Aviation Environmental Protection

About Aviation Environmental Protection

The AEP department is accountable for environmental protection issues that result from aviation operations. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Aircraft noise (monitoring, reporting, measurement and noise abatement procedures)
  • Aircraft emissions (local air quality)
  • Aerodromes and heliports (EMPs, consultative committees and monitoring of aircraft noise)
  • Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) (State requirements)
Contact Us

Contact us by sending an e-mail to environment@caa.co.za

Notices and useful information

Aviation Environmental Protection: Industry Roadmap

The SACAA has developed a Roadmap for use by all its stakeholders as guidance on the issues and timelines relating to Aviation Environmental Protection. Please contact environment@caa.co.za to access the latest roadmap. This roadmap is a live document and subject to change as per some activities and ICAO timelines.

General Notice on the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

Read more by clicking on this link. For information on CORSIA timelines and implementation requirements, please click here.

AEP aerodrome audits

AEP aerodrome inspections are conducted in accordance with Part 139. Please note that these inspections are currently applicable to international airports only. These are notified prior to the annual renewal of their licenses.

Chapter 2 aircraft

From 1 January 2016 Chapter 2 aircraft shall not be operated in the Republic as stipulated by Part 91.

State Action Plan (SAP)

ICAO requires States to develop Action Plans on how they are addressing CO2 emissions from international aviation. The SACAA assisted the Department of Transport in the development of the first RSA SAP. Please use the links below for more information:

CORSIA Timeline and Actions

To see the ICAO CORSIA timeline, click here.

Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

To learn more, visit the ICAO website.

Relevant ICAO Documentation and Legislation

Applicable ICAO Documentation

Annex 16 (Environmental Protection) SARPs

  • Volume I (Aircraft Noise)
  • Volume II (Aircraft Engine Emissions)
  • Volume III Aeroplane CO2 Emissions
  • Volume IV Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation
Applicable Civil Aviation Regulations (CARs)
  • Part 34: Aircraft Engine Emissions
  • Part 36: Aircraft Noise
  • Part 47: Registration and marking. (Non-addition of Chapter 2 aircraft to the Civil Aviation Register)
  • Part 91: General Aviation and Operating Flight Rules (Noise abatement procedures and Phasing out of Chapter 2 aircraft)
  • Part 121: Air Transport Operations-Carriage on Aeroplanes of more than 19 Passengers or Cargo (Noise Abatement Procedures)
  • Part 127: Commercial Helicopter Operations: passengers, cargo and mail (Noise Abatement Procedures)
  • Part 128: Helicopter Aerial Work and Certain Other Air Service Operations (Noise Abatement Procedures)
  • Part 139: Aerodromes and Heliports. (Monitoring of aircraft noise and reporting violations, Establishment of aerodrome/heliport environmental programmes & Maintenance of aerodrome/ heliport environmental management programmes)
Applicable Civil Aviation Technical Standards (CATS)
  • SA-CATS 139: Aerodromes and Heliports (General duties of holder of licence- Monitoring of aircraft noise).
  • SA-CATS 91: General Aviation and Operating Flight Rules

Technical Guidance Material

TGM For Aerodrome Heliport Environmental Consultative CommitteeDownload
TGM For Environmental Occurences And Incident ReportingDownload
TGM For Establishing And Maintaining EMPsDownload
TGM For Local Air Quality (LAQ)Download



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CA 139-11Aircraft Noise ReportDownload