Big risk in flout­ing civil­ian flight rules

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - D J LEW­ING­TON Mahlon Av­enue South Ruis­lip

AF­TER all the dis­tur­bance we res­i­dents have had to en­dure in South Ruis­lip since RAF Northolt started fly­ing civil­ian planes we have been ig­nored.

Now af­ter fur­ther re­search I have found out that although 90% of planes fly­ing in and out are civil flights but RAF Northolt is not abid­ing by the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity’s safety rules, which seems like an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen.

We still main­tain they are tak­ing off over our houses in­clud­ing a petrol sta­tion on the West End Road at the end of the run­way.

I can re­fer read­ers to the case of R V Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence (2015) EWHC 24 (Ad­min), where it was held that the Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port and the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, not the Sec­re­tary of State for De­fence or the Mil­i­tary Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity, had statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­ity for safety in re­la­tion to the use of an RAF Air­port by civil air­craft.

Based on this de­ci­sion, in re­spect of civil flights RAF Northolt will be obliged to meet the higher stan­dards set out by the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity rather than fol­low­ing some of them only as best prac­tice.

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