The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) is responsible for the safety oversight of civil aviation activities in Zimbabwe. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) published Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) in 19 Annexes which promote safety and global standardisation in international aviation. As a contracting state to ICAO, Zimbabwe has an obligation to ensure that all local civil aviation activities comply with the SARPs and it is done through the Directorate of Flight Safety and Standards. Activities that are regulated include:
Certification of airlines, charter companies, aircraft maintenance organisations, and aviation training organisations.
Certification of aerodromes, air traffic services, air navigation services and all high-rise structures.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are considered international law. Therefore each contracting state has to provide a comprehensive and effective aviation law which is consistent with the complexity of the State’s aviation activity and compliant with the requirements that are contained in the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The legislation governing civil aviation in Zimbabwe is the Civil Aviation Act, Chapter 13:16 of 1998. The Civil Aviation Act is commonly referred to as the primary aviation legislation.
Section 79 of the Civil Aviation Act empowers the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development to publish customised regulations that effect the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The regulations address provision of standardised operational procedures in conformance with the SARPs. The regulations are divided into various instruments each targeting a specialised aviation activity, for example, Air Operator Certification. The regulations have to satisfy all provisions in the SARPs or higher and not lower. The regulations are commonly referred to as the secondary aviation legislation.
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The Flight Operation Inspectorate is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for all air transport operators. These operators include commercial aviation service providers, general aviation, aerial work air operators (e.g. agricultural) and sporting & recreational aviation. All air operators are assessed using a standard five-phase certification process which determines the capacity and readiness of the proposed air operator to conduct business within the confines of the aviation requirements. Continuous surveillance of approved air operators is conducted on a regular basis.
The section’s functions include:
Oversight of the activities of AOC holders.
Approval of Aviation Training Organisations.
Issuing pilot’s licences;
Investigation of aviation incidents and accidents
Development of guidance material for the aviation industry.
AERODROMES AND AIR NAVIGATION SERVICES INSPECTORATE
The Aerodromes and Air Navigation Services Inspectorate is responsible for the safety oversight of airspace management and ground based aviation facilities. These include aerodromes, air traffic services, aeronautical information services, and meteorology and aeronautical telecommunication services within Zimbabwe. The ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) specify the minimum requirements that should prevail at an aerodrome or airspace for the safety of international civil aviation. The oversight functions include:
Certification of aerodromes and air navigation services providers.
Approval of instrument flight procedures.
Investigation of Air Traffic Services (ATS) and aerodromes related incidents and accidents.
Approval of search and rescue operations.
Development of guidance material for the aviation industry.
The functions of the section is primarily to, licence aviation personnel and approval of aviation training organisations in accordance with ICAO and national requirements. Individuals are licenced once their competence has been assured and certification of aviation training organisations has been done. It is also responsible for continued safety oversight of licensed individuals and training organisations and for taking enforcement action when conditions of issuance of the licences are not complied with.
The main functions of the Personnel Licensing Section are:
licensing of airmen in collaboration with other Inspectorates;
managing the system of medical assessments for medical certification licence holders;
Managing the examination system;
certification of training organisations;
Maintaining registers of all licences and ratings issued
The Technical Library holds all the regulatory documentation including aircraft manuals; continuing airworthiness information; ICAO documentation; Commercial books and magazines. Its mandate is to serve as a resource to the aviation industry by providing materials of quality, diversity, relevance, and balance that will promote the development of the industry and informed judgment.
Documents that can be accessed in the Library include:
The primary objective of aviation security is to assure the protection and safety of passengers, crew, ground personnel, the general public, aircraft and facilities of an airport serving civil aviation, against acts of unlawful interference perpetrated on the ground or in flight. This is carried out through a combination of measures and the marshalling of various human and material resources at international, national and airport levels.
To meet this primary objective, the Aviation Security Department has a legal structure in terms of Civil Aviation (Security) Regulations (SI 200A of 2019), with clearly defined responsibilities and methods of implementation. The department is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive policy on aviation security. The department implements a standardised level of aviation security through measures that meet ICAO Annex 17-Security Standards
In order for an entity to qualify as regulated agent it should be able to:
a) Provide secure facilities for acceptance, the application of security controls, which include screening, the storage of security cleared air cargo consignments and, where applicable, ground transportation.
b) Properly recruit, select and train an adequate number of management and operational personnel, whether internal or contracted, for its operations, in accordance with national requirements.
c) Continuously demonstrate compliance with the security requirements for regulated agents, as established by the appropriate authority.
a) Any entity applying for a regulated agent designation is required to complete an application form approved by the appropriate authority, and the form should be signed by an accountable senior manager of the entity.
b) The application form should contain, at a minimum, the following:
i. Entity name and certificate of incorporation
ii. Tax clearance certificate;
iii. Registered business address;
iv. Contact information, including telephone and facsimile numbers and/or e-mail addresses;
v. Details of ownership of the entity (CR14 Form);
vi. Description of the entity, including core business or activities of the entity;
vii. Name, title and contact details of the person responsible for security;
viii. A declaration that the information provided is accurate, and that false information will result in qualification;
ix. Signature of accountable senior manager; and
x. Date of application.
Safety is an integral part of our mission and mandate. Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe will strive to provide continued safe airport operations by guaranteeing a clearly-defined level of safety which excludes all possible risks that may result in accidents and damage, by means of a pro-active, predictive, preventative approach to safety.
Through our Safety Management System, all airport personnel will receive safety training, to ensure compliance with national and international regulations applicable thereto.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe has made it a culture of proactive safety
management systems going beyond compliance with prescriptive legislation by adopting
a systematic approach where potential risks are identified and managed to acceptable
levels. As an aviation entity, we give utmost importance to safety which we have
deliberately made an integral part of our mission and mandate.
We adopted the safety management system comprising of safety plans, safety performance
indicators, safety targets and continuous monitoring to attain our safety objectives
through risk management, safety assurance and safety promotion.
As an ICAO contracting State, we have developed a State Safety Program meant
to identify, monitor and maintain the effectiveness of all aviation safety
management systems within Zimbabwe. The basis of the program is strategically
pinned on ICAO SARPS to ensure uniformity at a global stage through safety bench
marks and continual improvement by adhering to the principles of ethical governance
to maintain and improve the travelling public’s trust in all our aviation activities.
CAAZ has complied with ICAO Annex 13 to include a voluntary incident reporting system in addition to mandatory occurrence reports by introducing a just, non-punitive culture across all aviation entities as part of our risk management system through various fora including individual open or confidential reporting and Runway Safety Teams.
The Airworthiness section is responsible for ensuring that aircraft are accepted into the Zimbabwean regulatory system then maintained to appropriate safety standards. The section carries out the certification of aircraft and maintenance organisations and conducts the associated functional supervision as part of their continuing operation. The section drafts and prepares secondary legislation concerning airworthiness as well as various aeronautical notices and circulars that deal with airworthiness.
The main functions of the section include:
Aircraft airworthiness and registration;
Certification of aircraft maintenance organisations;
Investigation of aircraft accidents and incidents;