§ Mr. Malone
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the air-miss incidents involving model aircraft flying(a) within and (b) outwith controlled air space which have been reported to the Civil Aviation Authoirity since reporting of such incidents was made mandatory.
§ Mr. Norris
The records of the Civil Aviation Authority's safety data and analysis unit show that between April 1977 and December 1992 there have been 12 reports of air misses between model aircraft and real aircraft. Of these six took place in controlled air space. The other six took place outside controlled air space, but of these three were in aerodrome traffic zones.
In addition, between June 1979 and May 1992, there have been four collisions between full size aircraft and other airborne objects which are believed to have been model aircraft. Also since 1987 there have been three fatal accidents involving model aircraft; in one case a hang glider pilot was killed and the other two each resulted in the death of a person on the ground.