Notification to Captain
A NOTOC must be provided to the Pilot-in-Command as early as practicable prior to departure of the aircraft but in no case later than when the aircraft moves under its own power.
From January 1st, 2014 this information must also be provided to personnel with responsibilities for operational control of the aircraft (e.g. flight operations officer, flight dispatcher or designated ground personnel responsible for flight operations).
A table of dangerous goods not required to appear in the information to the pilot-in-command (NOTOC) has been implemented (Table 7-9, ICAO TI).
For helicopter operations, with the approval of the State of the Operator, the NOTOC may be abbreviated or be by other means (e.g. radio communication, as part of the working flight documentations such as a journey log or operational flight plan) where circumstances make it impractical to produce written or printed information or on a dedicated form.
Safety advice for dangerous goods transport by air
Lithium ion batteries, classified as UN3481, class 9 that are used as retrofit kits for e.g. electronic bikes are forbidden for dangerous goods transport by air, if the retrofit kit is designed in a way, where it has to be considered as being in operation.
Amendment of the national dangerous goods transportation law into force
Since the 21st of May 2011 the Amendment of the national Dangerous Goods Transportation Act came into effect.
The following issues have been amended:
Approval of Training Providers/Instructors and their training programs
Acceptance of Dangerous Goods
Extension of the surveillance competencies of Austro Control to the whole process chain, beginning with the shipper and ending with the operator
Inclusion of the violations of the dangerous goods transportation by air into the penalty scale of the national Dangerous Goods Transportation act
Austro Control as the Austrian Civil Aviation Authority is responsible for the notification and investigation of dangerous goods occurrences and incidents (FUS is still responsible for dangerous goods accidents and serious incidents)
Hereby you can find further details in regard to above mentioned amendments
The new dangerous goods regulation according to the above mentioned national law is in process at the moment and is expected to come into effect in spring 2013.
2. ICAO Amendments
Major Changes of the Technical Instructions Edition 2015 - 2016
Aircraft batteries - Lithium-batteries / ICAO reaction of Dreamliner problems - A787
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4. Important Links
Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation & Technology
International Civil Aviation Organisation
International Air Transport Association