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Licensing

PERSONNEL LICENSING (PEL)

A Licensing office is an essential arm of a civil aviation regulatory body.

General

The Standards and Recommended Practices contained in ICAO Annex 1 on Personnel Licensing require certain identified categories of aviation personnel to hold a licence and appropriate competencies known as Ratings (in aviation terminology) plus a certificate of medical fitness to perform their respective job functions. In addition there are local requirements too, which have to be met. The Air Navigation Regulations and corresponding Implementation Procedures specify the legal and administrative provisions for all the licensing matters stated in the preceding paragraph. They also describe the steps to be followed by PEL staff when dealing with such matters.

The following personnel licences are issued:

Type of Licence Category
Private Pilot Aeroplane
Helicopter
Commercial Pilot Aeroplane
Helicopter
Airline Transport pilot Aeroplane
Helicopter
Air Traffic Controller  
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer  

 

How to obtain a Botswana Licence

Validation of foreign licence (Validation Certificate)

  • A current PPL, CPL and ATPL issued by the licensing Authority of an ICAO member state may be recognised for the issue of a validation. A validation is a short term document, which facilitates the applicant to exercise foreign flight crew licence privileges in Botswana registered aircraft.
  • All applicants are required to pass Botswana Airlaw examination
  • Application for a validation should be made using form CA 61-02.9
  • Prior to converting a licence CAAB would have established, by contacting the authority that issued the licence, that it is authentic and valid in every respect.
  • Each validation will specify a maximum validity up to six months. However, this period will not extend beyond the expiry date of the applicants foreign licence or medical certification under any circumstance. Fees must be paid in accordance with the fee schedule
  • Fees must be paid in accordance with the fee schedule

 

Conversion of Foreign licence to Botswana licence

  • All applicants are required to pass Botswana Aviation Law examination
  • All applicants are required to successfully complete a flight test with appropriately approved Botswana Delegated Examiner
  • Application should be made using form CA 61-02.9
  • A photocopy of the applicants foreign licence and medical certification
  • A photocopy of the applicants flight test completed by Botswana Delegated Examiner
  • All applicants are required to undergo a Botswana medical with an approved Botswana Aviation Medical Examiner.
  • A photocopy of the applicants logbook
  • Fees must be paid in accordance with the fee schedule
  • Attach a confirmation letter of employment
  • Attach a recent passport photograph

N.B. Botswana licence will clearly specify all privileges that have been granted and show appropriate limitations. Foreign type ratings held at the time of application for a Botswana licence will be endorsed if required, provided that the type is listed in the Botswana civil aircraft register.

 

Licence renewal procedures

  • Application should be made using form CA 61-02.3C fourteen days together with the correct charge prior to the expiry date of their licences.
  • Attach a passport size photograph
  • An application for licence renewal will not be considered unless the applicant holds a valid Medical Certificate. This will require to be certified in the appropriate section on the application form.
  • Commercial and airline Transport Pilots Licences will normally be renewed for a full period of ten years.

 

Replacement of a licence – Guidance for applicants

If you have lost a licence or it has been damaged in some way and you require a replacement please follow the following steps.

  • Notify the Botswana police and obtain a copy of the police report
  • Apply for replacement licence on form CA 61-02.9
  • Attach a passport size photograph
  • Fees must be pain in accordance with the fee schedule

Fees must be pain in accordance with the fee schedule

An aircraft engineers’ license authorizes the holder to release an aircraft or component to service following maintenance work done by or under the supervision of the holder. CA Form 31 shall be used to apply for grant, validation, extension or renewal of an engineer’s license using a procedure set out in AEN 22.

Detailed information on aircraft engineers’ licensing may be found on BAR Part 66.

 

Ratings Issued

The following Aircraft Category Ratings may be issued under the above licences.

  1. Aeroplane
  2. Helicopter

 

The following Class Ratings and Type Ratings may be issued under the above licences.

Type of Licence Rating
Pilot aeroplane/Helicopter

Single pilot Single Engine Land

Single pilot Multi Engine Land

Type Rating

Night Rating

Instrument Rating

Assistant Instructor

Flight Instructor

Air Traffic Controller

Aerodrome Control

Approach Control

Area Control

Approach Radar Control

Area Radar Control

 

The regulatory requirements for issue of a personnel licence in general are:

  1. Minimum age
  2. Knowledge
  3. Experience
  4. Skill
  5. Medical Certification

 

Flight Crew Examinations

  • Examination booking should be made using form CA 61-01.1 for PPL Exams and form CA 61-01.7 for Aviation Law for Validation Exams:
  • Flight Crew Examinations
  • Examination centres (CAA Offices Gaborone and Maun)
  • Aviation Law for Validation exams – PPL, CPL and ATPL
  • Private Pilot Licence Examinations :
    Navigation
    Aviation Law
    Technical and General
    Meteorology
    and type Technical Exams e.g. C206, BE20, BN2A/B etc
  • Exam bookings are made from Monday to Wednesday
  • For all exams the pass mark is 70% and are sat for every
    Thursday morning from 08:30Hrs to 10:30Hrs