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Submission of Air Operator Security Programme for operations to the State of Qatar

 

This guidance material has been developed by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) Aviation Security Unit (AVSEC Unit) to assist Foreign Carriers in preparing, submitting and maintaining their Airline Operator Security Programme (AOSP) and Local Station Instructions for operations to Qatar.

The QCAA is the designated body within Qatar responsible for the coordination of the Qatar National Civil Aviation Security Programme (NCASP).  The NCASP and the legislation that empowers it, provide the Chairman of the QCAA with the authority to require aircraft operators to submit for acceptance a written AOSP.  The AOSP details how the operator protects its aircraft, passengers, goods and facilities from acts of unlawful interference whilst in the State of Qatar. 

Regulation 5 of the Civil Aviation Quality Control Regulations, 2010 (the Regulations) requires all *Qatar and foreign registered air carriers to submit to the QCAA for acceptance, a proposed AOSP before they are permitted to operate within the State of Qatar (and internationally for Qatar registered carriers).   The Programme, which must meet the requirements of the Regulations, must be submitted to the QCAA at least sixty (60) days before the intended date of operations.

It is a fundamental requirement that the airline AOSP and Local Station instruction adequately outline the airline’s specific operations to Qatar.  The QCAA are unable to accept generic documentation which does not address the airline’s specific operating circumstances in the State of Qatar.

Any person who contravenes any of these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable. 

*The submission of an AOSP and Local Station Instructions does not satisfy all State of Qatar air services and other QCAA requirements.  Airlines need to ensure all other pertinent approvals are sought before operating to Qatar.  The QCAA AVSEC Unit solely handles matters of aviation security.  Please refer to the QCAA website – www.caa.gov.qa for further details.

AOSP format

The QCAA accept the following AOSP variants:

1.    An AOSP approved by the Airline’s relevant Appropriate Authority from their home State together with an accompanying annex or chapter detailing the specific operations to Doha.  The annex or chapter (Doha Local Station Instructions) should outline all the specific operational AVSEC procedures employed by the airline at the Doha station

Or;

2.    An AOSP approved by the Airline’s relevant Appropriate Authority from their home State which incorporates Doha operations, captured in the main body of the AOSP, either in one part or detailed in relevant chapters throughout the AOSP.  Descriptions of specific operational AVSEC procedures employed by the airline at the Doha station are an absolute requirement.

Modification to Operational Particulars Affecting Security

The measures detailed in the AOSP and Local Station Instructions need to reflect the actual operational practices employed by the airline in Qatar.  If an airline makes a material change in any of the particulars of a Programme that has been accepted by the QCAA that could have an impact on the standard of security applied, a request must be submitted to the QCAA before the proposed effective date.  This is a requirement of Regulation 23 of the Civil Aviation Quality Control Regulations, 2010 (the Regulations) and will help avoid any potential findings of non-compliance during QCAA compliance activities. 

Any person who contravenes any of these regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable.

QCAA Secure Website:

The QCAA AVSEC Unit has established a secure website containing information regarding the State of Qatar’s aviation security requirements.  The website, available in Arabic and English has been developed to aid stakeholders in developing and maintaining their AOSP and Local Station Instructions and assist airlines in complying with Qatar aviation security requirements. 

To obtain access to the website, please apply to the QCAA AVSEC Unit in writing.  Applications should be on company letterhead and signed by an authorized company officer.  Once your application is approved, a unique username and password will be provided to enable access.  Applications should be sent to the below: 

Electronic email format:              avsec@caa.gov.qa

CD Format (with cover letter)          Mail or deliver in person to:

Ian Gilchrist

Head, Aviation Security Unit

Qatar Civil Aviation Authority

P.O. Box 3000

Doha, Qatar

 

Steps for AOSP and Local Station Instruction submission

Appendix A - LSI Instructions for Foreign Carrier AOSPs

Appendix B - AOSP & LSI Submission Checklist

Guidance Material for Foreign Carriers Operating to Doha