What is an Airport certificate?
An official document: Issued by the Regulatory Authority. Supported by Technical documentation demonstrating that the Aerodrome for which it was issued meets specific Air Safety-Related Criteria.
REGULATORY BACKGROUND: Development of ICAO SARPs and Guidance Material
Annex 14 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, Volume 1 Aerodrome Design and Operations Adopted by Council in 1951 Amendment 4 to Annex 14 1st November 2001Manual on Certification of Aerodromes First Edition 2001 refers.
Airport Certificate Purpose
- Provides the Airport Operator and aircraft Operators with documented proof that the facilities they operate or use are safe
- It is an important Risk management element
- Ensure continued Safety, regularity and efficiency of aircraft Operations at Aerodromes.
- Ensure the aerodrome is in compliance with the relevant ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices and Civil Aviation Regulations
The Airport certificate is a one-page document, posted in a visible location. Therefore supporting documentation must be prepared and maintained. It is in the form of an Airport Operations Manual (AOM)
In order to obtain a certificate, the Operator must apply with the Regulatory Authority
This is followed by a flight operations assessment
The AOM receives approval (if accepted)
The Airport certificate is then granted
Airport Certificate - Maintenance
Once issued, it must be maintained.
Aerodrome is subject to regular inspections by the Licensing Authority
Non-compliance must be corrected or Certificate could be suspended
Airport Certificate - Requirements
The certificate holder must satisfy the Regulating Authority that:
- Operating areas on the Airport and in its vicinity are safe
- Airport facilities are appropriate to the type of Operation taking place
- The Management Organization and Staff are Competent
Part 1 – General introduction
Part 2 – Aerodrome site data
Part 3 – AIS data for publication in AIP
Part 4 – Aerodrome Operating Procedures
Part 5 – Administration & Safety Management System
Obligations of the Licensing Authority
- The Licensing Authority has an obligation to carry out regular site inspections in order to ascertain Compliance with Standards.
- Inspections must be planned and coordinated
- Feedback to Operator is mandatory
- Formal report to follow, including required actions
- Maintain facilities in accordance with the certificate in effect
- Promptly advise the Licensing Authority and the flying community of any temporary deviation from the certificate
- Amend the AOM if permanent changes are made.
- Advise the Licensing Authority and the flying community through Aeronautical Information Services
- Secure exemption from Licensing Authority if required
The most important document in support of the Airport Certificate
A guide for all Operational matters at the Airport
A proof of structured management
A Training Tool
Objective of the AOM
To have in place an organized and orderly approach in the Management of Aerodrome Safety by the Operator