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Aviation: Air Shows

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for safety at air shows along the north-west coast of England. [HL3835]

Responsibility for safety at air shows in the UK lies with the organiser. The statutory responsibility for the safety regulation of United Kingdom civil aviation rests with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Article 80 of the Air Navigation Order 2005 requires organisers of flying displays to obtain the permission of the CAA.

The order covers civil and military aircraft participating in flying displays at civilian venues. The order does not cover flying displays at civilian venues where the only participants are military aircraft. Comparable safety standards covering United Kingdom and foreign military aircraft participating in Ministry of Defence and other air displays are contained in military joint service publications.