Civil Aviation Authority imposes event restrictions

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has placed new restrictions on flying displays following the Shoreham Air Show disaster.

The organisation, which is currently reviewing air shows following the crash that occurred on 22 August, has put in place temporary measures for future air shows.

The CAA took steps to ensure no further flights were made by Hawker Hunter aircraft, with flying displays over land by vintage jet aircraft to be ‘significantly restricted’ until further notice.

Such flights will be limited to flypasts, which means ‘high energy’ aerobatics will not be permitted.

The CAA will conduct additional risk assessments on all forthcoming civil air displays to establish if additional measures should be introduced.

The safety standards that must be met by all major civil air displays in the UK are said to be among the very highest in the world and are regularly reviewed.

All air display arrangements, including the pilots and aircraft, must meet rigorous safety requirements. Individual display pilots are only granted approval following a thorough test of their abilities.

The CAA will continue to assist the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) as it seeks to establish the cause of the accident. The CAA will also act promptly in response to any emerging indications from the AAIB’s investigation.

In light of the news, CarFest (28-30 August) has announced that it will not run an air display, however a flypast by the Gnat Display team – honouring Kevin Whyman who lost his life during a display at CarFest North – is still planned for the event’s Saturday schedule.