Alerts: Airline safety

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.

Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

Air operators requested to update dangerous goods manuals and training programmes

The next edition of ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air becomes effective 1 January 2019 and introduces changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published […]

Update to EU exit information – aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA will now accept third country applications from Part-145 and Part-147 organisations with their principle place of business outside the UK. This update sets this out, and links to our […]

Update to EU exit information – licensed engineers

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for licence transfers to another EU Member State need to be submitted to the CAA by […]

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2019/20

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2019/20. For more information, and to submit comments, see www.consultations.caa.co.uk All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword.

Response to In-Flight Fires Involving Portable Electronic Devices

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) containing lithium batteries and external lithium batteries such as power banks can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. PED fires have occurred in the passenger cabin with the potential to cause serious injury to a passenger or crew member. Such an event on the flight deck could […]

Updates to CAA’s EU Exit microsite

Following EASA’s announcement on accepting applications for some organisation types for third country approvals, the CAA has updated the following pages on its EU Exit microsite: production organisations, maintenance organisations, CAMOs, engineer training organisations and approved training organisations.

Airworthiness Competency Assessment

The A31 Maintenance Standards Team, Onshore Helicopter working group has developed, in collaboration with the CAA, a document that will aid in the assessing of competence of Engineering and Airworthiness Staff. The Competency Assessment Guidance Document can be used to support industry in developing its own competency assessments.

Pilot Support Programme – Guidance for Commercial Air Transport Operators

The psychological well-being and positive mental health of commercial pilots is of fundamental importance to safe Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations. CAT operators should facilitate access to support from a peer support volunteer for their pilots in a just culture environment and to other forms of support. CAP 1695 outlines a framework for a CAT […]

Changes to the way you apply for a medical certificate

The CAA medical records system is being replaced. Changes will be implemented in a few months’ time and will provide greater accessibility, efficiency and transparency. The new web-based system will replace the existing paper-based application forms, changing the way in which you apply for a medical certificate. Details and guidance on how to use the […]

CAA responds to Sky News story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation

We have published a response to Sky News’s story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation. It is misleading for Sky News to say that 35,000 pilots would need to renew their pilot’s licence in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered […]

Aircrew guide to gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is the most common cause of aircrew impairment with symptoms that include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most cases are caused by a virus or a bacterial infection in contaminated food or drink, both of which can easily spread to others. The greatest risk of contamination is down-route. Incidents of gastroenteritis in inflight […]

CAA requirements for check flights

Safety Notice SN-2016/006 “CAA Requirements for Check Flights”, dated 27 July 2016, has been withdrawn. Guidance on check flights is available on the CAA website. SW2018/160  

Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today published our draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy for stakeholder feedback, and webcome comments by Monday 10 September 2018. SW2018/148

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

New guidance on upset prevention and recovery training for FSTDs

We have published information on our website describing the process by which suitable flight simulator training devices (FSTDs) can be qualified to support upset prevention and recovery training (UPRTs) according to CS-FSTA(A) Issue 2, and in readiness for the issue of amended Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011. SW2018/132

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. […]

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

Safety requirements for portable electronic devices placed on board by the operator

Controlled portable electronic devices (C-PEDs) containing lithium batteries, and external lithium batteries (including power banks) can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. Such devices are subject to safety design and operational standards and similar requirements apply to lithium battery powered products taken on board aircraft for retail sale to passengers. The […]

Urgent: Please review dangerous goods information provided to passengers

For action The improper carriage of dangerous goods by passengers poses a risk to flight safety. Airport operators, air operators and ground handling agents must ensure that information on the types of dangerous goods which passengers are forbidden to transport aboard an aircraft is communicated effectively to them. The CAA has a new notice that […]

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 […]

Terrain awareness warning systems (TAWS) for newly manufactured aircraft

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 15/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the requirements for the installation of TAWS align the implementing rules with ICAO provisions contained in Annex 6. SW2018/33

Aircrew medical fitness

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 14/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the Air OPS implementing rules will introduce preventive measures that will require EU airlines to carry out a psychological assessment […]

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

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 […]