BMAA can now is­sue Mi­cro­light pi­lot li­cences

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The Bri­tish Mi­cro­light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion can now is­sue li­cences to newly qual­i­fied pi­lots un­der an agree­ment reached with the CAA, thus be­com­ing the first or­gan­i­sa­tion to ben­e­fit from such an ar­range­ment.

Hith­erto, the BMAA had helped process li­cens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions on be­half of the CAA but, as the reg­u­la­tor, the Author­ity had to is­sue the phys­i­cal li­cence to the ap­pli­cant. Un­der this new agree­ment the BMAA will han­dle the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion process for an ini­tial Na­tional Private Pi­lot Li­cences (NPPL) with a Mi­cro­light class Rat­ing, in­clud­ing is­su­ing the phys­i­cal li­cence. Ap­pli­ca­tions from an ex­ist­ing NPPL holder will still be part-pro­cessed by the BMAA, with the CAA is­su­ing the li­cence.

Wel­com­ing the move, BMAA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Weighell said: “This agree­ment will greatly ben­e­fit BMAA mem­bers and those en­ter­ing mi­cro­light fly­ing by re­duc­ing the time taken to is­sue ini­tial li­cences. It fur­ther il­lus­trates the con­fi­dence that the CAA has in our or­gan­i­sa­tion to act as a com­pe­tent author­ity within the world of recre­ational fly­ing.”

Rachel Gard­ner-poole, Head of the CAA’S Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Unit, added: “I am re­ally pleased to reach this agree­ment with the BMAA. This is in line with our GA prin­ci­ples of only reg­u­lat­ing where nec­es­sary, dereg­u­lat­ing where we can and del­e­gat­ing where ap­pro­pri­ate.”

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