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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Navigation & Airport Regulation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Analysis and Forecasting
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.
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.
Navigation and Surveillance Facilities
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
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).
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.
and Rescue Coordination
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.