Examination of Witnesses

Part of Civil Aviation Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:28 pm on 23rd February 2012.

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Jim McAuslan: I have a huge regard for individual members of the CAA. I do not think that any one individual would do anything that would jeopardise air safety, but, taken as a whole, the way in which the CAA is developing as a regulatory body will cause things to be squeezed out.

When you look at the structure of the CAA’s board, there is no one with current commercial pilot experience influencing the way in which the body operates. When we asked our members in our most recent survey last September, 51% believed that the decisions of the CAA were too influenced by the airlines. I think that individuals perform a terrific job and have very high ethics and values, but, culturally, a problem is developing in the CAA because it is trying to serve too many masters. Too many people are perhaps taking safety for granted, rather than saying, “Well, it should continue to be the focus.”