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Microlight routine weighing - to be scrapped

The BMAA proposal to scrap the requirement to routinely weigh every microlight every five years is to be accepted by the CAA. Their press release is copied below. As always the BMAA will keep members up to date with the progress of this.

Geoff Weighell

CAA Press Release

The requirement for microlights to be re-weighed every five years is to be removed, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has confirmed. The decision forms part of the CAA’s GA Change Programme and follows a joint proposal from the British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) and the Light Aircraft Association (LAA).

The periodic re-weighing of microlights was introduced in the mid 1990s following mutual agreement with the then Popular Flying Association and the BMAA. The CAA has recently sought confirmation from existing microlight manufacturers that they are meeting the requirement to weigh all microlights at the point of initial production. In now withdrawing the requirement, the CAA will work with the LAA and BMAA to agree the alternative policy for re-weighing microlight aeroplanes, including a solution to the issue of microlights that may currently exceed the maximum empty weight limit.

Today’s announcement is the latest policy change instigated by the CAA’s GA Unit. The Unit is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages a dynamic GA sector. It contributes to the Government’s aspiration for the general aviation sector to enjoy a safety regulation system that imposes the minimum necessary burden and empowers individuals to make responsible decisions to secure acceptable safety outcomes, with a long term goal of making the UK the best country in the world for general aviation.                 

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