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Gyroplane operation is permitted in uncontrolled airspace (Class G Airspace)
In general, Gyroplane operations are not permitted inside controlled airspace (airspace controlled by a air traffic control service) except that classified as Class E airspace where additional equipment is required to be fitted to the gyro. (CAO 95.12 and CAO 95.12.1). However, there are exceptions that require certain conditions to be met prior to operations. e.g. The pilot must hold a current valid PPL or higher. Other requirements are published in CAO 95.12 and 95.12.1.
Gyroplanes operating in Class E airspace must be equipped with VHF radio, and if Flight Information Services are required, must also be equipped with a transponder.
Gyroplane operations are only permitted under Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC).
Civil Aviation Orders (CAO) 95.12, 95.12.1, require that all gyroplanes operated under the provisions of the relevant CAOs be operated in accordance with the standards and procedures specified in the Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association Operations Manual.
The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (‘the CASRs’), together with the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (‘the 1988 Regulations’), are the detailed legislation of the Commonwealth regarding aviation safety. Both of these sets of regulations are made under the Civil Aviation Act 1988. There are also Civil Aviation Orders (CAOs’) made under the 1988 Regulations and that Act.
Both sets of regulations, and the Orders, are parts of Australian law. They are delegated legislation, made by the Governor-General (for the Regulations) or CASA itself (for the Orders) under authority given by the Commonwealth Parliament.
In late 2014 CASA released a draft CASR Part 149 regulations covering Approved Self-administering Aviation Organisations (ASAO). Part 149 has been 14 years in development and will finally be tabled in