Air Navigation Safety & Standards

AIR NAVIGATION SAFETY AND STANDARDS DIRECTORATE

Under the Chicago Convention and the international treaties, the safety regulation of civil aviation is a national responsibility. Jordan as a signatory state has complete and exclusive sovereignty over airspace above its territory, and is responsible for ensuring safety and undertakes to keep its own safety regulations, its air navigation equipment and operations compliant with those established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The operation of safety-related air traffic services within Jordan must be on the basis of achieving levels of safety which are both publicly and politically acceptable and this has to be demonstrated to all parties.
In Jordan the responsibility for the safety of Air Navigation Services (ANS) is addressed mainly in terms of two prime safety functions:

  • ATM Safety Management – the prime responsibility for the safety of an ATM service lies with the provider of the service;
  • ANS Safety Regulation – it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that all ANS provided are tolerably safe. This function is carried out by the Air Navigation  Safety and Standards Directorate (ANSSD) of Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission in the interest of public safety.

SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of the Air Navigation Safety and Standards Directorate:

  • To ensure that high safety standards are set and achieved in the provision of Air Navigation Services;
  • To promote continuous safety improvement.

OBJECTIVE OF SAFETY REGULATION

The objective of Safety Regulation in ANS is to improve safety levels by ensuring that the numbers of ANS induced accidents, and of serious or risk-bearing incidents, do not increase and where possible decrease.

REGULATORY PRINCIPLES

Safety regulation is founded on a number of concepts that may be summarized as follows:

  • An ANS regulatory function, independent of the service provider, shall monitor safety standards. Safety regulation shall be organizationally separate from the planning, implementation and provision of ANS.
  • ANSSD shall set and oversee regulatory requirements in the interests of the safety of ANS.
  • Safety regulatory requirements shall be neither unduly prescriptive nor preventing innovation.
  • Safety regulation shall allow for alternative means of compliance with safety regulatory requirements where equivalent safety assurance is provided.
  • The relationship between regulator and service provider should be that of a partnership set up to achieve a common safety goal.
  • Regulatory intervention shall be kept to the minimum practical level consistent with effective safety regulation.

SCOPE OF REGULATION

ANS Safety Regulation applies to the safety of ANS used for Civil Aviation in Jordan Airspace.

FUNCTION OF ANS SAFETY REGULATOR

The ANS safety regulator is responsible for:

  • Establishing a national safety regulatory framework, including safety regulatory policies, objectives and directives;
  • Setting minimum acceptable levels of safety.
  • Defining applicable national safety regulatory requirements, including those necessary to meet international commitments;
  • Specifying relevant standards and practices that support or complement the ICAO and National requirements;
  • Ensuring that minimum acceptable levels of safety are met by ATM service providers;
  • Ensuring ongoing compliance with national safety regulatory objectives and requirements.

METHODS OF REGULATION

Regulation shall be carried out on all safety-related aspects of the systems under the control of the Service Provider. This regulation shall be achieved principally by rulemaking and oversight.

Rulemaking

Rulemaking is the process by which safety objectives and requirements are set. It consists of the definition of applicable requirements and associated standards and practices to ensure that both national minimum levels of safety and regulatory provisions that result from international commitments are observed.

Safety Oversight

Oversight may be defined as the function undertaken by a designated authority to verify that safety regularity objectives and requirements are effectively met.

STANDARDS TO BE USED BY ATM SERVICE PROVIDERS

  • ICAO Annex 1;
  • ICAO Annex 2;
  • ICAO Annex 11;
  • ICAO Annex 10;
  • ICAO Annex 15;
  • ICAO Annex 12;
  • Other relevant ICAO documents and International standards and requirements;

LEGAL BASIS FOR REGULATION

The ANS Safety Regulator is the independent regulatory authority for ANS safety regulation as designated by the Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission.

Regulatory authority is derived from:

  • Jordan civil Aviation Law no 41 for the year 2007.