The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced further details of its review into air show safety and has confirmed expert members have been appointed to an independent challenge panel to guide the review's work.

The wide-ranging review was immediately launched after the tragic Shoreham Airshow incident on 22 August and will include a robust evaluation of existing guidance, processes and all regulations relating to civil air displays.

The CAA continues to support the Air Accidents Investigation Branch's (AAIB) investigation into the Shoreham incident and will ensure that any findings will be submitted to the CAA review for further consideration.

The CAA's review will also benefit from the advice, guidance and challenge of a panel of independent experts. The panel, which includes experts representing the flying display community, the Military Aviation Authority, local government and the general public and consumers, will provide scrutiny on the findings, conclusions and recommendations, emerging from the Review's work.

Membership of the challenge panel, will include the following confirmed representatives:

  • Geoffrey Podger CB, Chair
  • John Turner, British Air Display Association (BADA)
  • Keith Richards, Chair, CAA Consumer Panel
  • AVM Gary Waterfall CBE, Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and MoD

A further senior level appointment will be made to the panel shortly.

The review will produce an interim report by the end of October and publish its final report in the early New Year.

More information about the review and its membership is available from the CAA website and further information will be made available as this work continues.

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Notes to editors

In addition to launching a review into air show safety, the CAA has alsi introduced temporary restrictions to the use of vintage jet aircraft at UK civil air displays. More information on these restrictions is available from the CAA website.

The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its regulatory activities range from making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards to preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency.