New CAA Group Director

Rob Bishton will take on his new role on November 6. (CAA)

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has appointed Rob Bishton as its new group director of safety and airspace regulation from November 6.

Mr Bishton has been at the CAA since 2014, where he is currently head of flight operations and a member of the Safety and Airspace Regulation’s senior leadership team. He has extensive experience in the aviation industry, including time as the former operations director at Fastjet and as a commercial pilot with more than 10,000 flying hours. He is also currently a non-executive director of the UK Flight Safety Committee and a former general aviation helicopter pilot. He intends to start flying light aircraft again.

Mr Bishton will assume accountability for all the CAA’s safety and airspace regulatory functions and will become an executive director, sitting on the CAA board. He will take over from Mark Swan, who is leaving the CAA after 11 years to take up the new role of Head of the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG).

CAA CEO, Richard Moriarty, said: “I am delighted to appoint Rob as group director of safety and airspace regulation. His drive, focus, and experience will be crucial as we tackle some of the big issues in aviation in the coming years. Rob has already made a huge impact on the CAA in his current role, and I look forward to working closely with him as we undertake our most important duty – protecting the travelling public.