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Air displays are the second largest outdoor public event
attraction and are enjoyed by thousands of people each year. Following the Shoreham
air show accident in 2015 which resulted in the death of eleven members of the
public, CAA conducted a review of UK civil air display regulation. The review
identified a number of areas where enhancements could be made and recommended a
number of changes. These included the display application processes, the system
of authorising display pilots, and changes to display planning rules. Additionally,
the review recommended the introduction of some new processes and further work
to examine the maintenance of air display aircraft and the impact of human
factors on display safety.
The regulatory changes recommended by the review were
implemented over the course of the 2016 season and refined for 2017 on the
basis of a review of their effectiveness conducted by an external consultancy.
Work on mitigating the human factor influences on flying
displays and the airworthiness of aircraft commonly appearing at displays
continues. The AAIB recommendations subsequent to their investigation into the
tragic accident at Shoreham in 2015 in line with our FACTOR commitments have
now been fully implemented and the DfT also agreed with the CAA governance
model for this sector via a review of air display governance in late 2018.
The necessary inquiries into the Shoreham accident are
ongoing and have the potential to create further need for change.
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