Subpart B - Certification of aerodromes

139.25 Applicability

This OTAR Part applies to all aerodromes certificated under the Order.

139.27 Annex 14 compliance

(a) Except as provided in this paragraph, the operator of a certificated aerodrome shall comply with the relevant ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices relating to aerodromes and the requirements contained in this OTAR Part and, where applicable, OTAR Part 178. Where there is a difference between a Standard or Recommended Practice, the aerodrome certificate holder shall comply with the more stringent provision.

(b) The RFFS level of protection to be available shall not be less than that needed for the highest category of aeroplane planned to use the aerodrome. The exception allowed in Annex 14, paragraph 9.2.3 is specifically not allowed under the OTAR requirements.

(c) The additional requirements in Subpart E of this OTAR Part apply to emergency planning and emergency exercises.

(d) An alternative means of compliance to that specified in paragraph 139.27(a) may be proposed through submission to the Governor of an aeronautical study.

(e) An aeronautical study is a study of an aeronautical problem to identify possible solutions and select a solution that is acceptable without degrading safety. An aeronautical study shall:

(1) assess the impact of a proposed deviation from the requirements; and

(2) present alternative means of ensuring the safety of aircraft operations; and

(3) estimate the effectiveness of each alternative and to recommend procedures to compensate for the deviation.

(f) Any agreement or contract between an aerodrome operator and any service provider or sub-contractor providing services to the certificate holder shall include the specific requirement for compliance with this OTAR Part and/or OTAR Part 140 and/or OTAR Part 178 as appropriate.

(g) Where Annex 14 places an obligation on a State, it does not apply to the operator of a certificated aerodrome.

139.29 Certification

(a) The Order defines the type of aircraft operations required to use a certificated or notified aerodrome.

(b) OTAR Part 178 defines the type of aerodrome operation that is subject to the requirements of that OTAR Part, including the need for an Airport Security Programme.

(c) An operator of an aerodrome for which an aerodrome certificate is not required may apply for an aerodrome certificate.

(d) A water aerodrome will be certificated for use by day in VMC only.

139.31 Aerodrome reference code

(a) An aerodrome reference code comprising a code number and a letter shall be identified for aerodrome planning purposes. The code numbers and letters shall have the meanings assigned to them in Table 139.1 below. The code shall take into account the characteristics of the largest aeroplane regularly using the aerodrome facility (columns 4 and 5).

(b) Column 1 corresponds to the longest of the declared distances ASDA or TODA instead of aeroplane reference field length. However, this should not restrict the actual runway length provided.

(c) Column 3 corresponds to the greatest wing span, or the greatest outer main gear wheel span of an aeroplane using the runway, whichever gives the more demanding code.

Table 139.1 Aerodrome reference code

Code element 1

Code element 2

Code number

The Greater of ASDA or TODA

Code letter


Outer main gear wheel span


Less than 800m


Less than 15m

Less than 4.5m


800m but less than 1200m


15m but less than 24m

4.5m but less than 6.0m


1200mm but less than 1800m


24m but less than 36m

6.0m but less than 9.0m


1800m and over


36m but less than 52m

9.0m but less than 14m



52m but less than 65m

9.0m but less than 14m



65m but less than 80m

14m but less than 16m

Note: This table is used to determine the aerodrome reference code. Further guidance is given in ICAO Doc 9157 Parts 1 and 2.

139.33 Application for an aerodrome certificate

(a) An applicant for the grant or amendment of an aerodrome certificate shall apply to the Governor in the manner required, supplying:

(1) the applicant’s name and address; and

(2) the aerodrome name and location; and

(3) the name and position of the accountable manager; and

(4) the Aerodrome Manual required by Subpart C; and

(5) where applicable, the Airport Security Programme;

(6) evidence that the requirements in paragraph (b) have been met; and

(7) such other particulars relating to the applicant and the aerodrome as may be required by the Governor; and

(8) payment of any applicable fee required by the appropriate requirements.

(b) The applicant for an aerodrome certificate shall satisfy the Governor that:

(1) the applicant and his/her staff have the necessary competence and experience to operate and maintain the aerodrome safely and, where applicable securely, and meet the responsibilities of paragraph 139.75; and

(2) the Aerodrome Manual, and where applicable, the Airport Security Programme, prepared for the aerodrome contains all of the relevant information; and

(3) the aerodrome facilities, services and equipment meet the required standards; and

(4) the aerodrome operating procedures ensure the safe, and where applicable secure, operations of aircraft and/or the safety of air navigation; and

(5) acceptable safety and quality management systems are in place to ensure continued compliance with, and the adequacy of, the requirements of this Part and the safe operation of the aerodrome; and

(6) appropriate arrangements are in place for the provision of:

(i) the Air Traffic Services; and

(ii) the Aeronautical Information Service; and

(iii) the Meteorological Service.

(7) the Rescue and Fire Fighting Services provided for the aerodrome meet the requirements of OTAR Part 140.

39.35 Grant of an aerodrome certificate

(a) Before an aerodrome certificate is granted:

(1) the applicant shall satisfy the Governor that the requirements of paragraph 139.33 and, where applicable, the requirements of OTAR Part 178 have been met; and

(2) the Air Traffic Service Unit, including the Air Traffic Service Engineering Unit, shall have been approved in accordance with the requirements of OTAR Parts 172 and 171; and

(3) the Instrument Approach Procedures shall have been approved in accordance with the requirements of OTAR Part 176; and

(4) the aerodrome shall have been inspected to the satisfaction of the Governor.

(b) An aerodrome certificate remains in force until it is suspended, varied or revoked, or for the period of time specified by the Governor and will be subject to such conditions as the Governor thinks fit.

139.37 Transfer of an aerodrome certificate

(a) The suitability of an individual or organisation intending to take over a certificated aerodrome will require assessment, before the change of operation or ownership is agreed, in the same way as for the issue of an Aerodrome Certificate.

(b) Circumstances that will require transfer of an Aerodrome Certificate are:

(1) the aerodrome operator intends to relinquish aerodrome operations in favour of another person or organisation; or

(2) the aerodrome operator is subject of a takeover.

(c) An aerodrome certificate may be transferred to a new operator when:

(1) the current holder of the aerodrome certificate notifies the Governor, in writing, at least 60 days before ceasing to operate the aerodrome, of an intention to cease operating together with the name of the proposed transferee; or

(2) the transferee applies to the Governor, in writing, at least 60 days before the current holder of the aerodrome certificate ceases to operate the aerodrome, for the aerodrome certificate to be transferred; or

(3) the transferee has complied with the requirements at paragraph 139.35.


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