BMAA 1 Rest of the World 0
Forget England's Test victory. The
big sporting news of the month is that the BMAA has beaten every other aircraft
organisation around to get CAA Sporting Organisation
The A8-26 approval means that the BMAA meets the new standards
required by the CAA for approving
initial airworthiness and managing the oversight of the continued airworthiness
of microlights and VLA aircraft.
BMAA CEO Geoff Weighell said the confidence
shown in the organisation by the approval was a major shot in the arm for the
The crucial approval document was handed over to Geoff by Tony
Rapson, Head of the CAA General Aviation
Unit, on Tuesday 4 August.
Geoff said: “We are extremely proud to be the first organisation
to be approved to the new standard, which allows us the potential to expand our
areas of activity, particularly in respect to working with the microlight
manufacturing industry to help them reduce the cost of regulatory oversight and
strengthen the viability of British microlight aircraft design and production.”
The standards for the A8-26 approval were developed as a joint
project between the CAA, BMAA and the
“The final requirements are tailored to meet the needs of sporting
organisations without imposing the restrictions and working practices designed
for commercial air transport," said Geoff.
"Developing the requirements in conjunction with the CAA, rather than just
having the CAA impose them on us, is one example of
how the BMAA has been working with the CAA in partnership to
ensure that regulation is proportionate to our activity and risk.”
“The BMAA team of Ben Syson, Rob Mott and David Simpson has been
meticulous in drafting the new company exposition and technical procedures to
demonstrate compliance with the new standards. It has been a lengthy task but
has also proved to be valuable, giving the opportunity to refresh legacy
practices, bring them up to date and, we hope, make them more user and BMAA member-friendly.