Rules for ‘flying lanwmowers’

WITH regard to the Letter in the Dispatch about flying lawnmowers, aka microlights, which was published on Friday August 3, may I suggest that Joan Sharp contacts the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Most microlights operate with a permit to fly, which is issued by the CAA, subject to the aircraft meeting certain standards.

All microlights must have a vaild noise certificate — requirements are detailed in Air Navigation (Environmental Standards for Non-ESA aircraft) Order 2008.

Applications are made to the CAA and a test will be carried out on any aircraft that is not already known to the CAA.

Once issued it is the owner’s responsibility to apply for a new noise certificate should any modifications be made to the aircraft.

A pilot flying a microlight must be suitably licensed. Microlights are not permitted to operate over a congested area below 1,000 feet.

Away from congested areas, microlights must not operate within 500 feet of any person, vessel, vehicle or structure.

This is a separation distance and therefore can be measured in any direction.

However, the RoA regulations are relaxed for the purposes of take-off and landing in accordance with normal aviation practice.

If microlights are operating at the low levels described in Joan Sharp’s letter, and making a noise nuisance, then it may be that they are operating outside aviation law. Contact details for the CAA can be found on the Internet.

WING MAN,

Hucknall,

(Name and address

supplied).