2.1 In essence the aerodrome certificate demonstrates that aerodrome certificate holder is competent and has established an appropriate organisation, compliant aerodrome and satisfactory procedures to manage safety.
2.2 The certificate is issued following a successful certification inspection and audit process by the Territory’s aviation regulator.
2.3 The aerodrome certificate is issued to a nominated holder who must be a legally recognised individual, either a corporate body or government department (entity) or person. This is the aerodrome certificate holder. This entity/person is ultimately accountable for the safe operation of the aerodrome and the continued compliance with safety and, where applicable, security regulation.
2.4 For small airports the aerodrome certificate holder may hold a number of roles. He/she may well hold all or some of the roles such as aerodrome manager, accountable manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive.
2.5 For larger airports the identification may be less straightforward. The Chief Executive of a larger airport operating company or Government Minister/officer, exercising overall responsibility for the company, may also be most directly responsible for the Aerodrome Certificate. However, due to the structure of the entity, the airport operating company may appoint an aerodrome certificate holder reporting to the Chief Executive/Minister. The post may go by a number of different titles such as Airport Operations Manager, Operations Director or Aerodrome Safety Manager, but in the context of this circular the post will be referred to as “Aerodrome Manager”.
2.6 It is important that the responsibilities of the aerodrome manager are clearly defined, as part of the job specification, and include the responsibilities specified in Part 139 Subpart D – The Aerodrome Certificate Holder.
2.7 Regardless of the number of reporting levels between the aerodrome manager and entity Chief Executive or Government Minister/officer, the aerodrome manager should have defined reporting lines for safety matters direct to the Chief Executive, the Board or Minister/officer and the regulator.
2.8 Clearly, a new aerodrome manager is unlikely to have all the knowledge, competence and experience required for the role from the outset. However, assessment identifying any gaps enables the organisation to plan and define the individual’s training needs. Section 4 gives some additional guidance.