|A gyroplane. Photo: Wikipedia
[Avionics Today 10-31-2014] The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced it will withdraw the overflight restrictions from the permit operating limitations of factory-built, type-approved gyroplanes. The move comes after careful consideration of the risks, which the CAA said had left it confident that the appropriate levels of safety could be achieved. Ã¢â¬Â¨Ã¢â¬Â¨
Unlike many aircraft currently operating on permits, gyroplanes have not previously been allowed to overfly congested areas at any height. Effective immediately, that restriction will no longer apply. Pilots must, however, be able to demonstrate they can maneuver their gyroplane clear of a built up area should it suffer a failure preventing continued safe flight, such as an engine failure.