CAA publishes prosecutions data for 2011 /12

2012-08-29 — / — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published its log of prosecutions for the year 2011/12, including details of the offences prosecuted, pleas and penalties imposed by the courts.

In total during the year, the CAA undertook 16 prosecutions, resulting in fines totally in £20,050. The most common types of offences were airspace infringements and flying without the correct licences or documentation.

Matt Lee, CAA Head of Enforcement, said: “Taking those who have committed aviation-related offences to court is not something that we do lightly, but, particularly in cases that affect public safety and consumer interest, it is essential that those who break the law are aware that prosecution is a possibility. By bringing prosecutions we hope to ensure that they do not offend again, and also to encourage others to operate legally.”

The largest fine imposed on a single defendant was £4,500 for a series of offences where a pilot undertook public transport flights without the appropriate licences or Air Operator’s Certificate.15 of the prosecutions led to fines and one offence resulted in a community sentence banning the pilot from being part of an aircraft crew for a year.

The log can be found on the CAA website here: CAA Prosecutions 2012

Previous year’s prosecution logs can be found here: Prosecutions

For more information, please contact the CAA Press Office, on, or 020 7453 6030. You can follow the CAA on Twitter at @UK_CAA.

Notes to editors
1. The CAA is the UK’s specialist aviation regulator. Its regulatory activities range from making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards to preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency.