The Review will evaluate existing civil guidance on flying displays and special events, and the danger they may pose to the public. To do this the Review will consider the following issues:
Other issues may arise during the course of the Review.
The Review will also consider what lessons can be learnt from any other air display incidents both in the UK and other countries, as well as how other countries authorise air displays. It will also consider any forthcoming European legislation that may impact on this activity. The Review will consider the CAA’s internal procedures for assessing and approving flying displays and participants, the relationship that the CAA has with display organisers, such as the British Air Display Association (BADA) as well as others present at air shows also responsible for public safety, such as the Health and Safety Executive and emergency services.
Emerging information from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) will be considered promptly by the Review which will identify any further actions that it determines to be immediately necessary to protect the public in relation to air displays.
The Review will have an Independent Challenge Panel for the Review. The Panel’s Chair is independent of the CAA and the aviation display community but has knowledge of public safety issues. Membership of the Challenge Panel includes a consumer/public representative as well as representatives from the flying display community and the MAA. The CAA will provide support to the Challenge Panel.
The Panel’s role is to provide constructive challenge to the thinking of the Review. It will advise on the efficacy and applicability of any recommendations that might result from the review for both the general public and the flying display community, as well as provide guidance on the priority of any recommendations. The Panel will ensure that any proposals meet the overarching objective of the project to ensure that all is being done to ensure public air displays in the UK operate to the very highest levels and safety standards and that air shows remain safe.
The Panel is free to comment publicly on the work that has been carried out by the CAA. This may mean communicating with the aviation industry, the media, the CAA and others as appropriate.
The Review will engage fully with the air display community, including organisers and pilots, as well, where feasible those who attend or are in the vicinity of air displays.
The Review is overseen by a Steering Board, chaired by Mark Swan, Group Director Safety and Airspace Regulation Group.
There is a Project Board, chaired by Tony Rapson, Head of the General Aviation Unit (GAU). The Project Board will guide and direct the project to a successful conclusion in terms of timeliness and meeting objectives. Tony Rapson is responsible for reporting direct to the Steering Board.
The work of the Project Board will be informed by Working Groups. The Project Board, with the agreement of the Steering Group, will decide on the number and make-up of the Working Groups as the Review progresses.
Philip Clarke, Manager, Safety Policy, Intelligence, Strategy and Policy Team (ISP), the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group, is the Review Business Manager.
Dan McCafferty is the Review Project Manager.
Challenge to the CAA’s work will be carried out by an Independent Challenge Panel, as detailed above.
Monthly updates will be provided to the CAA Board and to the Department of Transport (DfT). The European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) will also be kept informed of the progress of the Review as it progresses.
Others colleagues, for example, from the CAA’s Legal Team and Communications Team, may be co-opted onto the Steering Board at the request of the Steering Board Chair as the Review dictates.
The Steering Board will be quorate with four members attending, including the Chair or his nominated deputy, and at least one non-SARG member.
Chairs of Working Groups as required
Chairs of Working Groups as required
Others colleagues, for example, from the CAA’s Communications Team, may be co-opted onto the Project Board at the request of the Project Board Chair as the Review dictates.
The Project Board will be quorate with five members attending, including the Chair or his nominated deputy, and at least one non-SARG member.
The Independent Challenge Panel Secretary will be appointed in due course.
The Working Groups, in line with but not limited to the tasks set out in the scope of the review, will be asked to go back to first principles and:
The Steering Board will meet monthly throughout the life of the Review, and the Project Board will be updated weekly and meet as necessary for the same period. Frequency of meetings after publication of the final report will be assessed at the time.
The Independent Challenge Panel will meet three or four times during the course of the Review. It will meet on its own to form its own views on the interim and final reports, and then with the Chairs of the Steering and Project Boards to challenge the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the CAA. The Chair of the Independent Challenge Panel may ask or be invited to address the CAA Board.
The Review will be fully resourced by the CAA except where people resources are provided by the MAA and DfT. Reasonable travel costs of non-CAA staff will be covered by the CAA. The CAA will cover the cost of Independent Challenge Panel.
The Review will produce an interim report by the end of October and its final report early in the New Year.
Civil Aviation Authority 9 September 2015
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