UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA

Closed 18 Dec 2020

Opened 6 Nov 2020

Feedback updated 19 Apr 2021

We asked

As well as some demographic data, for research purposes, we asked 10 questions to help the CAA better understand:

  • how we can help the GA community (and its associated businesses and industries) to flourish after leaving EASA, and to identify its specific priorities;
  • how we can engage with and work more efficiently, constructively and collaboratively with the GA communities in delivering our objectives;
  • the priorities of those who are not part of the GA community when considering the future of General Aviation in the UK

You said

Just under 1000 respondents provided us with nearly 15,000 data points. The top priority for change was to simplify and rationalise GA flight crew licensing.

We did

We are very grateful for all responses received and having analysed all data points have put together a GA Change Programme for 21/22 and probably beyond which consists of 46 initiatives ranging from strategic projects to changes to the way that we work.

Full details have been published in our response document: CAP2146 UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA - Consultation Response Document

Overview

The UK is leaving the EASA system in 2021, and the CAA have made a commitment to the Secretary of State for Transport to undertake a “Post-Brexit GA Challenge”. This challenge will be one of the key mechanisms for enabling the CAA to help the GA community overcome the challenges, take advantage of the opportunities and mitigate the impact that leaving EASA poses.  

In addition, the aviation industry has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to have a profound effect across individuals, businesses, associations and the CAA. We understand that GA communities do not have the same levels of resources as the commercial aviation sector, and may feel under threat or have different appetite for change.

Please see our Consultation document - UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA (CAP 1985)

Before we get started on the main survey we want to ask some questions about you. As we stated in CAP1985 one of the aims of this consultation is to improve our out-reach, engagement and collaboration with our external communities. To enable us to do this as efficiently and effectively as possible we are asking these questions to help us gather the demographic data we need.

You are not obliged to answer these questions, however the more information we have the better informed we will be when making decisions about our out-reach, engagement methods and collaboration.

For more information about the categories we are using in the gender related questions on this page, please visit the Stonewall website.

Why we are consulting

This consultation is an opportunity for you to help achieve our ambition of making the UK the best place in the world for general aviation. Successfully delivering our objectives will only be possible if we work collaboratively.

The CAA would therefore like to understand: 

  • how we can help the GA community (and its associated businesses and industries) flourish after leaving EASA, whilst identifying its specific priorities;
  • how we can engage with and work more efficiently, constructively and collaboratively with GA communities in delivering our objectives;
  • the priorities of those who are not part of the GA community when considering the future of General Aviation in the UK

What happens next

Your views will help shape both how we work together efficiently, constructively and collaboratively and will help guide our work on a Post Brexit GA challenge, helping form the priority projects for the 2021 GA Change Programme.

We will provide a consultation response summary document as soon as possible in 2021, and also intend to use your feedback in updating our GA strategy in due course.

Audiences

  • Residents affected by aviation
  • Organisations affected by aviation
  • Community groups
  • General Aviation
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Flightcrew
  • Air traffic control staff
  • Training organisations
  • FISO licence holders
  • Autogyros
  • Balloons

Interests

  • Gyroplanes
  • FISO training, qualification and licensing
  • Airworthiness
  • Light aircraft
  • Flying Displays and Events
  • Microlights
  • Training