BMAA can now issue Microlight pilot licences
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.”