UK Airprox Board


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This page lists UKAB's principal responsibilities and gives an overview of the Airprox Board.

UKAB is responsible for:

Providing impartial, professional and timely assessments to the highest standards on cause and risk for all Airprox reported in UK airspace;


Making Safety Recommendations when appropriate, aimed at reducing the likelihood of a recurrence of any given Airprox event;


Communicating the findings set out in UKAB's formal Reports to the widest possible audience in the UK’s civil and military flying operation centres and air traffic control units;


Delivering presentations on the UKAB and its work to civil and military aviation audiences and influential groups associated with the aviation community; and


Identifying, analysing and alerting the CAA and the MoD to the prime causal factors of Airprox.


The Airprox Board:


Board Members together form a team of practitioners with first-hand civil and military ‘know how’ on Air Traffic Control disciplines; Commercial Air Transport (CAT) and General Aviation (GA) rotary, fixed wing and glider flying and military flying undertaken by the RN, Army, the RAF and UK-based USAF aircraft.


Board Members are selected for acknowledged expertise in their particular field of aviation.  Members are nominated by civil/ military organisations, sitting as experts in their own right and not representing any group or organisation.


Advisors attend Board meetings to provide expert advice on their particular specialisation.  Advisors from areas such as the CAA's Air Traffic Services Investigations team; the MOD's Military ATC Operations and the Directorate of Aviation Regulation & Safety (DARS) attend the Board routinely whilst those from HQ 3rd AF (USAFE) and MOD(DPA) will come as and when their specialist knowledge is required.


A small Secretariat supports the work of the Board.  The three Inspectors in the Secretariat have considerable experience in military and civil flight operational and air traffic control disciplines.


The Director UKAB chairs the Board and leads the Secretariat, thereby providing a managerial link between the two teams.  The current Director learned to fly whilst still at school and has been in aviation throughout his entire career.  He was a pilot, rose to the rank of Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force and in his last appointment was the Director of Defence Aviation Regulation & Safety.