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UK Loosens General Aviation Restrictions

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

26 February 2015


As part of efforts to make the UK's regulation of general aviation more proportionate, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has eased the rules on flights with a passenger for those pilots who have not completed three take-offs and landings in the past 90 days.

Such pilots can now fly as pilot in command with a single passenger, provided that that passenger is a suitably qualified pilot.

To use General Exemption E4000, the person intending to pilot the aircraft must:

  • Be satisfied that the intended passenger is qualified to act as pilot in command on the intended flight (but it is understood that they are a passenger for the purposes of the flight); and
  • Inform the intended passenger that the pilot does not have the recency which, but for the exemption, would be required for the carriage of a passenger.

In addition to this, for a pilot to regain currency, they must be the pilot in command for the flight. Who is fulfilling which role should be made clear prior to the flight.

Provided these criteria are met, the exemption provides automatic approval with no need for any application to the CAA.

The exemption has effect from February 13, 2015 until December 31, 2016, inclusive.

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