More UK private pilots will be able to offer flights for charity following a simplification of the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) requirements. New guidance replaces the Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC W 104/201) on Charity Flights.

A blanket permission will now be available for pilots if they meet certain basic requirements. This removes any need for pilots to have to apply to the CAA to carry out individual flights. The changes place more emphasis on pilots providing a thorough explanation to passengers of the level of safety and risks prior to the flight taking place.

As well as simplifying the requirements, other changes include:

  • Extending the types of aircraft that can be used to include permit aircraft such as hang gliders, paragliders, microlights, gyroplanes and powered parachutes, and
  • Allowing flights to take place from unlicensed airfields.

To use the permission, pilots must ensure that they receive no payment for the flight. All money must be paid by the passenger directly to the registered charity and the charity cannot be the operator of the aircraft.

Pilots should also check that their insurance cover is adequate and ask the passenger to check that their own life and any private health insurance covers the intended flight.

The permission is available at ORS4 No. 1122 and in the guidance on our website.

Today's announcement is in line with 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.

More detail on the CAA's GA activities and the work of the GA Unit are available at www.caa.co.uk/ga.

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For further media information contact the CAA Press Office on 00 44 (0)207 453 6030 or press.office@caa.co.uk.

Notes to Editors

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.