Alerts: Air traffic control

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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 […]

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

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

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Abingdon, Oxfordshire, 13 and 14 May 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Abingdon Air and Country Show, Abingdon Aerodrome, Oxfordshire on 13 and 14 May 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M011/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/62

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

Changes to CAA Application form SRG 1411 – Air Traffic Controller Licence

This Information Notice provides notification of changes being made to our application form SRG 1411 – Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) Licence from 25 May 2017. SW2017/55

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 published

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 has been published and becomes effective on 25 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes within the foreword, Edition 3 removes the Glossary and abbreviations sections and refers the reader to CAP 1430 the UK Air Traffic Management (ATM) Vocabulary. As highlighted in CAA Information Notice IN-2016/085, […]

CAP 797 Edition 3 published – Flight Information Service Officer Manual

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published today and will become effective on 2 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes, Edition 3 includes significant amendments which remove the Glossary and phraseology sections – referring readers to CAP 1430 the UK ATM Vocabulary and CAP 413 Radio telephony Manual respectively […]

Advance notice of update to CAP 797: Flight Information Service Officer Manual

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 will be published on 13 April 2017 and become effective on 2 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes, Edition 3 includes significant amendments which remove the Glossary and phraseology sections – referring readers to CAP 1430 the UK ATM Vocabulary and CAP 413 Radio […]

CAA response on NPA 2016-13 – Airspace design

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2016-13 which proposes Technical requirements and operating procedures for airspace design, including flight procedure design. Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2016-13 See our website for details of other responses we have made to EASA’s Notices of Proposed […]

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 […]

Update to air traffic controller training guidance (CAP 584)

CAP 584 has been amended to update the reference for the Air Traffic Controllers – Licensing CAP which has changed from CAP 744 to CAP 1251. The initial training terminal objectives for ratings have been moved to the CAP 794. This update also reflects the post transition period of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340: the introduction […]

New SI to CAP 493: SERA Part C Implementation – Phase 1

The purpose of this new SI is to introduce Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (SERA Part C) Phase 1, which amends Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 through the addition of several new requirements and revisions to a number of aspects of SERA Part A & B. SW2017/27

Consultation on NATS resilience requirements

Our new consultation sets out the outcome of work we carried out jointly with NATS with regards to NATS’ resilience, and seeks views on a proposed enforcement tool and a new licence condition. We are proposing to adopt specified definitions of resilience, contingency and business continuity and to set the requirements for the enforcement of these under […]