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South African CAA suspends CemAir Air Operator Certificates over safety concerns
15 December 2018

Cemair (Pty) Ltd can no longer operate as an airline or air operator or fly any of its twenty-one aircraft. This follows a decision by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) to suspend two of CemAir’s Air Operator Certificates (AOCs).

The affected AOCs relate to the operator’s permits issued under Part 121 and Part 135 of the Civil Aviation Regulations. The suspension became effective on December 13, 2018.
In addition, the SACAA’s audit team has also recommended to the Director of Civil Aviation to revoke CemAir’s AOCs.
The SACAA’s decision follows a thorough review of CemAir’s Corrective Action Plan (CAP), which sought to address the initial findings unveiled during the annual renewal audit. The CAP or proposed remedial actions by CemAir were found to be unsatisfactory and did not adequately address the findings that were initially raised. In addition records in the SACAA’s possession demonstrated that CemAir has been operating some aircraft outside of permissible loading (weight and balance) limits.
The SACAA also noted with concern that despite being issued with a Prohibition Order, CemAir knowingly continued to fly their aircraft in contravention of the applicable regulatory prescripts.

Update:

On December 18 a court order temporarily lifted the ban, according to the SACAA. The airline and SACAA reached a settlement, which was made an order of the court.

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