• Corporate

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) was established on 1st November 2003 as a corporate body, under the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority Act No 10 of 2003 as part of the overall economic reforms program in the country. The new Authority replaces the former TCAA established in 1999 as a Government Executive Agency of the Ministry of Communications and Transport. Prior to that, it was a Government Department known as the Directorate of Civil Aviation, which was established in 1977 after the collapse of the former East African Community.

The Act mandates the Authority to regulate the activities of persons and institutions carrying out air transport services, aeronautical airport services, air navigation services as well as continue with the provision of air navigation services.

  • Safety Regulation

The Authority is responsible for safety and security oversight of the aviation industry in Tanzania. It ensures that Tanzania implements international safety and security standards established under the Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention). These functions are done under the division of Safety Regulation which has five technical sections namely, Personnel Licensing, Flight Operations, Airworthiness, Air Navigation and Airport Regulation and Aviation Security. In addition the division also manages the Accident Investigation and Prevention unit, which by statute is under the Minister responsible for civil aviation.

Personnel Licensing

It is responsible to see that aviation personnel who by law are required to be licensed or certificated are competent and meet established national and international standards before being licensed or certificated, and that there is an effective system to ensure maintenance of their competence.

Flight Operations

It is responsible for safety oversight of regulated air services and providers to ensure that air operators are certificated and operate in compliance with established national and international safety standards and recommended practices.


It is responsible for safety oversight of regulated services and providers including aircraft, aircraft maintenance, maintenance organisations and personnel, to ensure that they are certificated/ licensed and operated in compliance with established national and international safety standards and recommended practices.

Air Navigation & Airport Regulation

It is responsible for safety oversight on regulated air navigation services and aerodrome operations to ensure that they are certified and operated in compliance with established national and international safety standards and recommended practices.

Aviation Security

It is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that civil aviation is safeguarded against unlawful interference and to ensure that security programmes are instituted and facilities installed to assist in the assurance of security. The Authority advises the aviation industry and other stakeholders in the management and control of aviation security in accordance with national legislations and international standards. It also takes a leading role in ensuring that national policy, regulations, circulars and orders relating to aviation security matters are updated in line with current international standards and recommended practices.

The section also coordinates and forms the secretariat of the National Civil Aviation Security Committee which advises the Director General on matters related with aviation security.

Accident prevention/Investigation

The Minister responsible for civil aviation appoints Chief Inspector and a Deputy Chief Inspector as well as Inspectors of Accidents in accordance with the Civil Aviation (investigation of Accidents) Regulations, 1983. However, the management and investigation is conduced under the division of Safety Regulation. The primary objective of these investigations is to prevent similar accidents recurring in the future by issuing safety recommendation for measures to be taken.

  • Economic Regulation

The Authority is responsible for promotion of effective competition and economic efficiency, protection of consumer interests, protection of financial viability of efficient suppliers, ensuring availability of regulated services to all consumers of air services and coordinating air services agreements. It is entrusted with monitoring tariffs, rates and performance standards for sustained air services in an orderly and efficient industry. It also collects and disseminates air transport information and data to the public for their information and use. Further it evaluates and conducts reviews of the industry development. These functions are done under the division of Economic Regulation which has two sections, namely Air Transport Regulation and Research & Business Analysis and Forecasting.

Air Transport Regulations

The section is responsible for monitoring the performance of service providers, establishing and implementation of procedures for the regulation of air services in Tanzania. These include licensing of scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international air services, issuing of operating permits, monitoring the performance of air services operators, monitoring fares and rates to ensure fair play and advising the Authority on any anti-competitive activities by operators and enforcement of regulations and standards. It coordinates BASA negotiations with the Ministry responsible for civil aviation and other stakeholders. The National Air transport Facilitation Committee is managed under this section.

Business Analysis and Forecasting

This section is responsible for the economic evaluation of the air transport and related industry. It is responsible for research, collection, processing and analysis of data, The section develops and maintains a data bank and produces timely reports with customer focus (both internal and external). The analytical reports form the basis for advice to the Authority and hence the Government on trends that have negative impact on smooth, efficient, affordable and orderly development of air transport services.

  • Air Navigation Services – ANS

The Authority provides air traffic services in the airspace within the boundaries of the United Republic of Tanzania. He Authority also provides air traffic services, as assigned by ICAO, to aircraft flying over the Indian Ocean airspace extending to 44 degrees East Longitude and in the upper air space over the territories of Burundi and Rwanda. The functions are provided under the division of Air Navigation Services which has the sections of air traffic management, communication, navigation and surveillance, and aeronautical information services and 13 stations namely Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Iringa, Kigoma, Mbeya, Mtwara, Mwanza, Pemba, Songea, Tabora, Tanga, Zanzibar Airports.

Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Facilities

The Authority uses 28 navigational beacons/ landing aids, air to ground and ground-to-ground communication for the provision of air traffic and navigation services. In line with current developments, the Authority has installed a Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) at Dar es Salaam in cooperation with SADC States to enhance its air traffic control services.

Aeronautical Information Service

Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) is charged with the responsibility of providing aeronautical information through the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). The Publication provides detailed information on aerodromes, navigation aids airspace, meteorology, communication and air traffic services. Furthermore, information of administrative nature, regulations, and airworthiness directives can be found in Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC).

The Authority provides pilots’ briefing at all TCAA manned aerodromes and publishes Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) giving up to date information which might be useful to flight operations. The International NOTAM Office (NOF) is connected to all AIS units and AIS of other States for the exchange information useful for flight operation.

Search and Rescue Coordination

The Authority is responsible for the initial coordination of search and rescue operation involving loss or accident of aircraft within the Tanzania airspace. The aim is to secure timely rescue wherever possible to save lives. The Authority hands over the coordination to the Police once these arrive at the search and rescue command centre.

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