The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced an exemption for type approved gyroplanes, to allow their use for self-fly hire including instruction and testing, provided certain conditions are met. In accordance with the Air Navigation Order 2009, if an aircraft is hired for a flight, e.g. from a flying club, then that flight is deemed to be public transport for airworthiness purposes. Previously, Permit to Fly gyroplanes were prohibited from engaging in public transport flights - which prevented them from being hired for private use. Consequently, once gyroplane pilots had obtained their license, there was little provision for them to fly without purchasing their own aircraft.
Under the exemption, type approved gyroplanes can be used for hire, including instruction and testing if the aircraft is owned or operated under arrangements with a flying club and where the owner and the pilot hiring the gyroplane are both club members.
The CAA said the rule change was being introduced following consultation with key stakeholders in the gyroplane community. The exemption takes immediate effect.
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