• In accordance with EC Single European Sky (SES) legislation, Air Navigation Service providers (ANSPs) are required to obtain Certification and (for ATS providers) Designation in order to provide air navigation services.

    ATC Training Organisations are also required to be Certified to provide initial and ongoing training.

    ANSP transition

    For the transition of service provision to a new ANSP, the incoming provider must consult with the CAA at the earliest opportunity to ensure that adequate consideration is given to the transition timescales. This is to ensure that sufficient time and resources are made available to meet the transition date.

    You should allow a minimum of 3 to 6 months for a transition to be completed, with complex applications taking longer.

    Failure to consult with the CAA as early as possible could result in a regulatory delay for the issue of the required certification and / or designation or relevant approvals.

  • For a Company or Organisation to be able to provide Air Navigation Services in the UK, they must hold a Certificate issued by the CAA as the UK National Supervisory Authority (NSA) for SES, as set out in:

    To achieve certification, the Company or Organisation must demonstrate compliance with the applicable requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1035/2011, The Common Requirements for the provision of air navigation services, (the applicable requirements depend on the type of services being provided).

    If a Company or Organisation intends to provide an Air Traffic Control (ATC) service, it must also obtain certification as a Training Organisation by demonstrating compliance with:

    A Certificate is in effect a market entry ticket indicating capability to provide a service. It is sufficient on its own to provide services other than air traffic services, i.e. Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) , Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) or Meteorological Services.

    However a Company or Organisation cannot provide air traffic services at a specified location without demonstrating the capability of practically providing such services to the satisfaction of the CAA. This requires a certificated provider to obtain, in addition, a 'Letter of Designation' (addressed below).

    The process of Certification requires:

    • the completion of the relevant Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1035/2011 Compliance Matrices to the satisfaction of the CAA;
    • the completion of the relevant matrices for the type of training which will be delivered to the satisfaction of the CAA (ATC providers only); 
      and
    • the successful completion of a pre-certification audit.

    Where a Certificated Air Traffic Service Provider (ATSP) intends to provide services at a new location, usually an aerodrome, the ATSP must be in possession of a 'Letter of Designation' before such services can be supplied.

    A 'Letter of Designation' is issued by the CAA pursuant to Article 8(1) of the Service Provision Regulation and Regulation 4 of the Single European Sky (Functions of the National Supervisory Authority) Regulations 2006.

    Where the ATSP intends to provide an Air Traffic Control (ATC) service at the new location it must also obtain certification as a Training Organisation at that location, as indicated above.

    The process of designation for a certificated ATSP requires:

    • the completion of the relevant Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/340 Compliance Matrices for the type of training that will be delivered to the satisfaction of the CAA (ATC providers only); 
      and
    • the successful completion of a pre-designation audit.

    The successful completion of a pre-designation audit occurs when the certificated ATSP can demonstrate that the requirements of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1035/2011, the national requirements detailed in CAP 670 ATC 01 and the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/340, where applicable, have been fully implemented at the unit where the designation will apply.

    The pre-designation audit will include a review of the ANSP's:

    • management System documentation,
    • training documentation,
    • local operating procedures 
      and
    • engineering arrangements as applicable to the unit where the Designation will apply.
  • Training Organisations

    Companies or organisations wishing to provide Air Traffic Control Officer Initial, or Unit and Continuation Training Courses and other approved air traffic control training courses must obtain certification as a Training Organisation by demonstrating compliance with the applicable requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/340 The ATCO licensing Regulation.

    The certification process requires:

    • completion of the relevant Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/340 Compliance Matrices to the satisfaction of the CAA
      and;
    • successful completion of a pre-certification audit.

    Applicability

    The process of Certification described above is applicable to all Companies or Organisations whose principle place of operation and registered office (if any) is in the UK.

    The process of Designation described above is applicable to ANSPs who hold a valid Certificate issued by the NSA of a Member State.

    Communications

    On receipt of an application for Certification and/or Designation, the CAA will appoint a ‘Project Lead’. Applicants will be notified of the contact details for the Project Lead who will be the single point of contact for the initial stages of the process.

  • The following organisations have been certificated by the CAA to provide Air Navigation Services.

    Details correct at 22 March 2016

    • Airways Aero Associations Ltd (Wycombe)
    • Air Caernarfon Ltd
    • Air Navigation Solutions Ltd (Gatwick)
    • Argyll & Bute Council (Oban)
    • Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore Ltd
    • BAE Systems Marine Ltd (Walney Island)
    • BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd (Warton)
    • Biggin Hill Airport Ltd
    • Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Ltd
    • Blackbushe Airport Ltd
    • Brighton City Airport Ltd (Shoreham)
    • City Airport Ltd (Barton)
    • CODA (Operations) Ltd (Derry)
    • Cornwall Airport Ltd
    • Council Of The Isles Of Scilly (St Mary's)
    • Coventry Airport Ltd
    • Cranfield University
    • Cumbernauld Airport Ltd
    • Dundee Airport Ltd
    • Exeter & Devon Airport Ltd
    • Fairoaks Operations Ltd
    • Glasgow Prestwick Airport Ltd
    • Gloucestershire Airport Ltd
    • Goodwood Road Racing Company Ltd
    • Herefordshire Aero Club Ltd (Shobdon)
    • Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd
    • Humberside International Airport Ltd
    • Imperial War Museum Duxford
    • Kemble Air Services Ltd
    • Land's End Airport Ltd
    • Leeds Bradford Airport Ltd
    • Leicestershire Aero Club Ltd
    • Leonardo MW Ltd (Yeovil)
    • Liverpool Airport Holdings Ltd
    • London Ashford Airport
    • London Heliport Ltd
    • London Southend Airport Company Ltd
    • Manchester Airport Group Plc
    • Marshalls of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd
    • Met Office
    • Mid-Wales Airport Ltd (Welshpool)
    • Montclare Shipping Co. Ltd (Elstree)
    • NATS (En-Route) Plc
    • NATS (Services) Ltd
    • Newcastle International Airport Ltd
    • Norwich Airport Ltd
    • Oxford Aviation Services Ltd
    • Pembrokeshire County Council
    • Radarmoor Limited (Wellesbourne)
    • Redhill Aerodrome Ltd
    • Regional & City Airports Ltd (Blackpool)
    • Rochester Airport Ltd
    • Safeskys Ltd
    • Serco Ltd
    • Shenley Farms (Aviation) Ltd  (Headcorn)
    • Sherburn Aero Club Ltd
    • Shetland Islands Council (Tingwall)
    • Shuttleworth Old Warden Aerodrome
    • Stobart Air Ltd (Carlisle Airport)
    • Sywell Aviation Ltd
    • Tatenhill Aviation Ltd
    • West Wales Airport Ltd
    • Wolverhampton Airport Ltd

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