How to Obtain an Airport Certificate.

CARC / DOASS Publication No.08/2006

Amendment No.: Original

JORDAN CIVIL AVIATION Regulatory Commission



June, 2006


Table of Contents


Dealing with the Expression of Interest

Application for an Airport Operating Certificate

Assessment of Application

Airport Inspections and Audits 

Grant of an Airport Operating Certificate

Renewal of Certificate

Conditions of Certificate

Certificate Fee

Duration and Validity of Certificate



Handling Non- Compliance’s At An Airport In the Certification  process

               Appendix 1   Certificate Application Form

               Appendix 2   Airport Operating Certificate

               Appendix 3   Inspection Checklists Forms




1.1 The certification of an airport in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is governed by regulation 139 of the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulations, JCAR Part 139, Certification and Operation of Land Airport. The regulation provides that-

1. An application for a certificate to operate an airport in Jordan shall be made to the of the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission.

2. On receipt of an application, the Chief Commissioner may:-

(a)direct the applicant to furnish any additional information that he may require;

(b) where he is satisfied, having regard to-

the applicant’s previous conduct and experience;

his equipment, organization and staffing

the arrangement that he proposes to make to ensure that the airport and its aerodrome traffic zone are properly maintained and safe for use by aircraft; and

the physical characteristics of the aerodrome and its surroundings;

That the applicant is competent and the airport is safe for use by aircraft, grant the certificate subject to such conditions as he thinks fit to impose.

3.An airport operating certificate under this regulation shall remain in force for the period specified in the certificate and may be renewed for such further period as the Chief Commissioner thinks fit.

4.The Chief Commissioner may, under this regulation issue a certificate for public use in respect of any airport.

5. Where a certificate for public use is issued under this regulation in respect for an airport, the airport shall be made available, at all times when it is available for take off and landing of aircraft, to all users on equal terms and conditions.

6. No person shall operate an airport open for public use in Jordan unless –

(a) he holds a certificate to that effect; and

(b) he operates the airport in accordance with terms and conditions of the Airport Operating Certificate.

1.2 An airport operator who does not, under paragraph 1.1(6), hold an Airport Operating Certificate may apply for an airport operating certificate under procedures prescribed in this publication.

1.3 The procedures adopted by the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission (CARC) for issuance of an Airport Operating Certificate shall normally take the following sequence:

(a) Dealing with the expression of intent by an intending applicant for an Airport Operating Certificate;

(b) Application by the applicant;

(c) Assessment of application by the CARC ;

(d) Inspection of airport  by the CARC; and

(e) Grant of the Airport Operating Certificate;and

(f) Promulgating the certified status of an airport and the required details in the AIP.



2.1 Upon receipt by the CARC of the expression of intent to certify an airport, the CARC will conduct a flight operation assessment to ensure that the operation of an airport at the specified location will not endanger the safety of aircraft operations.

2.2 The flight operations assessment should take into consideration the proximity of the airport to other airports and landing sites, including military airports; obstacles and terrain; any excessive operational restriction requirements; any existing restrictions and controlled airspace; and any existing instrument procedures.

2.3 Should the result of the above assessment be positive, the CARC should advise the applicant to submit a formal application for an Airport Operating Certificate in accordance with JCAR Part 139, requirements.



3.1 The application for the grant of an Airport Operating Certificate must be made in writing on CARC form DASS-1, shown in appendix 1of this publication, to the CARC by the prospective airport operator. The application shall be submitted along with: –

(a) Two copies of the Airport Certification Manual , prepared in accordance with the requirements of JCAR part 139;

(b) A plan of the airport and its facilities (preferably on a scale of 1:10,000);and

(c) Evidence of lawful entitlement to use the land and operate the airport and a third party insurance policy acceptable by the CARC Chief Commissioner.

3.2 The applicant shall pay the applicable fees and charges prescribed by the under the related regulations.

3.3 The applicant should submit the application well in sufficient time to allow the CARC for detailed consideration and facilities inspection before issuance of the certificate. The minimum time required is 90 days from the date of submission of the application.

3.4 The applicant should either be the owner of the airport or have obtained the legal authorization to manage and use the airport for use as an airport.

3.5 A prospective applicant, applying for an Airport Operating Certificate, should provide the CARC with full information of facilities, technical data and operational procedures concerning the requirement of the certificate. This will enable the CARC to facilitate application processing.

3.6 The applicant shall maintain close coordination with CARC and shall inform the CARC of any significant changes in their operational activities, staff management, or airport data during the certification process.

3.7 The submission of the formal application by the applicant shall be interpreted to mean that the applicant is aware of the specific requirements, regulations, and rules applicable for the management and operation of the proposed airport and that he is prepared to show all documents and his methods of compliance.

3.8 The airport certification application forms can be obtained from the Civil Aviation Regulatory commission or the CARC website.



4.1 On receipt of the application in line with paragraph 3 above, the CARC may –

(a) direct the applicant to furnish any additional information that it may require; and

(b) conduct inspection of the facilities, equipment and operating procedures to ensure that the proposed airport shall be safe for use of aircraft operations; or

(c) Where the CARC is fully satisfied that the applicant is eligible for obtaining the Airport Operating Certificate, the CARC shall issue the certificate as per paragraph 6.

4.2 The CARC needs to be satisfied that the applicant is able to ensure an effective airport management and the activities which are related to the safe operations of the aerodrome such as:

(a) a level of service that meets the certification requirements;

(b) the potential ability to maintain, test and execute the emergency procedures;

(c) operating minima associated with the particular certified airport;

(d) suitable personnel, equipment, facilities, manuals, buildings and service agreements etc or that the airport operator will be able to obtain or maintain them; and

(e) Sufficient financial resources.

4.3 In those cases where an applicant’s organization is in the formative stage and has little or no airport management experience, the applicant shall be advised that it may be required to submit  more details to judge his ability and competence, and that the overall period required to reach a final decision on this application may be protracted.



5.1 Before a certificate is granted, the airport operator is required under the airport certification regulations to permit the CARC or its authorized representative(s) to carry out inspections and audits of the operator’s airport, documents and records to enable the CARC to be satisfied that –

(a) the physical conditions on the maneuvering area, apron and in the environs of the airport are acceptable and safe;

(b) the equipment and facilities provided are adequate for the safe flying activities which are expected to take place and that the required maintenance programmes are established; and

(c) the applicant for the certificate is able to ensure an effective airport management organization and, in those activities which are related to the safe operations of the airport, the provision of staff who are competent and where necessary suitably qualified.

5.2 During the certification process, the applicant shall satisfy the CARC of his eligibility for the award of an Airport Operating Certification, his ability and competence to conduct safe and efficient management of the airport, and to comply with applicable regulation and rules.

5.3 Following the initial grant of a certificate, periodic inspections/audits of the airport shall be made by the CARC or its authorized representatives to ensure the compliance with certification requirements and the satisfactory maintenance standards of the equipment and facilities at the airport. Normally, prior notice will be given to the holder of the certificate, but inspections may also take place without such prior notice. The holder of the certificate shall co-operate and facilitate the inspections.

5.4 The inspections are an important and integral part of an airport certification program/process and shall be conducted precisely to determine that the applicant for a certificate is able to ensure effective airport management and those activities which are related to the safe operation of the airport, aircraft and staff. Inspection checklists forms are shown in appendix 3 to this publication.



6.1 Following the completion of the airport inspections  programme, the determination will be recommended to the CARC by the inspector that the applicant is either -

(a) properly equipped and capable in all respects of managing and operating the proposed airport safely and in accordance with the specified conditions or limitations; or

(b) not, or is not yet, capable of managing and operating the proposed airport in an acceptable manner.

6.2 upon receipt of an assessment report or inspector’s recommendations, provided the CARC is satisfied with the assessment report and inspection’s recommendations, the CARC will issue an Airport Operating Certificate for public use, as per specimen shown in appendix 2 to this publication, to the applicant, subjected to the associated conditions as the CARC thinks fit to impose to ensure safe aircraft operations on the certified airport.

6.3 Once granted a certificate, the holder shall be required to maintain the airport in conformity with prescribed standards of various airport parameters, physical characteristics and procedures and as prescribe in the Airport Certification Manual the airport operator shall thereafter, be responsible for managing and operating the airport in full compliance with the certificate conditions and applicable Civil Aviation regulations.

6.4 Upon satisfactory completion of the certification process, information about the airport shall be provided to the aeronautical information service (AIP) for publication.



7.1 An application shall be submitted by the applicant to the CARC on CARC form DASS-1. Sufficient time, not less than 30/days before the certificate expires shall be given to the CARC for the purpose of application review.



8.1 The Civil Aviation Regulations provide that the CARC may grant a certificate subject to such conditions as the CARC may think fit to impose to ensure safe aircraft operation on the certified airport.

8.2 The standard conditions of the certificate for public use are outlined in the specimen certificate shown in appendix 2 to this publication. Additional conditions may be added to a particular certificate to take account of the conditions and circumstances at that particular airport.

8.3 The conditions of certificate and their review shall be considered by the CARC as a mean of achieving a satisfactory level of safety, limiting the type of flying activities which may take place, when one or more of the criteria cannot be met.



9.1 The certificate fees are determined by the CARC according to the applicable national rules and regulations and will vary depending on the type of airport. The details of certificate fee are notified separately and may be obtained from the CARC.

9.2 The application for an airport certificate must accompany the prescribed certificate fee, without which the application is liable for rejection.



10.1 An Airport Operating Certificate may be granted or renewed for a period of (2) two years. The certificate will normally remain in force until it expires or is suspended or revoked.

10.2 The certificate, once issued, is subjected to variation, suspension or revocation if the holder of certificate subsequently fails or is unable to meet the conditions and provisions of the certificate specified therein.

10.3 An airport certified for public use, shall be available to all persons on equal terms and conditions, and will normally be applicable for the use by helicopters also if or otherwise specially specified.

10.4 The holder of an airport operating certificate that expires or is revoked shall forthwith surrender the certificate to the CARC.



11.1 The holder of an Airport Operating Certificate shall not deviate from any specified requirements in the Airport Certification Manual or in the Airport Operating Certificate under normal circumstances. However the holder may deviate from such requirements to the extent required to meet an emergency condition requiring immediate action for the protection of life or property involving carriage by air.

11.2 The certificate holder who deviates from the specified requirement under certificate shall provide a written report to the CARC as soon as practicable, but in no event not later than 14 days after the emergency. The report shall cover the nature, extent and duration of the deviation.



12.1 The Authority may wholly or partially exempt the applicant or the holder of an airport Operating Certificate from any requirement of this publication in accordance with the provisions of JCAR Part 139.



13.1  Non-compliance

Non-compliance is primarily related but not limited to the following aspects, (for which some examples are given):

13.1.1  Facilities and equipment

  • Visual and non-visual aids.
  • Obstacles on the strip and through the obstacle limitation surfaces i.e. approach, departure and transitional surfaces.
  • Strip areas - dimensions and quality. Inadequate runway strip with, inadequate taxiway width and lack of fillets
  • Runway end safety areas
  • Inadequate runway – taxiway separation distances.
  • Landing system.
  • Rescue and fire-fighting vehicles and equipment.
  • Meteorological equipment.

13.1.2  Services and operational procedures

  • Winter Maintenance
  • Rescue and fire-fighting services
  • Meteorological services
  • Low visibility procedures

13.2 Handling  non-compliance

 Non-compliance can be put into two different groups, namely: those that are acceptable for

  • an unspecified period where a non-compliance could not reasonably be expected to be removed and interoperability is not the predominant aspect of the requirement, such as the infringement of high ground into an obstacle limitation surface.
  • a specified period where the non-compliance could be expected to be removed and interoperability is the predominant aspect of the requirement, such as mandatory signs.

13.2.1  Acceptance of non-compliance

Both groups of non-compliance should only be accepted where there has been an aeronautical study as a basis for acceptance, taking account of the level and type of traffic and with the appropriate means of mitigation or compensation to provide an acceptable level of safety. The assessment and means of mitigation or compensation must be fully documented. This documentation should include:

  • an undertaking by the applicant for the non-compliance to be reviewed annually to determine if it can be removed or its effect reduced; and
  • an undertaking by the applicant for the assessment to be reviewed annually and when the level or type of traffic is changed significantly.

The applicant shall undersign their own assessment, a list of non-complying conditions, mitigation measures and the operational procedures as a prerequisite for the CARC consideration and endorsement of the case.



Appendix 1




Appendix 2





This certifies that ___________________________________

Has met the requirements of the Civil Aviation  Law 14 of 2007 , as amended, and the rules, regulations, and standards prescribed thereunder for the issuance of this certificate, and is hereby authorized to operate as a certificated airport in accordance with and subject to said Law and the rules, regulations, and standards prescribed thereunder, including but not limited to JCAR part 139 , and any additional terms, conditions, and  limitations listed in the schedule overleaf or contained in the currently CARC approved Airport Certification Manual on file with JCARC.

This certificate is not transferable and, unless sooner surrendered, suspended or revoked shall continue in effect --------


Effective Date:__________                                                                                                                                  Chief Commissioner of  Civil Aviation

 Regulatory commission     


Appendix 3

Inspection Checklists Forms


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