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.

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

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Great Yarmouth Air on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M029/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restriction may be put in place for jet Formation Display Teams. SW2018/89

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Torbay Air Show, Paignton, Devon, on 1, 2 and 3 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/88

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Patrouille de France (French Air Force Jet Display Team) at Duxford Aerodrome Cambridgeshire on 24 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/87

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Air Festival, Cambridgeshire, on 26 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M018/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/81

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Manchester on 22 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M040/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/80

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival, Alcester, Warwickshire, on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/79

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

Identification requirement for licensing applications

Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC). For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents as of […]

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

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/70

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Isle of Islay on 4 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/68

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Three sets of Restriction of Flying Regulations for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London between 18 April and 21 April 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/60

Display and use of surveillance data from unapproved systems

Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are reminded that the use of any surveillance data to support the provision of an air traffic service with any of the surveillance services described in the MATS Part 1, or for the acquiring of traffic information in an ATC or aerodrome FISO environment will only be permitted following the […]

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

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 […]

Notification of ANSP, TO and ITO changes to the CAA

The CAA is implementing a formal process for the notification of changes to Air Navigational Service Provision and the training of Air Traffic Controllers. The purpose is to ensure continued compliance with the current EU regulations 1035/2011 and 2015/340 and prepare in advance for the forthcoming regulation 2017/373. This process will also affect the way […]

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

NERL resilience condition requirement

The CAA published today notice of a proposal to modify NERL’s licence to require it to produce a resilience plan. Consultation on the proposal closes on 26 March 2018. SW2018/023

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 […]

Consultation: Market Conditions for Terminal Air Navigation Services

The CAA published its draft advice to the Secretary of State, for consultation, on market conditions for terminal air navigation services in the UK. The CAA’s draft advice is that the provision of these services is subject to market conditions. This consultation closes on 12 March 2018. This consultation and other relevant documents for this […]

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 […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cheltenham Festival, 13 – 16 March 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival, between 13 and 16 March 2018. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 006/2018, which can be found on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/15

Voluntary Industry Resilience Group – final report published

The Voluntary Industry Resilience Group (VIRG) was formed to improve the running of the UK’s aviation network, with the aim of: – Enhancing its day-to-day operating resilience. – Reducing delays. – Reducing (where possible) the associated costs to both industry and passengers. Its final report, published in January 2018, proposes a list of recommended actions […]

CAP 493 MATS Part 1 correction to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1

The purpose of this SI 2018/01 is to correct a publication error that resulted in a change to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1 being omitted from the MATS Part 1 at Edition 7. SW2018/011

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 […]

Publication of AIC Y 001/2018 UK Flight Information Services

The ICAO requirements for a Flight Information Service within Class E and G airspace in the UK are met through a suite of air traffic services that are collectively known as the UK Flight Information Services (FIS). These services are provided in accordance with CAP 774: UK Flight Information Services and are detailed within UK AIP […]

Guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024)

We have published finalised guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024). You can read the guidance on our website. SW2018/004

EASA NPA 2017-21 Remote Tower Operations

EASA has recently launched a consultation on NPA 2017-21 Technical and operational requirements for remote tower operations. Stakeholders are asked to respond to this consultation in the manner indicated in the text. This consultation should not be confused with the CAA consultation on the draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers, which should […]

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-10

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2017-10  – Software assurance level requirements for safety assessment of changes to air traffic management / air navigation services functional systems. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/229

ATM Implementing Regulation update

EASA has recently published an ‘Easy Access Rules’ consolidation of Regulation (EU) 2017/373 – the Air Traffic Management Common Requirements Implementing Regulation (ATM IR) – supporting Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material. A link to this material has been added to the CAA’s ATM IR web page, which also features a number of minor […]

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

Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 Edition 7 (CAP 493) published

Edition 7 of the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 has been published, incorporating Supplementary Instructions up to SI 2017/05. Effective 28 December 2017. SW2017/219

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

Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK: Call for evidence

We are calling for evidence regarding the Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK. This is to assist and advise the Secretary of State for Transport on whether market conditions continue to exist, as set out under Article 3 of the European Regulation No 391/2013. See the consultation here. SW2017/214

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 […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – central London, 12 November 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, central London on 12 November 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/209

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 […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wales Rally GB, 27-29 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Rally GB 2017 at various sites in Wales and England between 27 and 29 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M083/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/205

Guidance for NERL in preparing its Business Plan for Reference Period 3: consultation document

We are seeking views on the CAA’s proposed guidance to NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (RP3). For more information, and to submit comments, see consultations.caa.co.uk. All comments must be received before 10 November 2017. SW2017/196

SERA implementation

The UK is currently implementing the final part of the ‘Standardised European Rules of the Air’ (SERA – Regulation (EU) 923/2012), effective 12 October 2017. In addition to amending the key CAPs and the UK AIP, we have updated our consolidation of SERA, the ANO and The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015 ahead of 12 […]

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, […]

Update to CAP 1032 Aerodrome FISO Licensing

This amendment to Edition 2 of CAP 1032 clarifies the requirement for aerodrome FISO licence applicants to have passed the examination and written assessment for the grant of a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence and amends the text relating to exempting qualifications as it applies to the holder of a Royal Air Force or Royal […]

EU 2017/373: Air Traffic Management Implementing Regulation

We have launched a new webpage (www.caa.co.uk/atmir) to help everyone involved in ANS provision understand how EU Regulation 2017/373 will affect them. The regulation and its 13 annexes lay down common requirements for air traffic management (ATM) service providers, and the oversight of ATM/air navigation services (ANS) and network functions. We will update the webpage […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Edinburgh, 28 August – 4 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for events in the vicinity of the Forth Road Crossings, Edinburgh between 28 August and 4 September 2017. Restricted airspace is detailed by NOTAM and in briefing sheet under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ in the ‘News’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/177

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Northamptonshire, 1-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire between 1 and 3 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/176

Issue 2 of SI2017/01 to CAP 797 FISO Manual

Issue 2 of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/01 to CAP 797 Edition 3 was published on 24 August 2017, effective 12 October 2017 and replaces Issue 1 which was notified in SW2017/161 on 17 August 2017. This SI details changes to CAP 797 resulting from the amendment of Reg (EU) No 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of […]

SI2017/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction SI2017/01 details changes made to the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797), relating to the amendment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) by Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1185/2016. SW2017/161

UK ATM Vocabulary – CAP 1430 Edition 2 published

Edition 2 of the UK Air Traffic Management Vocabulary (CAP1430) has now been published. It becomes effective on 12 October 2017 and includes amendments introduced by the second phase of the Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) Part C) which represents the final stage of SERA development. Further information on […]

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, […]

SI 2017/05 to MATS Part 1 published: SERA Part C Phase 2

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/05 incorporates into CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 a number of air traffic service requirements introduced by the second phase of Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) Part C). This represents the final stage of SERA development and follows MATS Part […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Supplementary Instruction to CAP 493 – Surveillance Separation Minima: Unknown Traffic

This Supplementary Instruction to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduces a change to surveillance separation. SW2017/95

Updates on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation

This Information Notice gives further information on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) which amends Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation). SW2017/94

Supplementary Instruction to CAP 493 – incident reporting

Our Supplementary Instruction (SI 2017/03) to CAP 493 updates Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 Section 6, a quick reference guide for Air Traffic Control officers concerning occurrence reporting. SW2017/93

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Swansea, 1-2 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Swansea on 1 and 2 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/86

Restricted airspace (temporary) – West Sussex, 29-30 June, 1 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Goodwood, West Sussex on 29, 30 June and 1 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/85

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Wiltshire, 20 and 21 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on 20 and 21 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/84

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Somerset, 18-26 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Glastonbury Music Festival 2017, Somerset, between 18 and 26 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M022/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/83

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Swansea, 30 June to 2 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales National Air Show in the vicinity of Swansea between 30 June and 2 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/82

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 […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 24 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on 24 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/79

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cosford, Shropshire, 9-11 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for RAF Cosford Airshow between 9 and 11 June 2017. Restricted airspace at Cosford, Shropshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M026/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/78

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, 14-16 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the rehearsals of HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast between 14 and 16 June 2017. Restricted airspace in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/77

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Central London, 17 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Trooping the Colour on 17 June 2017. Restricted airspace in Central London. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/76