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Visibility trials for light aircraft

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is to fund research into making light aircraft and gliders more visible to other pilots.

Through the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI), the CAA has engaged with the British Gliding Association (BGA) and the MoD to explore ways of improving the visibility of light aircraft, especially gliders.

Being constructed of white composite materials, many of these aircraft can be very difficult to spot when airborne. The work will build on previous research carried out by Cranfield University on behalf of the BGA.

The importance of the research was reaffirmed by the AAIB Report into a fatal 2009 midair collision between an RAF Grob 115E Tutor and a Standard Cirrus glider over Oxfordshire. The Report is downloadable from the CAA link below.

Research will involve a joint CAA/MoD trial, with support from the BGA. The CAA will fund the trial, while the RAF will provide motor gliders and crews from RAF Syerston. The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has also been asked to assist.

Results are expected before the end of the year.

Details from the CAA below.

  • 22 September 2011
  • GANG

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