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The world will be celebrating the Civil Aviation Day on 7th December 2017. Probably, many do not know what the day is all about. However, we will in one or two pages try to present a brief definition of what the day entails.

In general the term aviation means the flying of aircraft for commercial (and military) purposes. Aviation can have sub-divisions like flying of commercial airlines, private flights, air charters, flight training, parachuting, military, reconnaissance, spying, paragliding, and foot launched hang gliders and so on. Aviation science can apply to the design and manufacture of a variety of aircrafts. 

Civil aviation is one of two major categories of flying, representing all non-military aviation, both private and commercial. Most of the countries in the world are members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and work together to establish common standards and recommended practices for civil aviation through that agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a UN specialized agency, established by States in 1944 to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention).

Civil aviation includes two major categories:

Each signatory country, of which there are at least 188, has a civil aviation authority (such as the KCAA in Kenya) to oversee the following areas of civil aviation:

  • Personnel licensing — regulating the basic training and issuance of licenses and certificates.
  • Flight operations — carrying out safety oversight of commercial operators.
  • Airworthiness — issuing certificates of registration and certificates of airworthiness to civil aircraft, and overseeing the safety of aircraft maintenance organizations.
  • Aerodromes — designing and constructing aerodrome facilities.
  • Air traffic services — managing the traffic inside of a country's airspace.

ICAO has a headquarters, seven regional offices, and one regional sub-office:

 The Kenyan Civil Aviation is authorized to regulate Civil Aviation sector under the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA/). KCAA is a state corporation of Kenya that is responsible for regulating the aviation industry in Kenya and for providing air navigation services in the Kenya flight region.

The KCAA headquarters is at the Aviation Building at the Junction entry to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Civil Aviation Authority. The Authority’s head office is located at KAA (Kenya Airport Authority) Complex, JKIA in Nairobi.  The laws listed below guide the Authority in the day to day running of the Kenyan Civil Aviation;

  1. The Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act, 2002 established the KCAA in 2002

  2. Draft Civil Aviation (Aerodromes) Regulations 2015

  3. Gazette Vol 98–14–9–2015 Special Civil Aviation

  4. Gazette Vol 98–14–9–2015 Special Civil Aviation

  5. Kenya Carriage by Air Act No 2 of 1993 01

  6. Legal Notice No 190 Civil Aviation (Security) Regulations 2015

  7. Legal Notice No 148 Civil Aviation Safety Management Regulations 2015  

  8. Stakeholder Participation Registration Form

  9. SUPPLEMENT NO. 61 (Instruments & Equipment) Regulations, 2013

  10. SUPPLEMENT NO. 62 (Operation of Aircraft) Regulations, 2013

  11. SUPPLEMENT NO. 64 (Approved Training Organization) Regulations, 2013

  12. SUPPLEMENT NO. 65 (Air Navigation Services) Regulations, 2013

  13. SUPPLEMENT NO. 68 (Aircraft Accident & Incidents Investigation) Regulations, 2013

  14. SUPPLEMENT NO. 71 - Airworthiness Regulations, 2013  

  15. SUPPLEMENT NO. 75 - Personnel Licensing, 2013  

  16. SUPPLEMENT NO.72 - Aerodromes Regulations, 2013


  18. THE CIVIL AVIATION (Approved Training Organization) Regulations 2013

The KCAA is also responsible for regulating all courses offered in civil aviation in Kenya. All in all, civil aviation is all about airplanes and flying.