Alerts: Aerodrome safety

Here you can see details of all alerts issued during the last 12 months. Select a category to see the relevant headlines, sorted by date, and click on one to read the full alert. If you are looking for information about an older notification please email content@caa.co.uk including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Revised Human Factors strategy published

Our strategy sets out how we propose to contribute to the development of greater understanding and application of Human Factors (HF) knowledge to support Human Performance (HP) in the operational environment. It builds on previous versions; sets out what we want to achieve; lays out our strategic objectives; and describes the expected benefits and outcomes. […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 76

CHIRP’s latest edition of GA FEEDBACK highlights two themes – supervision in training and fitness to fly. Plus covers the use of the SAFETYCOM frequency, managing portable electronic devices and much more. Read the latest issue here. SW2018/091

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 126

In the latest issue of CHIRP (confidential and independent reporting): – Lack of spares – EFB chargers – Who is in command of the aircraft? – Vicarious liability –  accountability for the actions of others – General aviation pilot training issues SW2018/78

UK Airprox Board newsletter, April

UKAB’s April 2018 summary has been published. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 19 incidents by the Board. SW2018/71

ADQ implementation documents and oversight programme

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS) are working collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the implementation of aeronautical data quality requirements in the United Kingdom by providing regulatory oversight of data chains from origination to publication by Aeronautical Information Services (AIS). NATS AIS will send required formal arrangement templates […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-21 – Remote tower operations

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-21 which relates to the technical and operational requirements for remote tower operations. Read our response to the NPA. Read NPA 2017-21 on the EASA website. The CAA website has details of all our responses to external consultations. SW2018/58

Please review dangerous goods information provided to passengers

For action The improper carriage of dangerous goods by passengers poses a risk to flight safety. Airport operators, air operators and ground handling agents must ensure that information on the types of dangerous goods which passengers are forbidden to transport aboard an aircraft is communicated effectively to them. The CAA has a new notice that […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2018 summary focuses on downwind, with the example of the C152 and C172 which came into conflict at Cumbernauld. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 21 incidents by the Board. SW2018/056

CAA Scheme of Charges 2018/19

The revised CAA Schemes of Charges, effective as from 1 April 2018, are now available. We asked for comments on the charge proposals. We are grateful for the submissions received and have published our response (CAP 1626). SW2018/046

Update: Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

This notification updates the information sent on 12 March 2018 as SW2018/038. The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the […]

Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the latest version of the UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This can […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, February

UKAB’s February 2018 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Compton Abbas where two C42 Ikarus aircraft were both joining for a right-hand circuit on runway 26. SW2018/024

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK, Edition 75

In this latest edition: – letters of agreement – charging portable electronic devices in the cockpit – fuel selectors and fuel filler caps – flight in IMC without a surveillance-based Air Traffic Service (how to minimise the risk) – cowling loss Read all about it here. SW2018/022

Unlicensed site owners asked to update details by 7 March

The CAA and NATS have extended the deadline of a survey to help update the details of unlicensed airfields and aerial sporting activity locations that are made available to airspace users. The details will be updated on the NATS AIS database and be published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and included on CAA VFR […]

Transition of frequency assignments to 8.33 KHZ voice channel spacing

During 2018 most ground stations radios will convert to 8.33 kHz channel spacing. Airspace users must ensure they are correctly equipped and carry an 8.33 kHz capable radio where required. A list of converted ground stations is maintained in an AIP supplement. Pilots are required to check supplement data before they fly and to review […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 125

In this latest issue of CHIRP: – Is there a systemic problem with aviation? Pilots, ATCOs and engineers report pressure to achieve more output with fewer resources. Are Safety Management Systems too reactive? – EASA regulations and potential legal implications of using Commander’s Discretion are reported as well as the effects of an industrial dispute […]

EASA Certification Specifications Version 4

EASA published Version 4 of the Certification Specifications on 11th December 2017. Aerodromes should be aware of the recent publication and assess their compliance with the new and amended certification specifications included in the version. We have included a new CB template on the aerodromes webpage available for download. The template should be forwarded to […]

Consultation on the draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers

We are inviting industry stakeholders to comment on the CAA’s draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers. The consultation runs from 13 December 2017 to 26 January 2018. The CAA will publish the outcome of the consultation on conclusion, and will then publish the policy itself on 26 February 2018. SW2017/223

CHIRP GA Feedback Edition 74

In this latest edition of CHIRP, we cover: – Distractions, changes in routine and checklists – Post maintenance flight tests – Practice Forced Landings away from an airfield – Cessna seat latches, and much more. Read all about it. SW2017/221

UK Airprox Board: 2016 Report

The Report by the UK Airprox Board (Blue Book 32) provides analysis of 2016’s incidents. It includes observations and lessons – incidents are broken down by aviation sector, airspace, risk distributions, incident rates and causal factors – and a short catalogue of 2016 Airprox. http://www.airproxboard.org.uk/Reports-and-analysis/Annual-Airprox-summary-reports/ SW2017/220

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2018/19

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2018/19. For more information, and to submit comments, please view the consultation. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 8 February 2018. SW2017/216

Call recording at Flight Information Service (FIS) aerodromes: Consultation

We are consulting on the proposal to modify the requirement for CAP 670 FISO recording, which would require all Flight Information Service (FIS) units to ensure that two-way radiotelephony recording is implemented. Please see our consultation page for all the details. SW2017/215

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124 has been published. In this edition: Missed RT calls and ‘stepped on’ transmissions: why do they happen and what can be done? High temperatures in the cabin and flight deck and an unserviceable air conditioning pack: press on or delay the flight? Low temperature issues: a passenger concerned about […]

CAA response on NPA 2017-14

The CAA has commented on EASA NPA 2017-14, certification specifications and guidance material for the design of surface-level VFR heliports located at aerodromes that fall under the scope of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (CS-HPT-DSN Issue 1). SW2017/208

CAP 772 update: guidance concerning aerodrome wildlife hazard management

Following collaboration with stakeholders and subject matter experts, we have published updated guidance material concerning wildlife hazard management at aerodromes (CAP 772). The principal changes in this revision address changes to bird/wildlife strike occurrence reporting procedures due to Regulation (EU) 376/2014. Further details concerning the reporting of occurrences can be found at www.caa.co.uk/MOR. Other significant […]

Part 145 overseas OJT approval application

Organisations who wish to apply for UK CAA Part 145 overseas approval of their OJT in support of type rating issue can now do so, via this application form, available on the CAA website. SW2017/197

UK Airprox Board newsletter, July

UKAB’s July 2017 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Biggin Hill where a PA28 conducting a downwind join came into conflict with a C152 ahead. The lesson is that pilots should make early decisions if things start going wrong with their plan, […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 73

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Know your ATCO from your FISO and A/G operator. Airspace infringements; how to avoid them and what to do in the event of infringing. Two examples of well-handled engine failures in the circuit. Transponders and the altitude facility; terminology and tolerances. Plus an unexpected source of FOD, […]

Edition 123 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Are you fit to control/fly? Air Traffic Controllers working night shifts and flight crew feeling pressured to work overtime; Engineering manpower: what are the rules about the resources required?; A pilot shares a human error that resulted in a level bust – an honest report that contains […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, June

UKAB’s June 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents resulting from stretched military ATC units and incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at North Wield where a C152 conducting a very wide downwind track came into conflict with a PA28 joining downwind/base leg. The lesson is that […]

Aerodrome rescue and fire fighting services – provision of extinguishing agents

The purpose of this Information Notice (IN2017/031) is to advise aerodrome operators that the CAA intends to withdraw UK Acceptable Means of Compliance (AltMoC) 4 (see CAP 1168), and change CAP 168 Chapter 8 in order to align the complementary extinguishing agent requirements at UK licensed and certificated aerodromes with the standards and recommended practices […]

Changes to birdstrike reporting procedures

The UK Birdstrike Reporting Portal and birdstrike reporting form SRG 2004 will be withdrawn on 1 August 2017. This follows the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014. Wildlife strikes, including bird strikes, will not be differentiated from other reportable occurrences. For information and advice on the reporting methods available from 1 August, please visit our […]

Classification of runways

An EASA Committee meeting was held on 28-29 June where a positive vote was made to amend regulation (EU) N° 139/2014 covering the definitions of runway approaches. The changes to the definitions resulted from an ICAO expert work group. The work will facilitate the use of PBN and GNSS approaches at aerodromes enhancing safety. The […]

Compliance monitoring – certificated aerodromes

This Information Notice provides advice and guidance to enable aerodrome operators to align their compliance monitoring process with the CAA’s oversight cycle. It includes compliance questions related to the subjects that form the annual CAA Audit. SW2017/101