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 the law but may amplify a provision of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 (as amended) (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 and confidential, where requested, incident reporting scheme. Voluntary reporting is 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, OTAR Part 92 and OTAR Part 178.
Issue 7 provides additional guidance for airworthiness, bird strike and wildlife strike, dangerous goods, and security occurrence reports. Additional detailed guidance is been provided in Subpart C, Occurrences to be Reported. This OTAC has been restructured to aid in its use as a reference.
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).