Big risk in flouting civilian flight rules
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.