It is understood that only straight and level flypasts are permitted, meaning that the Red Arrows will not be able to perform complex displays.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had previously said that a significant majority of show organisers have declined to co-operate with the new guidelines, however, this does not seem to be the case according to new information.
The new regulations include stricter checks on pilots, better training for organisers and a sharp increase in CAA inspection fees. In some cases they will go from £2,695 to over £20,000.
Over half of the air shows scheduled to take place in Britain this year may be cancelled, in most cases permanently some outlets are claiming, after strict new rules introduced in the wake of the Shoreham disaster begin to bite.
The new provisional rules are published in a document on the CAA website which also warns of further changes later in the year.
The information comes from UK Airshows Review:
— UK Airshow Review (@UKAirshowReview) June 14, 2016
Samantha Jones, one of the organisers of Throckmorton Air Show, told the Worcester News:
“Four weeks ago the Civil Aviation Authority proposed astronomical price increases of up to 100% completely out of the blue and unjustified. Does anyone have a spare £10,000? That is what it will take for the Throckmorton Air Show to go ahead if these fees are implemented. If the CAA wants to increase fees then fine, but don’t give us four weeks’ notice with only three months to go ’til our air show.
They could implement these costs for 2017 and allow air shows like us to budget, not just drop these costs out of the blue and expect air shows to pay it. That is a lot of money taken away from our charities and just looks like a Shoreham tax.
Air shows are safe; there has not been a public fatality in the aviation industry since 1952. This air show brings a lot of revenue and tourism to Worcestershire, please don’t take it from us.”
A campaign on Facebook has been started to push back against the more stringent CAA rules.