Following the General Aviation Red Tape Challenge, which found that the current regulatory regime is often too prescriptive, impractical and inappropriate, the Government and Civil Aviation Authority have announced plans to transform the way in which the UK’s GA sector is regulated.

“The Government’s GA Red Tape Challenge was both timely and welcome,” said CAA Chief Executive Andrew Haines. “It has given my colleagues and I at the CAA a powerful reminder that we need to inject more pace into how we introduce a more proportionate and risk-based regulatory regime for the UK GA sector and push harder for change across Europe to meet the demand evident from the GA community.

“I have often been told that the CAA has a level of engagement with its stakeholders that is unrivalled amongst other national aviation authorities. That may be the case, but we obviously need to achieve more and be better partners with the GA community. The new GA Unit I am setting up in the CAA is a key part of that new approach. Its focus will be entirely on the GA sector. It will ensure that the regulatory regime for GA sector will take a different path and be less onerous to that applied to the commercial aviation sector.”

The new GA Unit will be set up by April 2014.

The CAA has published its whole response online.

Pilot will be at the launch of the new GA unit this evening and will provide updates via Twitter (#GAUnit)

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