British Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon appoints new airspace director for Civil Aviation Authority


LONDON – Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon and Defense Secretary John Hutton have appointed Air Commodore Mark Swan as a member of the Board of the Civil
Aviation Authority (CAA). He will take over as Director of Airspace Policy on
March 1, 2009 when the term of office of the present Director, John Arscott,
comes to an end.

Air Commodore Swan is a serving RAF officer with almost 30 years experience
of aviation. A former fast jet pilot, he has served in a range of operational
and staff positions, and is currently Director of Operational Capability at
the Ministry of Defense.

As Director of Airspace Policy, Air Commodore Swan’s key tasks will include
taking decisions on changes to airspace in the UK and leading CAA engagement
on the Single European Sky initiative.

The CAA is responsible for the regulation of civil aviation in the
United Kingdom and is the government’s principal advisor on civil aviation
matters. It has specific responsibility for aviation safety, consumer
protection, airspace policy and the economic regulation of the industry.

The Director of Airspace Policy is a joint appointment with the Secretary
of State for Defence. The Directorate of Airspace Policy is based at CAA House in London. It is responsible for policy and planning for the safe, efficient, and sustainable use of UK airspace and the supporting air navigation infrastructure for the benefit of commercial, military, and general aviation users.