Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal

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Civil Aviation Authority Nepal (CAAN)
नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण
Agency overview
FormedDecember 31, 1998 (1998-12-31)
Preceding agency
  • Department of Civil Aviation
Jurisdiction   Nepal
HeadquartersBabar Mahal, Kathmandu, Nepal
Annual budgetNRs 45.17 billion (2075/76 B.S.)[1]
Minister responsible
  • Mr. Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation
Agency executive
  • Rajan Pokhrel, Director General of CAAN
Parent agencyMinistry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal


The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN, Nepali: नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण[3], Nepāl Nāgarik Uḍḍayan Prādhikaraṇ), an independent Nepali government body since 1998, is headquartered in Kathmandu.[4]

The CAAN began in 1957 as an agency under what was the Ministry of Work, Communications and Transport. On 31 December 1998, as a result of the Civil Aviation Act of 1996, the CAAN was established as an independent regulatory body. It is the board which issues new pilot licenses, renews licenses and convert the licenses through various tests.[5]

The Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Division investigates aircraft accidents and incidents.[6] However, as of September 2017, the Government of Nepal is trying to establish an independent aircraft accident investigation unit in order to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization's regulations. The committee, which is formed after individual accidents is only temporary and often criticized for a lack of results.[7]

There was a minor scandal in September and October 2017, when the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation transferred the director general of the agency, Sanjiv Gautam, to the ministry itself, which was considered an attempt of sacking him. The Election Commission revoked this move, as it saw a "a breach of the election code of conduct."[8][9]

The agency's annual report lists the following main tasks:[10]

  • Issuance of Airworthiness Certificate and License, Rating and Certificate to aviation personnel
  • Safety Oversight of Aviation Service Provider Organizations
  • Issuance of Technical Regulations like Civil Aviation Requirements, Directives, Manuals, Advisory Circulars etc.
  • Certification of Aerodromes
  • Construction, Operations and Management of aerodromes
  • Provide Air Navigation Services except Aviation Meteorology
  • Advise Government of Nepal on Civil Aviation Matters


  1. ^ "CAAN finally approves budget for the fiscal year 2074/75". Aviation Nepal. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal". (in Nepali). Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  3. ^ "CAAN/नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण". Archived from the original (JPG) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  4. ^ "Contact Us". Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Home". Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal. 2010-09-17. Archived from the original on 2010-05-15. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Organisation Structure". Archived from the original (JPG) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  7. ^ The Kathmandu Post. "Independent aircraft accident probe body to be established". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. ^ República. "Tourism minister steps back from decision to transfer Gautam". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  9. ^ República. "Govt rolls back decision to transfer caan director general". Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  10. ^ CAAN. "Civil Aviation Report 2016" (PDF). CAAN. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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