The Authority plays a critical role in ensuring that an appropriate air transport system is established and sustained to support the development of the country. As a regulator, the Authority promotes a regulatory environment that is conducive to the growth of a vibrant and competitive air transport industry while as a service provider the Authority provides air navigation services infrastructure and training facilities at the Civil Aviation Training Centre.
The detailed mandate as provided for in the Civil Aviation Act Cap 80 is as follows:
(a) to perform the following -
(i) to issue, renew, vary and cancel air service licences;
(ii) to establish standards for regulated goods and regulated services;
(iii) to establish standards for the terms and conditions of supply of the regulated goods and services;
(iv) to regulate rates and charges;
(v) to make rules for carrying out the purposes and provisions of the Act;
(b) to monitor the performance of the regulated suppliers including in relation to -
(i) levels of investment;
(ii) availability, quality and standards of services;
(iii) the cost of services;
(iv) the efficiency of production and distribution of services, and
(v) other matters relevant to the Authority;
(c) to facilitate the resolution of complaints and disputes;
(d) to take over and continue carrying out the functions formerly of the former Authority;
(e) to disseminate information about matters relevant to the functions of the Authority;
(f) to consult with other regulatory authorities or bodies or institutions discharging functions similar to those of the Authority in the united Republic and elsewhere;
(g) to administer the Act;
(h) to plan, develop, regulate and promote operations of a safe, secure and efficient civil aviation system;
(i) to conduct safety, security and economic oversight of the aviation industry;
(j) to establish and implement the state safety program;
(k) to establish an acceptable level of safety;
(l) to advice the Government on matters concerning civil aviation;
(m)to coordinate search and rescue operations of aircraft;
(n) to deal with acts of unlawful interference;
(o) to establish, manage and operate training institutions for the industry;
(p) to plan, develop and formulate the safe, secure and efficient management of Tanzanian airspace; and
(q) to perform such other functions as may be conferred on the Authority by the Act or any other law.
In addition to its regulatory functions, the Authority also provide air navigation and services.
TCAA discharges its mandate through three operational and one support directorate namely: Safety Regulation, Economic Regulation, Air Navigation Services and Corporate Services.
The Authority ensures efficient management of civil aviation operations by continuously evaluating its oversight and service delivery processes in an effort to sustain high safety and security standards.
Through audits and implementation of corrective action plans, the Authority is able to continuously learn and improve its services. Establishment of a vibrant and highly competitive civil aviation industry is critical for the development of any country. In recognition of the foregoing role, TCAA encourages investments from both domestic and international air operators. In so doing, it promotes the principles of fair competition in the aviation industry.