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.
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
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:
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 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:
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
The certification process requires:
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.
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 31 July 2017
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