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Post by SteveSlater » Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:41 pm

The launch of two CAA consultation documents (search online for CAP1823 and CAP1839) propose expanding the types of aircraft allowed to be used for initial paid private pilot training. If the proposals were to be enacted, it would allow certain Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights to be used by flying clubs and flying schools, offering a great opportunity for GA pilot training.

The move follows an amendment to European regulations that came into effect in late 2019, which allows countries to recognise training and experience gained on aircraft with permits to gain EASA or national PPLs. For those training in microlights a national NPPL (M) licence will still be issued.

The two consultation documents aren’t perfect. We for example are continuing to query the inclusion of incomplete statistical data and the precise wording of a proposed mechanism to “implement a mechanism to provide liability protection to the original builder of a PtF home-built aircraft which may be used for ab initio training”. However, this consultation could pave the way for an exciting opportunity for LAA Permit aircraft users.

The initiative would offer an opportunity for flying clubs to widen the scope of aircraft they operate, introducing modern, more fuel-efficient aircraft into the flight training environment. The types involved not only have lower fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, they’re capable of operating on unleaded fuels. They are often also significantly quieter.

It has to be said that others have voiced concerns that their increased utilisation in the unsympathetic hands of a student pilot could compromise airworthiness. We are aware of that and have proposed additional inspection and maintenance criteria that would mitigate these worries. In addition there is good evidence from the microlight sector, where Permit aircraft are already used for training, that these apparent risks are not proven.

Of course it is entirely appropriate for individuals and other organisations to express their opinions, but we hope that as many members as possible will respond positively to this consultation and support the LAA’s vision of the future. By working together, the CAA, BMAA and LAA could benefit the whole of the sport flying community by offering a new, more practical, economical and more environmentally-friendly fleet of GA aircraft to a new generation of flyers.

See: ... tation.pdf ... olight.pdf

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Post by mikeblyth » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:08 pm

Hi Steve HNY
I find all theses consultations very tedious but looked through the
consultation document.
Seems to cover most aspects. So I responded with a yes to most things (I think).
Mike Blyth

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