Airport Certification ( ICAO DOC 9774):

Airport Certificate:

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

Airport Certificate - Supporting Documentation

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)

Airport Certificate

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

Particulars to be included in the Aerodrome Manual

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

Obligations of the Operator

  • 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

Airport Operations Manual (AOM)

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