Knowledge, Competence and Experience of Applicants

3.1  This OTAC is not intended to impose restrictions on the recruitment of aerodrome managers, but employers should take some care to ensure that identified knowledge, competence and experience requirements are met, otherwise the regulator may decline to approve the appointment, with consequences for the aerodrome certificate.

3.2  The knowledge, competence and experience requirements of an aerodrome manager will be dependent on the scale and complexity of the aerodrome to be managed.

3.3  Candidates for appointment as aerodrome managers whose knowledge, competence or experience is assessed by the regulator as having gaps may be appointed, subject to a training programme or other restrictions being agreed between the aerodrome certificate holder and the regulator.

3.4  Aerodrome certificate holders are recommended to consult early with the designated regulator prior to making an offer of employment to a specific person.  Normally, the curriculum vitae of shortlisted candidates for appointment should be submitted to the designated regulator for assessment prior to final interviews.  This enables the regulator to provide an opinion on the suitability of candidates at an appropriate stage of the selection process.  Table 1 (overfleaf) provides a high-level summary checklist that may help with this process.

Table 1 - Knowledge, competence and experience checklist

Ref.

Knowledge, Competence, Experience

Area

Purpose

Notes

1

Knowledge, competence and experience

Safety Management Systems

A fundamental part of the safety and security management of aerodromes

 

2

Quality Management Systems

 

3

General management experience and competence

Auditing

To ensure the satisfactory performance of multidisciplinary staff groups

 

4

Maintenance

 

5

Documentation

 

6

training and development

 

8

Comprehensive knowledge

OTAR 139

The regulations

 

9

OTAR 140

 

10

OTAR 178 (where applicable)

 

11

ICAO Annex 14 Volume I

 

12

Mandatory Occurrence Reporting Schemes

Performance data

 

13

General knowledge and competence

Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order

Relevant Articles

 

Documents (including the Aerodrome Manual, Aerodrome Maintenance Manual, Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Manual, Aerodrome Emergency Plan) and, if applicable, the Airport Security Programme

Ensure they are appropriate

 

14

Development of staff training programmes

 

15

General knowledge

ICAO Annex 14 Volume II

The regulations

 

16

Overseas Territories Aviation Requirements (OTARs)

 

17

Good appreciation

Aviation and the role of the aerodrome

To manage the operation and environment in context

 

18

The relationship of aerodromes relate to other organisations within and outside aviation

 

Other (non-aviation safety elements)

The relevance of the following is likely to depend on the nature and structure of the organisation.  The organisation may have additional requirements not shown here.

Ref.

Knowledge, Competence, Experience

Area

Purpose

Notes

A

Depending on the company structures and levels of delegation

Management of budgets

To ensure and manage the organisation rules of governance

 

B

Procurement processes

 

C

Good appreciation

Environmental laws and rules

To manage the operation and environment in context

 

D

General knowledge and competence

Values and behaviours

Encourages dialogue and joined-up working

 

Doing the right thing, openly and honestly

 

Being constructive and supportive

 

Giving people the information they need in a way they understand

 

Finding ways to improve and innovate

 

Working with pace and purpose

 

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