Alerts: Aerodrome safety

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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. 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 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

Requirements for providing recorded surveillance data by ANSPs to the CAA or AAIB

This Information Notice reminds ANSPs of their obligations for providing recorded surveillance data to the CAA or the AAIB following an accident or incident, and provides advance notification of changes to current CAP 670 policy statements affecting surveillance recording and replay systems. SW2017/96

EASA Safety Information Bulletin 2017-08

EASA has published SIB 2017-08 (Access for Rescue and Fire Fighting Services at Aerodromes) in response to a number of incidents where rescue and fire-fighting services (RFFS) access has been impeded. The intent of this SIB is to raise awareness of aerodrome operators about the need to provide convenient access for RFFS vehicles to areas […]

Edition 72 of CHIRP general aviation FEEDBACK

This edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK covers how a pilot’s seat sliding backwards after take-off very nearly resulted in an accident. Unfortunately, an accident did occur when a pilot was a victim of the condition known as ‘confirmation bias’. It also discusses transponders, how to get the best out of Air Traffic Control and how to get […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-04 – Aerodrome rules

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-04 ‘Regular update of Aerodrome Rules-CS-ADR-DSN- Issue 4’. Read the response on our website SW2017/72

Guidance on future provisions for aeronautical information

This Information Notice is aimed at organisations and personnel who originate, exchange, validate, store or process aeronautical information and data published in the United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This must now meet requirements in EU regulations 73/2010 (ADQIR); 139/2014 (Aerodrome Regulation); and future EU 2017/373 Annex VI (Part AIS) – as set out in […]

NATS VOR replacement programme update

The Isle of Man VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our Information Notice. SW2017/71

Guidance for Part-147 Instructors (CAP 1528) published

Replacing CAA Standards Document 46 V1, CAP 1528 provides guidance for assessing the qualifications, skills, competency and the revalidation of Part-147 Instructors, Knowledge Examiners, Exam Invigilators and Practical Assessors. SW2017/64  

Important information for SkyWise app users

A new version of the SkyWise app is being released this week and will be available to download for Apple and Android devices. Please ensure that you have the option for ‘Automatic Downloads’ turned on in your device’s settings so that you can continue to receive notifications. Guidance for Apple devices Guidance for Android devices […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition No 122 now available

This issue highlights Air Traffic Controller fatigue: how do you help a colleague who you suspect is affected by fatigue? How would you respond to a colleague’s concern about you? It also deals with flight crew fatigue reports being classified as ‘unfit’ and the pressure to report for work. Other reports include cockpit iPad installations […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at a busy A/G airfield where multiple types using multiple runways in poor weather meant that options quickly became limited for one pilot. SW2017/56

Update to CAP 746 – Met Observations

CAP 746 – Requirements for Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes contains procedures and information which describe the provision of meteorological observations to civil aviation in the UK and the related regulatory requirements. This update to CAP 746 incorporates minor editorial amendments and changes for clarification purposes. These changes are detailed in the publication’s revision history. SW2017/39

EASA developements: CAA bulletin 21 January – 22 March 2017

This information bulletin provides highlights of EASA developments and related CAA activities between 21 January and 22 March 2017. SW2017/36

NATS Ground Navigation Aid Rationalisation

Stornoway VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. Work will commence no sooner than 21 March and will last for approximately three months. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, read our Information Notice. SW2017/35

CAA, HSE and HSENI issue revised enforcement Memorandum of Understanding and associated guidance

The CAA, Health and Safety Executive and Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland have revised and issued a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Its purpose is to ensure effective collaborative working between these organisations where their enforcement duties overlap in and around the United Kingdom. The MOU is supported by CAP1484, which provides additional specific […]