South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is Hiring A Flight Operations Inspector

South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is Hiring A Flight Operations Inspector

  • Location: Midrand, South Africa
  • Number of Vacancies: 1
  • Closing Date: 12 July 2024

About South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)

The South African Civil Aviation Authority is the civil aviation authority of South Africa, overseeing civil aviation and governing investigations of aviation accidents and incidents. It is headquartered in Midrand, near Johannesburg.

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Key Responsibilities

The develop and amend civil aviation regulations in consultation with the technical departments and the Civil Aviation Industry, to ensure compliance with ICAO requirements and national legislation in order to ensure aviation safety, security and regulatory efficacy. Evaluate applications related to Exemptions, Alternate Means of Compliance and Special Approvals, make recommendations regarding the outcome of the application and ensure consistency in the consideration of all applications. A risk-based approach is to be utilised when performing all evaluations in determining the level of safety. 

The focus of the role is to ensure that the following key areas are developed, implemented, and managed to ensure aviation safety and international relations as follows:

  • Identification, analyses, and amendment of regulatory changes required to the Civil Aviation Regulation, whether onerous or as a consequence of changes to International Civil Aviation standards and recommended practices and ensure transposition of such into National Regulation;
  • Review and recommend any deviations from the regulations applied for by industry in the aviation safety sector and propose mitigations, if recommended, for approval. 

Strengthened Safety and Security Oversight system

  • Regulatory Development: 
    a) Review ICAO Annexes and Recommended practices  to assess the adequacy and completeness of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations and Technical Standards and develop the appropriate Regulations or Regulatory amendments to ensure SACAA compliance 
    b) Attend ICAO work group and Airworthiness panels, international seminars so as to stay abreast of all applicable Airworthiness Regulatory changes, liaise with the South African Aviation Industry to develop the appropriate Regulations or Regulatory amendments as required to ensure SACAA compliance prior to ICAO applicable dates 
    c) Review International best practice and Regulations to ensure SACAA conforms to International Regulatory Standards
    d) Liaise with Industry regarding Regulatory changes to determine the necessity and/or impact of any regulatory changes on the South African Aviation Industry
    e) Analyse significant defects reports regarding aircraft and determine if any regulatory changes are required to address where trends show that airworthiness may be affected 
    f) work with the aviation industry, other governmental organizations, and the public in safety matters; 
    g) establish relationships with foreign authorities for cooperation on Regulatory developments
    h) Attend all CARCOM, ASO and Airworthiness workgroup meetings, prepare and deliver all Regulations, recommendations and research material as required;
    Exemptions, AMOC, special Approvals:
    a) Assess Airworthiness related Exemptions, AMOC’s and Special Approvals in relation to the risk, hazard and safety impact to the SACAA, lives and the industry;
    b) Evaluate the Industry risk assessment of all Exemptions, AMOC’s and Special Approvals to determine if the feasibility of the application;
    c) Liaise with the applicable manager and/or area inspector affected by the application regarding the content of the application;
    d) Make recommendations to the review board, Legal and Management as per the outcome of the evaluations done. Notify the applicant and the applicable manager of the area affected of the outcome on completion of the process;
    e) Compare all applications to previous applications received and ensure consistency of evaluation results taking content and feasibility into account;
    f) Record all applications in the register and evaluate any new applications to previous applications to determine any trends that might be developing. Evaluate any trends in applications for Exemptions, AMOC’s and Special Approvals so as to determine the reason for the developing trends;
    g) Inform the applicable departments within the SACAA of any trends arising
    h) Inform the Industry of any trends arising.

Planning: Develop  and manage annual regulatory and risk-based industry engagement plans. 

Financial Sustainability

  • Contribute to accurate activity revenue and costing, planning and budgets Ensures that financial controls are adhered to and reports on expenditure for their functional area provided
  • Facilitates the acquisition of services and goods through applicable Supply Chain Management processes

Operational Management

  • Define the scope of work, and resources required, schedule work program and manage performance.
  • Set and monitor adherence to quality standards in all processes 

Liaison and Policy

  • Represent the Authority in negotiations and liaise with stakeholders and industry bodies.
  • Contribute to the review of policies, and procedures

Improved Stakeholder Management and Service Excellence

  • To project a satisfactory image of the SACAA to all stakeholders.
  • To engage with and provide feedback to industry on technical and regulatory amendments.

Enhance Human Capital: Manage key performance areas of agreed objectives.

Sustain Good Corporate Governance

  • Closure of audit findings
  • Concise and accurate reporting on strategic and operational deliverables


Minimum: Grade 12 and be the holder of or have held an Airline Transport Pilot License or frozen ATPL .

Ideal: Experience in regulation development, participation in ICAO Task teams and work groups


  • 5-7 years in Aviation Regulatory experience
  • 5 years in Relevant Aviation Technical Experience

Closing Date:  12 July 2024

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