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ELTS/PLBS and Per­mit air­craft, 8.33mhz ra­dio fund­ing, and other news

Fol­low­ing con­cerns from op­er­a­tors of Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion Per­mit home­builts and NON-EASA air­craft, LAA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Officer Steve Slater has con­firmed that there are no CAA plans to man­date the fit­ment of emer­gency lo­ca­tion transpon­ders (ELTS) in LAA Per­mit air­craft, nor for their pi­lots to carry per­sonal lo­ca­tor bea­cons (PLBS) on Uk-only flights.

“The CAA has con­firmed that EASA PART-NCO re­quire­ments only ap­ply to Easa-cer­ti­fied air­craft and their op­er­a­tors,” says Steve, “in­clud­ing a small num­ber of air­craft operating un­der EASA Per­mits to Fly. An­nex II types, out­side of di­rect EASA con­trol, will con­tinue to op­er­ate un­der the terms of the CAA Air Nav­i­ga­tion Or­der. Ef­fec­tively this means no change to our op­er­a­tions from this re­vised EASA reg­u­la­tion, although the CAA is cur­rently work­ing on ANO changes to bring it in line with the new EASA reg­u­la­tions. These changes are due to be an­nounced around Oc­to­ber. The only LAA Per­mit air­craft po­ten­tially af­fected by the new ANO changes would be those op­er­ated as glider tugs, as the main em­pha­sis of the EASA doc­u­ment deals with aerial work. We have sug­gested to the CAA that, as this area is di­rectly linked with sport fly­ing, it be cat­e­gorised as non-transport fly­ing and there­fore out­side Air Op­er­a­tions Reg­u­la­tions.”

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