What is CAP- 8100 Standard:


ICAO Annex 6 specifies that an air operator shall not engage in commercial air trasport operation unless in possesion of a valid Air Operator Permit (AOP) issued by the state of the operator.


ICAO Annex 6 also specifies that the issue of an Air Operator Certificate by the state of the operator shall be dependent upon the operator demonstrating an adequate orgnization, method of control and supervision of flight operations, training program as well as ground handling and maintenance arrangements and are consistant with the nature and extent of the operations specified.


The regulator imposes certification and continous serveillance of the operator to ensure that the required standards of operation are established prior to granting of AOP and are maintained.


Prepration of an Operations Manual by the Operator for the use and guidance of operation personnel and the approval / acceptance of the Operations Manual by the regulator is a vital element of the certification and surveillance process. 


The purpose of this Manual is to provide guidance to the operator in prepration of the operations manual. The regulator inspects and approves the operations of the operator and the Operations Manual as per CAP-8100 Standards. 



What is CAP- 8200 Standard:


The CAP 8200 standards are intended to provide detailed instructions for Flight Operations Inspector’s of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, India, to carry out its flight operations certification and inspection responsibilities.


They are divided into four volumes:


Volume 1 contains the procedures to be followed by the DGCA and operators for the issuance of an AOP and is referenced to CAP 3100 Air Operators Certification Manual.


Volume 2 contains selected practices related to operator and pilot certification and administration;


Volume 3 contains requirements for continuing inspection (surveillance) of certificated operators; and


Volume 4 contains training and qualification requirements of Flight Operations Inspectors. Many of the types of inspections which are part of a surveillance programme of certificated operators are practically identical to those required for issuance of and AOP.


Thus, when appropriate, Volume 1 (reference CAP 3100) makes reference to procedures to be followed, which are contained in Volume 3.



What is CAP- 3100 Standard:


In accordance with the provisions of Rule 134 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 no persons shall operate any Scheduled air transport service from, to, in, or across India except with the permission of the Central Government. Further, Rule 134A of the AircraftRules, stipulates that no air transport service, other than a scheduled air transport service, shall be operated by an Indian air transport undertaking unless it holds a Non-Scheduled Operator’s Permit granted by the Central Government. The authority to grant the permission has been delegated by the Government to DGCA. Accordingly, permits for operating the following types of air transport services are presently issued by DGCA to applicants who meet the laid down requirements for the specific type of air transport service:


  1. Scheduled Air Transport Service (Passenger)

  2. Scheduled Air Transport Service (Cargo)

  3. Non- Scheduled Air Transport Service (Passenger)

  4. Non- Scheduled Air Transport Service (Cargo)


These permits are equivalent to the Air Operator's Certificate required to be granted by ICAO member States in accordance with the provisions of Annex 6. Permits can only be granted subject to the applicant showing satisfactory capability to undertake the type of operations to the regulator. Hence certification of an air operator is a very vital role in the regulatory system. In order to assess the competence of an Operator, the Director Civil Aviation Authority (DGCA) has to conduct an in-depth evaluation of the proposed operation, which should at least cover organization, staffing, equipment & facilities, proposed routes, level and type of service and finances.


The issue of an Air Operator Permit would be dependent upon the applicant demonstrating an adequate organization, method of control and supervision of flight operations, training programmes as well as ground handling and maintenance arrangements consistent with the nature and extent of the operation specified.


The certification team of Inspectors of DGCA is responsible for conducting the required evaluations to ensure the applicant’s capability of meeting the actual and potential obligations in establishing and continuing to maintain safe operation of air services, prior to issuance of the AOP. Hence, all involved in the certification process of the issuance of an AOP, shall be guided by the requirements stipulated as per the standards of CAP-3100.


On compliance of the requirements by the applicant and after evaluation by DGCA, the applicant would be issued a permit, setting forth the operational authorisation and limitations to carry out the specified commercial air transport operations.


Subsequent to the issuance of a Air Operator Permit (AOP), DGCA will continew to monitor the operations in a systematic procedure of surveillance and inspections.



What is CAP- 3200 Standard:


This document contains the policy and guidelines regarding the management of an aircraft lease to ensure the regulatory obligations are met and that operational safety is not compromised by the conditions of the lease.


Regulations allows for leasing of aircraft by Indian operators with the permission of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, who may take a decision on regarding the need to conclude an agreement between Government of India and the State of Registry or the State of Operator under Article 83 bis of the Chicago Convention.


Aircraft leasing can be arranged in many ways, which can result in varied and complex safety situations, particularly if an aircraft registered in another contracting state is to be operated in India by an Indian Operator. Coordination is required between the orgnization providing the aircraft and the operator as well as the regulatory authorities concerned. It is important that inspectors undertaking the assessment of a leased aircraft that has to be added to an AOP of an operator, ensure that all of the safety responsibilities are understood, identified in writting and clearley met by the various parties involved. 



What is CAR - 145 Standard:


Rule 133B of the Aircraft Rules 1937 stipulates that organisations engaged in the maintenance of aircraft and aircraft components shall be approved.


CAR 145 Rev.0 was introduced on 26th January 2005 in order to harmonize requirements for approval of aircraft maintenance organizations with that of international requirements, which was primarily based on EASA Part-145 regulation. Since the initial issue of CAR 145, it has been revised from time to time to synchronize with EASA Part-145.



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CAP-3100 Process

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CAR-145 Approval

MRO Approval


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