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Personnel Licensing

The actions of Personnel Licensing are based primarily on the Standards and Recommended Practices contained in Annex 1 and the following articles to the Chicago Convention,

  • Article 32 – licensing of Personnel
  • Article 33- Recognition of Certificates and Licences
  • Article 39(b) – Endorsement of Certificates and Licences
  • Article 40 – Validity of Certificates and Licences

Articles 16, 37, 38 and 32 (a) also influence the actions of Personnel Licensing to a lesser extent.

Prime among the functions of this department is the continued safety oversight of licensed individuals and Aviation Training Organisations and the taking of enforcement action when necessary. Issuing, suspending and revoking licenses or approvals, also falls within the ambit of the Unit.

To discharge its Personnel licensing responsibilities, the Licensing and Aircraft Registry Department (LARD) has to carry out many tasks which are normally organised around five major functional areas: Examinations (Flight Crew, Aircraft Maintenance, Air Traffic Controller and Flight Operations Officer), Licensing, Training, Regulatory and Administration.

The Personnel licensing functions are divided into:

  • Flight Crew Licensing (Pilots)
  • Non-Flight Crew Licenses (Air Traffic Controllers, Aviation Maintenance Engineer, Flight Dispatcher/Flight Operations Officers)

The laws of Guyana require personnel engaged in Civil Aviation be provided with a licence by the State of Registry of the aircraft on which they operate

The licences provided for by Guyana Aviation Requirements – Part II, are the following:

  • Student Pilot Licence;
  • Private Pilot Licence (aeroplane, helicopter, airship, power-lift.);
  • Commercial pilot Licence (aeroplane, helicopter, airship, power-lift);
  • Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (aeroplane);
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence (aeroplane, helicopter, airship and power-lift);
  • Flight Dispatcher Licence;
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence;
  • Air Traffic Controller Licence;
  • Flight Radiotelephone Operator Licence. (to be incorporated in pilot licence)

A licence is the means by which a state authorises a licence holder to perform specific activities which, unless performed properly, could jeopardise the safety of aviation.

A Guyana licence provides evidence that Guyana is satisfied that the holder has demonstrated an internationally acceptable degree of competence.

Before issuing or validating a licence, the GCAA must satisfy itself that the applicant meets in all respects, the standards of age, experience, knowledge and proficiency and other requirements, to be competent to perform the authorised activities or privileges granted by the licence. In addition, many licences require the applicant, or holder, to meet certain standards regarding medical fitness.

Information regarding Personnel licensing are contained in Guyana Aviation Requirements – Part II.

Student Pilot Licence
Age:

Not less than 16 years old

Knowledge:

Received and logged ground training from an authorized instructor on the following subjects:

Applicable section of Guyana Aviation Requirements (GAR) Part 2 and Part 8.

Airspace rules and procedures for the airport where the student will perform solo flight.

Flight characteristics and operation limitations for the make and model of aircraft.

Pre Solo Flight Instruction:

Received and logged flight training for the maneuvers and procedures as listed in IS 2.3.3.1.

Demonstrated satisfactory proficiency and safety, as judged by an authorized instructor, on the maneuvers and procedures as listed in IS 2.3.3.1

Solo Flight Requirements:

A student pilot shall not fly solo: Unless holding at least a class 2 Medical Assessment; and unless with the authority of an authorized flight instructor.

A student pilot shall not fly solo on an international flight unless authorized by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.

Private Pilot Licence
Applicable to aeroplane, helicopter, airship, power-lift.

Age:

Not less than 17 years old

Knowledge:

Received and logged ground training from an authorized instructor, to a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges granted to the holder of a PPL and appropriate to the category of aircraft intended to be included in the licence, in at least the following subjects: See GARS part 2, subpart 2.3.3.2 (b).

Knowledge testing:

See GAR part 2, subpart 2.3.3.2 (c).

Experience and Flight Instruction: 

An applicant for the PPL shall have completed the experience and flight instruction requirements appropriate to the aircraft category as specified in GARs Part 2, IS: 2.3.3.2.

Skill:

See GARs Part 2 sub part 2.3.3.2, paragraph (e).

Medical Fitness:

The applicant for a PPL shall hold a current Class 2 Medical Assessment.

Experience:

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.2, paragraph 1-3.

Flight Instruction:

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.2, paragraph 1-2.

The requirements in all subject areas for PPL Helicopter category are the same with the exception of those listed below:

Experience: See GARs Part 2 sub part 2.3.3.2.2 paragraph (a) 1-3.

Flight Instruction: See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.2.2 paragraph (b) 1-2.

Commercial Pilot Licence
Applicable to aeroplane, helicopter, airship, power-lift.

Age:

Not less than 18 years old

Knowledge areas:

The applicant of a CPL shall receive and log ground training from an authorised instructor, to a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges granted to the holder of a commercial pilot licence and appropriate to the category of aircraft intended to be included in the licence in at least the following subjects: See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3 paragraph (b) 1-9.

Knowledge Testing:

SEE GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3 paragraph (c) 1-2.

Skill:

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3 paragraph (d) 1-2.

Medical Fitness:

The applicant for a CPL shall hold a current Class 1 Medical Assessment.

Privileges:

Subject to compliance with the requirements specified in this part, the privileges of the holder of a CPL shall be: See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3 paragraph (f) 1-5.

Exercising Privileges at night. Before exercising the privileges at night, the licence holder shall have received dual instruction in aircraft within the appropriate category in night flying, including take-off landing and navigation.

Experience and Flight Instruction for CPL-AEROPLANE CATEGORY

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3.1 paragraph (a) 1-4 and paragraph (b) 1-3.

Experience and Flight Instruction for CPL-HELICOPTER CATEGORY

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.3.2 paragraph (a) 1-4 and paragraph (b) 1-3.

Airline Transport Pilot Licence
Applicable to aeroplane, helicopter, airship, power-lift.

Age:

The applicant of an ATPL shall be not less than 21 years of age.

Knowledge:

The applicant of a ATPL shall receive and log ground training from an authorised instructor, to a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges granted to the holder of an airline transport pilot licence and appropriate to the category of aircraft intended to be included in the licence in at least the following subjects: See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5 paragraph (b) 1-10.

Knowledge Testing:

see GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5 paragraph (c) 1-2.

Experience and Flight instruction:

An applicant for an ATPL shall have completed the experience and light instruction requirements appropriate to the aircraft categories specified in this part.

Skill:

The applicant for an ATPL shall: See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5 paragraph (e) 1-3.

Medical Fitness:

The applicant for an ATPL shall hold a current Class 1 Medical Assessment.

Privileges:

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5 paragraph (g) 1-2

Experience and Flight Instruction for the ATPL- Aeroplane Category

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5.1 paragraph (a) 1-4 and paragraph (b) 1.

Experience and Flight Instruction for the ATPL- Helicopter Category

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.5.2 paragraph (a) 1-4 and paragraph (b) 1.

Instrument Rating:

See GARs Part 2, sub part 2.3.3.6

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence
Age:

Not less than 18 years old

Minimum Qualification:

Demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak and understand the English language by reading and explaining appropriate maintenance publication and by writing defect and repair statements.

Comply with the knowledge, experience, and competency requirements prescribed for the licence and rating sought; and

Pass all of the prescribed tests for the licence and rating sought, within a period of 24 months.

Knowledge Requirements:

See GARs Part 2 subpart 2.6.2.4. Ratings: SEE GARs Part 2, subpart 2.6.2.5.

Experience Requirements:

See GARs Part 2, subpart 2.6.2.6.

Skill Requirements:

See GARs Part 2 subpart 2.6.2.7.

NOTE:

The skill test referred to in GARs Part 2, subpart 2.6.2.7 is not a requirement for the issuance of a licence, instead “Documentary evidence of practical experience” is substituted for the skill test as stated in subpart 2.6.2.6

Air Traffic Controller Licence
Age:

Not less than 21 years old.

Knowledge:

See GARs Part 2, subpart 2.7.4, paragraph (b) 1-7

Experience:

Completion of an approved training course and not less than three month’s satisfactory service engaged in the actual control of air traffic under the supervision of an appropriately rated air traffic controller. The experience requirements specified for air traffic controller rating in 2.7.4 will be credited as part of the experience specified in this paragraph.

Medical Fitness:

The applicant for an air traffic controller license shall hold a current Class 3 Medical Assessment.

NOTE:

Information on ATC Ratings, Knowledge, Knowledge testing and Skill can be found in GARs Part 2, subpart 2.7.5.

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Certificate of Registration (Aircraft)

The Guyana Civil Aviation (Air Navigation) Regulations require that all aircraft operating in Guyana’s airspace be registered. The detailed requirements may be found in Part I, Section 3, of the Regulations.

The Certificate of Registration is the document issued by the GCAA in the case of a Guyana registered aircraft, which identifies that the aircraft is listed in the Guyana Aircraft Register and states the identification marks of the specific aircraft.

Application for Certificate of Registration

An operator or private owner wishing to register an aircraft should complete an application form and submit it, along with the applicable fee, to the Licensing Office. The form must be fully completed, giving all the details of the aircraft, and of the owner, as required. It should be accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Proof of ownership (A Bill of Sale or notarized Lease Agreement)
  2. Proof of Citizenship or Company Registration documents.
  3. Proof that any applicable Customs duty has been paid.
  4. A De-Registration Certificate from the country where it was last registered.

Certificate of Airworthiness

The operator of a Guyana registered aircraft shall not operate any aircraft in civil aircraft operations unless the Authority has issued an Airworthiness Certificate in respect of that aircraft certifying it to be airworthy.

Application for a Certificate of Airworthiness must be submitted to GCAA on Form AW 011 together with accompanying Engineer’s Report Form (AW 020).  The application for a Guyana Airworthiness Certificate must be made by the registered owner.

The AW 020  form is required to be completed whenever an Airworthiness Certificate is to be renewed, and must be submitted to the Authority at least fifteen (15) days prior to expiry of the current certificate.

Aerodromes Certificate/ Aerodrome Licenses

Any Guyanese citizen, registered company, private business, governmental or non-governmental organization that is in possession of land can apply for approval to build and operate an aerodrome.

In the case of a private individual or private entity the initial application to establish and operate an aerodrome must be made to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure which is responsible for processing and approving such applications.

Following approval of the above application the person or entity can then make an application to the GCAA for the issue of an Aerodrome Licence or Certificate.

The application to GCAA must include the following:

  1. Correctly completed application form (AGA001)
  2. Letter indicating no objection from Certification letter from Ministry of Public infrastructure;
  3. The prescribed fee;
  4. Evidence to indicate they have met the requirements of the Civil Aviation (Aviation Security) Regulations.
  5. Two (2) copies of the Aerodrome Manual

Approved Training Organization

As stipulated under Guyana Aviation Requirement 3.1.2.2 (a), an application for an ATO Certificate must be submitted at least 120 calendar days before training is expected to begin.  In fact, an applicant for an ATO Certificate should submit its application package to the GCAA as far in advance of the proposed start-up date as possible.

Details of each phase in the certification process are documented in GCAA Advisory Circular Personnel Licensing No.4.

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