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History of Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority

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The Sierra Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) was established by an Act of Parliament (the Civil Aviation Act, 2008) in April 2008 to provide for an independent professional oversight of international and domestic air transport and cargo services in compliance with international agreements and obligations relating to Civil Aviation.

Hitherto, it was a Department in the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

The establishment of the SLCAA came about after the mandatory Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) was conducted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in May 8 – 12, 2006 and discovered that Sierra Leone was completely deficient in all eight critical elements that were audited. The critical elements were:

Ø primary aviation legislation;

Ø specific operating regulations;

Ø State Civil Aviation system and Safety Oversight functions;

Ø technical personnel qualification and training;

Ø technical guidance, tools and the provision of safety-critical information;

Ø licensing, certification, authorization and approval obligations;

Ø surveillance obligations; and

Ø the resolution of safety concerns.

By then, the Civil Aviation Department was governed by the 1966 Act whose provisions did not meet the current trend in the aviation industry.  The Department was therefore

advised to withdraw all the Air Operator’s Certificates (AOC) it has issued and cancel all the aircraft entered in the Civil Aircraft Register of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

There were over five (5) Sierra Leone AOC holders and ten (10) Aircraft in the Civil Aircraft Register.  These actions were recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) because of the non-existence of the surveillance mechanism of the Civil Aviation Department necessary to perform oversight functions over the AOC holders and the Registered Aircraft partly due to the obsolete Legislation (1966 Act) and out modeled Operating Regulations.

Monies received for these services (issuing of Air Operators Certificate, Registering Aircraft) were directly paid into the Consolidated Fund.

Sierra Leone was forced to take these Corrective Actions in order to avoid being black listed, because the ICAO’s position is that all bodies regulating Civil Aviation matters should be autonomous and devoid of political interference.

As a result of this advice the Ministry of Transport and Aviation took a Bill to Parliament in 2008 for the creation of an autonomous body – The Civil Aviation Authority.  The Bill was passed in Parliament on the 18th of March 2008 and gained Presidential accent on the 17th of April, 2008.

The new Sierra Civil Leone Civil Aviation Authority (SLCAA) is charged with the following functions amongst others:

i. To licence and regulate Civil Aviation in accordance with the obligations of Sierra Leone under the applicable International Agreements so as to meet the International and domestic demands for air transportation and air cargo services including oversight in the provision, operation and

maintenance of aerodromes and related facilities for Aviation,  and to advice Government on the efficient development of the Aviation Industry.

ii. The Authority has responsibility for the promoting and developing safety in Aviation, including oversight in aircraft operation, air navigation facilities and services, air traffic control, meteorological services and facilities to combat hazards to air navigation;

iii. Licencing and registering of aircraft and ensuring safety of air navigation.

iv. Licencing and regulating air transport;

v. Coordinating search and rescue operations;

vi. Certifying and regulating the operations of air travel agent etc. etc.

Although the Act was passed in 2008, some semblance of autonomy with regards to budgetary allocations was only granted in 2009.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 October 2012 09:58  


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Tel: +232(22)222106



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