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1 Is it allowed to change my AME on a later stage ?
you have to verify the reason of this request, have you done any tests with the current AME ?depending on the cases an approval can be granted.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:36:34 AM
2 Can I postpone my follow-up appointment ? and how ?
the applicant should inform his AME regarding the reason of postponment of the follow-up appointment, and the AME submites a request for GCAA approval.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:34:07 AM
3 I want to add my new photo and I have a new email, how can I add this to the application
for any ammendment after the submittion of the application, you have to contact your AME at the clinic and they should submit an an ammendment requst through the E-midical.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:30:56 AM
4 How can I apply for AME stamp
A stamp is provided once a new AME is approved by GCAA, however if the AME didn’t receive a stamp, they should communicate to Aeromedical department via in order to request one.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:29:16 AM
5 I’m a pilot, can I renew the medical if there are more than 45 days of validity remaining.
An approval is granted to renew before 45 days from expiry date is granted depending from case to case. A request should be submitted to in order to access and approve.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:28:08 AM
6 How to registered as a new AME, and what are the requirements
new application for AME are received through the E-medical system, and all the requirments are available online.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:26:48 AM
7 I applied for MC renewal, but I’m traveling and unable to complete it, What is the validity of the online application ?
The applicant should fill the application only if he wishes to renew or re-validate his MC. In case the application filled long time ago he can ask the Aeromedical team to delete it if he has not seen or examined by his AME. Then he can reply for a new one.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:25:42 AM
8 How can I access the E- Medical system?
The applicants /or end user need to visit GCAA website to enter to the E –Medical system. The GCAA Website Url: Home page -> E-Services - > Aircrew Medical Simply register on the above website and completes the E-Medical application form.You will receive a reference number by email notification.Then you need to contact theGCAA approved AME (physician)/ Clinic for an appointment and you should provide the reference number to the AME and undergoes the physical examination on the same day. If you meet the GCAA medical standards, the AME will issue the medical certificate.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:05:29 AM
9 What can I do if my medical was rejected d by the AME?
Reconsideration of decision can be made either by GCAA Aeromedical section after reviewing the Application or by conducting a medical board by senior AME and GCAA. If you are in receipt of documentation refusing issuance of your medical certificate, or placing a restriction on your medical certificate that you do not agree with, you may submit a request for reconsideration to the AME for reevaluation of your case.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 9:04:23 AM
10 Where can I find an AME in my area?
To find your nearest AME within your area use our the AME list from GCAA website.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:59:52 AM
11 What do I require for my next medical certificate?
In addition to the routine medical examination, you need to undergo other tests depending on your age and the class of medical certificate you are applying for. These additional tests are listed in CAR Part II,chapter 5. If you have a significant medical condition that requires monitoring by GCAA, you will have received a letter at the time your last certificate was issued telling you what reports would be required at your next medical. It is important to refer to that letter and make appointments before you do your medical with your AME.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:58:42 AM
12 What can I do to assist the process of my board reports assessment?
Make an appointment as soon as possible with the president of the board. Take with you all relevant medical reports you’ve already with you to be reviewed by the doctor. if additional tests or specialist opinion  are required , accommodate the request at your earliest convenient time.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:57:34 AM
13 Why it is to measure your risk of having a heart attack at GCAA Medical Examination?
Estimate your risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease in the next 10 years. Find out how improving risk factors for heart attack may reduce your risk. Learn if your pattern of risk factors puts you in a higher risk category called metabolic syndrome-Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Prepare action plans for ideas on how to reduce your risk in the near future- The action plans contain many ideas for how to improve your risk factors. Review this program periodically with your AME to check your progress and your progress to watch your heart attack risk improve over time.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:55:49 AM
14 If I got a color vision waiver issued from other authority, would that be acceptable for initial GCAA medical certification?
All applicants for initial GCAA medicals must pass the approved advanced colour testing which is CAD test, if the applicant fails this test, then he will rejected certification. The GCAA will not accept foreign waiver.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:54:42 AM
15 If the medical certificates get lost, is there any replacement?
Medical certificates that are lost or accidentally destroyed may be replaced upon proper request provided such certificates have not expired. You may approach your AME who initially issued you the Medical certificate. The AME will use the GCAA E- Medical System to reissue copy of the lost Medical certificate. The replaced certificate will be charged 200 AED paid to the AME and it should bear the same date of examination regardless of when it is issued.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:53:32 AM
16 Why was my medical deferred to the GCAA?
The most common reason a pilot is not issued a GCAA medical at the time of their exam is usually due to a paperwork issue rather than a medical problem discovered at the office visit. Other reason may include, but not limited to: A pilot with high blood pressure will need to have a current status report by his doctor that includes periodic blood pressure readings and a statement that there are no side effects from the medication or organ damage as a result of the blood pressure. There are a few more requirements if this is the first time that hypertension is reported (lab work, and ECG). There are times that the pilot may have a more complicated problem that must be referred to the GCAA for consideration. The AME has no choice in these cases but to consult with the GCAA prior to issuance. After the GCAA receives the appropriate information, the AME is given a permission to issue the pilot a medical certificate. When the certificate is ready to expire, the pilot is usually asked to supply some information to renew the next medical. The items needed to continue certification will be spelled out in detail in the letter.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:50:33 AM
17 What are the Rights of Applicant for Medical Certificate?
As the candidates applying for the GCAA medical certificate have certain responsibilities they also have certain rights.  The candidates have the right to be examined by any of the GCAA designated Aeromedical examiners at any of the designated clinics. If a candidate is not satisfied with the decision given by an AME they have the right to apply to the GCAA. The GCAA after careful assessment of their case will give the decision and if found necessary might send the candidate to be examined by another AME. The expenses in such a case will be borne by the candidate.   If a candidate is not satisfied with the test results of one laboratory they have the right to ask the AME to get the same test repeated. The expenses for such repeat testing will be borne by the candidate and the results of both or all tests have to be submitted to the GCAA.   If a candidate is not satisfied regarding their fitness or the medical class concluded by an AME or the limitations imposed on him during the course of a routine medical or through a board they have the right to discuss this with the AME and ask for an explanation. If they are not satisfied they have the right to write to the Aeromedical office for reconsidration of thier medical certification   The GCAA will look into the matter and after careful assessment of the case will either uphold the original decision or will send the candidate to another GCAA designated AME or might ask for another board whichever it deems fit. (All expenses incurred in any of the arrangements made will be borne by the candidate). In cases where an AME sends the request to the GCAA for the withdrawal of the medical certificate and the suspension of the licence of an individual the request must be accompanied by all the supporting documents. The limitations imposed on the Medical Certificate of an individual are to be lifted at the earliest possible time once there is no need for the limitation. Since a limitation can only be removed by the GCAA it is mandatory for the AME to request the GCAA to remove the limitation once it is no more required. If the AME fails to do it and it is noticed by the candidate they have the right to ask the AME to request the GCAA for the removal of the limitation. In case of the AME not complying the candidate has the right to directly apply to the GCAA to look into the matter. There is no reason to wait till the next medical of the candidate for the removal of a limitation which is no more required.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:48:15 AM
18 What medication I can/or can’t take?
You will be asked to list all prescription and over-the-counter medications that you currently use. The condition which the medication is treating is the main issue with the GCAA. The list of medications that will keep you on the ground includes, but is not limited to: anti-psychotics, stimulants, and any other drugs (or combination of drugs) that produces adverse side effects or treats a grounding medical condition. Medications or medical conditions that present no problem on the runway may have significant adverse effects at 10,000 feet. The GCAA does not publish an official list of approved drugs; but there is general guidelines to be followed in CAR Part II chapter 5. License holder should read all prescription labels carefully, ask your physician or pharmacist about adverse effects and consult your AME to find out if a drug or the condition itself is acceptable to the flying or controlling duties.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:46:30 AM
19 If my own physician thinks I’m okay to fly, why do you have a problem with me?
Most physicians see their role as one of helping their patients by preventing medical problems when possible and treating medical problems if they do occur. This treatment may actually be a cure or it may be something that diminishes the impact of the medical condition on the person’s daily life. There are many conditions that can be cured, such as Appendicitis, gallbladder disease, and pneumonia. There are other conditions that can be treated but not cured, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. In the case of this later group, when a physician has done all that is possible to control the disease, the patient may told that participation in any activity ,including flying ,is O.K. the treating physician ,this means that there is nothing more to be done for the disease and the activity will not make the activity the disease worse. Unfortunately, the treating physician does not always realize the medical condition could make the activity worse (by making it less safe due to the medical condition).In addition, many physicians only fly as passengers on commercial aircraft. They do not realize the potential problems inherent in piloting aircraft, which may require more from the pilot that his or her medical condition will allow.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:45:04 AM
20 What happens if I get my GCAA medical certificate and then I have some sort of medical problem that develops before the certificate expires? Do I have to report it and do I have to ground myself? Can I keep on flying until the certificate expires?
The regulations are quite clear that, despite the presence of an unexpired GCAA medical certificate, it is still your responsibility as a license holder to maintain your health. If you develop a new medical condition or experience worsening of an existing medical condition such that you may no longer meet the medical requirements, then you must not fly until the problem is resolved. A simple problem such as a cold, a broken arm, may require nothing more than the appropriate treatment and a little time before you can safely return to duties. A more complicated problem or the development or change of a chronic illness may necessitate consultation with an AME or the GCAA before resuming your duties.
Last Updated : 8/31/2020 8:43:43 AM
21 If a pilot diagnosed with any kind of cancer, can he still be certified? Or he loses his career?
The diagnosis of cancer is of concern to both the pilot and the GCAA regarding medical certification. Any king of malignancies must be evaluated and processed by the AME extensively. We will focus on the aeromedical aspect rather than on disease process and treatment, unless it may give distant effect on license holder health. Cancers in general are disqualifying under the “normal” process where an AME issues the medical certificate after an office visit. For All malignancies AME must refer the pilot’s medical form to the GCAA for the initial certification, along with all required documentation. The required items in this case would include; a current status letter from the treating surgeon and /or Oncologist documenting his treatment, diagnosis, prognosis, and follow up plan. He will also need to bring a copy of the hospital history and physical as well as the discharge summary and pathology reports, x-ray results, and recent lab work. The GCAA will review the information, based on the reports and the type of cancer the GCAA may appoint Aeromedical board members to review the case. The GCAA will usually request a current status letter from the treating physician at regular intervals-depend on the cancer type- documenting that there is no evidence of recurrence of the malignancy and that the pilot’s condition has remained stable. In regards to malignancies that can metastasize to the brain, the applicant may be required to prove that there has been no brain involvement.
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:25:04 PM
22 Is a pilot required to report to the GCAA that he or she has undergone LASIK or other laser eye surgery to correct vision?
LASIK and other forms of vision corrective surgery have potential adverse effects that could be incompatible with flying duties. The GCAA expects that a license holder will not resume duties until his or her own treating health care professional determines: The post operative condition has stabilized, there have been no significant adverse effects or complications, and, the person meets the appropriate GCAA medical visual standards. If these determinations are favorable and he or she is otherwise qualified, the license holder will resume his/her duties after receiving an official re-instatement from the GCAA or SAME
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:22:43 PM
23 I have some minor medical problems and would like to find out whether or not they will create difficulties when I go to get my medical certificate. Who could I contact in order to get further information about my situation?
Your AME. AME will discuss your medical problems and the impact they are likely to have on certification. Frequently, do this over the phone without charge. Another alternative is to contact the GCAA directly, through the official Aeromedical section email address(
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:21:29 PM
24 What does it cost to get a GCAA medical certificate?
The GCAA does not set fees for the performance of the GCAA medical exam and issuance of the GCAA medical certificate. The AME is allowed to charge the applicant appropriately, as long as it is not more than his/her usual fee for similar examinations for other purposes. The GCAA has an additional fee above what the physician charges, which is 200 AED for the Medical certificate.
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:18:32 PM
25 What are the minimum and maximum ages for obtaining a GCAA medical certificate?
17 is the minimum age for a student pilot certificate. 65 is the maximum age for Air transport pilot. No age limit for private pilots.
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:10:53 PM
26 What is my chance of getting the medical certificate same day?
There are three possible outcomes of any GCAA medical examination done by designated AMEIssue the medical certificate: The applicant meets the GCAA medical standards. MC considered to be valid for the specified period as stated in CAR Part II, Chapter 5 Denial the medical certificate If license’s clearly does not meet the GCAA medical standards, the AME deny the issuance of medical certificate. That information should be forwarded to the GCAA Aeromedical section which will revoke the pilot’s current medical privileges and request return of the current medical certificates. Denials are not necessarily permanent. If the applicant   can present information that the disqualifying medical condition has resolved or is being treated in an aeromedical safe manner, the GCAA may reinstate the medical certificate. Referral of medical certification The third possible outcome is an intermediate decision termed a Referral. In this situation ,the AME notes a medical condition that is questionable with regards to eligibility for medical certification .Referral usually is supposed to be only if the standards are not met, if there is unresolved question about the history, the findings, the standards, if the examination is incomplete, if further evaluation is necessary; or if directed by the GCAA; the applicant takes the physical examination, but rather than issue/or deny the issue the medical certificate ,the AME defers the application and medical certificate to the GCAA aeromedical section. The GCAA response letters frequently request the applicant to provide additional information and supportive documents to support the application, or appoint a medical board to decide about the medical condition. If the applicant refuses to take more checks or refuse to present to the board members, the GCAA may deny the applicant’s medical certification.
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:08:16 PM
27 What medical standards must be met to issue each of the above certificates?
The medical standards for each class of medical certificate are put forth in Part II of the Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR Part II, Chapter 5).
Last Updated : 8/30/2020 1:01:40 PM
28 What types of certificates are available and how long are they good for?
There are 5 classes of medical certificates:Class 1- (ATPL, CPL, MPL) Class 2- (FE, PPL, student PL) Class 3 – (ATCO) and Cabin crew class- LSA class CAR PART II – CHAPTER 5 - CAR MEDICAL PROVISIONS SUBPART A - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS 8 Section 2 - Requirements for medical certificates MED.A.045
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:56:46 PM
29 Who is required to hold a General Civil Aviation Medical Certificate?
Any person acting as pilot-in-command or other crew member of an aircraft must hold a current and appropriate medical certificate. This includes student pilots in solo flight as well as private, commercial, airline pilots, Flight Engineer and cabin crew and ATCO.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:53:40 PM
30 What is a GCAA medical certificate?
It is legal evidence that the pilot or ATCO or Cabin Crew has met the medical standards for aircraft operation prescribed in CAR Part II, Chapter 5.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:50:03 PM
31 Where can I find the Medical Forms?
Aeromedical forms please go to the following forms and select the appropriate categories.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:48:42 PM
32 What is the AME role in Pharmaceuticals (Therapeutic Medications) advice?
As an AME you are required to be aware of the regulations and GCAA policy and have a responsibility to inform pilots of the potential adverse effects of medications and to counsel pilots regarding their use.Aeromedical decision-making includes an analysis of the underlying disease or condition and treatment. The underlying disease has an equal and often greater influence upon the determination of aeromedical certification.If you are not sure ,please contact the aeromedicla office
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:34:24 PM
33 Should I take a physical examination if my pilot is not medically qualified?
If the pilot does take a physical and has a disqualifying condition, you as the AME is obligated to reject or defer the application. This can result in significant administrative delays even if the medical condition resolves while awaiting a letter from the GCAA. If the pilot has a disqualifying medical condition when his next medical is due, it is usually better to allow his medical certificate to lapse, when the condition has resolved, he must bring appropriate documentation from his treating physician and present it to you. You may then decide to issue him a medical certificate or prefer to send it to the GCAA.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:33:06 PM
34 If you have any questions regarding the medical application/certification, what you should do?
Check CAR part II,chpater 5 regarding the medical condition.Do all the required tests for recertification requirement.Once you have collected all the reports, prepare a summary to the GCAA and if you are confident you can issue a Medical certificate.If you are not certain about the appropriate action, you should contact the GCAA  Aeromedical Inspector for advice.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:31:54 PM
35 I can’t convene the board within the acceptable time frame; I will be on my annual leave?
Inform the GCAA in the E-medical service as soon as you receive the board letter.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:30:30 PM
36 Am the president of the board and my colleague/other board refuse to co-operate with me?
Inform the GCAA.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:26:03 PM
37 Am the president of medical board, I can’t get my client, he doesn’t call me, or he doesn’t want to go through extra test, or he doesn’t want to pay?
Kindly inform the GCAA about any of the above cases ASAP, we will take the necessary action and temporarily we will suspend the license. The license holder must understand that this is the requirement by the GCAA, and that any objection from his side may result in permanent denial of his certification.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:24:36 PM
38 You came to know that your pilot had a cardiac event, what should you do?
Inform the applicant that he must be grounded immediately.Use the E-Medical(sickness reporting ) to issue a temporary suspension of the applicant till further evaluation .After 6 months, call the applicant for recertification requirements.Once you gather all the reports, and you confirm his fitness for recertification, DON’T issue him a Medical Certificate if you are not SAME, because this medical certificate will carry a limitation and only GCAA AMS or SAME can impose any limitation or restriction on applicant license.Send the papers to the GCAA along with your summary of the case and you recertification recommendations.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:22:46 PM
39 If the applicant, stated on GCAA Medical Application form that he is taking any prescribed or over the counter medication which may affect the pre-employment drug test result, should I postpone the test?
It should not be postponed, you have to perform the test to confirm the use of same declared medication with the prescribed therapeutic dosage, and then send the applicant to the MRO for review. At same time the AME must request for professional opinion regarding the reason of taking such a medication, and whether the applicant can be off that medicine which is incompatible for flying/controlling duties. And if the AME satisfied with this report and the MRO report, he may repeat the test and issue the medical certificate, or defer the case to the GCAA, along with the medical application, specialist report and MRO report for decision.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:21:17 PM
40 Where can I send my applicant for advanced color test (CAD) in UAE?
There are 3 centers in UAE currently performing this tests. 1.Emirates Clinic 'AviationMedicalAdmin' (email: ) 047084104, 04 7084114 2. Etihad Medical Centre, Mr. Vincent Dee (email: 02 511 5555 3. University Hospital Sharjah (UTS) Ms. Fatima Al Mannaei (Email: Phone +971 6 505 8555 Ext: 8300
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:18:16 PM
41 My pilot holds a valid foreign medical certificate with a color deficiency waiver; can I issue the Medical Certificate?
Don’t issue him a medical certificate, we don’t validate a foreign waiver, he has to pass the advanced color vision test approved by the GCAA which is CAD test.
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:11:34 PM
42 What are the Legal Responsibilities of Designated Aviation Medical Examiners?
They have a responsibility to ensure that only those applicants who are physically and mentally able to perform safely may exercise the privileges of their licenses. They have a responsibility to properly discharge their duties of examination and issuing medical certificates They have a responsibility to maintain familiarity with general medical knowledge applicable to aviation and they shall have detailed knowledge and understanding of UAE regulations, policies, and procedures and guidance material related to medical certification. The AME has the responsibility to personally conduct all medical examinations at an established office address, and assume responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the total report
Last Updated : 8/26/2020 2:09:10 PM
43 Whom shall I contact to obtain an exemption?
Last Updated : 2/10/2019 10:15:14 AM
44 What are the requirements for Area Navigation (RNAV or Performance Based Navigation (PBN) within Emirates FIR?
As identified in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) GEN 1.5.5, all aircraft above 5700 kg conducting commercial operations , other than State Aircraft and operating within EMIRATES Controlled Airspace shall be equipped with RNAV equipment meeting RNAV 1 with GNSS.
Last Updated : 2/10/2019 10:07:38 AM
45 Through which email accounts shall the FOA section be contacted?

For all matters related to SAFA Inspection and follow up contact:
For all matters related to Foreign Operator Registration (GCAP) contact:
For all other matters or general inquiries contact:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:43:00 PM
46 What are the insurance requirements in Emirates FIR?

The requirements are identified in DG DIRECTIVE 14-2016:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:39:13 PM
47 How can a foreign operator apply for an Overflight Permit?
The requirements and points of contact can be found in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:32:14 PM
48 How can a foreign operator apply for a Landing Permit?
There are individual points of contact for each airport. They are identified in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). GCAA is not involved in processing Landing Permits.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:36:23 PM
49 Can a banned aircraft be ferried from or to an airport within Emirates FIR to continue operation as a state flight (with a diplomatic clearance)?
The banned aircraft is allowed to perform a ferry flight if the flight before or after is a state flight.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:34:54 PM
50 Can a state flight be performed with a banned aircraft or conducted by a banned operator?
The flight can be conducted within the provisions of a diplomatic clearance.
Remark: The Diplomatic Clearance can be obtained by Ministry of Foreign Affairs as identified in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) GEN 1.2.10.
Last Updated : 2/10/2019 9:54:51 AM
51 Is a banned operator allowed to charter another operator to continue operation until the ban has been lifted?

No, unless the operator holds a NOC from GCAA. To obtain the NOC contact FOA (

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:32:58 PM
52 If the application requires a security clearance, how can the security clearance be obtained?

Applications can be found on GCAA Website:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:27:54 PM
53 What is the processing time of an NOC?
The average processing time is 10 days. The processing time is identified in each application.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:24:59 PM
54 How can a foreign operator apply for an NOC from GCAA?

Applications can be found on GCAA Website: Contact:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:23:06 PM
55 For which activities does a foreign operator need to obtain an NOC from GCAA?

Foreign operator shall apply for an NOC from FOA for:

  1. Registration of an aircraft located in the territory of the UAE
  2. De-registration of an aircraft located in the territory of the UAE
  3. Basing of an aircraft in the territory of the UAE
  4. Demonstration Flight with an aircraft
  5. Test Flight of an aircraft
  6. Flight of an aircraft with Permit to fly or equivalent document
  7. Return to service of an aircraft after long term parking
  8. Dismantling or destroying of an aircraft in the territory of the UAE
  9. Conduct aerial work activities

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:14:49 PM
56 If a foreign aircraft is chartered or subleased from another operator, can the aircraft be operated with the GCAP Code of the lessee?

No, the aircraft can only be operated if the lessor (AOC Holder) has a valid GCAP code. The GCAP code of the lessor shall be entered in field 18 of each individual ATC flight plan, unless the lessor has received an exemption.
It is strictly forbidden to use the code for an aircraft that is not included in the AOC of the registered operator.

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:15:36 PM
57 How can a foreign operator apply for an exemption to enter the GCAP code in each individual flight plan?

Operator holding a valid registration and conducting more than 300 flight a year can download the application from GCAA Website: The application shall be sent to:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:14:15 PM
58 What is the processing time to get a Foreign Operator Registration (GCAP)?
The processing time is 10 working days.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:12:17 PM
59 Where shall the GCAP code be entered?
The GCAP code shall be entered in field 18 of each individual ATC flight plan, unless the operator has received an exemption.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:11:18 PM
60 Which operator need to have a Foreign Operator Registration (GCAP)?

All foreign Operator engaged in Commercial Air Transport (CAT) from or to airports located in the territory of the UAE are not allowed to fly unless they have a Foreign Operator Registration. Private operation is excluded. The application can be downloaded from GCAA Website: The application shall be submitted to:

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 3:10:11 PM
61 How can an aircraft depart, if it is not possible to perform the corrective action at the location where the aircraft has been grounded?

The CAA responsible for the safety oversight of the aircraft need to be contacted by the operator to issue a “Permit to Fly” or equivalent document. If not contained in the Permit to fly evidence that the CAA is fully aware of the reason leading to the grounding shall be submitted to GCAA will decide if the grounding can be lifted and set conditions for the departure.

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 1:39:45 PM
62 How can the lifting of an aircraft grounding be processed?

Corrective action shall be submitted to at the earliest opportunity. A phone number will be identified to assure that the request is processed on a 24/7 base.

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 1:28:50 PM
63 Which corrective action is acceptable to close finding?

To close the finding both corrective and preventive action need to be uploaded to the EU SAFA Data base.

  1. Corrective action
    For technical findings- A scanned copy of the Tech Log or Task Card showing appropriate action and the release to service is acceptable. For all other findings – A scanned copy the measure taken to correct the finding is acceptable e.g. document changed or records of action.
  2. Preventive Action
    The preventive action shall avoid recurrence of the finding e.g. in terms of procedures or notification to the concerned staff whom are not in compliance with the company stated procedures.
Last Updated : 11/29/2018 1:07:20 PM
64 What shall a foreign operator do if findings have been identified in a SAFA Ramp Inspection?

For CAT III finding corrective and preventive action has to be uploaded to the EU SAFA Data base. For CAT II findings only corrective actions need to be uploaded.

Note: Preventive action for CAT II findings might be required upon the judgment of the inspector.

To upload corrective and/or preventive  action:

Further guidance for the registration  can be found in the file - FAQ SAFA Database :

Last Updated : 11/29/2018 12:45:52 PM
65 My friend was told by a fl ight attendant to “tone it down”. Did he have to comply?
Cabin crew have the authority to intervene whenever a passenger’s behavior is judged to be unruly, causing discomfort
to others. This authority is given to crew members under the Tokyo Convention of 1963.
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 1:38:08 PM
66 Why does airport security sometimes open hold baggage?
All baggage must undergo a security check. Whenever detection equipment raises an alarm, the bag is given special
attention. If the alarm cannot be resolved by a simple examination, it may be necessary for authorized personnel to open
the bag and physically inspect its contents.
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:35:32 PM
67 Does the baggage I check in at the airport undergo a security check?
Everything that is loaded on an aircraft for an international flight, including hold baggage, is inspected according to national
requirements that must meet the baseline standards set by ICAO.
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:34:19 PM
68 Why do security controls vary from airport to airport?
ICAO sets minimum standards to be met by Member States in all fields of international civil aviation, including aviation security.
States must comply with these baseline standards, but they may also add measures according to national requirements based
on risk assessments. As a result, national and regional variations in the type of security controls can emerge.
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:32:38 PM
69 How do I apply for GCAA AVSEC Post holder approval?
Apply through GCAA Website/Eservices/ Postholder security. Contact GCAA AUH Office AVSEC for more information during official timing
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:30:08 PM
70 Incase of any change in company mangament will affect current security clearance?
Yes, you have to apply for amendment through GCAA Website/ Eservices
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:27:04 PM
71 How long is a security clerance Valid
2 Years
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:23:44 PM
72 How Long will Security Clearance processes will take?
Usually within 14 to 30 working days
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:18:50 PM
73 How Do I apply for security Clearance?
Through our GCAA Website/ Eservices/ Security clearance
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:12:14 PM
74 How Do I get access to ROSB?
Authorized post holder security is eligible to request access or nominate the appropriate employee to get access to ROSB. To apply official communication is required to GCAA AVSEC ITAD department. 
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 12:08:42 PM
75 How do I report Aviation Security incidents?
Public reports should reported throught GCAA Website/eservices/Aviation Security Reporting Service  or else entities with aviation security responsibilities shall inform the General Civil Aviation Authority’s, Aviation Security Affairs Sector when any security incident/breach and an act of unlawful interference occurs through the ‘Reporting of Security Breaches’ (ROSB) system.
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 11:24:13 AM
76 Who do I need to contact to seek assistance/clarification on issues pertaining to Airport Security Program or Aircraft Operator Security Program?
Please send an email to the following address:
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 11:22:25 AM
77 How can I access the AVSEC Web Board?
only entities with aviation security responsibilities may apply. applicant need to have a specific User name and Password to be initially issued by the GCAA.
The request to access AVSEC Web Board can be made by filling the details at the following web link:
Last Updated : 9/10/2017 11:16:19 AM
78 I would like to get a modification approval
The GCAA approves modification through E-Services therefore an application needs to be made through E-Services. The modification approval is a chargeable activity. For more details contact Manager Engineering Safety at
Last Updated : 9/5/2017 9:49:48 AM
79 I would like to import an aircraft. What is one of the first steps I should take?
Checking if the aircraft model that you are planning to import,  has been Type-Accepted / TC-validated by the GCAA should be on the list of first things to do. The GCAA website hosts a list of type-accepted models which is updated on regular basis. If an aircraft model requires to be Type Accepted, an early contact with the GCAA is suggested.  If you are still unsure about the status of Type Acceptance for a certain model or if you have a different query related to the GCAA Type Acceptance, please feel free to send your query to for the attention of Manager Engineering Safety.
Last Updated : 9/5/2017 9:45:09 AM
80 Is there a checklist for the pilot’ licensing requirements?
Yes, the GCAA has a Quick reference checklist  giving out the requirements for pilot’s licences.
Last Updated : 7/15/2015 12:24:49 PM
81 Can foreigner student who completed air traffic course on approve GCAA college/training organization get GCAA air traffic license?
No. the GCAA air traffic license will be issue only for the employ who are working on air traffic serves provider under General Civil Aviation Authority umbrella.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 10:03:38 AM
82 Can individual apply for air traffic licence?
No. Even if the person been completed the air traffic course, no individual application will be accept.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 10:02:39 AM
83 What is the time frame for issuing initial/renewal and other air traffic license activate?
Applicants shall allow at least ten (10) working days for the issue, renewal or replacement of Air Traffic Control Licences. It is the applicant‘s responsibility to ensure that renewal applications, where required, are submitted at least 14 days prior to the expiry date.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 10:01:54 AM
84 What is the validity of the air traffic license ?
An Air Traffic Control Licence is valid for a period of two years and will expire at 2359 local time, on the last day of the Gregorian month. Air Traffic Controller Licenses expire at 2359 local time on the last day of the Gregorian month during which the holder reaches the age of 65 years.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 10:01:02 AM
85 What is the validity of On-the-Job Trainee‘s ( OJT Permit )?
An On-the-Job Trainee‘s Permit shall not be extended beyond a total duration of 13 months. In cases where training has been interrupted due to exceptional circumstances, the Authority may, at its discretion renew, extend or re-issue an On the- Job Trainee Permit.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 10:00:12 AM
86 Where can I submit my application?
You can submit your application for the grant, extension and renewal of an AME licence with an appropriate form and fee to the GCAA Customer Services.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:52:45 AM
87 Where can I find the correct form?
The AMEL forms are available and can be downloaded from GCAA website:
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:51:12 AM
88 How do I start the process of becoming an Air Traffic Control Officer?
You would apply for a controller job the same way as any other job. Submit the required application and educational documents to be considered for an initial trainee position. The air traffic facility considers experience, school performance and the application and would offer you a trainee position. As stated before, depending on the facility, you must be prepared for years of training, there is no shortcut to becoming a qualified controller.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:43:39 AM
89 Are all air traffic control officers from the UAE?
No, the air traffic control workforce is a combination of UAE and expat personnel. Air traffic controllers from countries other than the UAE have very stringent previous experience and air traffic currency requirements for employment in the UAE.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:43:06 AM
90 How many ATC facilities does the GCAA operate in the UAE?
The GCAA operates only the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre, and the AL Ain radar approach control in Abu Dhabi. The other facilities at Abu Dhabi international Airport, Al Ain Airport, Al Batten Airport, Dubai and Dubai World Airports, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah are operated by private contractors under supervision of the GCAA. All civilian air traffic control facilities in the UAE are certified by the GCAA.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:42:13 AM
91 Why the emphasis on English?
English is the internationally agreed upon language of civilian aviation throughout the world. Just as you expect a pilot to understand air traffic control transmissions, the pilot expects the controller to comprehend his requests and replies to controller instructions.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:41:25 AM
92 Is an air traffic control licence issued after all the classroom courses are complete?
No. Depending on the facility, a school graduate will spend many months learning the specific knowledge and skills required to perform the duties of an air traffic control officer, be required to pass many written and practical exams, maintain English language proficiency and pass a two hour competency appraisal.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 9:40:35 AM
93 Why does it take so long?
Understanding all aspects of the air traffic control system, principles of flight, navigation, aircraft performance and being able to apply them, takes many months of study and practice.
Last Updated : 5/26/2014 8:58:47 AM
94 How long does it take to complete the training courses, facility training and On Job Training, resulting in issuance of a licence?
Depending on the air traffic facility, from classroom student to licenced air traffic control officer can take 3 to 5 years.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:16:10 PM
95 Does the GCAA offer a course of instruction for candidates with no experience, leading to an air traffic control license?
The GCAA does not conduct air traffic candidate training, however, it does approve schools in the UAE and other countries (UK, Singapore, and Australia) to administer the required courses to qualify for consideration for employment in the UAE.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:15:02 PM
96 Besides age are there any other requirements before starting training at an air traffic control facility?
  1. Pass an aviation Class 3 medical exam.
  2. Possess an internationally accepted English language proficiency of level 4 or greater.
  3. Satisfactorily completed all air traffic control courses applicable to facility at which you’ll be working.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:11:07 PM
97 What is the maximum age an air traffic controller can work?
An air traffic controller can work live traffic up to age 65.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:08:10 PM
98 What is the minimum age to be an air traffic controller?
You must be 21 years old or older to be issued an air traffic control licence.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:04:02 PM
99 I wants to know where can I attend the GCAA approved B1 Maintenance Engineering courses ?
You can check the website for the list of approved training organization.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 11:01:27 PM
100 I am aerospace apprentice in PIA. I want to know about the GCAA B1 exams have passed 1 1/2 year I apprenticeship. Can I appear in B1 exams? So what is your procedure for it ?
Kindly be informed that we discontinued the old exam system by 01 July 2012 and implementation of CAR 66 in place. So you need to apply though the new system instead of the previous system while the credit will be only for passing full category MCQ & Essay.
Last Updated : 5/25/2014 10:52:58 PM

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