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Variation of the Permit to Fly Conditions

The BMAA is in the process of assisting the Civil Aviation Authority to publicise variations to the national Permit to Fly conditions of UK Microlight aircraft. The CAA released two letters (Jan 2012 & Dec 2012) describing the variations back in 2012. The aim of this article is to present all the information in one place.

  1. Microlight aircraft are no longer subject to the prohibition of over flight of the congested area of a city, town or settlement.

Naturally all other rules of the air still apply (i.e. glide clear, 500ft rule, etc. as stated in the Air Navigation Order). The prohibition still applies to aircraft operating on a permit to test (issued by the BMAA) or is under-going modification approval. This change was made as the CAA decided the levels of safety currently achieved by Microlight aircraft are considered to be acceptable.

  1. Conditions of the Permit to Fly Part 3.(ii) intentional stalls from level flight now simply states ‘stalls’ rather than ‘intentional stalls from level flight’.

This was changed solely to ‘stalls’, as the former wording could be interpreted to suggest that any other type of stall was not permitted (i.e. stalls in a turn, or stalls in a descent/gentle climb for example).

Considerations & Documentation

You are permitted to neatly draw a line through the now void restrictions/conditions. Or you can apply for a new Permit to Fly Certificate at a cost of £46 (correct as of – August 2013).

Electronic copies of the original CAA letters can be downloaded here:
We have been and will continue to send out copies with permit renewals (both electronically and via post). If for some reason you did not receive them with your permit renewal, please feel free to get in touch.
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