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Aviation Security has a specific role in protecting the UK’s Airports, Aircraft, and Cargo entering or leaving the UK. This is a specialist role that requires additional training above that of the standard SIA training courses, however, you will still be requested to complete an SIA Course as a part of your training. The CAA covers all areas of Aviation including the operation of Drones inside UK Airspace.
Airports and Aircraft have specific dangers which are not found elsewhere, these include aircraft propellers, helicopter rotors, and jet engines which can cause death or mutilation to anymore moving within a certain distance of them, therefore everyone working or operating on an airfield must be aware of the areas which require prior approval, either from Air Traffic Control (ATC) or Ground Control.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
The CAA has been responsible for aviation security regulatory activity and compliance monitoring since 1 April 2014, when these functions transferred from the Department for Transport (DfT). This expansion of their role was anticipated in the better regulation for aviation security consultation in 2011, and the relevant legal powers were set out in the Aviation Act 2012. New aviation security vetting responsibilities also formed part of the transfer package. For further information go to the CAA Website – Training
Military Aviation Authority (MAA)
The UK Military works closely with the CAA and also operate independently under the Military Aviation Authority as an organisation within the British Ministry of Defence and is responsible for the regulation of Military Aviation and Air Safety.
Application forms for Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and centre of air safety training (CoAST) sponsored courses can be found at MAA Applications . It must be remembered that slightly different rules apply to the activities and training specifications for Military Aviation – So if you’re a member of the Armed Forces you will complete different training to your civilian counterparts and you may need a conversion course for the civilian equivalent.
Airports, Airfields, and Air Bases
Everyone operating within the confines of an Airfield, Airport or Base must comply with the requirements of both Air Traffic Control and Ground Control and you must not go anywhere on the active runways, Taxiways or Aircraft holding bays without their express permission. Hence the reason for specialist training above and beyond that of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) training programs.
These can be found in a wide variety of locations from Air Rescue, Hospitals to a VIP’s back garden or Hotel, and it is imperative that you understand the requirements for Landing, Take Off and refueling should you be required to secure an area beyond the traditional airfield scenario. Within civil Security, Close Protection Officers are more likely than most to have to arrange suitable facilities for random landings, so getting the right training is a must for those who engage with Helicopters as a part of their job.
In almost all countries the use of Drones is restricted in some way, and individuals working within security must be aware of the legal requirements within the country of operation. Here in the UK, you are required to hold a Drone Licence where they are responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg needs to register as an operator. Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg must take and pass an online education package.
Link to the Aviation Training providers list within the UK
- Aircraft Search
- Cargo – Air Cargo Security Training
- GSAT – General Security Awareness Training
- Ground Security Operative (GSO)
- Ground Security Supervisor (GSS)
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