Application for an Air Operator Certificate for Commercial Air Transport in Kenya

The process of applying for and obtaining an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to conduct commercial air transport operations under the Civil Aviation Regulations.

Attached Document

CERTIFICATION OF AN AIR OPERATOR

PURPOSE

This Advisory Circular (AC) describes the process of applying for and obtaining an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to conduct commercial air transport operations under the Civil Aviation Regulations. The certification process may appear to be a complex undertaking, particularly to a “first-time” operator. This AC provides basic information applicable to the certification process.

AIR SERVICE LICENSE
A prospective operator will not be granted an AOC before applying for and being granted an Air Service License (ASL) issued under respective Air Services Licensing Regulation as required by Regulation 6(1) (d) of the Civil Aviation (Air Operator Certification and Administration) Regulations as amended

BACKGROUND
To conduct commercial air transport operations under the Civil Aviation Regulations, an operator must have his principal place of business located and registered in Kenya. The Authority recognises the responsibility of commercial air transport operators to provide air transportation with the highest degree of  CAA-AC-OPS 001D June 2018 Page 2 of 40 safety possible in the public interest. The certification process is designed to ensure that prospective AOC holders understand and are capable of fulfilling this duty. When satisfactorily completed, the certification process should ensure that the operator is able to comply with the applicable Aviation Laws and
Regulations and the international standards pertaining to the operation of aircraft as published in relevant Annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

There are five phases in the air operator certification process. Each phase is described in sufficient detail to provide a general understanding of the entire certification process. The five phases are:
a) Pre-application
b) Formal Application
c) Document Evaluation
d) Demonstration and Inspection
e) Certification

In some cases, the guidance and suggested sequence of events in this AC may not be entirely appropriate. In such situations, the Authority and the operator would proceed in a manner that considers existing conditions and circumstances. The operator, however, should not expect to be certified until the Authority is assured that the aviation law and regulations will comply within an appropriate and continuing manner.

Currently certificated air operators will require aligning their documentations in line with the Civil Aviation Regulations and will be subjected to the five-phase certification process as detailed in this AC. However, as specified in parts of this AC, the operator may be exempted from certain processes, particularly in the demonstration phase, if the Authority deems the operator complies with the
requirements

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