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FAQ: Flight Operations


How is an aircraft added to an operating certificate?

  • Amend the Operations Manual.

  • Complete the amendment application form for the issuing of an operator's certificate, as well as the statement of compliance by the responsible person. Application forms are available from the Flight Operations Department section on the SACAA website.

  • Ensure that the aircraft is only on two other AOC's.

  • Pay the application fees (as stated in Regulation I87), including the fee for the approval of a Lease Agreement if required.

  • Attach copies of all relevant required documents: Cof A, Cof R, Insurance, Lease agreements, AMO details, Release to Service and Radio licence as stipulated on the application form.

  • If required for the aircraft type, submit an MEL in duplicate for approval.  

  • If the aircraft is a new type to the Operator contact the relevant Flight Operations Line Manager.ie Part 121, Part 135  and part 127. He/she will set up a meeting to inform the client of the Five phases requirements. An established operator will join the process at Phase 3, Document verification.

What is the difference between the Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) and the Certificate of Approval (COA)?

The COA applies to accredited training schools (part 141) and the AOC to all other licenced commercial operators (part 121, 127, 135, etc.).

What is an operator's list and where do I find it?

It is a list of all operators with their addresses and contact numbers and can be obtained from the Flight Operations Department at a determined fee.

What steps must be followed when an AOC expires?

  • The applicable fees must be paid at least (one month) 30 days before the expiry date.

  • An application form for the issuing of an operator's certificate must be completed and submitted together with the proof of payment 30 days prior to expiry. 
    Application forms are available from the Flight Operations Department section on the SACAA website.

How does an Inspector arrange an inspection with an operator?

After receiving the application form and the proof of payment, the inspector will phone the operator to set a date and time for the inspection. The inspector will also fax the check list and notification letter to the client and continue to liaise with the client by email and phone.

How do I know which Air Charter to use?

Please see the Air Charter guide which may be found by clicking in the Flight Operations section on the SACAA website.  The link can be found to the right of this page.

How to I obtain an overflight and/or landing clearance?​

Please contact the Department of Transport.

Mrs Adreana Van der Westhuizen
Tel: 012 309 3525
Fax: 012 309 3977
E-Mail: VDWESTA@dot.gov.za

How to I apply for a Foreign Operators Permit?​

Please contact the Department of Transport.

Mrs Adreana Van der Westhuizen
Tel: 012 309 3525
Fax: 012 309 3977
E-Mail: VDWESTA@dot.gov.za

How to I apply for a Domestic or International Air Service License?​

Please contact the Department of Transport.

Ms Thandi Ledwaba
ASD:Licensing and Permits
Tel No: +27 12 309 3526
Email: LedwabaT@dot.gov.za

or alternatively

Mr Andries Ntjane
Deputy Director: Licensing & Permits
Tel: 012 309 3029
Cell: 083 633 4305
Email: ntjanem@dot.gov.za



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