Airworthiness Authority overview

In Canada, national and international obligations related to the airworthiness management of military aviation lie with the Minister of National Defence (MND). These obligations are expressed in the Aeronautics Act. To achieve the objectives of the Act, the MND directed the creation of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program, published in 1998, under the official name of Department of National Defence/Canadian Armed Forces Airworthiness Program (NDID number A-GA-005-000/AG-001).

Serving as a roadmap for the Canadian military aviation, the program describes the rules surrounding the safety of the design, manufacture, maintenance, materiel support and operation of DND-registered aircraft. The program also documents the assignment of specific authorities and associated responsibilities and accountabilities. The Airworthiness Authority (AA) stands at the top of the program governance pyramid.

The AA:

  • has the authority to approve airworthiness-related policy
  • is responsible for the development, promotion, supervision and management of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program
  • governs the activity of the Airworthiness Program Coordination Cell (APCC), which serves as a focal point in coordinating the efforts of the three airworthiness authorities that manage the program:

On the direction of the MND, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has designated the responsibility of managing the entire program to the Chief of Air Force Staff (C Air Force), who is the overall Airworthiness Authority (AA) for the Canadian military aviation.

The following image is a graphic representation of the interaction between all four authorities (the AA, the OAA, the TAA and the AIA), under the umbrella of the Aeronautics Act and the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program.


For more information about the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program or the Airworthiness Authority, please contact the Airworthiness Program Coordination Cell, at the Director General Air Readiness of the Royal Canadian Air Force:

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