The missions of the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DAC) in New Caledonia fall under both the State and New Caledonia.
The DAC also intervenes for the provinces as a local subcontractor service.
In addition to its seven metropolitan departments, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has six overseas departments:
- French Polynesia
- West Indies / Guyana
- Réunion / Mayotte and scattered islands
- St. Pierre and Miquelon
- New Caledonia
- Wallis and futuna.
The Directorate of Civil Aviation in New Caledonia is organized around four main missions which are:
- the provision of air navigation services , which ensures the safety and regularity of air traffic: air traffic control service, permanent and temporary aeronautical information service, search and rescue alert service, maintenance and evolution technical installations, study and design of airspace and air navigation procedures, safety and quality management as part of its services.
- control and surveillance of safety and security civil aviation which ensures the respect of the rules by the whole of the actors of the aeronautics: supervision of the activities of air transport (commercial aviation, general and light aviation, organizations of formation etc.), issuance and follow-up of the certificate of airlines based in New Caledonia and random technical control of foreign and French companies, certification of airports, surveillance of aerodrome operators, monitoring of air navigation service providers, management of examinations and aeronautical titles, coordination of first inquiries on incidents and accidents, technical examination of traffic rights applications, certification of runways and technical equipment,oversight of the organizations responsible for the rescue and firefighting services of aircraft and animal hazard prevention, management of security issues and aerodrome policing.
- engineering which adapts the infrastructures to the needs and the evolution of the aeronautical links: project management, operation of operations or services of studies for the aeronautical platforms in New Caledonia on behalf of the State, the New Caledonia and provinces, airport planning, management of aeronautical easements.
In addition, in New Caledonia the DAC conducts infrastructure or building operations on behalf of the various ministries of the State and follows development contracts.
- the regulation of the aeronautical activity which contributes to define the strategy and to apply the policy of the air transport in New Caledonia: control of the delegations of airport management, application of the tariffs of the royalties and taxes regulation airport, economic control of the companies based in New -Caledonia, issuance of air transport licenses, implementation of international air agreements, approval of operating programs and company tariffs, authorization of charter flights, analysis of traffic statistics, economic and legal regulation and environment, regulation and implementation of the minimum service for air service.
The DAC is also responsible for airport management at Koné and Lifou aerodromes.