CAA structure (approved on 16th november 2012)
Audit and Quality Management Division
- supervision of the internal control system
- develop, implement and maintain the quality system of CAA
- CAA's budget and financial planning
- carry out accounting and financial operations
- monitors expenditures and implementation of the budget
- ensures efficient allocation and expenditure of the CAA's budget resources
- prepares financial statement and statically reports
Legal, Administrative and Personnel Division
- ensures legality in the operation of CAA, protects CAA rights and interests
- develops legal proposals for the structure and for the improvement of economical mechanism
- verifies directions as well as drafts of legal documents compliance with the law
- participates in developing of drafts of legislative documents
Aerodrome Standards and Safety Division
- develops regulations in field of aerodrome operation
- certifies civil aviation aerodromes, issues certificates and provides State supervision of aerodromes and their operators
- provides authorization to operation and building of specific aerodrome systems and objects which could affect the flight safety
- provides State supervision to aerodrome designing, building and operation from flight safety perspective
- provides authorization to construction, installation and placement of objects that are potentially dangerous for aircraft flights
- represents Civil Aviation Agency of Latvia in work and management groups of international organizations in the aerodrome field
- Review the health status on the applicant and on the flight crew members issue the appropriate class medical certificate.
- Co-ordinate Aeromedical centre (AMC) and Authorized medical examiners (AME) certification and supervises them;
- Organizes CAA approved training courses in accordance with EASA / JAA to doctors who will take the medical examination of aviation personnel
- Develop and implement the rules, regulations, programs in the civil aviation medicine, based on the ICAO and EASA / JAA requirements.
- Perform data, archiving and provide information on health certificates granted by the CAA Aviation Medical Part.
- Co-ordinate first aid training in the aircraft flight crew and cabin crew.
- Develop the necessary regulatory documents, regulations and procedures relating to aviation medicine.
- Evaluate the aircraft operator's "Training Manual" requirements and procedures to be carried out on the training of personnel with the requirements of aviation medicine.
- Collaborate in the aviation accident investigation.
- Perform standardization audits according to EASA Operations Standardization Audit Procedures.
Personnel Licensing Division
- issue of Flight Crew Licenses
- pilot licenses certification of non-JAA States
- approval of Training programs, Training courses, Registered facilities, FTO, TRTO Training aircraft, Ground and Flight instructors, FNPT, Flight simulators
- registration of private pilot, balloon and glider training courses
- designate and approve simulator instructors, flight and simulator's examiners
- development of legislative aviation documentation not covered by ICAO or JAA Rules and Regulations
- coordination of FLC activities with International aviation organizations and the government of Latvia
Aircraft Operations Division
- develop and implement the rules, regulations, programmes and procedures affecting the operations of commercial and general aviation operators
- determine the differences between the national regulations and corresponding Standards and Recommended Practices contained in the ICAO Annexes 2 and 6
- elaborate the projects of the amendments in the international documents while being engaged in EC, ICAO, EASA working groups
- examine the organization, staffing, training, equipment, maintenance in collaboration with other CAA divisions of operators applying for the grant or variation of an AOC and to grant or vary such certificate if the operator is considered competent to secure a safe operation
- implement a system for safety oversight of the commercial and general aviation operators by surveillance, inspections and safety audits
- perform standardisation audits according to EASA Operations Standardisation Audit Procedures
- perform inspections within the framework of the European Community (EC) Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme
- carry out enforcement actions as necessary
- maintain a system of aviation records, including certificates, infractions, and reported accidents and incidents
- conduct analyses of safety trends, including accident/incident data, and service difficulty reports
- promote safety through the dissemination of specific safety materials, conducting safety seminars, etc
- establish and keep under review training programme for inspectors
- continuously review the number of certificates and approvals to be issued, as well as the level of civil aviation activity, number and complexity of aircraft and the size of the aviation industry in Latvia, in deciding upon the required organisational structure
- continuously monitor how the managerial work is organised to properly implement the functions and processes described in the applicable requirements of the Basic Regulation and its implementing rules and Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC), Certification Specifications (CS), Guidance Material (GM) and Safety Directives (SD)
- register aircraft in Civil aircraft register
- evaluate the airworthiness of aircraft and issue certificates of airworthiness
- issue noise certificates for aircraft
- perform surveillance of airworthiness of aircraft on Latvian register
- performs certification and surveillance of productions organizations’ and approves related documentation
- performs certification and surveillance of maintenance organizations and approves related documentations
- performs certification and surveillance of continuing airworthiness management organizations and approves related documentations
- performs certification and surveillance of maintenance personnel training organizations and approves related documentation
- performs certification of maintenance personnel and issue appropriate licenses
- develop drafts of legist documents relating to airworthiness in the fields not covered by EU legislation
- participate in foreign aircraft safety assessment inspections ( SAFA programme )
Air Navigation Division
- certification of civil aviation air navigation services providers (ANSP) or Air Traffic Management (ATM), telecommunication, navigation and radiolocation (COM), meteorology (MET), aviation information (AIS).
- supervision of civil aviation air navigation services providers operation safety of Air Traffic Management, telecommunication, navigation and radiolocation, meteorology, aviation information, search and rescue, procedures for airnavigation services - Aircraft oeprations (PANS OPS) and aeronautical charts.
- cooperation with EU organisations on provision of and oversight of air navigation services
- certification of air traffic controllers
- management of civil aviation radio frequencies
- allocate Mode S aircraft emergency regime
- registration and licensing of land telecommunication, navigation and radiolocation instruments
- coordination of civil and military Air Traffic Management
- development air navigation national regulatory proposals
- preparation of air navigation information in accordance with international standards and requirements for publishing in the national AIP
- preparation of information for ICAO about National Civil Aviation documentation requirements non compliant with ICAO standard
Aviation Security Division
- Development of draft regulations and administrative acts to ensure compliance with the standarts of Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and legal acts issued by the European Community to protect civil aviation against unlawful interference.
- Development of draft regulations and administrative acts to ensure compliance with the standarts of Annex 18 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and legal acts issued by the European Community to ensure safe transport of dangerous goods by air.
- Conduct regular State oversight activities to evaluate the compliance of air operators, airports, cargo agents and other regulated entities with the applicable international and national legal requirements in the fields of aviation security and transportation of dangerous goods by air.
- Approve aviation security programmes, security training programmes, dangerous goods training programmes of the regulated entities.
- Verify the provisions on security and dangerous goods transportation contained in air operators and aerodrome operators manuals as regards functions, responsibilities and qualifications of managerial and line staff, standard procedures for personnel in daily operations and internal quality control system.
- Provide opinion on issuance and reneval of Air Operator Certificates, Aerodome Operator Certificates and Regulated Cargo Agent Approvals as regards the competence and ability of applicants to maintain the compliance with the requirements for aviation security and those applicable to transportation of dangerous goods by air.
- Assess, in coordination with the competent State institutions of Latvia, the compliance of air operators, aerodrome operators and cargo agents with the provisions of Annex 9 „Facilitation” to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
- Provide, upon request, specialist assistance to the regulated entities to promote effective implementation of the above described standarts.
- Coordinate regulatory and oversight activities with the State institutions of Latvia responsible for other aspects of aviation security and dangerous goods transportation by air.
- Cooperate with the international bodies and competent institutions of other States to achieve high level of compliance with international legal norms in the fields of aviation security, dangerous goods transportation by air and facilitation