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The Airfield Advisory Team (AAT) are a non-regulatory team who provide advice to Government, licensed and unlicensed airfields, and local planning authorities on matters that are relevant to our functions.

Specifically, the role of the AAT includes:

  • Providing advice to General Aviation (GA) airfields. This builds on and supports airfields’ own responsibility for safety and is separated from the CAA’s role as their safety regulator.
  • Being a point of contact for GA airfields seeking advice from the CAA. Where airfield representatives are unsure, we put them in touch with the relevant teams or individuals within the CAA and ensure that the advice they get is clear and consistent.
  • Engaging with licensed and unlicensed GA airfields, to improve our understanding of their viability, operational and business issues whilst improving their understanding of key Government or CAA issues, such as changing regulatory policy.
  • Advising Government of developing risks and trends which impact the sector and provide a regular update on specific airfields that have been identified as at risk or are facing challenges where the AAT can provide support and advice.
  • Providing advice to local authorities on how proposed changes might impact the wider aviation industry (for example, considering the potential wider impact of the closure of an airfield).
  • Engagement with GA sector groups to enrich and develop a shared understanding of where support could be directed.
  • Leading on bespoke projects and airfield related research which seek to improve the viability of the GA airfield network

Examples of the type of advice the AAT can provide are:

  • Best practice on regulation
  • Safety
  • Air Traffic Services
  • Airspace
  • Operations
  • Where planning matters have an impact on aviation
  • Safeguarding
  • Community and stakeholder engagement

The AAT focus on both licensed and unlicensed airfields and through their work are cognisant of the CAA’s growth duty.

To get in touch, please contact the team aat@caa.co.uk.

 

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