CAA and in­fringe­ment

Pilot - - SPECIAL FEATURE - Anon

My ex­pe­ri­ence with an in­fringe­ment and the fol­low-up ac­tion from the CAA was pub­lished anony­mously — for ob­vi­ous rea­sons — in Pi­lot’s March is­sue. I had held up my hands and ad­mit­ted that I had done wrong and, as a re­sult of a very poor process, ended up with a more ex­pen­sive but bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the fact that no in­fringe­ment is mi­nor; they all cre­ate rip­ples of which most pi­lots are bliss­fully un­aware. But hav­ing thought the saga was over, around the time the March is­sue ap­peared I had a frosty letter from the CAA ask­ing me when or whether I planned to com­ply with their re­quests. (In­ter­est­ingly no sus­pen­sion of my li­cence but let’s not en­cour­age them!)

The point I make is this: I had com­plied and the re­ports had been filed but not tied to­gether within the CAA. This strikes me as in­ept at best and wor­ry­ing at worst.

I tend not to do busi­ness with com­pa­nies or or­gan­i­sa­tions where I get treated poorly or where I lack con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to deal with me in a pro­fes­sional man­ner. Alas, we have no choice in this mat­ter but I think it worthy of men­tion so that oth­ers are aware ahead of time how our reg­u­la­tor (and sup­posed cham­pion?) is so woe­fully chaotic and ex­pen­sive for us all. In­ter­est­ingly, although the pa­per­work has now been filed (again) I have still not re­ceived any ac­knowl­edge­ment that I am off the hook and once more con­sid­ered a good boy. I would have thought that some­thing by way of ac­knowl­edge­ment of my ef­forts to com­ply might be a good idea, for the record? The CAA an­nounced on 20 May that it may now pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pend a pi­lot’s li­cence, pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an in­fringe­ment in­ci­dent and de­pend­ing on its sever­ity (see ‘Pi­lot Notes’) — Ed

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