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Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
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Jan 13, 2017









1.      Introduction


1.1       Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority, under the CAA Act, Cap 80, is empowered in consultation with the Minister, make regulations for regulating the air transport services in Tanzania and giving effect to the Chicago Convention and its annexes. Effective implementation of this obligation necessitates the Authority to develop or amend its Regulations for better carrying out of the objects and purpose of the Act and for carrying out and giving effect to the Chicago Convention.


1.2       The Act mandates the Authority to conduct safety and security oversight of the civil air operations in Tanzania which includes developing and promulgating appropriate, clear and concise aviation safety standards and issuing certificates, licences, registrations and permits.


1.3       Civil aviation has to this point been based on the notion of a pilot operating the aircraft from within the aircraft itself and more often than not with passengers on board. Removing the pilot from the aircraft raises important technical and operational issues, the extent of which is being actively studied by the aviation community.


1.4       Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are a new component of the aviation system, one which ICAO, States and the aerospace industry are working to understand, define and ultimately integrate. These systems are based on cutting-edge developments in aerospace technologies, offering advancements which may open new and improved civil/ commercial applications as well as improvements to the safety and efficiency of all civil aviation. The safe integration of UAS into non-segregated airspace will be a long-term activity with many stakeholders adding their expertise on such diverse topics as licensing and medical qualification of UAS crew, technologies for detect and avoid systems, frequency spectrum (including its protection from unintentional or unlawful interference), separation standards from other aircraft, and development of a robust regulatory framework.





1.5       The goal in addressing unmanned aviation is to provide the fundamental regulatory framework through Regulations, with supporting Procedures for Air Navigation Services (PANS) and guidance material, to underpin routine operation of UAS in a safe, harmonized and seamless manner comparable to that of manned operations. This circular is the first step in reaching that goal.


1.6       The purpose of this consultation document is to request your views as a key stakeholder in the aviation industry with regard to the attached Draft Regulations on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The document is forwarded to you, among other stakeholders, for comments, which will assist in coming up with a revised document. We shall thereafter hold a consultative meeting with all stakeholders for final consideration.


1.7       The Draft Regulation is titled: The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations.


2       Consultation questions


2.1         In considering your response to the draft Regulations annexed as Annex B, please answer the questions stated below and paragraphs 3.1 to 3.8 assists you on how to respond.

2.1.1     Do you consider that the draft Regulations conform to the CAA Act, especially with respect to Duties, Functions and powers of the Authority?

2.1.2     Are there any provisions and SARPs of appropriate Annexes that you think are missing from the draft Regulations? – (State them relating to the Annexes)?

2.1.3     Are the draft Regulations made to suit Tanzanian operating environment without derogating the uniformity to the international standards as required by Article 12 of the Convention?

2.1.4     With reference to SARPs, are there any provisions in the draft Regulations that you consider excessive or superfluous?

2.1.5     What sort of guidance and information would you expect in order to be able to implement the new Regulations?

2.1.6     What is your opinion for the period you require to be able to implement the Regulations?

2.1.7     Any other information you think is appropriate?









3       Consultation timing and how to respond


3.1                     The Act requires the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) to consult for the purpose of effectively carrying out its functions. The civil aviation safety and security regulations are fundamental elements in the national civil aviation safety oversight system. This being the core function of TCAA, it is thus important to get your views on the proposed Draft Regulations. Annex D sets out Procedures used by the Authority for consultation.

3.2         The list of consultees is at Annex A. However, comments are invited from all interested parties even if one is not listed in the Annex. A response form is shown as Annex C.

3.3         The consultation period will run from 9th January up to 20th January 2017. Responses should therefore be submitted before 20th January 2017, if they are to be considered.

3.4         As part of this consultation exercise, the Authority will arrange a series of presentations. The purpose of the presentations will be to explain the the reasons why the Authority embarked on coming up with such Draft to the participants and expose them on the key issues to help them make informed views or opinions about the proposed Regulations.

3.5         Details of Dates and venues for these presentations will be announced later and posted on the Authority’s website.

3.6         When responding, please state whether or not you are responding as an individual or representing the views of a larger organisation or association. This will help us to see the effective participation of the intended stakeholders in the consultation.

3.7         All responses should be forwarded to:


The Director General
Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority
Aviation House,

Nyerere/Kitunda Road Junction, Banana Area,

P O Box 2819, Dar es Salaam Tanzania.
Tel: (255 22) 2198100/
Fax: (255 22) 2844300
E – mail:
   Redemptus Bugomola –

           Maria Makalla Memba –


3.8         If you have any queries regarding this consultation document or the process in general please contact the under-mentioned:

Redemptus Bugomola or Maria Makalla Memba
Address, telephone, fax as per 3.6

3.9                     Responses or a summary thereof where appropriate will be published on TCAA website after the consultation deadline.

3.10      Unless the consultee requests anonymity, his identity may be made public together with his views. In the case the consultee requests confidentiality it will be treated as required by section 45 of the TCAA Act, 2003.



(Air Operators, Aerodromes Operators, Air Navigation Service Providers, Ministries and Relevant Institutions)




(posted on the website)

(Consultees may use a separate sheet of paper for response)


(Consultees may use a separate sheet of paper for response)


Consultee Details















Do you require anonymity or do you require confidentiality of your response? (Tick the appropriate box)                        YES                            NO    



Comments on/observations from the draft regulations












































































































  • (If responding on behalf of an organisation or group of people, please identify them)
  • (Please submit comments for each set of Regulations on different forms) 




(posted on the website)