circular from AC 61-1.14 to AC 61-14 as part of a project to standardise the numbering of all ACs.


Rule 61.651 Eligibility requirements

Parachute drop course

Rule 61.651(a)(3) requires an applicant for a parachute drop rating to have satisfactorily completed a course in the dropping of parachutists. The course must be conducted by a parachute organisation whose Part 149 certificate authorises the holder to conduct a course in the dropping of parachutists.

The ground course would normally include the following:

· A briefing by a jumpmaster on the use of parachutes; and parachuting operational and emergency procedures; and

· A knowledge of CAR Part 105 - Parachute Operating Rules, and of Part 91 rules - Parachute-drop operations and Emergency parachute assemblies.

Competency demonstration

Rule 61.651(a)(4) requires an applicant to have demonstrated their competency in the dropping of parachutists to an authorised person within a parachute organisation. The demonstration of competence must be conducted by a parachute organisation whose Part 149 certificate authorises the holder to conduct assessment for a parachute drop rating.

Rule 61.653 Issue

Logbook endorsement

Rule 61.653 states the requirements for the issue of a parachute drop rating. The authorised person operating under the authority of the Part 149 parachute organisation must be satisfied that the eligibility requirements of rule 61.651 have been met before issuing the parachute drop rating.

All relevant details must have been instructed, completed, and checked either orally, or in writing, or in practice to the satisfaction of the certifying person. The entry in the logbook must be made in accordance with rule 61.29(a)(3) including—

(i) the purpose of the flight; and

(ii) the date of the flight; and

(iii) the expiry date of the flight test, flight review, competency demonstration or check; and

(iv) the name, client number, and signature of the person conducting the flight test, flight review, competency demonstration, or check.

A person seeking more information on the parachute drop rating should contact a parachuting organisation certificated under Rule Part 149.