January 17, 2018 4:28 pm
Written by GCAA
Domestic Airways presented with Air Operator Certificate
–To offer schedule and non-schedule flights to public
January 16, 2018. Georgetown
Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lt. Col. Egbert Field, presented Domestic Airways Incorporated with its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). The presentation of the AOC was the first for the Director General since taking office in July 2016. The presentation was made on January 15, 2018 at the GCAA’s head office in Kingston, Georgetown.
The AOC now enables the airline to offer chartered, scheduled and non-scheduled flights to customers for reward.
The certification process involves five phases which are the pre-application phase where the applicant states his intention, the application phase, where the applicant submits a formal application accompanied by the operational an
ganisation (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The Director General explained that this phase can be lengthy, with much back and forth if the “applicant does not include all the documents in the manual, so these corrections are made and sometimes it takes months with the documents”.
Provided that the documents are correct, the fourth phase or the demonstration phase commences. During this period, the GCAA will conduct inspections of the operator’s facility and the training it conducts for employees. A demonstration flight is also done in this phase under observation by GCAA.
The final stage is the certification phase, where the operator, having met all the requirements is certified to operate both privately and publicly.
The Director General stated that “I always add a sixth phase which is conducting the oversight by the authority of the operator. That phase is to ensure that you not only maintain the standard you set at the time of certification, but you continue to elevate and proceed on an upward path in your operation”.
In his remarks, Captain Charles expressed his gratitude to the Authority for the opportunity it has provided to his company. He noted that Domestic Airways “have been using our aeroplanes for private, not for public or monetary gain or for charter. With the conclusion of the application process and the certification, we are now eligible for charters from individuals or companies”.
d maintenance manuals the operators will be using. In the third phase, the GCAA conducts a review of all the documents to ensure they are in full compliance with all the regulations and the International Civil Aviation Or