October 23, 2007
Out Of This World
No flying for a while I'm on vacation in one of my hometowns. I'm sure you all recognize these things; I know I'm enough of a nerd that I can name the function of each of them (hint: not aeronautical). Yes, such a nerd. Back sometime November .
But all of that's now irrelevant in the face of the bizarre and draconian ASIC regulations that make nearly all GA pilots in Australia subject to pretty drastic security regulations in a lot of pointless circumstances, meaning that for all intents and purposes you can no longer just rent a plane and fly it -- you have to get an ASIC pass even to get on the ramp. And this is not really possible for visitors. AOPA Pilot or Flying covered the effects this has had some time ago, but I can't remember the details at the moment...
But a few months later I finally got a straight answer: a CASA officer informed me, in no uncertain terms, that foreign-licenced pilots operating on a Certificate of Validation do not require an ASIC (as of Jan 2008, please consult your own CASA officer, &c.)
My tour diary has more details for foreign pilots interested in flying down under.