I simply have to write about several pieces of recently-imposed aviation legislation.
I own two very simple British Permit aeroplanes, but my Aeronca Champ is on a UK LAA Permit while my Fournier RF4D is on an Laa-administered EASA Permit. Both are maintained by me, and inspected by the same excellent inspector. But now I shall need to have two licences (NPPL & EASA PPL), one to fly each of these simple aeroplanes. Furthermore, in the singleseat Fournier I am obliged to carry a PLB or ELT, whereas I don’t have to in the two-seater.
And now I’m told I must make a separate risk assessment every time I wish to fly aerobatics in my ultra-lightweight (370kg MTOM) Volkswagen-powered Fournier — which I often do three times a day! What if I take off intending merely to fly from A to B, but when I get there I’m invited to perform a display practice? In future shall I first have to land to fill out a risk assessment before doing so?
The sooner the US Experimental Category is adopted in Britain (as it already has been in every other major Englishspeaking country) the better. This allows pilot owners to do their own maintenance and make their own decisions about all aspects of their operation — while naturally accepting full responsibility for their actions - without hindrance from once-removed, risk-averse bureaucrats. Bob Grimstead