The Gambia Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is entrusted with the responsibility of providing the necessary policies and economic framework to ensure the continuous growth of aviation in The Gambia. The authority operates through two divisions: the Planning, Policy, and Economic Regulation Division, and the International Relations and Statistics Division. The Planning, Policy, and Economic Regulation Division are responsible for formulating, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing air transport policies. The International Relations and Statistics Division closely collaborates with the policy and planning division to ensure that the authority’s policies are considered in the development of new agreements and interactions with international aviation bodies. Additionally, this division plays a crucial role in capturing and analyzing traffic data to optimize revenue generation and negotiate bilateral and airline agreements.
Renewal of License
To renew a license, applicants must submit their application to the GCAA at least two months prior to the license’s expiry date. The application should be accompanied by a renewal fee as outlined in the schedule of aeronautical fees. If an application for renewal is submitted after the specified period, the GCAA may still renew the license. However, the applicant will be required to pay a fine of GMD 2,000 for each day the license remains unrenewed, up to a maximum of three months from the expiry date. Failure to renew a license within three months of its expiry will result in the revocation of the license by the GCAA.
Aerial Work Permit for Foreign Registered Aircraft
Operators of foreign registered aircraft must obtain authorization from the GCAA before conducting any aerial work within The Gambia. To obtain this authorization, applicants must submit a written application to the GCAA at least one month prior to the intended operation. In the case of emergencies, with the consent of the Authority, an applicant may apply in writing within a shorter timeframe. The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
- Tax clearance certificate
- Prescribed fees as listed in Schedule 2
- Certificate of Airworthiness
- Certificate of registration
- Crew license(s)
- Authorization from the state of an operator to conduct aerial work
- Any additional documents required by the GCAA