The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) provides safety assurance to the public in accordance with its statutory duties.
The CAA also follows the principles of better regulation which means that our interventions should be proportionate and
targeted to achieve the desired safety benefit without imposing undue burdens on stakeholders.
This GA policy framework is designed for use by the CAA General Aviation Unit (GAU) to ensure that we are able to continue to fulfil our statutory duties as we
deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation as we promised in our response to the Government’s
red tape challenge as set out in CAP1188: Let There be Flight: Regulating General Aviation (published in 2014).
A series of questions have been developed to ensure that we minimise the risks to those we are required to protect;
that our regulation is consistent; and that we do not gold-plating European regulations. We are focused primarily on
protecting third parties from risks associated with GA activities, whilst enabling GA participants to manage their own
This policy framework was first proposed and consulted on in CAP1188: Let There be Flight, and then published later in 2014. In 2019, we reviewed this and enacted some minor amendments to reflect current regulations and subsequently published further guidance material.
After working through and answering these questions, using the best available evidence to justify your responses,
you should be able determine whether your preferred approach will deliver a more proportionate approach for the UK’s GA
sector while protecting third parties. Your detailed response will be retained centrally by the GA Unit.
If you answered yes to any of questions 2.1, 2.2, or 2.3, you must assess the level of the risks to these classes of third parties by using the following steps:
If you answered no to 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3, continue directly to 3.2.
Continue now to 3.3.
Continue now to 3.3.
Continue now to 4.1.
Proceed to 5.1
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