The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today launched a consultation on the introduction of Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) Class 5: Experience flight in an ex-military jet aeroplane.
SSAC is a CAA process that allows aircraft owners to offer fare-paying recreational flights in, primarily historic, aircraft that wouldn’t otherwise be possible if they had to meet the full requirements for normal commercial flying.
Anyone that operates these flights must have permission from the CAA and prove they meet all relevant safety, maintenance, and insurance. Operators are regularly inspected and audited by the CAA, and the pilots who operate these flights would need to have a commercial licence. In addition, passengers are given full safety briefings and made aware of the risks involved in flight.
This process has been safely and successfully used for many years. The CAA is now considering expanding it to allow the general public to pay to fly in ex-military jet aeroplanes. CAP1395 has been amended to include this new class of SSAC activity under the existing SSAC policy to allow paid-for recreational flights in ex-military fast jet aeroplanes.
This will enable General Aviation operators of these types of aircraft to provide remunerated flight experiences in line with the already established activity that occurs for ex-military single-engine piston aircraft, ex-military helicopters and ex-military multi-engine piston aircraft.
The consultation is available here and will be open for eight weeks and will close at 11.59pm on Monday 5 September 2022.Consultation on Safety Standards acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) - Civil Aviation Authority - Citizen Space (caa.co.uk)
Any enquiries regarding this consultation should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org