The Civil Aviation Authority promotes safe and secure operations of Aircraft within Sri Lanka’s territory. In furtherance of this objective the CAASL has introduced an Approving Procedure for General Aviation Activities in terms of Civil Aviation Act No. 14 of 2010. Accordingly it is mandatory for organizations/individuals involved in General Aviation Activities (private or commercial), to obtain approval from the Director General of Civil Aviation.
Any person(s), Partnership or company(ies) who/which intend to conduct General Aviation Activities in Sri Lanka must obtain this approval.
CAA-SLAF joint panel is appointed on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence/Ministry of Civil Aviation, consisting of senior official from both organizations, to grant approval to conduct General Aviation activates mentioned above in Sri Lanka.
The following categorization of aircraft, flying machines, flying devices where approving authority for importation, operations and in certain cases to manufacture as stated below required to be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, Sri Lanka Air Force Joint Panel.
||Fixed Wing aircraft & Helicopters
Import and Operations Approval - as per the Policy of the Government of Sri Lanka. The existing Government regulations will prevail.
Hot Air Balloons for Commercial or Private Operations and Light sports aircraft and Kit Built Aircraft, both fixed wing and helicopter (600 Kg and below) and ultra-light aircraft, parachutes, Gliders.
Import and operational approval - Import/operations/demarcation and designation of operating areas and limitations shall be vested with a joint SLAF and CAA joint panel, the joint panel may obtain assistance from senior, experienced operators of this category.
Operators shall propose areas of operation to the panel for approval before operations commence.
Powered/Non Powered flying Devices other than (A) and (B) above, for recreation purposes, such as Para Gliders, Powered Para Gliders, Para - sails
Import Approval - No import approval is required from the Ministry of Defence and Civil Aviation Authority.
Operational approval - Aviation enthusiast, leisure flyers, operators, who intend engaging in this type of activity shall propose areas of operation to the SLAF-CAA joint panel approval before commencing operations.
Radio Controlled Model Aircraft and Devices
Imports - Approval by SLAF- CAA joint panelOperator shall propose preferred and suitable areas for such flying for SLAF- CAA panel approval
An "Application Pack", can be collected from the Air Transport & Legal Affairs Section of Civil Aviation Authority.
Following documents are required to be submitted with the Application Form.
The operator should renew the certificate of approval by the expiry date.
There is a Renewal Application form can be collected from this Authority.
The Renewal Application Form filled correctly should be submitted to the Air Transport & Legal Affairs Section with all necessary documents.
The Following documents have to be submitted with the renewal form.
The License holder has to submit the Renewal Form at least Two (02) weeks prior to the date of expiry of the current licence with all necessary documents.Conducting Operations with an Lapsed License
It is a Punishable Offence and Director General of Civil Aviation will take legal actions as per the provisions laid down in the 10th paragraph of the Civil Aviation Act No 14 of 2010 against Leisure Aviation operators who do not have a proper valid approval.
As in the case of the initial license, if all the necessary documents have been submitted and payments have been made correctly, the Authority will take four weeks issue the Licence. This depends on the accuracy of the application and the Operations Manual.
The expired certificate must be submitted to the Authority and then the reactivated certificate will be issued.
Ultra-Light/Micro Light Operations
Hot Air Balloons
Powered Para Gliders
R/C Model Aircraft
Please do not hesitate to contact The Air Transport Section through the following methods if you require any further clarification.
|Contact person||:||Asanga Liyanaarachchi|
|Telephone||:||+94 11-2358811 Ext 811|
|Address||:||Air Transport & Legal Affairs Section,
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka,
No: 04, Hunupitiya Road,