5 OCTOBER 2020
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have issued a joint statement in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), outlining the future in terms of safety for air displays.
This follows the crash of a civilian-owned and operated Hawker Hunter near Shoreham on 22 August 2015.
It notes that prior to the pandemic it was one of the most popular outdoor events attracting around five million people annually.
The lengthy document repeats the legal requirement for display flying and emphasises both the flying aspects and the organisational requirements for the management of the event.
For civilian shows, the CAA issues a flying display permission which takes into consideration the risks associated with the event, configuration of the display area, the display lines, spectator area and the aircraft involved.
Similarly, responsibility for adherence to regulations at a military venue lies with the station commander.
In its summary the notice makes clear that safety is the priority and that the regulators will seek to work closely with the regulated community as it gradually recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
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