Who are the Civil Aviation Safety Authority?

Who are the Civil Aviation Safety Authority?

As it is with every vehicle, licencing is required, and rules and regulations must be established and enforced in aviation. Whilst cars, trucks and boats are regulated by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), planes and helicopters are regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The CASA regulates all airborne vehicles and all aerial activity, including helicopter flights, air-work and recreational flying. At Alpine Helicopters safety is paramount, and all our activities are guided by our CASA approved Operations Manual and Safety Management System.


The CASA was established in July 1995, succeeding the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia after it was broken up into two different authoritative bodies – the CASA, which manage licencing and regulation enforcement, and Airservices Australia, which is responsible for air traffic control. The role of the CASA is established by the Civil Aviation Act 1988, which was developed and passed by the Australian Government in order to develop a means of establishing and maintaining safety within civil aviation.

What they do

The CASA is responsible for enforcing rules and regulations that are central to maintaining safety in civil aviation. This includes distributing licences to those who have met the requirements, creating rules to improve the safety standards in aviation and reprimanding those who do not meet the rules and requirements.

As well as this, the CASA is also responsible for educating people about the safety standards that have been placed upon aviation. There are a number of safety auditors and advisors who work within the aviation industries, so that they can always communicate any changes in standards and regulations to the community. They also run countless lectures and safety workshops throughout the year, so that people can receive certification allowing them to fly. This also encourages the industry to keep up to date with the rules and regulations that are established by the CASA.

The CASA was established as a means to improve the quality of safety within the many facets of civil aviation, including commercial flights, search and rescue and helicopter touring. If you’re looking for a helicopter touring company that has been completely approved by the CASA, talk to Alpine Helicopters. We’re the leading provider of helicopter tours in Alpine, having performed charter tours, scenic flights and air-work for over 30 years. As well as our range of flights in Alpine, we also work in areas across the state, including the Blue Mountains, Bathurst, the Southern Highlands and the Hunter Valley. If you’d like to know more about our exciting helicopter tours, or any of our other services, give us a call on (02) 9637 4455 today.