Aviation Standards



The Aviation Standards Sector in the General Authority of Civil Aviation is the legislative, regulatory  and the governing body of the aviation industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The sector monitors and updates laws and regulations in synchronization with the international aviation developments.
The sector issues and renews licenses, accreditations and certificates pertaining to the civil aviation industry in accordance with laws and regulations, conduct regular surveillances to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, to guarantee the highest possible levels of safety. The sector participates in setting air transportation strategies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it works to increase the contribution of civil aviation industry to the gross domestic product of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


To ensure the aviation industry activities are performed in accordance to GACA regulations by implementing adequately effective Safety oversight system.


Enable the public to have an access to safe air services with world-class civil aviation.

Duties & Responsability

  • Licensing of operators/airlines.
  • Licensing and accreditation of aircraft repair stations within the Kingdom and abroad.
  • Licensing and accreditation of aviation schools, institutes and training centers within the Kingdom and abroad.
  • Licensing of technical aircraft maintenance training schools and institutes.
  • Negotiations with other countries for the purposes of air transportation treaties and agreements.
  • Licensing of airports, landing strips and helipads.
  • Licensing of navigation service providers.
  • Licensing of aviation professionals (pilots, flight engineers, aircraft technicians, air traffic controllers… etc.)
  • Issue permits for scheduled, chartered and private flights.
  • Conduct business evaluations of applicants for licenses to operate any and all aviation-related activities.
  • Study applications for the construction of high-rise buildings and service structures (radio towers, etc.) to set maximum height limits.
  • Scrutinize the designs of new airports, landing strips and helipads to ensure that they comply with international standards.
  • Approve flight procedures and air corridors through the Kingdom’s airspace and airports.
  • Register civil aircraft in the Saudi civil aircraft register.
  • Issue licenses for in-flight/onboard wireless telecommunications hardware.
  • Conduct technical studies for the purposes of issuing Type Certificates (TCs) and Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). 

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