About the DCA


The role of the DCA

Civil Aviation in Guernsey and Alderney is regulated by the Office of the Director of Civil Aviation (DCA). This Office was created by the Aviation (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2008). 

Civil Aviation in Jersey is regulated by the Office of the Director of Civil Aviation (this Office was created by the Civil Aviation (Jersey) Law 2008).

The DCA has overall responsibility for ensuring the safety of civil aviation in Guernsey and Jersey and its airspace. The DCA's prime functions are to regulate the safety of aerodromes, air traffic and air transport services in the  Bailiwick, to licence aerodromes and to licence ATCOs. The DCA is also responsible for regulating from Jersey: The operation of the Channel Islands Control Zone and the safety of air traffic in that zone, and the operation of meteorological services for the purposes of international air navigation in Jersey and the Channel Islands Control Zone.

A personal message from the Director

I am pleased to announce the release of the first edition of our new website designed to enable all users to easily source information in the Bailiwicks of both Guernsey and Jersey. 

The Channel Islands are fundamentally dependent upon air transport which is tied closely to our high-profile industries. However, despite its economic and social importance, the sector still requires, much improvement and transformation. The Office of the Director of Civil Aviation is committed to meet the Annex's of the Chicago Convention 1944 as set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the arm responsible for international air transport to ensure safety worldwide, which mandates that each of its 191-member States ensure separation of the regulator and service provider to provide for a more efficient transport operation, through the Department of Transport. Our intention is to continuously strive to do all necessary to ensure that we meet these EASA/ICAO standards. 

Not withstanding, as a regulatory body, we intend to keep focused and hold to our primary responsibilities of good oversight and governance of the air transport sector to ensure the highest levels of safety and security. I am appreciative of the States of both Guernsey and Jersey, their management teams for their contributions thus far and look forward to their continued support as we position ourselves to make progress on our strategy, and embrace the challenges that lie ahead.

I proudly take this opportunity to acknowledge the milestones achieved and hard work expended to the local aviation industry by our former directors since the integration of a combined Director of Aviation in 2009. I sincerely hope that we continue an expansive path and evolve to the benefit of everyone.  

Finally I would like to welcome Emma Heather as the Channel Islands Security Regulator and Deputy Director of Civil Aviation as from 1st April 2019.

Dominic Lazarus
Director of Civil Aviation


Contacting the DCA