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Consultation: Rules of the air - increased fines for infringements.

Seeks views on increasing the maximum fine level applied to persons contravening the Standardised European Rules of the Air. These changes apply exclusively to the regulations on:

  • communicating with air traffic control
  • flight plans
  • position reporting

The proposal will change the maximum fine from level 4, £2,500, to level 5, unlimited, in England and Wales.

Unlimited fine levels can only be made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).  As LASPO does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland the maximum fines in these areas would increase to £5,000 instead.

The consultation closes on 22 April 2016.

Full details can be found here.

AOPA UK will be responding to this consultation. At a minimum we would not expect fine levels in England and Wales to be any higher than in Scotland. Please can you make your views known to Martin Robinson directly to help in our response.

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