In the latest move to make the regulation of the UK's General Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced today that two new training syllabus for private helicopter pilot training have been published.

The new theoretical knowledge syllabi is more relevant in today's flight training environment. It better meets the needs of students by including modern learning methods and will give pilots the appropriate skills for today's complex aviation environment.

The new syllabus covers the PPL (H) and LAPL (H) licences. New theoretical knowledge questions to go with the syllabus will be developed and plans to introduce online examinations have started.

All helicopter training organisations that provide LAPL and PPL training were consulted prior to the new syllabus being submitted as a formal Alternative Means of Compliance to the European Aviation Safety Agency.

You can see the new syllabus at www.caa.co.uk/cap1340 for PPL (H) and www.caa.co.uk/cap1341 for LAPL (H).

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.

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