Operational Airworthiness Authority overview

The Operational Airworthiness Authority (OAA) is responsible for the management of all operational aspects of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program. The OAA ensures that the management of the DND/CAF Airworthiness Program is adequate, from an operational perspective, to achieve an acceptable level of aviation safety for Canadian military aviation and for foreign military aircraft within Canada.

The OAA provides operational airworthiness-related policies, rules, standards and guidance documents for the Canadian military aviation community. This includes:

  • National Defence Flying Orders, Flight Rules, Air Standards and Procedures (NDID number B-GA-100-001/AA-00)
  • the Operational Airworthiness Manual (NDID number B-GA-104-000/FP-001)
  • Operational Airworthiness Directives

In addition to airworthiness policies, regulations, orders and standards, the Operational Airworthiness Authority is also responsible for all standards of safety for air operations and associated aeronautical products, including aerospace control, aircraft utilization, aviation weather, aerodromes, aircraft maintenance, operator, controller and maintainer training and proficiency.

In a letter of delegation, the Chief of Defence Staff, directed by the Minister of National Defence, has designated the person holding the position of the Commander of 1 Canadian Air Division as the OAA for the Canadian military aviation. The OAA is responsible for the implementation, development and monitoring of the Operational Airworthiness Program (OAP).

Operational Airworthiness Program

The OAP relies on a framework of rules that regulate the operational aspects of military aviation activities, facilities and services, to achieve and maintain an acceptable state of airworthiness of aeronautical products and provide for their safe operation.

The intent of the program is to ensure that aeronautical products (and their supporting facilities, activities and services) are operated within their design limits and in conformance with applicable operational regulations, orders, directives and standards.

To accomplish the mandate of the OAA, the operational airworthiness staff is charged with the day-to-day management of the OAP, including all operational airworthiness aspects of military air operations and military aeronautical products, and thus achieve an acceptable level of military aviation safety.