What is the CCAR129
Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) allow foreign operators to operate a limited numbers of flights annually without obtaining China Traffic right, provided that the number of flights operated to china shall not be exceeding 12 flights per fiscal year, if operators are looking to operate more flights, then they have to obtain Chinese foreign operator certificate which is named as CCAR129.
CCAR129 is an essential permit issued by China Civil Aviation, to enable the operator to operate to/from China freely without limitation. This article will include some useful information that will be helpful to understand the producers required by China Civil Aviation authority to obtain Foreign Air Operator Certificate (CCAR129)
Starting Application Requirements:
Operator shall provide authorization letter to a representative agent to coordinate with China CAA. (special form may be required)
Operator shall specify the fleet that will be operating to China, to be recorded in China CAA system, all fleets shall have valid documents as follows
ü AOC: Air operator certificate
ü COA: certificate of airworthiness
ü COR: certificate of registration
ü COI: certificate of insurance
ü Noise certificate
ü RADIO station license
Lead time for CCAR129 approval:
The application may require at least 21 days up to 3 months to be finalized with China CAA, the length of the process depend on providing full documents and full information required by china CAA without any missing parts. after completing all documentations and information required by the CAA, CAAC may get back with some inquiries or may require additional information or documentation that varies according to the operator nationality and the requested destinations.
CCAR129 Processing stages:
CCAR129 approval processing procedures will have 3 different stages as follows:
Ø Define a rate for the airline and check the applicability for CCAR129. (this process will require 1 week up to 1 month based on your documentation validity and proficiency in providing the documents to the competent authority)
Ø Contact - Foreign Airlines Certification & Oversight Division, CAAC North China Regional Administration - to open an FSOP account to hand over the docs. (this process will require 1 week up to 1 month based on your documentation validity and proficiency in providing the documents to the competent authority)
Ø CAAC application review in the system. Once full application information and documentation are approved, CAAC will issue CCAR129 operation specification to operator. (this process will require 1 week up to 1 month based on your documentation validity and proficiency in providing the documents to the competent authority)
Main Requirements and documentations for the CCAR 129
1. Application for issuance of CCAR-129 operations specifications
The Application letter include general information about the operator, special form is required to be filled and can be downloaded from this link (CCAR129-APF)
2. Operator’s declaration for CCAR-129 Certification Application
Declaration letter that contain information about the operator if they have obtained any CCAR previously, Aircraft equipment, Airmen information and training, operator dispatching staff, Operations type, and en-route and Airport Navigation data resources (CCAR129 – Cert.)
3. Brief introduction of the Air Operator
It is free letter introduce some useful information about the Operator history, management details, quality and safety procedures, airport and country that generally operating to and from.
4. Economic approval document
Any document provided by the
country of the operator proving that they are Authorized to operate commercial
flight to / from the origin country and providing financial eligibility and capability
to provide flights to / from China.
5. Air Operator Certificate
6. Operations Specifications or equivalent documents
7. Draft of CCAR-129 Operations Specifications (CCAR129 OPS)
8. General Operations Manuals
9. Copy of approval page of Air Operator's Maintenance Control Manual
10. Copy of the approval page of Aircraft Maintenance Schedule
11. Copy of the main maintenance base's Repair Station Certificate or equivalent document
12. Copies of the certificate of registration, certificate of airworthiness, and radio station licenses of the aircraft intended to be operated into China.
13. Copies of approval documents of airborne equipment, including ACAS Version 7.1 or more advanced version, GPWS, CVR and FDR.
14. Special Operations Approval issued by the civil aviation authority of the operator's state
15. Runway performance analysis for destination airports within China
16. Runway performance analysis for alternate airports within China
17. Runway performance analysis for refueling airports within China
18. Instructions or manuals to be used by ground service personnel within China
19. Weight and balance control manual
20. Company Emergency Manual
21. Samples of the dispatch release, departure and arrival flight plans, weather and NOTAM information obtained from each destination in China.
22. Documentation concerning the Repair Station Certificate of the maintenance provider at destination airports in China to which the maintenance release is contracted (IFPLS Can Help you with this requirement)
23. Contracts and agreements with the destination airports in China (IFPLS Can Help you with this requirement)
24. Contracts and agreements with the alternate airports in China (IFPLS Can Help you with this requirement)
25. Contracts and agreements with the refueling airports in China (IFPLS Can Help you with this requirement)
26. Station manager or station representative training record (IFPLS Can Help you with this requirement)
27. List of station manuals and manuals distributed to ground handling agent or manual of standard deviations (if applicable)
28. In the case of wet lease, approval from CAA of state of the lessee should be provided.
29. In the case of wet lease, the Air Operator Certificate issued by the civil aviation authority of the state of the lessor should be provided.
30. In the case of wet lease, CCAR-121/135/129 Operations Specifications or equivalent document should be provided.
31. In the case of wet lease, wet lease contract/agreement should be provided.
32. For the application for exemptions/deviations, a letter of statement of the proposed exemptions/deviations from the specified provisions of ICAO Annex 6 and CCAR-129.
33. For the application for exemptions/deviations, the proposed equivalent safety measures should be provided.
34. For an application for operations to one of the special airports listed in the Subparagraph a of C0067, appropriate information should be provided as required.
35. In the case of wet lease, the approval of wet lease or equivalent document issued by CAAC should be provided.
For more information, you can download the full instructions for “Rules of CCAR-129 Operations” and you can feel free to contact our 24/7 operations department [email protected] that can help you to finalize the CCAR129 applications as soon as possible and enable you to obtain the permit within the minimum time required.