The UK general aviation (GA) sector is about to be released from requirements to carry expensive survival equipment in light aircraft, the Civil Aviation Authority has revealed.

General exemptions from the Air Navigation Order (ANO) for private flight in light aircraft will cover the requirement for aircraft to be fitted with an approved emergency locator transmitters (ELT) and specified lifejackets, life rafts and supplementary oxygen equipment.

The original intention of the ANO change for lifejackets, life raft and supplementary oxygen equipment had been to permit the use of “suitable” user-chosen equipment rather than “approved” kit.

While the carriage of life-rafts and supplemental oxygen will still be required, pilots or owners can choose commercial equipment.

Similarly, the carriage of low-cost personal locator beacons (PLB) will absolve users from the need to fit an expensive aircraft ELT.