1.1 The Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order (AN(OT)O) prescribes the type of aerodrome that is required to be certificated. OTAR 139 sets out the requirements to meet the criteria for certification. In addition, any person or organisation may apply for an aerodrome certificate for their aerodrome. The aerodrome certificate is issued by the OTAA of the Territory in which the aerodrome is located.
1.2 The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) provides basic guidance on the certification of aerodromes in ICAO Document 9774 – Manual on Certification of Aerodromes. It states,
“Before granting an aerodrome certificate, the CAA must be satisfied that,…the applicant and his/her staff have the necessary competence and experience to operate and maintain the aerodrome properly;…”.
Aerodrome Certificate Holders and Managers must have sufficient knowledge, competence and experience to ensure compliance with these requirements.
1.3 Where the term ‘Aerodrome Certificate Holder’ is used in OTAR Part 139 and related material, the person occupying this post should be considered as having responsibilities equivalent to those of the Accountable Manager in an approved organisation. Further guidance may also be found in the OTAC entitled “Accountable Manager”.
1.4 It must also be noted that some operations will require the application of aviation security requirements. These are set out in OTAR Part 178.