Alerts: Airline safety

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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, […]

Guidance of portable electronic devices

The UK Civil Aviation Authority keeps all rules and regulations under constant review to ensure they remain current and based on the latest research and information available. Our priority is always the safety of passengers and crew and we continue to work with airlines, manufacturers and international regulators to drive improvements in safety standards across […]

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The UK Birdstrike Reporting Portal and birdstrike reporting form SRG 2004 will be withdrawn on 1 August 2017.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 […]

Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within the UK

This Information Notice IN-2017/029 gives updated advice on the policy for Third Country Licence holders intending to fly within UK airspace using a Third Country Licence. SW2017/125

Issue 63 of CHIRP cabin crew FEEDBACK

Issue 63 of Cabin Crew FEEDBACK discusses the high number of roster related reports submitted to CHIRP, and fatigue and its effects. Other topics discussed include pushback with passengers standing, the use of commander’s discretion, flight crew controlled rest, rest breaks during flying duties and charging of electrical devices during flight. SW2017/113

Safety Notice: Carriage of assistance dogs in the aircraft cabin

The purpose of this Safety Notice is to provide airline operators with the latest guidance material regarding the carriage of recognised assistance dogs. SW2017/102

Verification of third country ICAO licences

This Information Notice introduces form SRG2142 for the verification of third country ICAO licences to ensure that pilots/instructors/examiners who apply on the basis of credit from a third country licence are aware of the requirement to have their licence verified. SW2017/87

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

Third Country Licence holders – assessment of knowledge

Read our new Information Notice for advice on the policy regarding confirmation of acquired theoretical knowledge for Third Country Licence holders wishing to be issued with a validation of their ICAO licence by the CAA restricted to private privileges only. Except in the case of FAA licence holders, all other requirements of Part-FCL Annex III […]

Third country licences and their use within the United Kingdom

This Information Notice is issued to advise on the policy regarding the use of Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within UK Airspace. SW2017/47

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

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Issue 62 – March 2017 now available

This Issue highlights the importance of fatigue reporting from both flight crew and cabin crew. Other topics discussed are EASA FTLs, pressure to operate from Management, pre-flight briefing procedures and disembarkation of aircraft without flight crew. Read CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Issue 62 – March 2017. SW2017/33

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 […]

CAP 1434 – UK Flight Information Services

As the 2017 flying season approaches, we would like to draw attention to CAP 1434 ‘UK Flight Information Services: Guidance from the CAA’ which was published last year. This leaflet provides guidance to pilots on the types of air traffic services that are available to all flights operating within Class G airspace and, where notified, […]

Guidance for operations in volcanic ash

CAP 1236, our guidance regarding flight operations in the vicinity of volcanic ash, has been updated to take account of a revision to the European and North Atlantic Volcanic Ash Contingency Plan. In particular, this updates the information on methods for publication of information relating to forecast volcanic ash concentration. In tandem, we have also […]

Edition 121 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

Approaching the first anniversary of the introduction of EASA Flight Time Limitations this edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK contains a number of examples of flight crew fatigue and a summary of fatigue issues. Air Traffic Control interests include controlling in bad weather and tower controllers doubling-up as approach controllers. Engineering organisations under pressure and engineers signing […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, December

UKAB’s December 2016 summary focuses on airprox issues connected with emergency service helicopters and the potential for conflicts between their pilots not seeing approaching aircraft which orbiting or conducting emergency tasks. SW2016/002

Electronic devices in seat mechanism fire hazard

Recently there have been a small number of incidents of phones and tablets catching fire on board aircraft worldwide. Causes included crushing in the aircraft seat mechanism. Operators of aircraft with seats featuring electrical or mechanical means of adjusting position should consider briefing passengers to take care of their personal electronic devices. Passengers should also be […]

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2017/18

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2017/18. For more information, and to submit comments, see All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 9 February 2017. SW2016/175

Airprox Board monthly report, October

The UK Airprox Board October 2016 Director’s summary focuses on Airprox issues connected with electronic conspicuity, overflying glider sites, operating in poor weather, and pilot inaction.

Changes to SID/STAR phraseology

Airspace users should be aware of changes to SID and STAR phraseology. These will be used overseas from 10 November 2016, but won’t be implemented in the UK until late in 2017. For more information, see our new information notice. SW2016/173

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK 120 available

A new edition containing a variety of topical issues. Cabin crew who report for duty when unwell are a hazard to themselves, flight crew and passengers; how the prospect of redundancies can create stress and affect performance; and a discussion of rules regarding social media and mobile phones. Also included are articles on engine failure, […]

Guidance on which documents to carry each flight

We have released an information notice detailing advice for pilots and operators of aircraft on the documents, manuals and information they are required to carry on each flight. This is to aid compliance with EASA Ops Annex VII (Part-NCO) and Annex VIII (Part-SPO). SW2016/166

Compliance monitoring for aerodromes

Our new information notice describes our compliance monitoring system, and details both CAA and aerodrome operator obligations. We believe the new approach and change in responsibilities will make it easier for you to manage your compliance requirements and show us how you are meeting your obligations. In turn, we can develop oversight processes that focus more on your safety […]

Edition 61 of CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK available

Of interest to all cabin crew and flight crew, this edition highlights why reporting safety concerns is so important. There are several ways of reporting concerns and it is important for reporters to know how they can do this. We have included four reports that discuss aircraft MEL restrictions, safety procedures at the overwing exit, […]

Airprox Board 2016 Newsletter – Avoiding Collisions

Director UK Airprox Board’s 2016 newsletter focuses on Airprox issues connected with drones, glider site over-flights, visual circuits, electronic conspicuity and distractions. SW2016/155