Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics (
, also known as Aeronáutica Civil,
Aerocivil or UAEAC) is a
government agency of the Colombian Ministry of
It is the agency in charge of regulating
, the aviation
industry, and of managing the Colombian
. Aerocivil is also in charge of
managing and controlling all of Colombia's public
The Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics is a semi
independent agency of the Colombian Ministry of Transport.
headquarters are located on the fourth floor of El Dorado
Aerocivil deals not only with civil
aviation, but with general aviation
as a whole, excluding military
which falls under the Colombian Air Force
branch of the
The agency also operates two agencies of its own, the Corporation
of the Colombian Aeronautic Industry SA (Corporación de la
Industria Aeronáutica Colombiana S.A
, or CIAC) which is in
agency in charge of construction, repair and maintenance of planes
and jets, and the Centre for Aeronautic Studies (Centro de
, or CEA), which creates programs for
training and education in the field of aeronautics.
The mission of Aerocivil is to work towards the organized
development of civil aviation, the aviation industry, and the safe
use of the Colombian airspace, facilitating intermodal
- The regulation of the use of the Colombian airspace and its
airport and aeronautic infrastructure.
- The administration of the use of Colombian airspace by means of
civil aviation, the airport and aeronautic infrastructure, and the
coordination of its relations with that of the military.
- The lending of airport services and support to aviation.
- The exercise of control and observance of operational safety in
the air-space sector.
- Implement the principles of quality and social responsibility;
focusing its management in the continuous improvement of human
talent, the processes and financial viability of the institution,
as a strategy for organizational competitiveness.
The objectives of Aerocivil as a government agency are :
- To foment and regulate the development, coverage, and growth of
civil aviation, and the industry and research of aeronautics, to
guarantee national and international geographical connectivity and
to contribute to the growth of the economy and the Colombian
quality of life.
- To guarantee operational safety by means of planning, design,
implementation, regulation, and control of the development of civil
aviation, guaranteeing the observance of national and international
standards and the improvement of the use and conditions of the
- To guarantee the availability and effectiveness of the
interactions of customers and the community and the review of their
suggestions, needs and requirement.
- To adopt the best practices of management, direction, and
control in the compliance methods to fulfill the requirements set
by Law, and international standards, that allow the satisfaction of
the clients and users, as well as the development and well being of
- To guarantee financial sustainability.
- to foment and optimize the mechanisms of investment,
commercialization, and exploitation based in private participation
and economic sustainability, in the lending of services of public
and commercial airport administration, in accordance with the
national and international standards of civil aviation.
- To determine the policies of development and regulation
pertaining to the aeronautic sector.
- To guarantee the availability of airport infrastructure for the
development of commercial activity.
- To select, adopt and maintain the technology applicable to the
offering of services associated with the Agency.
- To guarantee the effective Administration of Human Talent, the
development of competitiveness and the strengthening of the
processes of formation, training, and investigation.
During the early 1990's the growth of civil aviation and commercial
airlines created the need for their regulation and oversight. In
with the creation of the first Colombian
, the need for regulation led
the government to take the first of such steps. On 31 December
, 1919, President Marco Fidel Suárez
Law 126 of 1919
, which became the first form of
legislation in the country dealing with aviation, making aviation
companies, and everything related to aviation subject to government
On 2 November 1933 during the administration of President Enrique Olaya Herrera
, Decree 1080
was passed. This decree ascribed matters of civil
aviation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce, the next year
however, Decree 1682 of 1934
, expedited by the newly elect
President Alfonso López
, ascribed it to the Ministry of War. The Ministry of
War now controlled all aspects of aviation in the country, military
by the Air Force, and civil by the Department of Civil Aviation
(Departamento de Aviación Civil
As aviation became popular, and new international and national
flight routes were created, the government saw the need to create a
more organized and independent agency to oversee civil aviation.
Was then that Congress
Law 80 of 1938
, which created the Directorate General of
Civil Aeronautics (Dirección General de Aeronáutica
centralizing the management of civil aviation into one agency. The
agency was still part of the Ministry of War, but had gained more
independence in management and finances, and was now in charge of
the operations of aerodromes
, aeronautic radiocommunications,
, and oversight.
On 18 October 1951 a change of name and command was implemented
during the administration of President Laureano Gómez
, who by means of
Decree 1956 of 1951
, created the National Department of
Civil Aeronautics (Departamento Nacional de Aeronáutica
), replacing the name and placing it under the authority
of the Ministry of Public Works.
On June 18
, of 1960
National Government created by Decree 1721 of 1960
Administrative Department of Civil Aeronautics (Departamento
Administrativo de Aeronáutica Civil
, DAAC), which was assigned
specific technical and administrative duties to define aeronautic
policy. In 1992
the DAAC merged with the
National Aeronautic Fund (Fondo Aeronáutico Nacional
broadening its services and responsibilities.
On December 30, 1993 Congress passed Law 105 of 1993
created the Administrative Department of Civil Aeronautics, thus
replacing the Special Administrative Unit of Civil Aeronautics,
being now put under the administration of the Ministry of
Transportation. The agency officially went into operation on
with officials being sworn in again, and 450 employees laid