To fulfil its obligation as provided for in the Chicago Convention, Timor-Leste is established its Civil Aviation Authority (AACTL) based on national legislation and structured to effectively fulfil the tasks that it is expected to undertake. The Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL) is a body under tutelage and supervision of the Minister of Transport and Communications, entrusted with monitoring, inspection, supervising and regulating the civil aviation activities, with objective of guaranteeing the safety of the air transport system in Timor-Leste and is responsible to discharge its functions on behalf of the Timor-Leste Government under its responsibility to the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

 The Civil Aviation Authority of Timor-Leste (AACTL) is given the legal authority for the performance of its functions by the enactment of appropriate national law (Decree Law 08-2005). This national law set the foundations and principles for all AACTL activities and obligations, and includes scope of responsibilities, powers and competences.

 Created by Decree Law 8-2005 and formally established in June 2017 the AACTL is armed with the three main desirable characteristics usually recognized for a regulator:

  1. independence with a reasonable amount of discretionary powers;
  2. autonomy and expertise, and
  3. accountability

 The AACTL regulatory Directorates have enough discretionary power to make and enforce the right decisions without any risks of interference. Such risks are minimized under the clear rules established by AACTL’s internal regulations.

To be effective in providing the compliance and enforcement functions the AACTL have established the specific regulatory instruments that enable the effective monitoring of compliance.

The AACTL accountability requires transparency in the decision-making process and an operating environment subject to simple and clear procedural rules, including stipulated deadlines for reaching decisions. Those processes are described in the respective Manuals and Handbooks. The decision-making process includes detailed justifications for decisions, adequate opportunities for all concerned parties, and right for appeals.

AACTL regulates the activities of: 

  • Airport operators and air navigation service providers,
  • Aircraft operators,
  • Aircraft crews, air traffic controllers, and aircraft technicians
  • Airline contracting organizations
  • Aviation security and facilitation



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