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Air Shows

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what special regulations are in force relating to flying, especially low flying, in connection with air shows for public entertainment; and if he will make a statement.

The statutory responsibility for the safety regulation of United Kingdom civil aviation rests with the Civil Aviation Authority.I am advised by the authority that the Air Navigation Order 1989, at article 56, requires organisers of exhibitions of flying to obtain the permission of the authority. The order specifies conditions and enables the authority to specify such further conditions as it sees fit. The order covers civil aircraft participating in any displays.Comparable safety standards covering United Kingdom military, visiting military or foreign military aircraft participating in Ministry of Defence and other air displays are contained in joint service publications.