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Foreign Operators Affairs

Foreign Operators Affairs was established to supervise and maintain high level of safety standards of foreign operators, foreign aircraft operating to/from UAE, maintenance organisations based in the UAE (not holding GCAA Part 145 Approval) and training organisations based in the UAE (not holding GCAA CAR Part 147 Approval). Other responsibilities include:

        •        Act as a Participating State to the European Commission in the Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) programme dedicated to
                 conduct routine and non-routine Ramp Inspection on foreign aircraft operating to/from the UAE.

        •        Safety coordination with internal and foreign aviation authorities

        •        Enforcement actions e.g. (Ban, Ground and Release of foreign operator/aircraft)

        •        Issue certificates for foreign operators/aircraft intending to commence the following operations:

                    a) Commercial operations for remuneration or hire (e.g.  sightseeing, aerial work)
                    b) General Aviation for non- revenue e.g. (Demonstration, ferry/position, airshow, etc.)
                    c) Foreign Aircraft holding a Foreign Permit to Fly (restricted or invalid CofA/requesting test flight)
                    d) Foreign Aircraft requesting Re-registration to foreign registry in the UAE
                    e) Departure of a long term parked Foreign Aircraft (More than 6 months)
                    f) All weather operations of Foreign Operators (As per UAE AIP 1.6)

        •         Issue certificates for the following aviation activities:

                    a) Foreign Maintenance Organizations not eligible for GCAA CAR 145 approval
                    b) Foreign Training Organisations not eligible for GCAA CAR 147 Approval
                    c) Dismantling and Scrapping of an aircraft


For further information on UAE Civil Aviation Regulations and for information related to foreign aircraft please visit:

        •         UAE Civil Aviation Regulations

        •         UAE Aeronautical Information Publication

        •         Safety Alert > Alert 04-2014 Safety Alert 04-2014 Civil Aircraft Conducting Aerial Work Operations

        •         Information Bulletins 

                    a) IB 06/2013 - GCAA Approved Maintenance Organisation – Release of Foreign Registered Aircraft
                    b) IB 08/2010 - Airspace Exclusion

How to report an unsafe condition on a foreign aircraft?

        •         For foreign aircraft accident or serious incident, please contact:
                  GCAA Duty Inspector
                  Phone: +971 50 641 4667

        •         For all other safety reports, that do not require immediate GCAA action, please submit a report through VORSY
                  (Voluntary Reporting System).

For Enquiries / Approvals:

For Enquiries / Approvals:

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Last Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018
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