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.”