The Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2020/430

2020 No. 430

Civil Aviation

The Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

Made 15th April 2020

Laid before Parliament 17th April 2020

Coming into force 8th May 2020

The Secretary of State makes these Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by section 82(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 19821.

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 and come into force on 8th May 2020.

S-2 Amendment of Regulations

Amendment of Regulations

2.—(1) The Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) Regulations 19952are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 4 (prescribed circumstances), at the end of paragraph (h), insert—



(i) the use of any aeroplane, whether flying on its own or with others, to form text or symbols, visible from the ground, through the release of smoke”.

Kelly Tolhurst

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department for Transport

15th April 2020


(This note is not part of the Regulations)

Section 82(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1982 prohibits aerial advertising and propaganda save in such circumstances as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State. These Regulations extend the prescribed circumstances set out in the Civil Aviation (Aerial Advertising) Regulations 1995 so as to permit the use of any aeroplane for skytyping and skywriting. Both skytyping and skywriting involve the release of smoke in order to create text or symbols in the sky. Skytyping requires a group of aeroplanes flying in formation, whereas skywriting is typically undertaken by a single aeroplane.

A full impact assessment has not been produced for this instrument as no significant impact on the private, voluntary or public sectors is foreseen. An Explanatory Memorandum has been published alongside this instrument at

(1) 1982 c. 16. Section 82 was amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1982 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The expression “prescribed” is defined in section 105(1).

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