Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority

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History of aviation in Ethiopia goes back to 1929 when French made airplane, Potez 25 flown by a French pilot Andre Milet landed in the western side of Addis Ababa enrooted from Djibouti. 

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority

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History of aviation in Ethiopia goes back to 1929 when French made airplane, Potez 25 flown by a French pilot Andre Milet landed in the western side of Addis Ababa enrooted from Djibouti. 

Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority

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History of aviation in Ethiopia goes back to 1929 when French made airplane, Potez 25 flown by a French pilot Andre Milet landed in the western side of Addis Ababa enrooted from Djibouti. 

Air Operation

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Air Operation

Short description on the issue of an Air operator certificate (AOC)

A prospective air operator should approach Air operator certification and surveillance Directorate for inquiry on the requirements to obtain an AOC. The Authority personnel will provide   detailed information to the operator and advise the operator to submit a written application to the Director General Civil Aviation Authority. At the same time the operator will be informed that, after the application is received by the office of the Director General, he will nominate three inspectors and assign them for the certification process which will be based on the ECARAS and directives. When the assignment letter reaches the committee members the committee will advise the operator to go-ahead with the certification process.

Before start of the Certification process the operator will be informed to proceed to the Investment bureau for registry. After obtaining the Investment permit he will be given detailed briefing on the five phases of the certification process

  • Pre-application phase
  • Formal application phase
  • Documentation phase
  • Demonstration and Inspection phase
  • Certification phase

The operator will be required to have general knowledge on Ethiopian Civil Aviation Rules and Standards, the required Directives and International Rules and Standards relevant to the Annexes and to  Comply with them during its entire operation. The operator will be briefed on the following items and submit required documents on the initial phase of the Certification process.

  • Certificate of principal Registration
  • Investment Permit
  • Should produce ownership certificate lease, or lease purchase agreement
  • Type of aero plane and number intended for use, aero plane age for passenger aircraft should not be more than 22 years and cargo aircraft not more than 25 years
  • Base of operation, its location and address
  • Names of management post holders, their qualifications, licenses and rating and the organization structure
  • Should have sufficient number of trained personnel to carry on the operation
  • Articles of Association and articles of Memorandum
  • Should submit blocked account financial statement from legal Ethiopian banks, Insurance certificate and Business plan (Birr 2,500,000 )
  • Should have a well developed control system for the follow-up of the movements of the aircrafts.(Dispatch office)
  • Should identify the type of operation he intended to apply for:- ie:

Commercial air transport, general aviation, aerial work or cargo transport.

  • Must own or provide agreement made with an approved maintenance organization.
  • Must provide operation and maintenance manuals
  • Should be able to demonstrate the operational capability before obtaining the air operator certificate.(Demonstration flight)
  • Provide agreement made with the Approved Training Organization
  • Should make arrangement for inspection visit of the approved maintenance organization and approved training organization.

When he has clearly understood on the given briefing and he finally intends to proceed with the certification, the certification process will resume.

Pre-Application phase:-

During this phase, the operator Rey management personnel will be invited for a meeting and will be furnished the prospective pre-assessment statement (POPS) form. The Certification Committee will give detailed instructions on how to fill the form. If the management team have any doubt on the form further explanation will be given. The POPS should be completed, signed by the prospective operator and returned to the Authority. If the information is incomplete or erroneous, the POPS will be returned to the operator with the reasons for its return in writing. If the information is complete and acceptable the operator will be advised to proceed to the next phase. The following application packages will be provided during this process.

1. Certification Job aid

2. Schedule of events

3. an example of operations specifications.

Statement of Compliance will be provided to the operator with instructions how to fill the form. After Completion the form will be returned to the Authority. They will be advised to submit the following manuals

  • Operation Policy Manual
  • Training and Checking Manuals
  • Management structure and Qualification
  • Purchase or lease agreement and other items Considered  essential for the operation.

Formal Application phase

It is recommended that the formal application is submitted at least 90 days before operations are expected to begin. The Authority will review the application to determine that it contains the required information. If there are omissions or errors, the formal application will be returned with a letter out tiring the reasons for its return. The operator’s key management personnel should attend the formal application meeting to discuss the formal application and resolve omissions, deficiencies, or answer questions from either party   

Documentation Evaluation phase

A thorough evaluation will begin on approximately 25 manuals and documents submitted to the committee on this phase. These committee will endeavor to complete these evaluations in accordance with the operator’s schedule of events and the statement of compliance forwarded to the operator during the previous Certification phases. When filling the statement of Compliance the chapters in the manuals or documents should be referenced with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Rules and Standards (ECARAS). If the manuals and documents are satisfactory, they will be approved or accepted. Approvals may  be indicated by letter as appropriate, or by approval of Operations specifications (Ops Specs)

Demonstration and Inspection phase

On this phase the operation department and the maintenance areas and facilities will be thoroughly examined. Besides, the operator will be required to demonstrate its ability to comply with Rules and Standards by flying  for about 100 in the presence of the inspectors. If the inspection and the flight demonstration are satisfactorily Completed the Certification will proceed to the final phase.

Certification phase

After the document Compliance and the demonstration and inspection phases have been completed satisfactorily, the Authority will prepare an Air Operator Certificate and approve the Ops Specs. The operator must acknowledge receipt of these documents. The Certificate holder is responsible for continued compliance with the Authority and the Authorizations, limitations, and provisions of its  Certificate and Ops Specs. The operator will be on continuous surveillance.