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Aircraft engine emissions regulations and assessment process

Coming in late 2019 – a self-service portal to assist aircraft owner/operators to meet the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 through existing international certification.

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, Regional Development and Cities (the Department) for a determination. In such circumstances, the Department will contact the applicant directly.

Aircraft engine emissions assessment process for Deemed aircraft

Since December 2015, Airservices has been confirming the engine emission certification status for all aircraft, at the point of an Aircraft Noise Assessment.

With the recent introduction of the Deemed self-service portal, aircraft owner/operators of Deemed aircraft will no longer receive this service automatically. If an aircraft owner/operator would like assistance to confirm the status for their aircraft in relation to the Air Navigation (Aircraft Engine Emissions) Regulations 1995 please contact the Aircraft Noise Assessment team by email for assistance.

Please include the below details to support the assessment:

  • Aircraft Make
  • Aircraft Model
  • Aircraft Registration
  • Serial Number
  • Year of Manufacture
  • Engine Type (Piston, Turboprop / Turbine or Jet Turbine)
  • Engine Manufacturer
  • Engine Model, and
  • Aircraft Owner’s contact information including phone number.

Note – Aircraft receiving a permit to operate without a noise certificate under Section 14(3)(a) will continue to receive an aircraft engine emissions assessment automatically until the Aircraft Engine Emissions Self-Service Portal is released.

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.