Ports Unit - New Legislation

New Legislation and how it affects you

The Terrorism Act 2000 came into force on 19th February 2001. It replaces all previous legislation concerning terrorism.

This new law impacts upon general aviation and the responsibilities of pilots/owners.

The requirement to seek authority to fly to and from the Common Travel Area (Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Eire) from non-designated airfields remains. However the notification period has been reduced from 24 hours to a minimum 12 hours.

It is an offence under the Act to fail to comply with this requirement.

We recommend as a matter of best practice that if you are flying from a non-designated airport to any destination outside mainland U.K., that you submit a flight notification to the Wiltshire Police Ports Unit.

Officers from the unit will make visits to airfields in an effort to meet owners, pilots and operators. If you need advice, further information, or have any suggestions then please let us know. We hope to establish a more effective working relationship with the general aviation fraternity of Wiltshire.

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