Formerly the Civil Aviation Department in the Ministry of Public Works and Communications, GCAA was established in March 2002 as a result of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 being approved by Parliament. The Minister of Transport and Hydraulics within the Ministry of Public Works and Communications has responsibility for the development of civil aviation and to ensure that it complies with international standards.

Its functions include:

• Examine for competency, issue licences to, and monitor the performance of, all Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

• Conduct initial inspections and certification for, and provide continued surveillance of, all Guyanese air operators wherever they may be operating

. • Conduct initial inspections and certification for, and provide continued surveillance and auditing of aerodrome and airport operators in Guyana, to ensure that national and international standards are maintained.

• Provide guidance for environmental protection.

• Assess for approval, and then monitor, all training programs used by Guyanese operators for pilots, cabin crew, maintenance personnel and Air Navigation Services Personnel.

• Monitor the operations of all foreign operators in Guyanese airspace, and all Guyanese operators doing business overseas, to ensure that national and international standards are maintained.

• Conduct investigations into incidents and accidents involving Guyanese registered aircraft, and foreign-registered aircraft in Guyanese airspace.

• Carry out audits of maintenance organisations and issue/renew approvals there for.

• Conduct initial inspection, registration, and airworthiness certification, as well as continued surveillance and annual re-inspection and recertification, for all Guyanese registered aircraft.

• Maintain the Guyana Civil Aircraft Register.

• Maintain a database of aircraft accidents and incidents. For more information please visit GCAA website http://www.gcaa-gy.org/home.htm