A leading, dynamic and effective Civil Aviation Authority which is a driver of safe and secure aviation transportation development and significant contributor to Zambia’s socio-economic development.
To have sustained growth, dynamism and improved quality of service delivery in the Civil Aviation Authority in driving a safe and secure aviation transportation system and contributing to Zambia’s socio-economic development by the year 2025.
Control and regulate civil aviation, oversee the implementation of, and ensure compliance with, any national strategies and programs relating to the safety and security of civil aviation; oversee the functioning and development of air transport and the civil aviation industry in an environmentally friendly and competitive manner; develop and recommend to the Minister, any regulations that are requird; perform the regulatory and oversight functions relating to civil aviation as provided in the Chicago Convention, subject to the Zambian Constitution and Zambia's State obligations; monitor and ensure compliance with the Civil Aviation Authority Act and the Convention; promote civil aviation safety and security in Zambia; advise the Minister on matters associated with any action or condition in the aviation sector or impacting on the aviation sector, capacity building, performance management, domestication of ICAO standards and recommended practices and continuous improvement.
The objectives of the Act are:
- To establish the Civil Aviation Authority and provide for its powers and functions;
- Provide for the regulation and promotion of civil aviation;
- Ensure civil aviation safety and security; and
- Provide for matters connected with, or incidental to the sections of the Act.
Vision and Core Values
These are the Values which shall guide every major decision making as they embody the spirit of the Authority:
- Safety and security are our priority;
- We value our Employees;
- We pursue continuous innovation;
- We strive to achieve sustainable development of Zambia’s Civil Aviation Industry;
- People are our inspiration;
- Integrity guides our actions;
- Professionalism is our promise;
- Quality is our model;
- Customers are our focus; and
- Excellence is our driving force.
Core Functions of the Civil Aviation Authority
The Act has outlined the functions of the Civil Aviation Authority to be as follows:
- Control and regulate civil aviation;
- Oversee the implementation of and ensure compliance with, any national strategies and programmes relating to the safety and security of civil aviation;
- Oversee the functioning and development of air transport and civil aviation industry in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Develop and recommend to the Minister, any regulations that are required to be issued under the Act;
- Perform the regulatory functions relating to Civil Aviation as provided in the Convention, subject to the Constitution and Zambia’s State obligations; and
- Monitor and ensure compliance with the ACT and the Convention.
The Authority shall promote and regulate civil aviation safety and security in Zambia by –
- developing and promoting appropriate, clear and concise regulatory requirements and technical aviation safety and security standards;
- developing effective enforcement strategies and programmes to ensure compliance with aviation safety and security standards;
- issuing certificates, licences, permits, registrations and authorisations as provided under this Act;
- conducting comprehensive aviation industry surveillance, including assessment of security and safety-related decisions taken by any management of the aviation industry, at all levels, in order to determine their impact on aviation safety and security;
- overseeing and regulating flight inspection of navigational aids to aviation;
- conducting regular reviews of the civil aviation safety and security system in order to –
(i) monitor the safety performance of the civil aviation industry;
(ii) identify safety and security-related trends and risk factors; and
(iii) promote the improvement of the safety and security system;
- conducting regular and timely assessments of safety and security developments;
- formulating regulations to be prescribed and developing standards for the industry, through a consultative process with the civil aviation industry operators;
- reviewing and ensuring the adequacy of aviation security programs and associated documentation produced by aerodrome operators, air service operators, catering operators, regulated agents, ground handlers and cargo operators;
- regulating the security operations of aerodrome operators, aircraft, regulated agents, ground handlers and catering operators, as the case may be, for the purpose of –
(i) protecting passengers, crew members, users of aerodromes, aerodromes staff, aerodrome and other aviation facilities;
(ii) preventing acts of aerial piracy and any other unlawful interference against civil aviation; and
(iii) ensuring that appropriate action is taken when an act of aerial piracy or any unlawful interference occurs or is likely to occur;
- making and issuing orders, notices, circulars and directives specifying any aviation safety or security matter provided for under this Act;
- coordinating activities, under any national programme relating to the safety and security of civil aviation, amongst ministries, departments, agencies and other organisations responsible for various aspects of aviation security;
- enhancing aviation security by the development and dissemination of progressive administrative and technical practices, promoting their use by security services, aerodrome administrations, air service operators, regulated agents, catering operators and ground handlers;
- formulating a national aviation disaster plan;
- encouraging a greater acceptance by the civil aviation industry of its obligation to maintain high standards of aviation safety and security, through –
- developing comprehensive safety and security education and training programs;
- accurate and timely aviation safety and security advice; and
- fostering an awareness in industry management, and within the community generally, of the importance of aviation safety and security and compliance with relevant legislation; and
- promoting communication with all interested parties on aviation safety and security issues.