ICAO Government Safety Inspector Operations – Air Operator Certification (GSI OPS EN)

ICAO Government Safety Inspector Operations – Air Operator Certification (GSI OPS EN)

ICAO Course


The Government Safety Inspector (GSI) Operations – Air Operator Certification (OPS) Course was developed as a collaborative effort between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to provide operations, airworthiness, and personnel licensing aviation safety inspectors, on a worldwide basis, with uniform skills and knowledge to conduct specific safety oversight functions. This 14-days course, designed for operations inspectors, covers the basic concepts and steps involved in certificating an air transport operator. Participants will be taught the five-phase certification process based upon ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and Model Civil Aviation Regulations (MCARs).

Learning Objectives

After having successfully completed the GSI OPS, the trainees will be able to:

  • Evaluate perspective Operators Pre-assessment Statement forms for acceptability;
  • Identify Pre-application Meeting Objectives;
  • Conduct a cursory review of the packages and, from the review, evaluate the quality of one package and identify formal application meeting objectives for the other package;
  • Evaluate narrative and reference statements;
  • Conduct an in-depth evaluation of an excerpt from a mock Operations Manual;
  • Evaluate a sample curriculum segment from a mock operator’s training programme;
  • Evaluate an excerpt of a mock operator’s Cabin Attendant Manual for acceptability;
  • Evaluate a mock operator’s A300 Aircraft Operating Manual for acceptability;
  • Evaluate a mock operator’s proposed Minimum Equipment List (MEL) and Configuration Design List (CDL);
  • Verify submitted performance planning data for acceptability;
  • Evaluate an excerpt of a mock operator’s Aircraft Loading and Handling Manual for acceptability and identify errors;
  • Evaluate excerpts from the mock operator’s Exit Row Seating programme;
  • Evaluate the results of an inspector’s main base inspection for acceptability and determine inspector actions;
  • Evaluate the inspector’s observations of a training programme and facilities for acceptability and determine the correct inspector actions;
  • Evaluate emergency evacuation demonstration scenarios to determine if they were satisfactory and provide reasons for your decision;
  • Determine appropriate recommendations for scenarios involving inspector observations/reports of four demonstration flights and reasons for the recommendations; and
  • Complete a mock operator’s certificate and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and identify items that must be included in the certification report.


  • Module 0: Introduction
  • Module 1: ICAO Obligations
  • Module 2: The Pre-Application Phase
  • Module 3: Conducting the Pre-Application Meeting
  • Module 4: Conducting a Formal Application Meeting
  • Module 5: Evaluating a Statement of Compliance
  • Module 6: Evaluating Operations Manual
  • Module 7: Evaluating a Quality Manual
  • Module 8: Evaluating a Safety Management System Manual
  • Module 9: Evaluating a Training Manual
  • Module 10: Evaluating a Cabin Crew Manual
  • Module 11: Evaluating an Aircraft Operating Manual
  • Module 12: Evaluating a Minimum Equipment List
  • Module 13: Evaluating a Performance Planning Manual
  • Module 14: Evaluating a Loading and Handling Manual
  • Module 15: Evaluating Other Required Manuals and Documents
  • Module 16: Evaluating Applicant's Main Base and Station Facilities
  • Module 17: Evaluating Training Programmes and Training Facilities
  • Module 18: Evaluating Emergency Evacuation and Ditching Demonstrations
  • Module 19: Evaluating Demonstration Flights
  • Module 20: Issuing the Air Operator Certificate

Primary Target Population

This course is for Aviation Safety Inspectors tasked with certification of air operators.

Entry Requirements

Participants are required to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.

Upcoming Sessions

Dates Location Host Fee
2 - 21 Jun, 2024
UTC+03:00 (Kuwait) time zone
3,500.00 USD
24 Jun - 11 Jul, 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa
4,250.00 USD
30 Jun - 18 Jul, 2024
Dhaka, Bangladesh
22 Jul - 9 Aug, 2024
UTC+01:00 (West Central Africa) time zone
3,200.00 USD
4 - 22 Aug, 2024
Obour city, Egypt
3,600.00 USD
9 - 26 Sep, 2024
Nairobi, Kenya
4,000.00 USD
23 Sep - 10 Oct, 2024
Dar es Salam, United Republic of Tanzania
4,300.00 USD
30 Sep - 17 Oct, 2024
Agadir, Morocco
3,700.00 USD
20 Oct - 8 Nov, 2024
UTC+02:00 (Cairo) time zone
2,860.00 USD
11 - 28 Nov, 2024
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
4,500.00 USD
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Course Info
Language: English
Delivery Mode: Instructor-led (In-person and Virtual)
14 Days / 112 Hours
15 Days / 120 Hours
Level: Technical