Oversight of the continuing airworthiness of UK registered Yak (and Nanchang CJ-6As) aircraft with Permits to Fly has been delegated to the Light Aircraft Association (LAA). The aircraft, have, until now, been regulated directly by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The LAA already has airworthiness oversight of kit-built and vintage aircraft, including other types similar to the Yak.
The move follows cooperation between the LAA and the CAA's General Aviation Unit to ensure there is continuity of relevant technical requirements. The agreement was formalised at this year's LAA Rally taking place at Sywell Aerodrome between 30 August and 1 September.
Around 50 Yaks and Nanchangs of various types on the UK aircraft register with permits are potentially covered. The owners of these aircraft will now be contacted with full details of the change.
Commenting on the announcement, Rachel Gardner-Poole, Head of the CAA's GA Unit, said: “The LAA has the technical knowledge and experience to incorporate Yaks into their existing areas of oversight and we are delighted to be able to once again delegate authority to frontline organisations like the LAA. This is in line with our principles of only regulating where necessary, deregulating where we can and delegating where appropriate.”
The CAA has previously discussed the change with representatives of the Yak/Nanchang community.