Aerodrome Certification & Water Aerdrome Licensing

Guidance for Applicants

Regulatory Requirements

Regulatory requirements related to the certification of aerodromes are prescribed in MCAR-139. The regulatory requirements related to licensing of water aerodromes are prescribed in ASC 14-2

Prospective applicants are advised to contact the CAA at the earliest opportunity, with as much as possible information regarding the proposed developments. Applicants are also advised to familiarise themselves with the criteria in MCAR-139 (Aerdrome Rules), ASC 139-5 (Aerodrome Standards) and ASC 14-2 (Floating Platforms)

Attention is drawn the following points to ensure a smooth certification process:

Time Scale

It is important that applicants submit applicantions early to allow for detailed consideration of the application, including the aerodrome manual, and for inspection of the site. Applicants can and do experience unforeseen difficulties in meeting certification requirements and this may prolong the process. The CAA cannot undertake to reach a licensing decision within a particular time scale to meet a commercial deadline of the applicant.


The CAA must be satisfied that the applicant for, or holder of an aerodrome certificate/licence has control over or access to the operational areas of the aerodrome in order for him to meet his obligations under the civil aviation regulations. The applicant must be either the landowner or have the permission of the owner to use the site as an aerodrome, with rights to control the aerodrome under the terms of a lease or other operating agreement. Overall responsibility and accountability for the management of safety at an aerodrome lies with the certificate holder. The applicant shall provide to the CAA details of leases held within the certified area, or of any third parties holding rights over any part of the licensed area.

If mixed operations will take place at the aerodrome or there is other aerial or aerodrome activity in the vicinity of the site, applicants must satisfy the CAA that they will have in place adequate procedures for the safe integration of all such aviation activities. A certificate will not be issued until or unless this is achieved.

Air Traffic Services

Permissions and frequency allocations hould be obtained from the CAA.

Statutory requirements of other bodies

The submission of a licence application or the grant of an aerodrome licence does not exempt applicants from meeting the statutory requirements of other bodies like Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Fisheries and MNDF. The planning process also may examine the environmental impact of proposed aerodrome operations on the local community. The CAA considers that it would normally be appropriate for applicants to apply for planning permission, where required, and to have a reasonable expectation that such permission will be granted, before applying for an aerodrome licence.


The production of an adequate Aerodrome Manual is a pre-requisite of certification of Land Aerodromes. Safety management System Manual and Emergency Response Manual are parts of the aerodrome manual which can be submitted to CAA separately along with the aerodrome manual. For guidance and assistance with compiling the Aerodrome Manual, please refer MCAR 139 Appendix 01.The Aerodrome Manual is to be completed to the extent that they are applicable to the aerodrome.

The production of an adequate Emergency Response Plan is a pre-requisite of licencing of water aerodromes. This plan must consist of the procedures that the licencee will carry out during an emergency with the sea plane or the passenger’s travelling in it. The licencee could delegate this responsibility to the resort or the island management if the aerodrome is located within the resort or the island territory.

The applicant must provide the CAA with an adequate map, to a scale, which can be read easily showing the landing, area and the location of the platform for licensing purposes. Sufficient information regarding the geographical co-ordinates of the platforms must be available and where necessary the applicant will have to undertake a survey at their expense.


Applicants undertake to pay the CAA’s fees in respect of an aerodrome certificate/licence application; these are published in the MCAR 187 Aviation Charges.

Application Form

For an application for an Aerodrome Certificate please use form AD-01 and for an application of a water aerodrome licence use form AD-02

Infrastructure Development at Licensed Aerodromes

Changes to Aerodrome Infrastructure

Changes to the aerodrome infrastructure requir prior approval from the CAA. This is to ensure the CAA is satisfied any changes to the infrastructure, including the erection of new buildings and alterations to existing buildings or to visual aids, meet certification criteria and do not present a safety hazard.

Requirements and guidance regarding changes to aerodromes are specified in ASC 139-7 and Form AD-03 shall be used to notify the CAA of any changes.

Aerodrome Safeguarding

This exists for those responsible for the safe operation of an aerodrome or a technical site. The aim of the process is to provide notification of potential developments or construction within a specified area and to allow assessment of the potential impact.

ASC 139-9 provides guidance material for the authorities and personnel involved in the planning, approval, erection, extension or dismantling of tall structures so that vital information about the tall structure is provided to CAA.

Form AD-04 shall be used for the reporting of tall structures.