DCA - Director of Civil Aviation
Guernsey is a British Crown Dependency and, through the UK's ratification, is a party to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation which is the international convention governing all arrangements for civil aviation, including safety.
The Director of Civil Aviation (DCA) has overall responsibility to ensure the safety of civil aviation in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and its airspace.
The DCA's prime functions are to:
- regulate the safety of aerodromes, air traffic and air transport services in the Bailiwick;
- to licence aerodromes;
- to licence air traffic controllers;
Whilst performing the equivalent function for Jersey, the DCA is also responsible for regulating from Jersey:
- the operation of the Channel Islands Control Zone and the safety of air traffic in that zone;
- the operation of meteorological services for the purposes of international air navigation in Jersey and the Channel Islands Control Zone.
The Aviation (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2008 requires that aerodromes operating for public transport in the Bailiwick be licensed.
Downloadable pdf files of Aerodrome Licence Guernsey and Aerodrome Licence Alderney are available below.
UK registered aircraft are permitted to fly in Jersey and Guernsey airspace (including Alderney) in respect of which a national permit to fly is in force.
Please click on the links below to download the relevant exemption notices (pdf format).
UK NPPL holders
Holders of UK NPPLs can fly in Channel Islands airspace. This includes flying through the Channel Islands Control Zone and to the aerodromes of Alderney, Guernsey and Jersey. This includes those holders of full ICAO Private Pilot Licences and higher licences issued by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority who have elected to fly to NPPL privileges.
DCA Documents and Annual Reports
Documents and annual reports published by the DCA are viewable below.
Exemption for Home-Built aircraft registered in a Member State of ECAC
|Exemption for Permit Aircraft, other than home-built, registered in the UK|
|Exemption for Permit Aircraft, other than home-built, registered in Ireland|
|Exemption for Permit Aircraft, other than home-built, registered in France|
|DCA Annual Reports|
|Exemption for NPPL pilots flying in Guernsey/Jersey|
Document downloadsAerodrome Licence Alderney (EGJA) Aerodrome Licence Alderney (EGJA) Aerodrome Licence Guernsey (EGJB) Aerodrome Licence Guernsey (EGJB) Exemption 092 Exemption 092 UK NPPL explanatory note UK NPPL explanatory note
Air Transport LicensingGuernsey
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