The SACAA welcomes professional aviation competition which is encouraged to improve productivity towards flight safety in South Africa. Contained herein is some information with regards to a new FSTD application and the process involved.
Take note that new regulations and technical standards are due to be promulgated soon These new regulations and technical standards will completely replace current Part 60 of the regulations. This information page will be updated when the new regulations are promulgated.
This document is aimed at Start-up of an FSTD operation, all descriptions made refer to the Initial Qualification of an FSTD.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I AM READY TO PROCEED, WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF FSTD QUALIFICATION?
After receiving compliant written application, SACAA will follow a 3-part approach in order to evaluate a device. A device cannot receive qualification if all 3 parts are not compliant. Here follows the parts:
HOW LONG DOES THE FSTD EVALUATION PROCESS TAKE?
Again, bear in mind that the compliant application must be received at least 3 months prior to the commencement of the FSTD evaluation.
Experience has shown that the SACAA 3 Part process generally takes between 3 and 5 days to complete (per operating model or variant of the device). Expected evaluation time is greatly dependant on the complexity of the device.
On completion of a successful evaluation expect to receive the Qualification Certificates after approximately 4 weeks.
Until the introduction of a Part 60 Fee structure under Part 187, all invoicing happens on completion of the evaluation, based on hours spent on task. Also, until the introduction of a specific Fee structure, invoicing occurs in accordance with SACAR Part 187.01.45 (a) which stipulates an hourly rate for services rendered for which no specific fee has been set out in Part 187.
The regulations governing
FSTD Operators are contained in the The South African Civil
Aviation Regulations, 2011 (As amended) SACAR Part 60, the South African Civil Aviation
Technical Standards SA-CATS 60 and the FSTD Technical Qualification
documents SACAA-FSTD A and SACAA-FSTD H. . These can be found on the home page of the SACAA website.
* Take note that new regulations and technical standards are due to be promulgated soon These new regulations and technical standards will completely replace current SACAR Part 60 of the regulations and introduce SA-CATS 60. This information page will be updated when the new regulations are promulgated.
REMINDER OF GENERAL COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL
Please take note of the communication protocol for PEL FSTD published on our website for several years now and repeated below.
All FSTD correspondence is to be addressed to PEL.FSTD@caa.co.za and no manager, administrator or inspector is to be emailed please.
This is a centralised mailbox and correspondence needs to be easily identifiable in order to provide a more efficient service. There are over 40 ATOs making use of this inbox for over 140 FSTD and we need to identify what we are dealing with without first having to open the email or attached documents.
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