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.

Update to SRG1411D – Notification of Completion of an ATCO Unit Endorsement Assessment

We have updated form SRG1411D for the notification of completion of an air traffic controller (ATCO) unit endorsement assessment. ATCOs are reminded of the importance of using the latest versions of all SRG forms and to complete all relevant parts in full, to avoid delays and enable the CAA to maintain accurate licence records. The […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cranwell, 16 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 16 July 2018. Details by NOTAM only at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Due to late addition, this does not appear in the Mauve AIC list. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/143

Update to website: EU exit

We have updated our website with information about our preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU. Read more on our EU exit page. SW2018/135

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Scotland, 13-15 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Prestwick and Ayrshire 13-15 July 2018 for visiting Head of State. Details by NOTAM and more information on NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/134

Restricted airspace (temporary) – South England, 12-13 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at London and multiple locations to Essex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 12-13 July 2018 for visiting Head of State. Details by NOTAM and more information on NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/133

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Silverstone, 6-8 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix between 6 and 8 July 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/128

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – RAF Fairford, 10 – 16 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, between 10 and 16 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M050/2018 and AIC M051/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/122

Reg (EU) 2017/373 – Air Traffic Management Common Requirements Implementing Regulation) updates

Our Regulation (EU) 2017/373 website content has been updated to reflect recent developments. While parts of the regulation remain under development (Parts ATS, AIS, FPD), we have updated Parts DAT and PERS content and the links to EASA material. This page will be updated regularly as we progress our work to implement the regulation. SW2018/115

Aircraft accident and serious incident reporting at aerodromes

Following industry feedback and in coordination with the AAIB a new version of CAP 493 SI 2018/02 has been published: CAP 493 SI 2018/02: Aircraft Accident and Serious Incident Reporting at Aerodrome Table 2 in the original version detailed incident circumstances entitled ‘Serious Incident (including MAYDAY and PAN messages)’. This has been split into two separate […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Llandudno, 30 June 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Llandudno, North Wales on 30 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/111

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

A series of airspace restrictions will be in place between 3-6 July and 10 July for a flypast commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details by NOTAM and in AICs M043/2018, M049/2018 and M051/2015. Restrictions apply to all airspace users including drones. SW2018/105

SI to CAP 493 MATS Part 1

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2018/02 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) was published on 15 June 2018. This SI implements changes to the initial reporting action procedure for an Air Traffic Control Unit (ATCU) providing an Air Traffic Service (ATS) at an aerodrome. SW2018/102

SI to CAP 797 – Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2018/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 15 June 2018, effective 14 August 2018. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to the reporting of accidents and serious incidents by FISOs to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). SW2018/101

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 20 and 21 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M026/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/98

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. […]

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations in Central London 9 June 2018 for Trooping the Colour. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M035/2018. Restrictions of flying also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/95

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations over Suffolk, Essex, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on 9 June 2018 for HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/94

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show and rehearsals between 7 and 10 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M024/2018 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 communicated separately. SW2018/93

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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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 […]

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

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]

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

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

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 […]

Expired: 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

Expired: 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, […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]