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Tuesday, 12 Apr 2005

CAA announces low-flying-rule revision

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a major revision of the Low Flying Rule (Rule 5). Over the past two years the CAA has made a concerted effort to make the regulations more consistent with international low flying rules and easier to understand.

Two separate rounds of public consultation drew several hundred responses from interested persons and agencies, and these have resulted in the production of a new balanced set of rules.

The CAA has drawn attention to two areas:

* although flight is now permissible to 1,000 feet above the highest fixed object over congested areas, the requirements to glide clear and to alight without danger to persons or property on the surface remain in place. Therefore, for the majority of flights in light aeroplanes and helicopters, there will be no significant change to the way these flights have to be planned and conducted in relation to congested areas; and

* pilots no longer need apply to the CAA for permission to land or take-off at an organised open-air assembly of persons. However, for such flights to be legal they must be conducted in accordance with procedures notified by the CAA, including the requirement for obtaining written permission from the event organiser.

John Hills, Head of the CAA General Aviation Department, said: "I am
delighted the new Low Flying Rule has been introduced. It follows a
successful consultation with interested parties and the resulting improved clarity will enhance safety benefits for both the aviation community and general public.

"Pilots must, nevertheless, be careful not to abuse these new provisions as there is a fine balance between safety and protection of the environment."

For more information, including the procedures for landing and taking-off at open-air assemblies, go to http://www.caa.co.uk/default.aspx?categoryid=224&pagetype=68.
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