CAA publishes final Health & Safety report

14 April by Miriam Heale


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today (14 April) published the final report from its Civil Air Display Review, confirming a series of measures aimed improving health and safety at UK civil air displays.

The review comes after the tragic Shoreham Air Show accident in August last year.

Today's report builds on the measures already announced in January and includes measurses such as; 

  •  Enhanced risk assessments for displays.

  •  Strengthening requirements for areas such as training and checks for those overseeing displays and the experience, skill and health of display pilots.

  •  Strengthening post-display reporting requirements to reflect the importance of feedback and safety reporting from air displays.

  •  Increasing the distance between the display line and crowd line for any situations where distances were previously less than those in place for military displays.

  •  Increasing the minimum altitude at which ex-military jet aircraft can undertake aerobatic manoeuvres.

  •  Strengthening the competency requirements for pilots performing aerobatic manoeuvres in civil registered, ex-military jet aircraft.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the CAA, said: “We began this review immediately after the accident at Shoreham last summer with the sole purpose of doing all that we can to make UK civil air shows even safer. It has been an extensive review, looking closely at all aspects of air show safety to identify any areas where the system can be strengthened.

The CAA's Civil Air Display Review has been overseen by a challenge panel, put in place to scrutinise and critique the CAA's work. The panel was chaired by Geoffrey Podger CB, former Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Executive.

The final report of the Civil Air Display Review is available at