CAA Prosecutions

As a Prosecuting Authority in its own right, the CAA can and does enforce what it considers to be appropriate cases through the Courts.

The Civil Aviation Authority is tasked by the Department for Transport to investigate and prosecute breaches of aviation safety rules and some aviation related consumer protection and health and safety requirements.

It is in the public interest that those who comply with aviation rules have confidence that those rules are enforced.

Prosecution is one means by which the CAA ensures that the aviation rules for which it is responsible are properly observed and appropriately enforced.  

The CAA prosecutes both companies and individuals for breaches of the legislation it is tasked with enforcing. Between April 2012 and March 2013 we undertook 17 successful prosecutions, starting 19 actions in total.

Key cases in 12/13 included prosecuting a specialist packing company for shipping dangerous goods in an unsafe manner; prosecuting a flight instructor for falsifying a student’s records and taking action against several companies for breaches of the ATOL regulations.

Prosecutions 1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015

Previous prosecutions:  


  • 2014-2015 - 3 acquittals
    Article 50, ANO 2009 - Flying without a valid licence
    Article 231, ANO 2009 - False entries in log book
    Article 231, ANO 2009 - False entries in log book
  • 2013-2014  - 1 acquittal 
    Rule 40, RAR 2007 - Aircraft landing at aerodrome outside operating hours.

 The CAA is a party to
The Prosecutors Convention

Read the CAA Prosecution Policy