The SACAA welcomes professional aviation competition which is encouraged to improve productivity towards flight safety in South Africa. Contained herein is some information with regards to the new ATO application and the 5-phase process.
* Take note that new regulations and technical standards are due to be promulgated soon. These new regulations and technical standards will completely replace current Part 141 of the regulations and will also contain information with respect to Declared Training Organisations (DTO) aimed primarily for training under Part 62 of the regulations. This information page will be updated when the new regulations are promulgated.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF ATO CERTIFICATION?
We have a five-phase process in place for the ATO Application and Certification as follows:
HOW LONG DOES THE ATO CERTIFICATION PROCESS TAKE?
Experience has shown that the 5 Phase process generally takes between 6 and 9 months to complete.
Please take note of the applicable fees currently in force – see regulation 187.01.34. Updated and current fees can be found by clicking here.
Please note the following:
The regulations governing Aviation Training Organisations are contained in the Civil Aviation Regulations, 2011 (As amended) SA-CAR Part 141 and the Civil Aviation Technical Standards SA-CATS Part 141. These can be found on the home page of the SACAA website.
GENERAL INFORMATION – TRAINING NOTICES AND FORMS
Please take note that urgent training notices are published on the CAA website. See also the link for forms that are in use for ATOs.
ICAO GUIDING PRINCIPLE TO PROSPECTIVE ATOs
ICAO Document 9841 Third Edition dated 2018 - Manual on the Approval of Training Organisations is the latest publication which provides guidance for the development of regulations for the approval of an ATO.
Chapter 1 Para 1.2.2 of Document 9841 states: "In all cases, ATOs require an accountable executive who is the final authority on decisions that may impact upon the continued suitability of the organisation to deliver training to aviation personnel for licensing purposes."
Due to the fact mentioned above, the SACAA informs all prospective clients that they are solely responsible for communication with the SACAA. The applicant may make use of a consultant to assist and guide them, however, the consultant is not a client of the SACAA and therefore communication on the application and certification process shall remain between the SACAA and its prospective client.
DO YOU WISH TO PROCEED?
Having read the information above and having referred to the necessary regulations and applicable fees and wishing to continue with the process, contact us on PEL.Training@caa.co.za and a meeting will be set up with an inspector. Please state in your email what training you wish to provide e.g. Dangerous Good (DG); Private Pilot (PPL), Remote Pilot Licence (RPAS), National Pilot Licence (NPL), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), Cabin Safety etc, etc
Please do not submit any forms or make any payments at this stage.
Please send an email, using the following information:
GENERAL COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL
Please take note of the communication protocol for PEL Training published on our website for several years now and repeated below.
All ATO correspondence is to be addressed to PEL.Training@caa.co.za and no manager, administrator or inspector is to be emailed directly.
This is a centralised mailbox and correspondence needs to be easily identifiable in order to provide a more efficient service. There are over 240 ATOs making use of this inbox and we need to identify what we are dealing with without first having to open the email or attached documents.
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