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The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a consultation on proposed changes to CAP482; BCAR – Section S – Small Light Aeroplanes.

BCAR Section S is the main certification code for UK microlight aeroplanes up to 600 kg (650 kg for amphibian or floatplane) and specifies the initial airworthiness requirements as well as acceptable means of compliance.

The proposed changes to CAP482 follow on from the 2021 revision of the UK microlight aeroplane definition that incorporated the new 600kg microlight classification into law. Changes of note include an increase in occupant weight limits, recovery from unintentional spins, flight and ground loads, as well as parachute recovery systems.

We are keen to hear from those involved in the design and construction of small light aeroplanes. Your responses will help ensure we have a robust certification code for small light aeroplanes that is fit for purpose and successfully integrates aeroplanes captured by the revised microlight definition.

The consultation is available here and will be open for six weeks and will close Friday 19 August 11.59pm 2022.

Any enquiries regarding this consultation should be submitted via email to ga@caa.co.uk