Proposals to increase options for training aircraft are among many other aspects of progress in GA regulation over the last few months that the CAA have been involved with

Over the last three months, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has continued to make considerable progress in its aim to radically improve the regulation of General Aviation (GA) in the UK.

This work includes:

– Launching two related consultations on proposals to expand the types of aircraft available for initial paid flight training to include permit aeroplanes and microlights.

– Allowing GA operators to take fee paying participants in ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplanes.

– Increasing the use of electronic conspicuity devices on GA aircraft by allowing existing transponders to use the ADS-B out function.

– Reducing the processing time for the issue of Private Pilot licences from 20 days in early 2019 to consistently under 10 days since last May.

– Removing some restrictions for historic and ex-military permit aircraft that prohibited them from overflying settlements

– Consulting their guidance covering flying displays

– Launching an update to their Experimental Conditions guidance which helps UK companies (such as aircraft manufacturers, entrepreneurs or inventors) progress innovation of their prototype aircraft with minimum regulatory burden.

– Providing the first update to the GA Policy Framework which puts in place guidelines to help fulfil statutory duties as they continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation.

-Running workshops across the country for stakeholders including:

+ briefing flying schools on the new private pilot theoretical knowledge online exam system which will launch in the Spring

+ helping GA Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations understand their responsibilities for aircraft and operations as they introduce more proportionate rules for GA as part of the EASA GA Roadmap 2.0

– Launching the approval system for training organisations to offer courses for the Commercial Pilot Licence and Flying Instructor Certificates for Gyroplanes

– Sywell aerodrome gained approval for a GNSS approach procedure in December 2019

– Launching a consultation to highlight areas of airspace in classes A to E that could have its status changed to Improve access

– Running a joint post-display symposium with the Military Aviation Authority for the air display community which saw the highest number of attendees ever.

– Consulting on an update to the parachuting rules, regulations and guidance around operations and displays.

This work is in addition to the GA Unit’s day-to-day activities which included over 600 site audits in 2019.

Throughout this work they have sought to deliver on top-level principles for better GA regulation to help create a vibrant and dynamic GA sector in the UK. These principles are:

– Only regulate directly when necessary and do so proportionately

– Deregulate where they can

– Delegate where appropriate

– Do not gold-plate, and quickly and efficiently remove gold-plating that already exists

Rachel Gardner-Poole, Head of the CAA’s GA Unit, said: “The end of 2019 saw us make several significant changes and start consultations on others that should deliver considerable benefits to the UK GA community.

“Through our change programme and linked projects, such as electronic conspicuity, we have some exciting opportunities coming up in 2020 that will continue to benefit GA in the UK.”

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