Alerts: Air traffic control

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.

The Regulation UK (EU) 2017/373 and 2015/340 SRG 1430 change notification form has been amended and Issue 5 is now published on the CAA web site

The SRG 1430 form and its attach guidance notes are amended to: Reference UK regulations. Allow Interoperability documents related to a notified change to be provided post notification when any impact is determined. Allow more flexibility on the development of cyber risk assessments at the time of change notification and provide e mail address for […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Alerts

After considering feedback, from today (20 September) any SkyWise alerts for temporary restricted airspace will only be sent to the category ‘Airspace alerts’. Any restrictions including the use of drones will also be sent to the category ‘drones’. To continue receiving these alerts, please ensure that you are subscribed to the ‘Airspace Alerts’ and/or ‘Drones’ […]

Safety Events

GAsCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement on Monday 20 September at 19:00. An hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. A perfect refresher to prepare for when COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted. Register now for free: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar Join Matt Lane, recent […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 19 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire on 17,18 and 19 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/245

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 89

GA FEEDBACK 89 includes a number of topics that will have relevance to the GA community as we return to flying over the summer period.  Having suffered from an extended period of not flying due to COVID-19 restrictions, the key messages are to take care to follow procedures and check lists properly, beware task-fixation and […]

CHIRP Drone/UAS FEEDBACK Edition 2

Drone/UAS FEEDBACK – Edition 2. As many of you will know, CHIRP is developing a confidential reporting programme for Human Factors “HF” and Just Culture occurrences arising from the operation of Drones, UAS or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The aim is for what are, in some cases, relatively new members to the world of […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 139

Air Transport FEEDBACK 139 includes comments on themes from recent reports to CHIRP, many of which have focused on company/workforce relations, culture and trust.  Also mentioned is the need to make sure that recent publications that have been issued when many people and/or departments have been furloughed are properly understood and incorporated in return to […]

Infringement narrative: Manchester Low Level Route procedures

The Manchester Low-level Route (LLR) procedures in the UK AIP at EGCC AD 2.22.7 are being revised effective with AIRAC 9/2021 on 9 September 2021 so the Northwest LAIT has updated narrative number 2 to help pilots understand the changes and requirements of the LLR use. SW2021/235

(UK) ATM/ANS IR New AMC & GM

The CAA has published ORS9 CAA Decisions to promulgate new and revised AMC and GM to Annex Annex I ‘Definitions’ and Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to the (UK) ATM/ANS IR. The new AMC and GM relate to ATS.OR.305 ‘Responsibilities of air traffic control service providers with regard to the problematic use of psychoactive substances by air […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 5 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/226

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 3 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a helicopter flight between Balmoral and Edinburgh on 3 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/225

Policy for the approval of remote aerodrome air traffic services V4.0

Version 4.0 of the policy for the approval of remote air traffic services expands on previous policy to include the evolution of the concept into Multiple mode of operation and provision of remote aerodrome ATS from multiple aerodromes both sequentially and simultaneously.  It also includes technical updates in Appendix B and ATC training requirements in […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, 5 – 17 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for tethered unlit balloons exercise at Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 5 September to 17 September 2021. Full details in AIS Briefing Note at www.nats.aero/ais and associated NOTAM.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/223

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth Air Festival, 1 – 5 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Show between 1 and 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M073/2021 at  www.nats.aero/ais  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2021/220

Infringement hot-spot: Edinburgh

The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Edinburgh Airport. It includes details on how using the Frequency Monitoring Code can be of great benefit to pilots and controllers as well as other tips to avoid infringements. Read more airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ SW2021/219

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Creamfields Music Festival, Cheshire, 26-30 August – DRONE ONLY

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Creamfields Music Festival, Daresbury, Cheshire between 26 and 30 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in an AIS Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions only apply to the operation of drones. SW2021/211

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK.

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK. The process involves coordinated activity between the CAA and the DfT and will be used in the development of aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material. Information about […]

Planning resources and infringement avoidance

Pre-flight planning guidance Pre-flight planning in a low-stress environment helps produce a safe strategy for the flight and reduces workload once airborne. Collaborative decision-making with ATC, weather services, and other pilots also helps size things up. The Airspace Infringement Working Group’s guidance, covering key aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning, is available on the […]

Airspace Classification Review – Cotswold Report 2021

As part of the Airspace Classification Review procedure, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has published a report that provides a factual overview of the intelligence we have gathered to date on the Cotswold Region and are now inviting those stakeholders familiar with this region to provide feedback on our initial findings through an online survey […]

NATS AIS Internet Briefing System (IBS)

NATS will replace the AIS IBS with a new system on Thursday, 12th August 2021. The new system provides an improved user interface and enhanced functionality – Full details of changes are available via the NATS news item at www.nats.aero/ais including a new User Manual. Note: Users with existing Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB) accounts will […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Womens Open Golf Championships, Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/192

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 14 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 14 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/190

New infringement occurrence: Stansted CTA-2

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of Stansted Control Area 2 with a comprehensive pilot report, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D Stansted Control Area 2 (CTA-2)

Airspace Infringements: review and actions update

Airspace Infringements: review and actions (CAP1404) has been amended to highlight the CAA’s audit and safety assurance functions of the Infringement Co-ordination Group (ICG), and introduces the option for those provisionally suspended by the CAP1404 process to request a review of that decision. These changes take effect from publication of this amendment to CAP1404 on […]

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021

This SkyWise is to advise that The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) will come into force on 19 August 2021, except for the en-route obstacles provisions which will enter into force on 6 September 2021. For full details see The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) which identifies […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 1 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 1 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/176

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 19 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 19 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/163

Farnborough hot-spot update and avoidance webinar

The Airspace & Safety Initiative has updated the Farnborough hot-spot narrative: Read: Preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Farnborough Controlled Airspace Infringement avoidance Monday 19 July (1900 – 2030 hours) Places available for GASCo’s July webinar on how to avoid an airspace infringement. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinars (gasco.org.uk)

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight – 15 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 15 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/157

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 17 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 17 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/155

The Air Traffic Services

The Air Traffic Services (ATS) licensing application forms have been updated with a host of improvements and to provide greater guidance for applicants. Following a four-week transition period, the latest versions must be used from 09 August 2021; older forms submitted after this date will be rejected. The following forms have been amended and published […]

CAP 1781 – DVOR/DME/NDB Rationalisation

The CAA has published CAP 1781 and CAP 1781b as guidance in support of how airports might mitigate the effect of the removal of conventional navigation aids from December 2022. From this date, NATS plan to commence decommissioning of DVOR, DME and NDB sites. The two CAPs offer the use of RNAV Substitution as one […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 4 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 4 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/149

New infringement narrative: Newcastle CTA

The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative looks at an infringement of the Newcastle Control Area (CTA). It includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal and human factors and threat and error management analysis – as well as links to pre-flight planning resources. Read Infringement of the Class D Newcastle […]

Radio Operators Certificate of Competence update

The Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) certificate has been updated to include the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 and Ofcom requirements. Previously issued ROCC certificates will remain valid and holders do not require re-issue of this certificate unless it has been lost, (for which a fee will be incurred). There will be new procedures coming […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight, 29 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Edinburgh and Stirling on 29 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in Briefing sheet at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/143

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Headcorn Aerodrome, 25,25 and 27 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain Airshow, at Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent on 25,26 and 27 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M034/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/137

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on 20 and 21 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and a Briefing Sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 19 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 19 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/129

Pre-flight planning – What happens when it all goes wrong?

Added guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group covers more aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning: Contingency planning, UK FIS and incorporating Frequency Monitoring Codes. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety

Infringement hot-spot: RAF Halton ATZ

The Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team and RAF Halton and have written a new hot-spot narrative to help prevent infringements of the RAF Halton ATZ. Read more: airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ The Flight Hub Join Rachael Caston (head of the Airprox board) and GA pilots Matt Lane and Ellie Carter for an online panel discussion on Wednesday 16 […]

Infringement narrative: London City CTA

The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace and Safety Initiative covers an infringement of the London City Control Area (CTA) with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, findings and casual factor analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D London City Control Area (CTA) The next GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance webinar will be on Monday […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Midlands Air Festival, 4,5 & 6 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall Warwickshire on 4, 5 and 6 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M020/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/121

Launch of new VHF Low Level Common Frequency trial

Today, 1 June 2021 marks the launch of a 1-year trial of ‘VHF LL Common’ an information service on the VHF Frequency 130.490. The aim is to reduce the risk of Mid-Air Collision between aircraft operating at or below 2000’ Above Ground Level. It is available for use by all aircrew, military and civilian, operating […]

Expired: Manchester Low Level Route procedure changes

Procedures for the use of the Manchester Low Level Route have been amended to reflect changes in VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace. The briefing document at NATS AIS Home Page (listed as EGCC LOW LEVEL ROUTE CHANGES under News at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com and notified by NOTAM) sets out new and […]

Wireless Telegraphy Act licence renewal

An update to CAP670 COM02.19 is introduced to draw a distinction between a delayed renewal of a Wireless Telegraphy Act radio licence and a formal revocation of the licence by Ofcom. SW 2021/115

Movement area surface condition reporting

On 18 February 2021, the CAA issued Supplementary Instructions (SIs) to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493), the FISO Manual (CAP 797) and the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) relating to the implementation of ICAO’s Global Reporting Format methodology for assessing and reporting surface conditions on the aerodrome movement area. Industry feedback on these SIs has […]

Infringement avoidance webinar & Channel Island hot-spot

There will be a GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar on Monday 24th May 2021 at 19:00. Register for this free 90 minute webinar online: Webinar Registration The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of the Channel Islands Control Zone – includes VRP details, standard routes and […]

Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

The VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace change today (20 May 2021). Further detail is contained in AIP ENR 1.2 and ENR 1.4 (published in AIRAC 05/2021) and, for ATS providers, within Supplementary Instructions to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) and the FISO Manual (CAP 797). The change to […]

New pre-flight planning guidance

The second set of guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers route planning and preparation with two views of threat and error management in action – looking at planning not to infringe and weather. Read more https://airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Beccles Aerodrome, 22 and 23 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Beccles Aerodrome on 22nd and 23rd May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2021 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/100  

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 15 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 15th May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/099

New infringement occurrence narrative: London TMA

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area

Planning a flight?

New guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) includes a refresher on the importance of planning, a reminder to check your own fitness to fly, and a detailed piece on how to plan your weather briefing. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety More aspects of successful pre-flight prep and planning will be covered over […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 2 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 2 May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Mid-air collisions and airspace infringements

Some of you may have had trouble with the link we sent out to our most recent GA update which looked at the risks of mid-air collisions. www.caa.co.uk/CAP2150 will take you to this Clued Up special. Follow this link for the full list of Clued Ups. We have just published an updated version of Airspace […]

Expired: Infringement occurrence narrative and avoidance webinar

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and overflight of active winch-launch glider sites and includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and […]

UK Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database

The CAA has published an amended version of its Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database.  The database should be used by ATC service providers in conjunction with the wake turbulence categories in Appendix B to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) to determine the required wake turbulence separation. Version 3 of the database is effective on publication. […]

MATS Part 1 edition 9 withdrawn

The Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) edition 9 has been withdrawn while errors are corrected. A SkyWise alert will be sent out as soon as a revised version of this future edition has been re-issued.

Expired: New fixed-wing infringement occurrence narrative

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative covers a fixed-wing cross country PPL training flight with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace

On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), the CAA has identified and evaluated the impacts of the revised VMC minima on the safe and efficient operation of UK class D airspace.  Our analysis is recorded in CAP 2093 CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace. It represents a […]

Expired: New infringement occurrence narrative

The latest infringement occurrence from the Airspace & Safety Initiative follows a solo helicopter flight with ATC, pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

Expired: Survey for aviation sponsors who engage with CAA Airspace Regulation Operations

As part of our work the CAA provides a number of notifications, permission, restriction and exemption services. We are looking to improve the service we provide to sponsors of applications. If you have engaged with this service, we would really appreciate your input. We have put together a short online survey – it should take […]

CAA 2021/22 Statutory Schemes of Charges

We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2021. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2021. Following the waiving of the proposed charge increase in 2020/21, the CAA […]

New infringement occurrence: Manchester CTA

The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D – Manchester Control Area. The fifth in the series includes perspectives from the Manchester radar controller, the Barton FISO and the pilot. While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue […]

CAP 413 SI: Phraseology for RNP IAPs at aerodromes with AGCS

On 18 Jan 2021 the CAA published CAP 413 SI 2021/01 to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This Sl details changes being made to CAP 413 relating to the introduction of phraseology for Air/Ground Communications Service (AGCS) radio station operators and Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISO) who operate at aerodromes with required navigation performance […]

CAP 797 FISO Manual Edition 4

Edition 4 of the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797) was published on 26 February 2021, effective 26 March 2021. Published for use by FISOs it contains procedures, instructions and information pertaining to both aerodrome and area operations. It may also be of general interest to others associated with civil aviation. In addition […]

Expired: Occurrence update: Infringement of Gatwick Control Area and London Terminal Control Area

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D […]

UK Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database

The CAA has published an amended version of its Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database.  The database should be used by ATC service providers in conjunction with the wake turbulence categories in Appendix B to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) to determine the required wake turbulence separation. Version 2 of the database includes a new tab […]

Expired: Infringement update: Class A airspace occurrence

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To help meet that aim a new infringement occurrence narrative has been added to […]

Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are taking the opportunity to share the latest safety […]

Expired: Infringement update: New occurrence narrative

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have just published the second Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence […]

New aviation reporting portal

The aviation reporting portal relaunched for the UK on 5 January 2021. At this time UK reporters do not need to register for an account to submit MOR reports to the UK CAA and those wishing to use this portal should do so by selecting the ‘report an occurrence without registration’ option. The UK working […]

Expired: Infringement update: New series of narratives launched

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have launched a new series of narratives focusing on […]

UK CAA Examinations update

In line with the recent government announcement of a National lockdown, along with the restrictions in Scotland, the UK CAA senior management team have concluded that all scheduled commercial examinations to be sat will be cancelled from next week until the end of February 2021. Commercial pilot (aeroplane and helicopter) examinations Aircraft Maintenance Engineers examinations […]

European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) – update

Following the UK exit from the European Union, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) will continue to be available for LPV operations, post 01 January 2021 and until further notice. This affects the use of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) at aerodromes with LPV lines of aerodrome operating minima displayed on their RNP Approach […]

UK-EU trade agreement

EU Exit: the UK and EU have reached agreement over future trading relationships, including those involving aviation. We are studying the detail of the agreements relating to air transport and aviation safety and will update relevant pages of the UK-EU transition microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. […]

Cyber Security Alert: SolarWinds Orion

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Department for Transport (DfT) has asked us to make sure the aviation industry is aware of the recent SolarWinds Orion network cyber security breach. The NCSC has published information and guidance on their website. The NCSC advises that even if an organisation does not use this system that […]

Unmanned Aircraft: CAP 2013 – ANO amendment guidance

This document covers the unmanned aircraft related articles within the Air Navigation Order that will remain relevant after the 31 December 2020 amendment.   It provides an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law and supplements the information provided in CAP 722 regarding the new UAS regulation package that becomes applicable […]

Final submission date for transfer applications

Due to the festive period, any paperwork relating to a licence or medical transfer, including the transfer request from the EU NAA, must be received by the CAA no later than 24 December in order to meet the transfer submission deadline. Please note that the recommended submission date for transfers as published by the CAA […]

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1 was published today (26 November 2020) as a future edition, effective 21 January 2021. This is a routine periodic update which includes changes relating to: ICAO PANS ATM Amendment 8 –  partial changes from the use of the term ‘radar’ to ‘ATS Surveillance Systems’ Editorial amendments to circuit procedures […]

Expired: Statutory charges FY21/22: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY21/22 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2021. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposals, in particular from those we regulate. We welcome comments on all aspects of the proposals, including the charges structure […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 86

GA FEEDBACK Edition 86 The latest edition includes a number of articles that remind us of the need to take care near controlled airspace, especially as winter approaches and we face a return to flying next year after an extended period of non-flying. Other topics cover transponder accuracy, passenger flying, and the need to keep […]

Two Supplementary Instructions to MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) now published

Two Supplementary Instructions (SIs) to the Manual of Air Traffic Service (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) have been published: Supplementary Instruction 2020/05 is to permit (subject to local safety assessment) flexibility around the use of the IDENT feature with conspicuityand special purpose SSR codes. Supplementary Instruction 2020/06 is to insert a flexibility provision into the […]

COVID-19 General Exemptions

The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November. Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine […]

CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day commemorations at Cenotaph, Whitehall, Central London on 8 November 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M081/2020 will refer at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

Infringement update: Index and summary

Over the last twelve months Local Airspace Infringement Teams and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) have produced 25 narratives to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK. This final update sets out a simple ‘index’ of the narratives and a summary of the key points that may help pilots avoid infringing […]

Withdrawal of CAP 624 Air Traffic Controller – Performance objectives

We will shortly be withdrawing the CAP 624 series of documents. The elements covering ratings (ADV, ADI, APP, APS, ACS) will be reviewed with the aim to republish at a later date. In the meantime Air Navigation Service Providers and ATC training organisations are advised to retain those references in their training documentation and, if […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

Infringement update: Farnborough CAS

The twenty-fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative’s hot-spot narrative series has been written by the team at Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.   It focusses on the Farnborough Controlled Airspace (CAS) structure to help pilots learn directly from factors identified in the 7 months since […]

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months to 30 June 2020 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

Ending of Certain Licensing and Medical Exemptions During November and December 2020

The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020.  To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students. […]

Expired: Infringement update: Luton Controlled Airspace

The latest hot-spot narrative highlights the risk of airspace infringements around Luton Control Areas (CTA) and Control Zone (CTR). Written by members of the Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) it includes guidance and suggestions to help reduce the risk.