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flights are designed to allow people to be taken on air experience tours in aircraft.
Provided the following conditions are met, it is not necessary for the pilot to
be an instructor or for the flight to be operated under commercial air
transport rules. The flight must be performed either via a UK approved
training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO) with
place of business in
the UK, or through an organisation created to promote aerial sport or leisure
aviation and based in the UK, on the condition that:
21 and non-Part 21 aircraft may be used; however they must have
either a valid Certificate of Airworthiness, or be a type approved permit to
fly aircraft or a type formally holding a UK Certificate of Airworthiness
(CofA) in respect of which there is a Type Responsibility Agreement (TRA) with
the CAA under BCAR A5-1 which is already allowed to be used for remunerated
training and self-fly hire within the terms of the relevant exemptions.
21 aircraft” means an aircraft which is required to hold a UK Certificate of
Airworthiness or a UK restricted Certificate of Airworthiness by the UK Basic
Regulation (UK Regulation EU 2018/1139) and any implementing rules adopted by
the UK in accordance with that Regulation.
21 aircraft” means an aircraft which holds a UK Certificate of Airworthiness or
a UK Permit to Fly issued in accordance with the ANO.
would expect these flights to last around 30 to 90 minutes, although for
gliders this may vary depending on the weather. In the case of aeroplanes and
helicopters, they must return to the place of departure.
are not designed, and should not be sold, to replace the traditional trial
lesson in which a qualified instructor would typically give a demonstration of
the controls and some flight training exercises with the participant handling
the aircraft. Where the flight is conducted by a pilot who does NOT
hold a valid instructor certificate, control of the aircraft must not be handed
over to the passenger under any circumstances. Flight time as a
passenger on an introductory flight will not count as training towards the
grant of a pilot’s licence.
the customer wishes to handle the controls, a trial lesson must be booked, and
an appropriate instructor must be rostered for the flight.
holders of private licences may conduct introductory flights, they may not
personally receive any payment for doing so.
guidance is available here: CAP
1653: Introductory Flights Guidance
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