GEN 1.7 Differences from ICAO standards, recommended practices and procedures

1.7.1  Introduction Wherever practicable the standards and recommended practices laid down in ICAO annexes and regional supplementary procedures applicable to the MID and SEA Regions are adopted. Differences listed are mainly in the form of additional requirements or procedures. With reference to CAR Part IV GCAA shall be notified of any non‐compliance to:
  1. Chicago Convention and its Annexes;
  2. UAE‐Civil Aviation Law;
  3. Air Service Agreement (relevant agreement between UAE and the State of the Operator);
  4. Applicable UAE publications.

1.7.2 List of differences

Differences are listed under the applicable Annex Annex 1 Personnel Licensing

a) Chapter 1


Air Traffic Controller

Aged 40 and above - Validity 12 months.
Below 40 - Validity 24 months.

Cabin crew

Valid for 60 months.
Aged 40 and above - Validity 24 months.
Aged above 50 - Validity 12 months.

b) Chapter 2


The applicant shall have completed in aeroplanes not less than 20 hours of solo flight time under the supervision of an authorised flight instructor, including 8 hours of solo cross country flight.

c) Chapter 4

para 4.1

The UAE issues a Flight Cabin Attendant licence, which specifies age, knowledge, experience, Class 2 medical fitness and skill requirements.

d) Chapter 6

para 6.2.1

All initial applicants for any UAE licences are required to undergo a drug screen test. Annex 2 Rules of the Air

a) Chapter 3

para Communications

The general procedures in case of communications failure, as specified in Annex 2, are applicable in the Emirates FIR / UIR with the following exceptions:

(I) Radio equipment failure: Aircraft experiencing a radio failure whilst under radar control shall select Mode A Code 7600, and maintain last assigned heading and level for a period of three minutes after which time the general procedures apply as referred to above.

(II) Navigation equipment failure: In the case of aircraft experiencing navigation equipment failure but still capable of maintaining two - way communication with ATC, shall inform ATC of the failure and report altitude and approximate position. ATC may at its discretion authorise the flight to continue. When radar is available it may be used to provide navigational assistance.

If no authorisation to proceed is given by ATC the pilot should leave or avoid Class A - D airspace and areas or dense traffic, and either proceed to an area in which flight can be continued in VMC or; if this is not possible, select a suitable area in which to descend through cloud, fly visually to a suitable aerodrome and land as soon as practicable.

Note: Before carrying out the above instructions the pilot should consult ATC, who may assist with instructions or advice. Additionally the latest meteorological information and terrain clearance should be taken into consideration.

b) Appendix 3

Table of cruising levels

The table of cruising levels is modified to adapt to local airspace classification. (seeENR 1.7.5)

Note: Class A airspace above FL145. Within controlled airspace, VFR traffic normally allocated an IFR level. Annex 3 Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation

NIL Annex 4 Aeronautical Charts

a) Chapter 4

Type B charts not provided.

Note: Not required at this time in the UAE.

b) Chapter 8

Area charts not provided.

Note: Required information contained on en-route charts.

c) Chapter 16

World Aeronautical Chart not provided.

Note: Due to size of FIR, coverage provided by the Aeronautical 1:500, 000 chart as per 16.2.1 note. Annex 5 Units of Measurement to be used in Air and Ground Operations

NIL Annex 6 Operation of Aircraft

Part I Chapter 7 para 7.1, Part II Chapter 3 para 3.7 and Part III Chapter 5 para 5.1

Communication equipment.

In addition to the communications equipment specified, SSR transponders are required to be carried by all IFR flights and VFR flights operating in specified airspace (SeeGEN 1.5.3) Annex 7 Aircraft Nationality and Registration Marks

NIL Annex 8 Airworthiness of Aircraft

NIL Annex 9 Facilitation

NIL Annex 10 Aeronautical Telecommunications

NIL Annex 11 Air Traffic Services

Chapter 2

para 2.25.3

Time requirement: ATS unit clocks and time recording devices shall be checked to ensure a correct time within 5 seconds of UTC. Annex 12 Search and Rescue

NIL Annex 13 Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation

NIL Annex 14 Aerodromes

Note: Implementation of the revised requirements specified in amendment 1 to Annex 14 - Aerodromes will require up - grading of some airport facilities. The following paragraphs list the differences notified. The differences listed are temporary as full compliance is expected to be achieved in due course.

a) Chapter 2

para 2.9.7

Friction measuring equipment

This equipment is not available at OMSJ

b) para

RWY holding position markings

Non - standard at OMSJ

c) para

Taxiway edge lights

Non - standard at OMSJ

d) para 5.3.19

Runway guard lights

Not provided at OMRK

e) para 5.3.23

Road holding position light

Not provided at OMSJ


Illuminated guidance signs

Not provided at OMFJ. Retro - reflective signs installed at OMRK

g) para

Runway exit signs

Not provided at OMFJ

h) para

Runway vacated signs

Installed for CAT II only at OMSJ

i) para

VOR checkpoint

Not provided at OMAL, OMFJ and OMSJ

j) para

Aircraft stand identification

Non - standard at OMAL, OMDB Annex 15 Aeronautical Information Services

Appendix 1

Contents of Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

In cases where the AIP format requires reprinting of material subject to possible change, or not required for ready reference which is published elsewhere either within the AIP or in other ICAO documents, the UAE AIP observes the standard specified in An 15 para In such cases the UAE AIP shall give reference to the publication and paragraph where the information can be found. Annex 16 Environmental Protection

NIL Annex 17 Security - Safeguarding International Civil Aviation

NIL Annex 18 The Safe Transportation of Dangerous Goods by Air