Thu May 17, 2018 12:10 pm
I have emailed my MP, copied Grant Shapps and CAA. I would have copied AOPA as well but they hide behind a contact form (in general, I am an AOPA member and supporter but contact forms are one of many pet peeves):
As a constituent I wish to raise with you a matter of aviation safety. I have copied this email your colleague Grant Shapps in his role as chair of the APPG on General Aviation and to a relevant email address at the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
For more than forty years, UK private pilots have been able to gain a unique live-saving extension to their licences which allows them to be licensed to use skills to enhance the safety of their flying in the capricious maritime climate of the British Isles. Originally called the Instrument Meteorological Rating and now called the Instrument Rating (Restricted), according to a CAA information notice issued in 2016, this rating will no longer be available from April 2019, to the detriment of the safety of UK pilots.
I ask that you raise this matter with the UK CAA.