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Australia develops regulations to introduce a multi-crew pilot licence
17 October 2006

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has started work on developing regulations to introduce a multi-crew pilot licence. Safety research over many years has indicated that failures in teamwork are a major contributor to airline accidents. One reason is that traditional methods of training pilots emphasise independence and individual skills. This suits single pilot operations but pilots moving to work in airlines have needed `top up` training to work effectively in the small teams that fly air transport aircraft. The training behind the proposed new licence is designed to embed multi-crew teamwork from the very start of training. CASA will undertake a comprehensive consultation process with the relevant sectors of the aviation industry in developing the regulations to introduce the new licence. (CASA)