General Aviation

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The General Aviation Unit is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages a dynamic GA sector.

E Conditions

Simple requirements for approving the initial testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK are now available.

Charity Flight Guidance

We have simplified the requirements for operating charity flights. A blanket permission is now available.

Pilot recognition for operational up-skililng and development (PROUD)

We have launched a new initiative to encourage existing licence holders to develop their flying skills and knowledge. We will endorse training programmes offered by GA organisations providing they fit within our agreed framework.

About the PROUD framework

Request for quotation: PPL Theoretical Knowledge

The CAA is inviting tenders for the development of new PPL theoretical knowledge questions. More details on the request for quotation.

Clarifications: we now have released clarifications following enquiries about our request for quotation.


Minimum inspection programme (MIP)

Minimum inspection programme (MIP): Information for UK aircraft owners (pdf)

Alternative training syllabus

An alternative to the existing European Aviation Safety Agency syllabus is now available for training for the PPL (A) and LAPL(A). The new syllabus is more suited to today’s flying environment. We also consulted all the helicopter private pilot training schools in the country and their feedback resulted in a minor change to the PPL(H) syllabus as an alternative.

Transfer of an Annex II General Aviation Aircraft from a Certificate of Airworthiness to a Permit to Fly

The CAA has long recognised there is a lack of type support for some vintage aircraft. This guidance will help owners who can make use of the reduced level of airworthiness assurance associated with the maintenance regimes and the potentially greater accessibility to spare parts for Permit to Fly aircraft.

GA programme presentation from Aeroexpo 2015

60 day updates

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GA Forms


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