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Open Consultations

  • Operation of Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft on the UK register

    The CAA is consulting on Edition 8 of CAP632 Ex-Military Aircraft. While we absolutely appreciate that much of the UK’s aviation community is being severely affected by COVID-19, we do need to prepare for a safe return for aviation and develop future rules and regulations. More

    Closes 12 June 2020

  • Proposed Criteria for Assessing and Accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) 2018 Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the CAA and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys and more capacity for the benefit of those who use and are affected... More

    Closes 26 June 2020

Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We Asked

For comments from industry on our proposals which were outlined in our consultation document.

You Said

This document includes the CAA responses to the main concerns expressed by the respondents to the 2010/21 Charges Consultation: CAA Response Document (CAP1880).

We Did

As a consequence of the severity of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact worldwide, the CAA has decided to delay the implementation of its recently proposed charge increases for three months to assist the UK aviation industry in these difficult times.

The CAA currently intends to review these matters in June 2020.

We Asked

It is vital to update CAP660 Parachuting to ensure that the CAA’s guidance material in this area remains proportionate, unambiguous and congruent with the very latest best practices.

We asked for feedback from the community on proposed amendments to CAP 660 ahead of the 2020 season, and undertook a full public consultation from 23 December 2019 to 17 January 2020. 

You Said

We received a total of 178 unique comments to the draft CAP from 16 respondents. All respondents were from the parachuting community including parachute training or display organisations, associations or individual parachutists. Of all the comments, 110 conveyed some sort of change, of which:

  • 65% were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points; and  
  • the other 35% were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We Did

We accepted 44 (38%) of the all the comments suggesting some sort of change. 

Of the 71 textual comments received, 35% resulted in changes to the text. Most of these comprised rewording content for clarification, and we have tried to take a balanced view on what would be helpful. Of the ones we were not able to accept, most (23) involved changes to CAA standard definitions which involves further work and may be considered in due course; seven suggested changes to text that was deemed satisfactory to the vast majority of respondents, and a few others changed material that was either explained elsewhere, or will be dealt with in another way.

Of the 39 substantive change requests, we implemented 18. These are obviously more difficult to consider as they require a re-think of fundamental policy or decisions already taken after careful assessment. Of these, 17 directly resulted in changes to the text. 

The most notable recurring issue among these were from respondents who are, or were representatives of, military-style round canopy parachutists. We carefully considered all of these and have made the following changes:

  • p.41, table at para 3.130 regarding acceptable surface wind limits: inserted maxima for both student and experienced/display team round parachutists.
  • p.43, table at paragraph 3.149 regarding minimum heights at which parachutists should have their main parachute open: inserted minima for round canopy parachutists (except during displays), and for British Skydiving ‘C’ license holders or equivalent using static line round parachutes during displays.
  • p.49, paragraph 5.18 regarding reserve parachute canopy: introduced a front mounted round reserve parachute requirement for round canopy parachutists. 

In relation to comments we elected not to implement, seven concerned topics that need to be investigated more deeply and so we deferred them to either a separate document or the next edition of this CAP; six comments asked that we expand on material that we thought was covered adequately either in this document or elsewhere; and six suggested changes that would require substantial policy review including, in some cases, amendment to the Air Navigation Order (ANO), both of which are beyond the scope of this consultation. Finally, one covered an area that in our opinion has been adequately addressed, and one comment was not specific enough for us to take action.

We have produced a final version of CAP 660 Edition 5 which has now been published.

We Asked

It is vital that CAP1724 Flying Display Authorisation Standards Document remains up-to-date and relevant, and that the CAA’s guidance material in this area remains proportionate, clear and unambiguous.

We asked for feedback from the regulated community on proposed amendments to CAP 1724 ahead of the 2020 display season. 

We compiled a draft of CAP 1724 Edition 2 and consulted on it from 16 December 2019−12 January 2020. 

You Said

We received a total of 80 unique comments to the draft CAP from 14 respondents. All respondents were from the Flying Display community including Display Pilots, Display Teams, Display Authorisation Evaluators, and Flying Display Directors. 

All the comments conveyed some sort of change. Of these:

  • just under 30% were textual in nature, suggesting revised wording or highlighting minor drafting points. Many of these were comments were duplicated between respondents; and  
  • the remainder were more substantive, calling for some sort of change of the underlying policy. 

We Did

We accepted 31 of the all the comments (39%). 

Of the 23 textual comments received, we accepted 43%. Most of these comprised rewording content for clarification, and we have tried to take a balanced view on what would be helpful. Several respondents requested changes to text that the majority of readers indicated as satisfactory. Some comments suggested clarifying definitions, and where possible we tried to accept these, however some suggestions would have meant revising CAA standard definitions which involves further work and may be considered in due course. 

Of the 57 substantive comments, we implemented 37%. Of these, 7 comments directly resulted in changes to the text, and another 12 were considered to be similar to changes already made. Two other substantive comments received were noted for consideration in either another Edition of this CAP. 

Regarding the comments we elected not to implement, many asked that we expand on material that we thought was covered adequately either in this document or elsewhere; or that we introduce content that we thought was not necessary. We also received some comments suggesting reinstating content that was actively removed from earlier Editions. 

Finally, some suggested changes would require substantial policy review including in some cases amendment to the Air Navigation Order (ANO), both of which are beyond the scope of this consultation.  However, we welcome further inputs to policy and the ANO, as and when these are released for consultation. 

We are have produced a final version of CAP 1724 Edition 2 which was published on 25 Feb 2020.