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Aviation: Light Aircraft

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the likely loss of revenue from training for the British Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) rating under proposals by the European Aviation Safety Agency for a standardised safety requirement across the European Union; and what impact this is likely to have on the light aircraft industry and the United Kingdom economy as a whole.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

No assessment has been made of any potential loss of revenue from training for the UK instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) rating. The European Aviation Safety Agency has been given the responsibility for establishing a rating which is broadly equivalent to the IMC rating.

If such a rating is established there will be opportunities for existing providers of IMC rating courses to become approved to provide training for the new rating and to develop that business both in the UK and in other member states.

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