Industry Self Administration


Two of the AACSLTD consultants are regarded as the world leading experts on  the development and design of Aviation Self Administration  Systems. The management systems is process driven with clearly defined outcomes and contains a  risk based safety management system built in to its structure.

What is Self-Admin 

Self-Admin is the administration of a sector within the aviation industry, by a representative body on behalf of the regulator. It is usually done by using a delegated authority approving the functions, tasks, role and responsibilities set out in the industry bodies Exposition and Self Administration Manual (ESAM) approved and agreed to by the Regulator.

Please note the Self-Admin is not self-regulation.

What are the benefits of Self Administration to the industry?

There are a number of reasons:

Many Governments internationally are seeking ways to reduce costs of regulatory oversight oversight because it is making the costs of running such operations to expensive. Also the industry has a vested interest in developing its own success and maintaining the highest safety standards.

Another factor is that expertise for the aviation  industry sector lies within the industry this is a critical factor in the safety outcomes of our model. Industry is also better than Government at the administration and oversight tasks in a cost effective manner.

Further, because of the industry base of experts the approved body would provide expeditious timelines for both administration and oversight tasks

The most mature system is that used in Australian, the Safety outcomes are sustained and in many cases improved because of the application of industry expertise and participation.  Because of the success of this model the Australian Government adopted the model and now operates 44 % of all aviation activity is done under various forms of self Administration half the aircraft operating in Australia. It involves about 40,000 participants, more than 9000 aircraft and 360,000 parachute jumps each year. 

In the case of Historic and Warbird aircraft 

    • The industry body would be delegated some of the regulators responsibilities and functions.
    • The industry body would issue Special Certificate of Airworthiness for historic aircraft - CofA (Hist)
    • Issue Exp and Special Flight Permit for historic aircraft (maintenance, ferry flights etc)
    • Issue Adventure Flight approvals
    • Issue and or amend systems of Maintenance for historic aircraft 
    • Introduce and manage an aircraft risk based management system
    • Have all operators of historic aircraft operate them within the guidance of the ESAM
    • Manage an industry based Safety Management System
    • Manage safety training and information for the industry sector

Items not normally covered under Self Administration and therefore the  (Regulator) Responsibilities:

    • Pilot Licensing
    • Aircraft Registration
    • Medicals
    • Enforcement

What is the role of the regulator with the Self-Admin system? 

The role of the Regulator is to audit the approved organisation and confirm that it is working in accordance with the tasks and functions set out in the approved Exposition Self Admin Manual (ESAM). The Regulator can also audit the aircraft operators against the requirements of their approval to operate under the organisation ESAM. The Regulator will conduct Ramp type audits on operators as required.

What types of industry sectors within the aviation industry are suitable for Self Administration ?

  • Ballooning
  • Parachute and Sky diving 
  • Sport Rotorcraft 
  • Historic and Warbirds
  • Business Aviation
  • Gliding
  • Hang Gliding
  • Model Aircraft 
  • Recreational Aviation
  • Sport Aircraft


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