Significant progress continues to be made to make regulation of the UK's general Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today.

In the third regular update to confirm its work in the area 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 organisations.
  • 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.
  • Published guidance to enable operators to make the most of the new deregulatory approach and principles outlined in the GA Policy Framework.
  • Submitted a new more appropriate syllabus for the EASA PPL(A) and LAPL(A) to EASA.
  • Allowed paid recurrent flight training or testing in aircraft that have a Permit to Fly and allowed training or testing towards the issue of a new rating on all Permit to Fly aircraft, provided the pilot already holds a private pilot licence
  • Extended introductory flight rules to include type-approved microlights and gyroplanes and extended cost sharing rules to include UK permit aircraft
  • Published the first GA annual report and success measures
  • Enabled instructors to revalidate single engine piston and touring motor glider class ratings.
  • Made repeat applications for air displays easier.

All of the changes support the CAA's new top level principles for GA regulation:

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

Similar 60 day updates will be published throughout 2015 on 1st July; 1st Sep; and 2nd Nov.

More detail on the CAA's  GA activities and the work of the GA Unit are available.

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Notes to Editors

The creation of a dedicated GA Unit within the CAA emerged from the Government's Red Tape Challenge in 2013, which explored ways to reduce the regulatory burden on the general aviation sector. The 25-strong Unit has been assembled from airworthiness, flight operations and licensing specialists from across the CAA. All have significant knowledge and experience of general aviation, with most being active private pilots. The Unit is based in the CAA's Aviation House facility in Gatwick.

The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.