CAA Capacity Building


An African National Aviation Authority with limited aviation safety oversight capability required the help of CAAi through a technical assistance project, to bring their regulatory oversight capabilities fully in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and European Union (EU) standards.


A review of the existing capability, identifying areas of weakness; a re-evaluation of the legal, regulatory and procedural framework; and the provision of an onsite advisory service.


The overall objective of the Project was to provide technical support to build capacity and to bring the regulatory oversight capabilities fully into line with ICAO and EU standards. The Project remit required a plan to develop the structure for the CAA with CAAi’s involvement including the following:

  • Legislation
    New regulations to comply with Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR)/ European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulatory standards.
  • Operations
    Establishing a JAR-OPS flight operations function and Guidance Material including a Flight Operations Procedures Manual and a detailed JAR-OPS audit plan.
  • Airworthiness
    The provisions of JAR 145 were implemented to ensure that local JAR 145 approvals are issued to the standard expected of a Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) Full Member State.
  • Personnel Licensing
    Licensing systems compliant with JAR-FCL (Flight Crew Licensing) and JAR-66 to be established. Procedures and Guidance Material for both staff and licence applicants were also developed.
  • Organisational
    Recommendations were made on a new organisation to match the evolution of new processes and procedures within the Department of Civil Aviation, including a plan for staff training.

The client was able to draw on the expertise of CAAi, as well as the wider UK CAA, to ensure compliance with international standards, and perform the oversight of its operators and maintenance organisations without the need for continued external assistance.

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