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UK CAA Supporting General Aviation Sector

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

28 May 2015


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said it is making significant progress towards making the regulation of the UK's general aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based.

Providing an update on those efforts, the CAA said that in the last 60 days it had launched a review of the GA elements in the UK Air Navigation Order covering pilot licensing, operations, and airworthiness rules with a view to deregulating or delegating where possible in order to simplify compliance for GA pilots and organizations; issued the first gyroplane type certificate to the Rotorsport Cavalon Pro type and issued the first certificate of airworthiness to an individual Cavalon Pro gyroplane; and published guidance to enable operators to make the most of the new deregulatory approach and principles outlined in the GA Policy Framework.

It is also to allow paid recurrent flight training or testing in aircraft that have a Permit to Fly and allow training or testing towards the issue of a new rating on all Permit to Fly aircraft, provided the pilot already holds a private pilot license; it has extended introductory flight rules to include type-approved microlights and gyroplanes and extended cost sharing rules to include UK permit aircraft; it has published the first GA annual report and success measures; enabled instructors to revalidate single engine piston and touring motor glider class ratings; and has made repeat applications for air displays easier.

The CAA said the changes support the Authority's new top-level principles for GA regulation to:

  • Only regulate directly when necessary and do so proportionately;
  • Deregulate where it can;
  • Delegate where appropriate;
  • Do not gold-plate, and quickly and efficiently remove gold-plating that already exists; and
  • Help create a vibrant and dynamic GA sector in the UK.

TAGS: compliance | training | aviation | licensing | regulation

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