CAA GA appointment
On 9 January, the CAA announced that Tony Rapson will head up the new General Aviation Unit.
The General Aviation Unit was established by the CAA following the Government’s 'Red Tape Challenge' consultation into how the CAA regulates the GA sector. The CAA claims that the Unit will be dedicated to a more proportionate, effective, regulation that supports and encourages a 'dynamic general aviation sector' for the UK.
Tony Rapson is currently seconded from the CAA to the DfT as the UK’s policy lead for the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES) legislation. Following a 27-year career in the RAF, including tours in the MoD, Air Command HQ and as OC London Air Traffic Control Centre (Mil), he joined the CAA as an airspace policy expert in 2008.
He was instrumental in the development of the Future Airspace Strategy, in the context of the Single European Sky, before moving to the DfT in 2012 to lead negotiations with the EC.
The new General Aviation Unit will be operational by April 2014, but Tony Rapson will return full time to the CAA in January.
Details from the CAA below . .