Overseas Territories Aviation Circulars (OTACs) are issued to provide advice, guidance and information on standards, practices and procedures necessary to support Overseas Territory Aviation Requirements (OTARs). They are not in themselves law but may amplify a provision of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order (AN(OT)O) or provide practical guidance on meeting a requirement contained in the OTARs.
There is an obligation under the AN(OT)O to report hazardous or potentially hazardous incidents and defects (referred to in this OTAC as occurrences) to the Governor; which in practice means the relevant regulatory authority rather than the Governor in person. The purpose of this Overseas Territories Aviation Circular is to describe the Overseas Territories Mandatory Occurrence Reporting (MOR) Scheme and to provide guidance to those who, under the associated legislation, are involved in its operation. If the Scheme is to make a real contribution to flight safety in the Territories, it is most important that all concerned are fully aware of its aims and requirements. ICAO Annex 19 also requires a State to provide a voluntary incident reporting scheme. Voluntary reports are open to all who want to report any occurrence or hazards that do not fall under this MOR Scheme; these reports however follow the same reporting process.
This Circular relates to OTAR Part 13.
Issue 5 is a substantial revision, rewritten in the context of increased use of online reports. Voluntary incident reporting is incorporated into text to highlight it. The examples of occurrence types have been restructured with additional examples and some changes. A new Subpart has been added to provide additional guidance in completing reports.
Enquiries regarding the content of this Circular should be addressed to Air Safety Support International (ASSI) at the address on the ASSI website www.airsafety.aero or to the appropriate Overseas Territory Aviation Authority (OTAA).