Relevant flight safety information
Safety of civil aircraft operating in Damascus FIR (28.03.2013)
According to the ICAO State Letter Ref.: AN 13/4.3.Open-13/25 it is advised to consider the potential for risks to flight safety when planning to use the airspace of the Syrian Arab Republic.
Attachment: ICAO State Letter Ref.: AN 13/4.3.Open-13/25
Airworthiness information for aircraft owners and operatorsOn distribution of responsibilities with regard to airworthiness
(Short version, full version is available in Latvian)
Exercising its oversight responsibilities, the State agency „ Civil aviation agency” (CAA) discovered that there i san evidence of lack of clear understanding about the civil aviation system and related functions and responsibilities.
This leads to the situation, that the aircraft operators (owners) are unable properly fulfil its obligations. As a consequence, the CAA, willing to assist the owner, in order to issue certificate or approval, is doing owner’s job. In this situation it is difficult for CAA properly exercise it’s oversight responsibilities.
Therefore the Airworthiness Division of „ Civil aviation agency” would like to clarify some aspects about the aviation system and responsibilities of the participants.
1. Civil aviation system
Comprises of three sub systems:
Since the aviation system with its activities may potentially endanger the society, there is a need of set of regulation to protect the society. There is a need for oversight, how the actors of the system complies with the rules and regulations.
2. State’s responsibilities
State is responsible for promulgating the rules and regulation and for the oversight and enforcement.
3. Functions and responsibilities
All persons involved in the aviation system shall comply with the rules. It is their responsibility, not CAA, to operate an aircraft safely within the regulatory framework.
The CAA is responsible for oversight in order to establish whether the rules are complied with.
The owner of the aircraft is responsible for the continuing airworthiness of the aircraft.
With regard to airworthiness, the owners/ operators responsibilities are established by ICAO Standards:
Annex 6 Part 1, Chapter 8.1. for Commercial air transport;
Annex 6 Part II Chapter 2.6.
ICAO standards are transposed into the following regulations:
Commission regulation 2042/2003 para M.A.201;
Regulation of Cabinet of Ministers No 661, para. 51. (for Annex II aircraft)