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Civil Aviation Regulations 2010

 Civil Aviation Implementing Standards

Part 1                  -    
General Procedures and Definitions                              
 2 Part 2
 - Personnel Licensing
 3 Part 3
Approved Training Organisations
 4 Part 4
Aircraft Registration and Markings
 5 Part 5
 6 Part 6
Approved Maintenance Organisations
 7 Part 7
 - Instruments and Equipment
 8 Part 8
 - Operations of Aircraft
 9 Part 9
 - Air Operator Certification and Administration
 10 Part 14
 - Safety Management Systems
 11 Part 108
 - Operator Security Program
 12 Part 109
 - Regulated Air Cargo Agent
 13 Part 139
 - Aerodrome Certification Exposition
 14 Part 172
Air Traffic Services Organisations - Certification

Aviation Certifications

  1. Certification of Aircraft/Certificate of Air Worthiness

  2. Import and export of Aircraft

  3. Air Operator Certification

  4. Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO)

  5. Aviation Training Organisation (ATO)

  6. Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation  

  7. Safety Oversight

  8. Aerodrome Certification

  9. Technical Library

  10. Aerodrome registration and licensing

  11. Aviation  Medical Examiner Contacts

Pesonnel Licensing Syllabi

Syllabus for private pilot license (PPL)

Syllabus for commercial pilot license (CPL)

Syllabus for the Private Pilot Licence Helicopter- Flight instructions

Syllabus for the Private Pilot Licence Aeroplane- Flight instructions

Syllabus for knowledge examination instrument rating

 Multi Engine Piston Aeroplane Rating Training Syllabus


CAAZ RT Syllabus

 ATPL Syllabus

Cabin Crew Syllabus


Licensing Forms

  1. Application for initial issue instrument
  2. Application for ATC renewal
  3. application for Flight test
  4. CA Form 3 application for issue validation CAAZ form
  5. Application for Renewal CA Form 10
  6. CA Form 7 Application for Renewal - Flight Crew
  7. Application for student licence
  8. CA Form 9 renewal for the Cabin Crew Licence 
  9. exam CA FORM 219
  10. CA FORM 220
  11. ca form 29 09-05
  12. examination application for off schedule exams
  13. examination application form-1
  14. CA Form 15 Application for Flight Test - Rotorcraft
  15. flight test spraying test
  16. form-schedule to be attached to ppl
  17. renewal for the ATC licence
  19. C_A_ form 1_b_ schedule to be attached
  20. C_A_ form 1_c _ schedule to be attached
  21. Application form for an aviation medical assessment
  22. Medical examination report
  23. CA Form 6a Examination Application Form 
  24. CA Form 148 grant of inspection approval
  25. Guidance for Medical Examination

Airworthiness Forms

Airworthiness Notice 36

Airworthiness Notice 51 Weighing of Aircrafts

Airworthiness Notice 61 Approval of Local Modifications and Repairs


Welding approval application form






Airworthiness Notice Number 82 Release to service of aircraft involved in incidents/accidents

Aeronautical Information Circulars

A001 13 Flight Safety Standards Fees



 Certification of Aircraft/Certificate of Air Worthiness

For an aircraft to fly it must have a valid Certificate Of Airworthiness which basically means the aircraft is fit to fly. Airworthiness inspectors using information provided by the aircraft manufacturer assess various aspects of an aircraft annually before issuing a Certificate Of Airworthiness. These include:-

  1. Performance
  2. Structures
  3. Design and Construction
  4. Power Plant and Installations
  5. Systems
  6. Certification of automatic systems
  7. Instrument and equipment
  8. Operating Limitations and Information

For a certificate to be issued the aircraft must be registered in Zimbabwe, have the required documentation and finally pass a flight test. Any modification work carried out on an aircraft must be authorized by CAAZ

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Import and export of Aircraft

Customs and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe requirements must be met before applying to Flight Safety and Standards for registration or deregistration of any aircraft on a permanent basis. Temporary importation/exportation of aircraft which do not require registration or deregistration must obtain a temporary certificate from the Customs Department of Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

Air Operation Certification

An aircraft operator intending to provide an air service for the transport of passengers mail or cargo has to be certified by the Flight Operations Department of CAAZ on behalf of the State. The Air Operator Certificate (AOC) shall authorize the operator to conduct commercial air transport operations in accordance with such conditions and limitations as may be specified.

The issue of an Air Operator Certificate by CAAZ (as the State of the Operator) shall be dependent upon the operator demonstrating adequate organization, method of control and supervision of flight operations, training programme and maintenance arrangements consistent with the nature and extent of the operations specified.

The continued validity of an air operator certificate shall depend upon the operator maintaining the requirements of Schedule Part 9 of the Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations, 2004.

CAAZ has in place a system for both the certification and continued surveillance of operators to ensure that the required standards of operations established in the Air Navigation Regulations are maintained.

When processing applications CAAZ has to satisfy itself that the applicant has the ability and competence to both conduct safe operations and comply with applicable regulations and rules. As much as possible CAAZ will provide guidance and advice to an applicant to achieve compliance.

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Approved Maintenance Organisation (AMO)

The delicate nature of flying machines calls for an establishment of a stringent maintenance regime that meets international standards, is accountable and not haphazard. Aircraft registered in Zimbabwe may only be repaired or maintained by organizations and engineers approved by CAAZ. Engineers may only perform maintenance while under the employ of an AMO certificate holder.

An Approved Maintenance Organization may perform maintenance on an aircraft, airframe, aircraft engine, propeller, appliance, component or part thereof for which it is approved. An applicant for an AMO will be issued with a certificate if after a quality audit by Airworthiness Inspectors, CAAZ is satisfied that the applicant:

  • Meets applicable regulations for the holder of an AMO
  • Is properly and adequately equipped for the performance of maintenance of aircraft or   aeronautical product which it seeks approval.
  • Guidance material for applicants is provided in Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations and CAR145.

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    Aviation Training Organisation (ATO)

    An organization intending to conduct any aviation ground or flight training of personnel shall hold a certificate issued by CAAZ authorizing such training before its commencement. Personnel requiring licensing or certification by CAAZ have to be trained by an approved aviation training organization.

    Training organizations seeking certification may be based in Zimbabwe or in a foreign country. Local applicants for an ATO certificate must first meet national requirements before submitting applications to CAAZ such as:

    1. Hold a valid Air Service Permit issued by Ministry of Transport and Communications.
    2. Be registered by Ministry of Higher Education as a tertiary institution providing aviation      training

    CAAZ will then require among other requirements:

    1. Submission of a proposed training manual and course material for approval.
    2. CVs of proposed instructors for approval
    3. Inspection of proposed training facilities, equipment, aircraft and other resources             relevant to the type of training requested.

    All applications meeting the technical requirements as specified in the Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations, ICAO Standards and Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR 147) must be submitted 120 days before commencement of any training. 

    Foreign organizations, besides meeting their national requirements must also be approved by CAAZ.

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    Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation 

    When an aircraft accident or incident has occurred, an investigation is instituted almost immediately by CAAZ on behalf of the Minister of Transport and Communications. Depending on the nature of the accident, aviation specialists from various fields may be appointed as investigators. The purpose of investigations is not to apportion blame or liability but to prevent accidents and incidents.

    When conducting investigations CAAZ will invite the state of design or manufacture of the aircraft, the aircraft manufacturer, state of registry if not Zimbabwean and any other specialized agencies.

    In the interest of accident prevention, the Minister of Transport publishes the final report as soon as possible after conclusion of an investigation. The report will contain recommendations for aircrew to avoid the same mishap in future. Published reports are available from the Technical Library.

    Aircrew may access accident and incident report forms from Aircrew Briefing/Reporting Offices, ATC supervisor's offices and Flight Safety and Standards Head Office.

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    Safety Oversight

    Safety oversight also ensures that the national aviation industry provides a safety level equal to, or better than that defined by ICAO Standards. Hence, lack of appropriate safety oversight in Zimbabwe threatens the health of international civil aircraft operation.



    ICAO subjects CAAZ to regular Comprehensive Systems Audits as CAAZ  endeavors to maintain and exceed international standards.


    Aerodrome Certification

    Aerodrome certification is a regulatory system intended to ensure that the facilities, equipment and operational procedures at certified aerodromes are in compliance with ICAO Standards and Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations. Areas considered for certification include safety, regularity and efficiency aspects of aerodrome facilities, services, equipment and operational procedures.

    Generally no aircraft carrying passengers for hire or reward is permitted to use unlicensed aerodromes. All aerodromes in Zimbabwe, whether licensed or unlicensed, public or private must be registered with the CAAZ For details of aerodromes and their classification please refer to AIP Zimbabwe Aerodrome section or Aerodrome Register.

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    Technical Library

    The library's primary function is to keep information for use in airworthiness inspections relating to aircraft. It contains

  • State of manufacture documentation
  • Maintenance records of registered aircraft reflecting current airworthiness status (flight hours, maintenance cycle, landings)
  • ICAO documentation relating to operations and airworthiness.
  • As a secondary function the library will contain other aviation related legislation and publications as well as other subject material as is listed in the catalogue. Reference material is also available for students studying for some basic aviation qualifications.

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    Aerodrome registration and licensing

    Aerodrome certification is intended to ensure that the facilities, equipment and operational procedures at  aerodromes are in compliance with ICAO Standards and Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations.

    No aircraft carrying passengers for hire or reward is permitted to use unlicensed aerodromes. All aerodromes in Zimbabwe, whether licensed or unlicensed, public or private must be registered with the CAAZ. Details of aerodromes and their classification may be found in  AIP Zimbabwe Aerodrome section or Aerodrome Register.

    • Aerodrome safety inspection
    • Approval of aerodrome development plans
    • Certification of aerodrome facilities e.g. hangars, fuel depots
    • Obstacle clearances
    • Dangerous goods handling

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