Law Commission consultation on aviation autonomy

Closes 28 Jun 2024

Airworthiness and certification

Consultation Question 1: We seek views on how current airworthiness and certification regulation might need to be adapted or developed in light of highly automated and autonomous aircraft. In particular, should provisions be adopted which allow for:
  1.  the certificaiton of optionally piloted and uncrewed or unoccupied versions of conventional aircraft (hybrid versions); and
  2.  the separate certification of command units?
Consultation Question 2: We welcome views on what changes to the certification system might be necessary to enable higher automation and autonomy in aviation.
Consultation Question 3: We seek views on whether current regulatory tools to support the development of highly automated and autonomous aviation technologies are adequate.