This function performs the Authority’s obligations of maintaining regular safety oversight of the operation of aircraft (both commercial and private) in the Country. These obligations include, the certification and surveillance of air operators, aerial work organisations, approved training organisations and oversight of any operation of aircraft engaged in civil aviation. Flight Operations carries out all of the safety oversight responsibilities assigned by the Civil Aviation Act and its Regulations as well as ensuring that Botswana fulfils its obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Everyone who aspires to operate a flight in Botswana is a client of the Inspectorate, it also deals with the enforcement of flight regulations and it insures that they are abided by, rules of how pilots operate and work with air traffic regulators. State aircrafts are excluded.
The Inspectorate is also tasked with the following;
- Follows up on violation of air traffic regulations
- Working with flight operation companies, conducting audits to see how the operators are complying with their operations manual
- Dealing with pilots and flight operators
- Managing Air Operations Certificate holders (for scheduled and non-scheduled operators for both people and cargo)
- Certify also the Aerial Work Operators
The department is a sub depart under flight operation and its regulations are published on the website and given out at the stage of acquiring the license.
The Air Operator Certificate Package (AOCP) state the conditions, qualities, qualifications, standards and procedures necessary to qualify for and maintain an AOC, as well as incorporate new practices or procedures to ensure the safety of the travelling public.