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New airshow safety regulations after Shoreham crash

11 people died after the crash during the Shoreham airshow Credit: ITV Meridian

New tighter safety measures for UK air shows have been announced in response to the Shoreham crash.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has published its final report into safety regulations following the crash in August, which killed 11 people.

The new measures include an increase in the minimum distance between a display and the crowd and an increase in the minimum altitude for ex-military jets to perform aerobatic manoeuvres. There will also be stronger requirements for post-display reports, in order to improve the quality of feedback on safety issues.

Earlier this year the CAA announced enhanced risk assessments and tougher checks on the experience, skill and health of pilots.

To fund the new safety measures, the cost of putting on an airshow will increase. The regulator says it will be "just a few pence per ticket" for some small shows and "less than 20p" for larger ones.

The Keep Air Shows Airborne campaign is calling for the extra costs to be covered by Lottery funding for air shows that raise money for charity. They also want the increase in fees to be postponed until next year.

This year's Shoreham air show has been cancelled out of respect for those affected by last year's disaster.

Investigators in the aftermath of the crash on the A27 Credit: ITV Meridian

New measures:

  • Increase in the minimum distance between a display and the crowd
  • Increase in the minimum altitude for ex-military jets to perform aerobatic manoeuvres
  • Stronger requirements for post-display reports to improve safety feedback

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

– Dame Deirdre Hutton, chair of the CAA

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