The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has released a further special bulletin from its investigations in to the Shoreham Airshow Accident which claimed the lives of 11 members of the public outside the airfield boundary. The full report can be found here.

With in the report are several recommendations made to the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the ways air displays are regulated. They are as follows:

Safety Recommendation 2016-031
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority review and publish guidance that is suitable and sufficient to enable the organisers of flying displays to manage the associated risks, including the conduct of risk assessments.

Safety Recommendation 2016-032
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority specify the safety management and other competencies that the organiser of a flying display must demonstrate before obtaining a Permission under Article 162 of the Air Navigation Order.

Safety Recommendation 2016-033
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority introduces a process to ensure that the organisers of flying displays have conducted suitable and sufficient risk assessments before a Permission to hold such a display is granted under Article 162 of the Air Navigation Order.

Safety Recommendation 2016-034
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority specify the information that the commander of an aircraft intending to articipate in a flying display must provide the organiser, including the sequence of manoeuvres and the ground area over which the pilot intends to perform them, and require that this be done in sufficient time to enable the organiser to conduct and document an effective risk assessment.

Safety Recommendation 2016-035
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require operators of Permit to Fly aircraft participating in a flying display to confirm to the organiser of that flying display that the intended sequence of manoeuvres complies with the conditions placed on their aircraft’s Permit to Fly.

Safety Recommendation 2016-036
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority remove the general exemptions to flight at minimum heights issued for Flying Displays, Air Races and Contests outlined in Official Record Series 4-1124 and specify the boundaries of a flying display within which any Permission applies.

Safety Recommendation 2016-037
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require that displaying aircraft are separated from the public by a sufficient distance to minimise the risk of injury to the public in the event of an accident to the displaying aircraft.

Safety Recommendation 2016-038
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority specify the minimum distances between secondary crowd areas and displaying aircraft before issuing a Permission under Article 162 of the Air Navigation Order.

Safety Recommendation 2016-039
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require the organisers of flying displays to designate a volume of airspace for aerobatics and ensure that there are no non-essential personnel, or occupied structures, vehicles or vessels beneath it.

Safety Recommendation 2016-040
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require Display Authorisation Evaluators to have no conflicts of interest in relation to the candidates they evaluate.

Safety Recommendation 2016-041
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority require a Display Authorisation to be renewed for each class or type of aircraft the holder intends to operate during the validity of that renewal.

Safety Recommendation 2016-042
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority publish a list of occurrences at flying displays, such as ‘stop calls’, that should be reported to it, and seek to have this list included in documentation relevant to Regulation (EU) No 376/2014.

Safety Recommendation 2016-043
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority introduce a process to immediately suspend the Display Authorisation of a pilot whose competence is in doubt, pending investigation of the occurrence and if appropriate re‑evaluation by a Display Authorisation Evaluator who was not involved in its issue or renewal.

Safety Recommendation 2016-044
It is recommended that the Civil Aviation Authority establish and publish target safety indicators for United Kingdom civil display flying.