QUIZ: UK aviation history: 1972-2022!

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This month the UK's Civil Aviation Authority celebrates its 50th anniversary. To mark the milestone, we've a special quiz to test your knowledge of events which shaped the organisation from the past five decades. Good luck! 

Question 1 of 10

1. The UK CAA was formed as part of which new law? 

Commercial Aviation Act 1971
Civil Aviation Act 1971
Aviation Authority Improvement Act 1972
Civil Aviation Act 1972

Question 2 of 10

2. Before the CAA, who was responsible for the regulation of aviation in the UK?


The UK Aviation Board of Industry
The British Aviation Registration Board
The Air Safety Branch and Board of Industrial Relations
The Air Registration Board and the Board of Trade

Question 3 of 10

3. The catastrophic collapse of which company in 1974 led to improved consumer protection for package holidays?

Laker Airways
Clarksons Holidays
Fiesta Tours
Stamford Holiday Tours

Question 4 of 10

4. In what year did the CAA award Concorde its Certificate of Airworthiness?



Question 5 of 10

5. In 1982 the CAA certified a pair of civil airliners - what were they?


Boeing 757 and Airbus A310
Airbus A300 and BAe 146
Airbus A310 and Boeing 767
Boeing 757 and 767

Question 6 of 10

6. The CAA played a key role in the aftermath of 1985's British Airtours tragedy. At which airport did the accident take place?


East Midlands

Question 7 of 10

7. By 1997, how many aircraft were on the CAA's register?



Question 8 of 10

8. The 2010 'ash cloud crisis' was caused by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. What is its name?


Question 9 of 10

9. When Thomas Cook collapsed the CAA launched the largest repatriation in peacetime history. What year did this happen?



Question 10 of 10

10. In 2021, the CAA took on new regulatory powers to oversee what?


Cryptocurrency payments
The space industry
Hyperloop travel
The Channel Tunnel

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Oh dear, back to the history books for you! 

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Not the best performance, but we've definitely seen worse. Better luck next time!

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A fair effort, but definitely room for improvement...

You got correct!

A great result! You certainly know your UK aviation history! Well done.