About Civil Aviation Authority
The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (the “CAA”) was established under the Civil Aviation Authority Act No.34 of 2002 on 27th December 2002 and is deemed a Public Enterprise for the purpose of audit of accounts under Article 154 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialistic Republic of Sri Lanka.
It’s primary function is to undertake activities that promote civil aviation safety and security in keeping with International Standards and Recommended Practices adopted by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and to steer the aviation sector in Sri Lanka as a prime contributor to the growth of national economy, enhancing quality of life of it’s citizens.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka consists of eight (08) members. Five (05) of them are appointed by the Minister in charge of the subject of Civil Aviation. The Secretary, Ministry of Defence, a representative of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance and the Director-General of Civil Aviation are the three (03) members serving the CAA as ex-officios. The term of office of the appointed members is three (03) years.
The Authority is subjected to the direction and control of the Minister in charge of the subject of civil aviation who at present is the Minister of Ports and Aviation, and it reports directly to him.
In pursuance of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka Act No.34 of 2002, the Authority shall in a manner consistent with the obligations of Sri Lanka under the Convention exercise, perform and discharge the following powers, functions and duties.
Subject to any directions issued by the Minister, regulate civil air operations within the territory of Sri Lanka and the operations of Sri Lanka registered aircraft outside the territory of Sri Lanka, in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other written law;
Assist the Minister in the formulation of the National Aviation Policy of Sri Lanka
Prepare an aviation development plan for Sri Lanka in accordance with the National Aviation Policy and the directions issued by the Minister in regard to the same
Provide the strategic direction for the development of civil aviation and coordinate the activities of all parties involved
Develop and promulgate or adopt by reference as appropriate, clear and concise aviation safety requirements and practices and procedures, implement effective enforcement strategies to secure compliance by all persons of the Standards and such aviation safety requirements and practices and procedures
Encourage, through comprehensive and timely aviation safety advice and by fostering an awareness within the aviation community of the importance of aviation safety, a greater degree of acceptance by the aviation community of its obligation to maintain high standards of aviation safety; provide aviation safety education and training for persons involved in civil aviation activities
- Issue certificates,
licences, permits and any other legal authority or document required
to be issued by or under the provisions of this Act or any other written
- Initiate investigations
on aircraft accidents and any other related incidents and arrange
for the establishment and provision of search and rescue operations;
conduct inquiries with regard to any flight safety hazards and take