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The pace of change in the aviation industry has “never been greater” and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is investing significant resources to ensure the regulator can keep up, chair of the organisation Sir Stephen Hillier said.

Speaking during the Farnborough International Airshow, the Chief of the Air Staff from 2016 to 2019 said the sector was transitioning on multiple fronts, from the development of uncrewed aircraft to progress on sustainability.

“The pace [of change] has never been greater, that’s based on my 43 years experience of being in the sector,” he said.

“We’re changing character, more unproved systems, more potentially autonomous systems, and in addition to those … is that previously what might have taken the years and years to design and then to bring into service, that timescale is much shorter, and that’s going to require a different response from the regulator.”

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