The UK Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) General Aviation (GA) Unit has continued to follow its remit of regulating only when necessary and deliver on our top-level principles for better GA regulation.
Several strategic projects are being developed including the simplification and rationalisation of licensing and training, the review of pilot medical declarations and the simplification and rationalisation of maintenance procedures. These updates were shared with the General Aviation Partnership stakeholder group and can be reviewed on the GA webpages.
Achievements over the second quarter in 2022 include:
- The year-long trial with the UK GA community on the use of active carbon monoxide (CO) detectors is nearly at an end. The trial focuses on a monthly survey issued to registered members to help us better understand how active carbon monoxide detectors affect UK GA. The data for the second three months of survey has been collated (December 2021 - February 2022). The report for this period is available on our website. Consistent data gathering is critical for the success of the trial, and the CODE project team would like to thank our survey participants for their continued support of this project. For further information on the risk of carbon monoxide, please see Carbon monoxide in General Aviation or contact: email@example.com. The trial will conclude at the end of September.
We have engaged with our GA stakeholders and pilots, either in person or virtually:
- Our ‘Community in Spotlight’ series continues. Following the first engagement with the British Gliding Association, members of the GA management team visited the British Microlight Aircraft Association at their headquarters in Deddington, Oxfordshire at the end of June to talk about current successes and challenges.
GA community resources and materials shared to support the UK GA flying community to operate safely include:
- The latest publication of the new Safety Sense Leaflets. SSL: Strip Flying
- Publishing the first episode in the new GA podcast with interviews and discussions on three areas: Airworthiness and a follow up to Virtual Voyage, an update on the work of the CODE project and recently published Reach for the Sky, historic aviation magazine. Airworthiness – Carbon monoxide – STEM - CAA on General Aviation (captivate.fm). Suggestions for topics or comments on the podcast can be sent to: GApodcast@caa.co.uk
- Publishing the Spring Virtual Voyage GA Summit 2022; Airworthiness. Focused specifically on GA Airworthiness projects and taking a closer look at topics affecting GA.
- Providing a mid-season update of this year’s flying display season which aims to assist all those involved in delivering or participating in display activity, by providing feedback and updates on the season and associated activity thus far. Flying displays and special events | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC), a third-party supplier, is providing support on GA Safety promotions. Activities over this past quarter include:
- An Emergency handling article and workshop with Steve Slater from the Light Aircraft Association.
- A workshop: weather guide to day trip planning with Simon Keeling.
Registration is now open for the next workshop, Arrivals, departures and RT.
Further information and resources for the GA community are available on our website at General aviation | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
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