Aircraft: Equipment

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th January 2022.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with aviation leaders on ensuring that pitot tubes and other pressure sensitive instruments are of the highest quality across the sector to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department for Transport remains in close contact with the industry through various means, for example, a regular aviation safety industry forum. This forum allows industry to raise pressing safety matters directly.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in its role as the UK regulator has provided guidance to aircraft operators and maintenance organisations to highlight the potential for pitot tubes to become blocked, particularly as airlines return to service aircraft that have been in storage or limited use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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