CIVIL AVIATION IN BELIZE
The Belize Department of Civil Aviation is the regulatory and oversight body in all civil aviation matters in Belize. This Department is headed by the Director of Civil Aviation as established in the Belize Civil Aviation Act. He is responsible for all civil aviation matters in Belize. He also serves as an advisor to the Minister responsible for civil aviation in all matters relating to civil aviation. Not only does he influence policy decisions but is often charged with the responsibility of implementing those policies.
After becoming a Contracting State to the Convention on International Civil Aviation in 1991, Belize is obliged to comply with the Standards and as far as practicable, with the Recommended Practices contained in all nineteen Annexes to the Convention.
The Department is made up of the following technical divisions:
- Personnel Licensing,
- Flight Operations,
- Aviation Security and Facilitation,
- Air Transport,
- Dangerous Goods,
- Aircraft Registration,
- Aircraft Incident and Accident Investigations,
- Search and Rescue,
- Air Traffic Services, and
- Aeronautical Information Services.
The main functions of the Department are to ensure the safety of air navigation and to promote and encourage the orderly and economic development of civil aviation locally, regionally and internationally.
The Belize Department of Civil Aviation is a Department presently under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation.
The Director is assisted in his duties by his Deputy and a number of technical officers who are charged with responsibilities in specific areas.
- Chief Air Traffic Control Officer
- Flight Operations Inspectors
- Airworthiness Inspectors
- Aerodrome Safety Inspectors
- Aviation Security Inspectors