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Talking point: Airshows – ask the CAA! will be talking to the UK’s Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) in the run-up to this year’s airshow season – only you’ll be asking the questions!


The RAF's Falcons epitomise everything that's spectacular about airshows. Key - Gary Parsons

This is your chance to get that burning question on any aspect of the CAA’s involvement answered – fill in the comments box below and we’ll put it to them when we meet later in the year. Anything goes, but remember the CAA isn’t responsible for absolutely everything – the cost of the burgers especially!

Closing date for questions is June 30 - get thinking!

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Mike Glyde said on the 3-Jan-2010 at 16:04

Will the use of flares from aircraft be reintroduced at airshows, they are routinely used on the continent but not here.

Rod McKenzie said on the 13-Mar-2010 at 17:14

My question is pretty fundamental, ie what, in a nutshell, is the CAA's corporate attitude to airshows? Do they regard them with enthusiasm, indifference, as a necessary (and popular) evil, or active hostility?
If I was to attempt to organise an air display (on whatever scale), would I be met with encouragement, neutrality or outright obstruction?

Mike Smith said on the 14-Mar-2010 at 19:52

Members of the UK warbird fraternity were heard describing the CAA as the "Campaign Against Aviation" last year because of what they believe to be the unreasonable demands made on them by the authority to enable their aircraft to display. I guess this follows on from the question from Rod McKenzie above, but I would like to understand why it is apparently so difficult and costly for warbird owners and operators to get the permits necessary to display and what, if anything, the CAA can/will do to provide an easier and cheaper method to get the aircraft in the air where they belong. Warbird enthusiasts like myself appreciate the provenance and value of the aircraft and understand why so many are displayed on the ground in museums but while it is possible for some to fly surely this is to be encouraged. I'd also be interested to understand why new-build aircraft like the Flugwerke FW190 are apparently unable to fly in the UK when they can in Europe and the USA.

Terry Fryer said on the 31-May-2010 at 20:15

Is there no way that the Red Arrows can be allowed to display at Shoreham?

Joe Malkin said on the 3-Jun-2010 at 22:23

Say I wanted to register an aircraft in the UK, what would I have to do?

mike lynn said on the 15-Jun-2010 at 10:38

Having attended a number of airshows in Europe,which pass off very safely, why is it that the UK seems to over controlled ever aspect of a display? Farnborough being a prime example where you can see more of the flying display from the car park of nearby superstore than at the show itself!

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