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: The issue for us is the way in which the CAA operates and the various masters it must serve. We are concerned that if it is to take on more responsibility, it will lose focus on safety. You talk about the Bill’s main aim being the end user. We agree, but we do not see the end user purely in economic terms; we see the end user as an egg that must be carried safely from one place to the other. That is the role of our members,  which is why I pick you up on the view that we are doing this on their behalf. We are doing this very much on behalf of the travelling public, to ensure that we can transfer them safely. If we saw the end user in economic terms, we would lose our focus on the end user as a human being to be carried safely from A to B.