Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act Requirements - Australian and New Zealand LAMEs

CASA Part 66 AMEL holders TTMRA Pathway

A CASA Part 66 AMEL holder who applies to CAA NZ under the NZ Trans Tasman Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA) the following is required by CAA NZ.

  • Application is made on 24066/08 which requires a copy of the Australian AMEL which includes a one off payment.
  • The CASA AMEL is verified that the AMEL is valid.
  • The applicant is given a CAA NZ client number.
  • The applicant is issued with the TTMRA letter of recognition.
  • The applicant is granted the same ratings and privileges as they hold on the Australian AMEL.
  • The applicant must meet the recency and familiarity requirements of Parts 43 and 66 prior to exercising the privileges of the Letter of Recognition which is the responsibility of applicant.
  • The applicant may perform, supervise and certify Release to Service for maintenance using the Australian AMEL but must certify in accordance with NZ Part 43 – all privileges are the same as NZ with one exception as noted below.
  • CAA NZ does not require the applicant to prove recency, currency or familiarity in accordance with Parts 43 and 66 – this is the responsibility of the holder prior to exercising the priviliges of the AMEL.
  • The Letter of Recognition states the Australian CAR Part 21.191 (9) regarding weight and balance calculations does not apply when exercising the NZ licence privileges.
  • The holder of the Letter of Recognition certifies using the CAA NZ AMEL number.
  • The Letter of Recognition is for life with no expiry date.

Letter of Recognition
Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act - AMEL Registration ID -----
This is to certify that ----------- is registered with the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority as the holder of a current Australian Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence number ------, ARN number ------.
The above named must ensure that all maintenance and certification on New Zealand registered aircraft, for which they are responsible, is carried out in accordance with the current New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules; except weight and balance calculations as per CAR Part 21.191(9). Australian regulations and orders do not apply whilst the holder is exercising NZ licence privileges.
Release to service certification must only be in respect of rating privileges held on Australian licence No------, or in accordance with a Part 145 company authorisation.

CAA Part 66 AMEL holders TTMRA Pathway

  • Application is made to CASA for recognition under TTMRA
  • One off payment made to CASA for assessment
  • Assessment is to be completed within 28 days of receipt of application
  • PLST undertake assessment of NZCAA licence in conjunction with associated valid NZ company authorisations
  • In accordance with Chapter 8 of the MPL Procedures Manual, MPL will determine the Australian licensing outcome
  • MPL assessment will enable the grant of a CASA Part 66 licence (with possible category exclusions) and applicable type ratings (with possible type rating exclusions), depending on licence privileges and authorisations
  • Licence is issued post completion of assessment with an explanatory letter

NZCAA licence "conversion" to CASA Part 66 via CASA Part 147 MTO

  • NZCAA licence holder approaches a CASA Part 147 MTO (refer to Part 1 of AC147-2) for assessment toward a CASA Part 66 licence outcome
  • Generally a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment would be undertaken which attracts a fee from the Part 147 MTO
  • Any deficiencies identified, for a full B1 or B2 licence, during the RPL would need to be achieved through the CASA approved Category Part 147 MTO, thus attracting additional costs
  • CASA Part 147 would report the training outcome, upon completion, to CASA on a designated Part 147 form
  • Applicant would then make application, including paying the applicable fee, to CASA for the issue of the B1 and or B2 Category licence
  • At the same time as applying for the licence, applicant could also make application for the recognition of aircraft type ratings on the NZCAA licence, in conjunction with a valid company authorisation for the ratings, including another fee to CASA
  • Licence, with possible aircraft type ratings are issued by CASA

While Australian licence holders are recognised by the NZCAA, CASA regulations differ somewhat. The Australian Civil Aviation Act prevents non-Australian licence holders from certifying VH (Australian) registered aircraft in Australia, thus under TTMRA we do not “register” NZCAA licence holders. The Maintenance Personnel Licensing Services Team (MPLST) actually undertake the assessment of the NZCAA licence holder and the associated valid company authorisations and then issue a licence and possibly ratings, that reflects the privileges held and able to be exercised on the NZCAA licence.

If the person holds a rating to which NZ CAA Regulation 145 applies (Air transport aircraft and its components with greater than nine passenger seats and MTOW greater than 5700kg), a valid company authorisation is required to ensure the applicant is exercising their licence privileges and has recent experience. The reason behind this is, at the time of issue of the Australian Part 66 licence, CASA regulations determine the Part 66 licence holder to be recent and current, at the time of issue of the Australian Part 66 licence, for two years from the date of issue.

For applications made by personnel not in a NZ Part 145 MO (and not covered by the above reference), MPLST will generally ask for a letter from the organisation confirming the individual is currently exercising the privileges of the NZCAA licence.