Bringing new light aircraft between 450-600kg under national regulation ‘opt out’ from EASA regulation

The CAA has published CAP1920 describing the UK approach to bringing new light aircraft between 450-600kg under national regulation ‘opt out’ from EASA regulation.

The ‘opt out’ only applies to initial certification of new national designs. The UK does not currently have any indigenous national sailplane design/production activity.  This ‘opt out’ has no effect on continuing airworthiness or maintenance of any current types.

Through the Technical Committee and the EGU, the BGA has been fully involved in and supportive of this Basic Regulation revision activity both at the European and National levels. There is currently no provision in the UK Air Navigation Order to enable CAA to fulfil the role of certificating authority for sailplanes or to delegate that to another organisation.  Once the UK has exited the EU and EASA, we look forward to revisiting this issue for sailplanes on a national basis.