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Air Show Stunt Rules Tightened After Shoreham

Sky News logo Sky News 14/04/2016
Shoreham Airshow clear-up operation. © Provided by Sky News Shoreham Airshow clear-up operation.

Air show regulations have been tightened in the final report following the Shoreham disaster.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has increased the minimum altitude at which ex-military jets can perform aerobatic manoeuvres.

The minimum distance between a civil display and the crowd has also been increased.

Another change is greater requirements for post-display reports to improve the quality of feedback on safety.

Eleven people were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in West Sussex in August last year.

Other changes introduced since then have meant enhanced risk assessments and tougher checks on the experience, skill and health of pilots.

The CAA plans to increase its event charges to cover the cost of implementing the safety measures.

Organisers of the Sywell air show in Northamptonshire have cancelled this year's event, blaming "the likelihood of much higher CAA fees".

The Manchester air show is also off due to the timing of the safety review.

Dame Deirdre Hutton, chair of the CAA, said: "While we recognise implementing these changes will require significant work from the air show community, we believe they are essential to enhancing the safety of UK air shows and safety must always be the top priority."

The Shoreham show has been cancelled this year out of respect for the victims of last year's tragedy.


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