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Parliament: Deaf & Hard of Hearing Pilots

Lord Hanningfield (Shadow Minister, Transport; Conservative)

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have received from gliding clubs and individuals regarding the proposed requirement that all aircraft carry Mode-S transponders and radio equipment; and whether they have received any representations regarding the effect of the proposals on deaf and hard-of-hearing pilots.

Lord Bassam of Brighton
(Lords in Waiting, HM Household; Labour)

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) consultation regarding proposals for an incremental expansion of the use of Mode S transponders in the UK concluded on 31 May 2008. The CAA advises that approximately 2,100 replies were received of which a significant proportion originated from private individuals with gliding interests or organisations associated with gliding.

The CAA is assessing the responses and, in due course, will publish a summary of responses and a response to consultees. At this stage in the assessment of responses, the CAA is not able to provide an indication of representations regarding the effects of the proposals on deaf and hard-of-hearing pilots, although none has been identified to date.

However, I have been advised by the CAA that the changes proposed will not have an effect on aircraft flying in uncontrolled airspace below 10,000 feet outside of a mandatory transponder carriage zone, which will include the majority of recreational gliders.

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