Save Special Branch costs.

It is necessary to notify Special Branch when a UK light aircraft wishes to fly to or from the Channel Islands, Northern Island, ROI and the Isle of Man. Special Branch may elect to drive, usually 2 officers, to the UK departure/arrival airfield. This does not have to be done if a light aircraft wishes to fly to Europe eg France.

So if one wants to circumvent this procedure even a Year 1 schoolchild, let alone a terrorist, would find it simple. Just fly to France, land there and then fly unresticted to the Channel Islands et al.

The need to still inform Special Branch and the ensuing costs to the police is, in my opinion, an absolute waste of money. 

Why is this idea important?

It is necessary to notify Special Branch when a UK light aircraft wishes to fly to or from the Channel Islands, Northern Island, ROI and the Isle of Man. Special Branch may elect to drive, usually 2 officers, to the UK departure/arrival airfield. This does not have to be done if a light aircraft wishes to fly to Europe eg France.

So if one wants to circumvent this procedure even a Year 1 schoolchild, let alone a terrorist, would find it simple. Just fly to France, land there and then fly unresticted to the Channel Islands et al.

The need to still inform Special Branch and the ensuing costs to the police is, in my opinion, an absolute waste of money. 

compulsory insurance of aircraft weighing over 500kg against hijack

It is a legal requirement to insure all aircraft over 500kg in weight against hijack and terrorism;  this includes single seat gliders!  Although the risk of hijack of a single seat glider must approximate to zero, the average premium is about £175 per year on top of the usual insurance for airframe and third party.  This is nonsense.  I understand the legislation was supposed to be aircraft over 5000 kg ( five THOUSAND ) not 500kg. but the error will not be rectified.

Why is this idea important?

It is a legal requirement to insure all aircraft over 500kg in weight against hijack and terrorism;  this includes single seat gliders!  Although the risk of hijack of a single seat glider must approximate to zero, the average premium is about £175 per year on top of the usual insurance for airframe and third party.  This is nonsense.  I understand the legislation was supposed to be aircraft over 5000 kg ( five THOUSAND ) not 500kg. but the error will not be rectified.