CASR 91.100 states: “To avoid doubt, if a document is required to be carried on a flight of an aircraft under this Division, that requirement is taken to be satisfied if an electronic copy of the document is carried on the flight.”
You may carry an electronic copy of your licence is you carry and display a valid Australian Security Identification Card (ASIC).
iPhone and Android phone users may carry a digital licence via Apple Wallet or Google Pay as a suitable electronic copy for a flight wholly conducted in Australia.
Note 1: Android digital cards do not display a photo. The licence holder will need to carry a photo identification card in addition to an ASIC card (e.g. a state/territory drivers licence).
Note 2: If you have recently been issued a new licence or privilege to a licence, it may take up to two weeks to appear on the digital licence. You are required to carry a paper licence during this time.
Note 3: you must present a paper licence when undertaking proficiency checks, during a flight review or when you obtain a rating or endorsement.
Note 4: you must carry a paper licence if exercising its privileges internationally.
Documents to be carried
Australian aircraft – general
The pilot in command (PIC) must carry the following documents on an aircraft:
- for each flight crew member:
- the member’s medical certificate; and
- the member’s flight crew licence or certificate of validation;
- for each flight crew member, either:
- a photographic identification document issued by a Commonwealth, State or Territory authority or agency; or
- the member’s passport;
- the aircraft flight manual instructions for the aircraft;
- if the aircraft is fitted with computerised navigation equipment—the operating instructions for the equipment;
- any minimum equipment list for the aircraft.
Note that the above does not apply if the aircraft is conducting aerobatic manoeuvres and the carriage of the documents will affect the safety of the aircraft or the persons on board the aircraft.
Australian aircraft – certain flights
This section applies to:
- an aircraft that conducts a visual flight rules (VFR) flight in an aircraft by day and within 50 nautical miles of the aircraft’s point of departure; or
- an aircraft that is within the flying training area for an aerodrome (and, if the training area is not located adjacent to the aerodrome, the the flight path between the flying training area and the aerodrome);
the PIC must carry the following documents on an aircraft:
- the authorised aeronautical information for the flight; and
- the flight technical log or maintenance release for the aircraft.