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Cranes & Access

Penny Hydraulics
LLT Advert 2020
Kinshofer
CAP 1096 Trial Reminder

As previously reported, in September last year the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) delayed the implementation of its updated ‘CAP 1096 Guidance to Crane Users on Aviation Lighting and Notification’, a publication which places duties on crane operators to mitigate the risk of collisions with aircraft.

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Originally targeted for 1st October 2020, the new requirements will come into force on 31st May this year, with the CAA using this postponement period to conduct a formal trial of the new notification systems, and to undertake further consultation of CAP 1096 content.

As the postponement was prompted by industry concern over the significant new requirements, wide-scale participation in the trial is essential in providing valuable feedback to the CAA. Should any stakeholders wish to take part in the trial, they should contact the CAA: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Requirements of the New CAP 1096

All crane operations, regardless of location, should be notified in advance to the CAA if at any stage during the planned lift the highest point of the crane or load will exceed 10m above ground level (AGL) or the surrounding structures or trees (if higher). The CAA will then identify parties that may be affected by the crane (if any) and notify them accordingly.

For lifts that exceed 10m AGL or the surrounding structures or trees (if higher) and there is less than five working days for notification, the crane user is required to contact all aerodromes that have perimeters within 18.5 km from the location of the crane, as well as the CAA.

Note: the above requirements cover all types of crane operation and so include the raising of booms when carrying out repairs or thorough examinations. However, this type of activity can be addressed by a periodic, blanket approval for the site in question.