Proposed changes to pilot and engineer exams during COVID-19

From the website

31 March 2020

Last week CASA announced a range of exemptions being put in place to help the Australian aviation industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment.

This week we also saw the escalation of social distancing as the government puts in place further measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

These decisions have resulted in some of you experiencing difficulties with booking and sitting pilot and aircraft maintenance engineering exams.

We recognise this will have impacts on statutory time periods for the completion of exams.

As a result, we are working to put in place measures to provide relief to candidates who are part-way through an examination program, including Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL), Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) examinations.

This is expected to include a six month extension of the statutory time period for CPL and ATPL in which you can complete your exams, and a 12 month extension to AME examinations (including Schedule Of Experience pathways).

It is important that we all adhere to social distancing measures and do our part and the exemption we will put in place will ensure candidates are not disadvantaged in the current environment.


Shane Carmody
Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety