The CAA publishes bi-monthly update on its GA activity
The CAA publishes bi-monthly update on its GA activity


The CAA has published its second 60 day update on its continued progress to make regulation of the UK’s general Aviation (GA) sector more proportionate and evidence-based.

In the 60 days prior to March 2nd, 2015 the CAA reports that it has:


• Launched a formal consultation on the proposal to introduce an ICAO Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A) for gyroplanes. This will see type-certified, factory-built gyroplanes qualify for a C of A rather than a Permit to Fly as at present.


• Removed the long-standing requirement for periodic re-weighing of microlights.


• Published guidance to enable operators to make the most of the new deregulatory approach and principles outlined in the GA policy framework.


• Revised the requirement for some private pilots to have completed three take offs and landings in the past 90 days before they can fly with a passenger. This allows private pilots with a UK PPL and UK NPPL to fly as pilot in command with a single passenger (who is also a suitably qualified pilot on the aircraft to be used for the flight) without having completed three take offs and landings in the past 90 days.


• Organised a joint CAA/Government GA Event to take place at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 28th March. Key players in the GA world will be speaking including Grant Shapps MP, Minister Without Portfolio; Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director and; Andrew Haines, CAA Chief Executive.


• Relaxed the need for GA aircraft to carry certain equipment when flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) which means that aircraft flying on IFR private flights do not necessarily need to comply with the equipment levels laid out in schedule 5 of the Air Navigation Order. Instruments such as VOR, DME or ADF are no longer required just because an aircraft is flying IFR in controlled airspace, but must be carried when the route or airfields to be used demand them.


• Consulted UK helicopter schools that conduct private pilot training on what changes they would like to see to the PPL(H) syllabus and provided a consultation response document.


• Identified an improvement for air display repeat applications which will be implemented before the summer season.



All of the changes, say the CAA, support its new top level principles for GA regulation:

• Only regulate directly when necessary and do so proportionately
• Deregulate where we can
• Delegate where appropriate
• Do not gold-plate, and quickly and efficiently remove gold-plating that already exists
• Help create a vibrant and dynamic GA sector in the UK.


Further 60 day updates will be published throughout 2015 on 1st May; 1st July; 1st September; and 2nd November.


More details on the CAA’s GA activities are available at