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Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) is a risk analysis framework that allows operators to offer fare-paying recreational flights in certain aircraft that are unable to meet commercial safety standards.

There are three CAPs associated with this activity:

  • CAP 632: Operation of Permit to Fly Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register.
  • CAP 1395: Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent.
  • CAP 1396: Framework for the evaluation of aviation activities for payment based on Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent.

There are currently four Classes of SSAC activities as outlined below;

  • Class 1: Wing-walking
  • Class 2: Experience flight in an historic (single engine piston) ex-military aircraft
  • Class 3: Experience flight in an historic ex-military helicopter
  • Class 4: Experience flight in an ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplane.

An operator intending to offer SSAC flights must ensure that the risks to both participants, third parties and other airspace users have been considered.

Further guidance for SSAC operations is contained in CAP1395 Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC).

Guidance on the completion of a risk assessment can be found in CAP1396 Framework for the evaluation of aviation activities for payment based on Safety Standards and Consent.

To apply for SSAC Operations, please complete the Form SRG1323 and send to GA@caa.co.uk.

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