You don't need a licensed airfield but you do need approval from the CAA
Happy to agree if you can point to any document that says that. An RTF does not require any approval from the CAA to carry out training anywhere. And if an RTF wants to train at an unlicensed airfield, all that's required is that the commander of the aircraft satisfies himself that it has adequate facilities. No CAA approval, not even a requirement to send the CAA a copy of any assessment made. NS
NorthSouth, it's in Standards Document 11. Which looks like it's just for Ground Examinations but it is in fact also for a registered training facility. There's no inspection per se and as such no specific approval but you cannot conduct PPL training without it and you wont appear in Standards Document 30.
They can say no and if its a perm one they will start asking about briefing rooms and all that good stuff.
And up North the flight ops inspectors in the main are seen around the GA scene quite a bit and within a month one of them will be through the base to have a look and if they don't like what they see you will be stopped.
Highland flying school started something similar in Stornaway and by all accounts it was very successful within a month they needed to get the old tower building setup as a briefing room etc.
NS - My cryptic response above, was that we would require to start another thread, re maintenance at Oban. The proposals that formed part of the initial Air Service tender, were for, wait for it, a very large construction.
With it came, a very large dollop of even more public money.
That's a coincidence. I was just thinking about that.
I think A&BC are shitting themselves since the accident. Glenforsa is the only unlicenced airfield in their portfolio. They will not have a big enough book of rules on this situation and have discovered they need a "responsible person" who will work for bu**er all to blame.
They were trying to offload Glenforsa last year without success. I think we do need to be concerned. What do we do? Write again to S McT?
I think the airport is only a small and inconvenient part of his remit.
It would appear that the department of Argyll & Bute Council that 'run' the airports are preparing a report that will present some 'options' for the future of Glenforsa to senior councillors. It also appears that there are no plans to consult anyone from Mull or any other stakeholders or airfield users as to what they think should happen to the airfield