Civil Aviation Authority (C.A.A)

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

This body was swt up in 1971, to act from 1 April 1972, as a result of the findings of the Edwards Committee, published in a report called ‘British Air Transport in the Seventies’. the objects of the C.A.A., bringing toghether the responsibilites of various other loosely connected bodies, where prescribed as fourfold; (1) to ensure the sound development of the U.K. civil air transport industry i providing a safe, financially viable and efficient transport service with the maximum benefit to the public both in frequency of services and reasonableness of charges; (2) to provide for competition with the then British Airways Board in both charter and other services on those routes covered by C.A.A.; (3) to encourage the air transport industry to everything possible to aid the national balance of payments; and (4) subject to the above, to ‘further the reasonable interest of users of air transport services’.

The C.A.A. is constitutionally independent of the governement and its staff are not considered civil servants. it maintains the United Kingdom Register of Civil Aircraft, which establishes the nationality of aircraft registered therein. it also maintains the Register of Aircraft Mortages.

Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary, 3rd edt.

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