Airport Services Manual (Section Seven)

Air Operator Certificate                                 

    1. A system of operational control based on the use of air operator certificates it the most convenient way for a State to ensure that its operators comply with the requirements in the Annexes. However, at present there are no provisions in annex-6, part-I concerning the certification of an air operator. The model regulations in chapter-2 are based on generally accepted practices followed by most State.
    2. The model regulations in chapter-2 are intended to make it clear that all commercial air transport operations by aircraft registered in the State, or registered in another State but operated by an operator in the State under an interchange or lease agreement, are subject to such a system.
    3. Guidance material relating to the implementation of such a system together with guidance material relating to interchange agreements between two States when an aircraft registered in one State is operated by an operator in the together, is contained  in the ICAO manual of procedures for operations certification and inspection ( Doc-8335).

Model Regulations:
4.2.1 An aircraft shall not fly for the purpose commercial air transport unless the operator holds an air operator certificate which authorizes that flight.
4.2.2 to quality for the issue of an air operator certificate by ( State), an applicant shall demonstrate that his experience, equipment, organization, staffing, maintenance and other arrangement are adequate to ensure the safe operation of the types of aircraft to be included in the certificate on such flights as are authorized, as well as the certificate the ability to establish and maintain a satisfactory method of supervision of these flight operations. Such a Certificate. Shall be valid for the period specified in the certificate, subject to compliance with  4.2.3 The holder of an air operator certificate issued in (State) shall comply with all the operating conditions attached to the certificate and shall conduct operations at least to the standard required to quality for the issue of such a certificate . Non-compliance with operating conditions or failure to maintain an adequate standard shall result in the revocation or suspension of the certificate.

4.2.4 (State) operator shall not operate an aircraft registered in another contracting State unless:
The director has been provided with information concerning:

    1. The aircraft type and serial  number;
    2. The name and address of the registered owner;
    3. The state of registry and registration marks;
    4. The certificate of airworthiness together with a statement from the registered owner that the aircraft fully complies with the airworthiness requirements of the State of registry;
    5. The name, address and signature of the lessee or person responsible for operational control of the aircraft under the lease agreement, including a statement that such person together their respective responsibilities under the applicable regulations;
    6. A copy of the lease agreement or a description of the lease provisions.

Responsibilities of the Operator:
4.3.1 a (State) operators shall prepare and make available to each member of the operating staff, an operations manual which shall contain all information and instructions relating to the flight operations of all the types of aircraft which are operated by that operator. This operations manual shall be submitted to (director) for approval and the operator shall make such amendments or additions as may be required by (director). An aircraft to which such amendment or additions apply shall not fly for the purpose of commercial air transport until such amendments or additions are incorporated in the operations manual, the operator shall ensure that all amendments are notified to ( the director) and incorporated in the operations manual and  made available to each member of the operating staff in the shortest practicable time.

4.3.2 An operation manual prepared under the foregoing regulations shall contain information and instructions to facilitate the safe and efficient performance of their duties by members of flight crews and operating staff and shall not conflict with any (State) regulation. In the case of an operator engaged in international commercial air transport operations, it shall also not conflict with the laws, regulations and procedures of the other states into or over which the aircraft are operated.

4.3.3 An operations manual prepared under the foregoing regulations shall include at least the following:
a) Instruction outlining the responsibilities of operations personnel pertaining to the conduct of flight operations;
b) The flight crew for each stage of all routes to be flown, including the designation of the succession of command;
c) The maximum flight time and flight duty periods of flight crew members;
d) The in-flight and the emergency flight procedures, including the in-flight and emergency duties assigned to each crew member;
e) The checklist of emergency and safety equipment and instructions for it use;
f) The minimum flight altitudes for each route to be flown;
g) Operating minimum for each aerodrome on the routes to be flown. A (State) operator shall maintain a record containing details of the licenses held by b each flight crew member together with details of ratings and certificates of test or competency included in or associated with those licenses. The operator shall record details of the ground and flight training undertaken by flight crew members together with the results of any proficiency checks, and shall record the route and aerodrome-qualifications of pilots-in-command. Such record shall be retained throughout the period of the employment of each aircraft of each flight crew member and for a further period of three months. A (State) operator shall record the details of the calculation of such the mass and balance of each aircraft for each take-off and landing. Records shall be retained for a period of not less than three months. A (State) operator shall record, in an aircraft journey log book, the following details relating to each flight by a commercial contained air transport aircraft, unless this information is in one or more alternative and acceptable documents;
a) Aircraft nationality and registration;
b) Date;
c) Names of crew members;
d) Duty assignment of crew member
e) Place of departure;
f) Place of arrival;
g) Time of departure;
h) Time of arrival;
I) Hours of   Flight.

Aerodrome Flight Operations:
4.6.1 The pilot-in-command of a commercial air transport aeroplane shall not commence a flight unless the following documents in respect of that aeroplane are on board:

1. certificate of registration;
2. certificate of  airworthiness;
3. noise certificate if the aeroplane is certificate in accordance with noise certification requirements established by ( the director) ;
4. appropriate  licenses for each member of the crew;
5. operations  manual or those parts of it that pertain to flight operations:
6. flight manual or other approved documents containing performance data and any other information for operation of the aeroplane with the terms of its certificate of airworthiness;
7. Current and suitable chats to cover the route of the proposed flight and any route which it is reasonable to expect that the flight may be diverted;
8. Journey log book;
9. The aeroplane radio station licenses;
10. If carrying passengers, a list of their names and places of embarkation and destination;
11 .If carrying cargo, a manifest and detailed declaration  of  the  cargo