Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Aircraft engine emissions regulations and assessment process

All civil aircraft operating in Australia are required to comply with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 regardless of size, purpose or ownership.

Responsibility for regulatory compliance rests with the aircraft operator/owner to ensure their aircraft meets the Regulations.

  • For all aircraft with a turbine engine – an aircraft with a turbine engine must meet the requirements specified in International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 16, Volume II, Part II relating to fuel venting.
  • For aircraft with a turbo-jet or turbofan engine – an aircraft with a turbo-jet or turbofan engine must meet the requirements specified in ICAO Annex 16, Volume II, Part III relating to smoke emissions and gaseous emissions.

Compliance to the appropriate standards is outlined in the appropriate Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS). On the rare occasion where the TCDS does not demonstrate certification, the application will be referred to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) for a determination. In such circumstances, the Department will contact the applicant directly.

Special note

Eligibility to operate the aircraft in compliance with the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 does not override any conditions on operation of the aircraft which have been specified under any other Acts, Regulations, Orders or Instructions administered by Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or other relevant Federal or State authorities.