CAA spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu said that information provided was in response to specific questions from Parliament and reported out of context.
“It is inaccurate to say that only 42% of aircraft in the SA register have Certificates of Airworthiness,” said Gwebu.
According Die Burger, Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters said 12 500 aircraft are listed on the CAA flight register and that 5 300 aircraft have airworthy certificates.
Executive head of the Commercial Aviation Association of SA Leon Dillman, reportedly said the problem lies with the CAA itself, as they do not have the capacity to process airworthiness certificates efficiently.
“NTCA [Non-type certificated aircraft] require an Authority to Fly permit and not a Certificate of Airworthiness. Therefore, the 5 300 certificates have been issued to the TCA [type certificated aircraft] category," said Gwebu.
"The CAA issues the initial and renewal Certificates of Airworthiness as well as the initial Authority to Fly permits, while the Recreation Aviation Administration of South Africa (RAASA), issues all renewal ATF permits on behalf of CAA.
“The statistics in the register are also not static, as new aircraft are registered continuously," she said.
Gwebu also stated that the CAA has no control over airlines that fly
aircraft without the necessary documentation and their approval, adding that
necessary action would be taken against any operator found to be flying