MOD and DOT: Aviation Safety Queries


The Celtic League has submitted queries to both the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department of Transport (DOT) seeking information about their funding of the Airprox Board.

The Airprox Board is a body set up to monitor ‘near miss’ (or air proximity) incidents involving both civil and military aircraft. It is an independent organisation but it is co-funded by the DOT and MOD via their respective aviation bodies, the Military Aviation Authority and the Civil Aviation Authority. The Board analyses near misses involving aircraft across the United Kingdom and advises on safety.

Celtic League has been looking at the reports compiled for 2014 with particular emphasis on incidents over Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Irish Sea area.

We thought we would seek clarification from the funding bodies in relation to composition and scrutiny of the work of the Airprox Board.

Letter to the DOT below (as indicated similar query has gone to the MOD):

“Mr Patrick McLoughlin MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road

3rd June 2015

Dear Minister,

I understand that your Department is the ‘parent organisation’ for the Civil Aviation Authority which co-funds the ‘Airprox Board’ together with the Military Aviation Authority.

I appreciate that the ‘Airprox Board’ is body independent of both CAA and the MAA but who exactly oversees its function and is its work subject to independent assessment and how is it (in terms of membership) constituted?

What is the annual amount of funding provided by your Department (via the CAA) for the Boards work?

Does the CAA provide you with an annual or periodic overview or scrutiny of the work of the ‘Airprox Board’?

How does your Department give effect to recommendations/findings of the Board?

I am sending a parallel query to the Ministry of Defence which of course is the ‘parent organisation’ for the MAA.

Trusting you can assist with these queries.

Yours sincerely

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

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Airprox Board

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information
Celtic League


(Please note that replies to correspondence received by the League and posted on CL News are usually scanned hard copies. Obviously every effort is made to ensure the scanning process is accurate but sometimes errors do occur.)


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