17 December 2018
The UK government has just published an aviation strategy green paper outlining its long term ambition for aviation success after we leave the EU.
The green paper includes a section on General Aviation as well as covering the aerospace industry and commercial air transport.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who department is behind the green paper, is in Switzerland today to sign a bilateral agreement ensuring continued flights between the two countries.
“The UK aviation sector is the biggest in Europe and will play an even more crucial role as we further develop as an outward looking global nation,” said Mr Grayling.
“Alongside this, the government is today launching the Aviation 2050 consultation – a long-term plan for sustainable growth to ensure the industry’s continued success.”
Aviation Minister Liz Sugg said, “Our aviation sector is world-leading and the Aviation 2050 strategy will promote success in the coming decades.”
The strategy includes reference to a modernised UK airspace to improve efficiency and reduce delays.
This leads on to the GA section where the government is proposing mandatory identification of all aircraft in UK airspace.
This would be achieved by electronic conspicuity devices to allow an aircraft to determine its own position and then broadcast that information to other aircraft in its vicinity, and receiving stations on the ground, providing greater situational awareness.
“Mandating such technology would mitigate the significant risks of mid-air collisions, and increase the ability to regrade airspace to enable greater sharing of airspace,” said the paper.
In addition, the government proposes to introduce civil sanctions for Air Navigation Order offences to give the CAA options other than a warning letter on the one hand and court action or the removal of licenses and permissions on the other.
Also mentioned is VAT relief on pilot training, long called for by the UK’s booming commercial pilot training industry.
“Any VAT exemption for pilot training would need to be implemented alongside a suitable regulatory framework for providers in order to comply with existing VAT rules for education and training.
“It is important to highlight that a VAT exemption for flight training could result in increased input VAT costs for training providers, potentially increasing the overall cost of provision. Careful modelling would be required in order to understand the impact on trainees, providers and airlines.”