The Gliding Federation of Australia administers a system of maintenance for sailplanes and powered sailplanes in Australia under delegated authority from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA). This is called the GFA Airworthiness System, which nurtures and develops an environment of safety and continuing airworthiness for all members’ aircraft as well as GFA Authorised Inspectors and GFA Authorised Organisations. The system maintains and develops standards for technical specifications, maintenance procedures, training and education as well as performing certification, audit, aircraft registration and technical advisory roles for members.

 The best place to start is the RO Handbook which was written in 2015 to guide and educate Registered Operators of gliders in simple terms. You get it from Docs/ Forms\ Documents/Forms under MOSP Part 3. Please get it and read it.

 The GFA Airworthiness System rules are in the GFA Manual of Standard Procedures Part 3 (Airworthiness), referred to as the MoSP part 3, which explains the general procedures for administering the GFA Airworthiness System, including the roles, privileges and limitations of all GFA airworthiness staff, authorised persons and authorised organisations.

 MoSP 3 is the rules part that you have to comply with to meet Australian Regulations. The MoSP part 3 contains lower level documentation such as:

  • Basic Sailplane Engineering (the technical standards and detailed procedures for continuing maintenance, available for purchase from the GFA Secretariat), 

 Also on the website are necessary documents published by GFA:

  • Airworthiness Directives (documentation directing specific mandatory maintenance procedures), 
  • Airworthiness Advice Notices (documentation of an advisory nature concerning maintenance, administrative procedures and guidelines for complying with regulations or requirements), 
  • and other documentation available from the GFA Secretariat.

 Some is mandatory and some is guidance or very good advice that you should follow. We will try to be clear so you can make your choices and comply if required.

 For Airworthiness Technical advice please contact the GFA Secretariat in the first instance, as given under contacts. If necessary, you will be referred to your RTO-A, the CTO, Dennis Stacey, the CAD, Rob Hanbury, or the DCAD, Andrew Simpson and Anthony Smith.

Airworthiness Contacts
 The RTO-A Team in 2014