A microlight pilot has been fined for infringing Red Arrows air display at the Flying Legends Air Show in July 2017, when he flew directly into the display forcing the team to break off at high speed.
Steven Micklewright of Kangs Solicitors, who holds a full Private Pilot’s Licence, comments.
What Is An Airspace Infringement? | Kangs Aviation Law Advisors
An airspace infringement is the unauthorised entry of an aircraft into notified airspace. This includes controlled airspace, prohibited or restricted airspace, active danger areas, aerodrome traffic zones, radio mandatory zones or transponder mandatory zones.
Breaching the Air Navigation Order is a criminal offence.
The Hearing | Kangs Aviation Law Solicitors
Appearing at Luton Magistrates’ Court, the pilot pleaded guilty to infringing the temporary restricted airspace and was fined £1,250 costs plus £500 was also awarded to the Civil Aviation Authority.
Principal Airspace Regulator at the CAA Rob Gratton said:
“restricted airspace, in this case, was established for the safety of the public, the aircraft and the crews. This was an example of poor planning and execution of a flight by a pilot whose actions were resolved by the Red Arrow pilots who, at the time, were operating under high workload, carrying out high speed formation manoeuvres. We will continue to work with the wider aviation industry to reduce the number of airspace infringements that occur throughout the UK”.
How Can We Help? | Kangs General Aviation Law Solicitors
As a qualified solicitor and holder of a full EASA Private Pilot’s Licence, Steven Micklewright enjoys a unique insight into the complex Air Navigation Order and Rules of the Air.
Steven knows first-hand the pressures experienced by GA pilots when flying and his dual pilot/lawyer qualification puts him in the best position to represent pilots facing Prosecution by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Steven is able to represent GA pilots from the start of the investigation process all the way through to the Prosecution and ultimately, any appearances required in the Criminal Courts.
Who Can I Contact For Help? | Kangs Solicitors
If you are a GA pilot who faces an investigation or prosecution by the CAA, then please feel free to contact Steven Micklewright who will be happy to provide you with some initial advice and assistance.