Aviation safety and security lies at the core of everything that the NCAA does, what we stand for and the reason for our existence
Who we are?
The Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is a state-owned enterprise established in terms of the Civil Aviation Act, 2016 (Act No. 6 of 2016). It commenced operating on 1 November 2016. The Act provides for, amongst others:
- The establishment of the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority,
- The establishment of the Air Navigation Services (ANS) in the Authority; an
- The provision for a civil aviation regulatory and control framework for maintaining, enhancing and promoting the safety and security of civil aviation for ensuring the implementation of international aviation agreements.
The NCAA functions autonomously under a Board of Directors, appointed by the Minister of Works and Transport in his capacity as the portfolio Minister. As such, it is the independent statutory authority of Namibia’s civil aviation industry. Its key role is to conduct the safety and security regulation of civil air operations in Namibia’s airspace, and to provide air navigational services to all airspace users. Flowing from its objectives, the NCAA performs the following functions:
- Legal Framework
- Administrative Functions
- Human Resources Functions
As stated in the Civil Aviation Act, the objectives of the NCAA are as follows:
- Control, regulate and promote civil aviation safety and security;
- Oversee the implementation of, and compliance with, the national aviation security programme;
- Oversee the functioning and development of the civil aviation industry in an efficient and economical manner with due regard given to the maintenance of standards in the civil aviation industry;
- Monitor and ensure compliance with the Act and the Chicago Convention and other international civil aviation agreements applicable to Namibia; and
Perform its functions in the most efficient and effective manner to ensure the preservation of safety and security of civil aviation in a way that contributions to the aim of achieving an integrated, safe, responsive and sustainable transportation system.
Our vision is to be recognised as a leader in sustainable aviation safety and security oversight, and air navigation service provisioning.
Our mission is to enhance, control, regulate and promote sustainable, internationally compliant regulatory oversight and air navigation services, as well as being a responsible employer committed to high performance and organisational excellence.
INTEGRITY: We will maintain high ethical standards and approach issues professionally, without bias and in a transparent manner to win the trust of all our stakeholders.
ACCOUNTABILITY: We will listen to our customers and ensure our services match stakeholder needs and reasonable expectations. We will be responsive to all stakeholder requests and will strive to exceed their expectations on each and every interaction.
FAIRNESS: We will be transparent about the costs which we impose on the industry and keep our safety and security regulations simple and user friendly. We will determine service delivery levels and live by them.
EXCELLENCE: We will continually strive to achieve the highest standards. We will benchmark ourselves against international leading best practice.
Whilst ensuring quality service, the NCAA’s first priority is aviation safety and security.
In fulfilling its responsibilities, the NCAA endeavours to assure a safe, orderly, regular and efficient civil aviation system. The NCAA also recognises the importance of its stakeholders and the role it has to play in the development of an efficient civil aviation system in Namibia.
Aircraft Accident/Incidence Investigation has been separated from the NCAA to ensure independent investigation and the Chief Aircraft Accident/Incident Investigator reports directly to the Minister of Works and Transport.
Flowing from its objectives, the NCAA performs the following functions:
- NCAA Legal Advisor
- Corporate Secretary
Admin, Finance & HR
- Human Resources;
ATEL, ICT & Projects
- Aeronautical Telecommunication;
- Information & Communication Technology;
- Project Office;
Aviation Safety Oversight, which include:
- Flight Operations;
- Personnel Licensing;
- Aviation Security; and
- Air Navigation Services Safety Oversight
Provider of Air Navigation Services
Air Navigation Services, which include:
- Aeronautical Information Services;
- Air Navigation and Technical Services; and
- Air Traffic Control Services.
In most countries with mature aviation industries, the regulatory functions are separated from the provision of airspace services. However, in Namibia it is not feasible or financially viable to have two separate entities. To ensure some distance between its regulatory and its service provider responsibilities, the Act provides for the statutory independence of the executive director in some areas, for example in the granting and withdrawal of aviation documents and in enforcement. The authority has discretion as to how it implements the standards and recommended practices of the ICAO Convention annexes, provided it is effective. The Executive Director, therefore, is in effect a ‘gatekeeper’ to the system.
Namibia has employed a modern concept of ‘active regulation’ rather than the outmoded ‘passive regulation’ approach, choosing instead to focus on preventing accidents before they happen. One of the most important considerations in choosing to establish an independent, financially sustainable Authority outside the Namibia public service was the inability to resource the regulatory oversight functions with qualified and experienced staff.
Safety and Service Mandate
As Namibia’s safety regulator of civil aviation, the NCAA is committed to upholding a safe aviation environment, thereby enabling the sustained development and growth of our aviation industry.
The NCAA’s primary mandate is to be responsive, through compliance with the Civil Aviation Act, to Namibia’s international, regional and domestic obligations under the Chicago Convention and to deliver safe air navigation services in the Namibian airspace, as well as to implement additional checks and balances to ensure safety and security remain our highest priority.
The NCAA’s Business and Financial Plans are fully aligned with Namibia Government policies. It provides concrete support and backing to Vision 2030, National Development Plans, and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.