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CAA increases operational scope of GA Permit aircraft

PUBLISHED: 16:50 12 June 2018

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Extended scope of training and self-fly hire to be allowed in UK National Permit to Fly aircraft

UK National Permit to Fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft can now be used in certain circumstances for remunerated commercial training and self-fly hire, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced.

The move follows extensive consultation with the GA community.

Owners of ‘Permit’ aircraft have always been allowed to undertake training in their own aircraft, as this is defined as non-commercial. Today’s announcement now allows other pilots who do not own UK National Permit to Fly aircraft, to undertake post PPL flight instruction and self-fly hire using aircraft with a Permit to Fly.

Pilots who do not hold a licence cannot take advantage of the new rule to undertake ab-initio training in rented permit aircraft, unless it is ‘Type Approved’.

Clarifying the meaning of ‘Type Approved’, LAA CEO Steve Slater said it “means either a factory-built microlight or a factory-built gyroplane not under an EASA CofA, operated on an Annex 2 permit.

“Tiger Moths or Cubs on an LAA Permit are regarded as a former C of A type. i.e. They passed the relevant handling assessments at some time in the past and still have production-based pilot notes and maintenance schedules potentially available.”

If the pilot already holds a valid licence for the same aircraft category, then remunerated flight instruction and examination is now allowed. Ex-military aircraft that are operated under CAP 632 requirements are also not included under the new rules as they already operate under separate agreements.

The CAA made the announcement ahead of AeroExpo, the largest general aviation event of the year, taking place at Wycombe Air Park form 14-16 June.

Mark Shortman, Policy Manager for the CAA’s General Aviation Unit said, “This is another significant step forward in the delivery of the project portfolio within the GA Change Programme”.

The CAA will have a major presence at this year’s AeroExpo to explain its current activities and recent regulatory developments. Members of the CAA’s General Aviation Unit will be available during the three-day event to answer queries from pilots, students and commercial organisations.

Full details of the new rule for the use of Permit to Fly aircraft for flight instruction and self-hire can be found here

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