Flight Operations is a section within the Operation Division. It has two main functions namely operations and regulatory:

  1. OPERATION OF MINOR AERODROMES
    1. Maintenance
    2. Project management
  1. REGULATORY FUNCTION OF ALL AERODROMES
    1. The role of the aerodromes inspectorate, also known as Ground Operations is to provide safety oversight of the aerodromes facility, ground aids, electric systems, installations including certification of the various categories of aerodromes and appropriate personnel as required for ensuring continued compliance with national regulations and international standards and practices.
    2. The regulatory functions of Aerodromes Inspectorate are guided by-

                                          i.    ICAO Annex 14, Volumes 1 - Aerodromes & Volume 2 - Heliports and the related ICAO Documents

                                         ii.    The Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations 2013 as amended

                                        iii.    The Manual of Aerodrome Standards

                                        iv.    AGA Orders and Advisory Circulars

                                         v.    Aerodromes Inspectors Handbook

                                        vi.    Other Manuals (Aerodrome Certification, Aerodromes Licensing, etc)

    1. Duties and Responsibilities of Aerodrome Inspectors   

The duties and responsibilities of Aerodrome Inspectors are as follows;

- Conduct inspections for the certification/licensing of aerodromes in accordance with the regulations, standards and recommendations.

- Develop a suitable programme for the purpose of proposing the establishment, promulgation and amendments of;                

      i.   Relevant aspects of State’s Civil Aviation legislation such as Acts, Regulations, Orders and other instruments containing mandatory requirements;

                     ii.    National aerodrome standards, guidance materials, processes and procedures for regulating all categories of aerodromes; and

                    iii.    Procedures and programmes for continuing aerodrome surveillance and implementation of relevant enforcement actions, where necessary; 

- Ensure compliance with the provisions of the standards and recommended practices and other requirements specified in the Manual of Aerodrome Standards;

- Conduct audits of aerodrome operations in line with regulations and guiding in implementation of audit related action plans. Assess effectiveness of proposed corrective actions of operators including follow up on their implementation;

- Ensure Safety Management Systems and Aerodrome Manuals are developed and implemented by aerodrome operators in accordance with the State’s Safety Programme (SSP) and the civil aviation regulations;

- Ensure effective implementation of Aerodrome Emergency Plan (AEP) and adequate control of obstacles within and in the vicinity of aerodromes and in accordance with regulatory requirements;

- Develop guidance materials including Advisory Circulars for different specialist areas as acceptable means for compliance with the Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations;

- As necessary, undertake audits and perform inspections to ensure serviceability of runway, taxiway and apron surfaces, ground aids and associated infrastructures;

- Conduct regular audits/inspections to ensure aerodrome operators compliance with the provision of primary and secondary power supply and that ground aids are continually serviceable and that lighting intensity is controlled in accordance with the maintenance performance level objectives;

- Conduct audits/inspections to ensure aerodrome operators comply with the regulatory requirements for marking and illuminating obstacles, both on the aerodrome and in the vicinity of aerodromes;

- Carry out safety oversight activities of the emergency services provided at aerodromes with the objective of enhancing safety, efficiency and regularity of air navigation and ensuring compliance with national and international standards;

- Ensure implementation of Aerodrome Emergency Plans commensurate with aerodrome level of protection and complexity of operations.

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