Alerts: Commercial pilot aeroplane

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.

Radio & Transponder Mandatory Zones

As part of our work to enable the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, the CAA has reviewed and amended its policies on radio and transponder mandatory zones (RMZ and TMZ). This has resulted in: # new acceptable means of compliance and guidance material to SERA.6005 Requirements for Communications and SSR Transponders adopted through ORS9 CAA Decision No […]

Confirmation that General Exemption ORS4 No.1453 will expire 31 December 2021

Previous UK CAA licence holders who obtained their EASA licence between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 will no longer be able to operate on UK (G-registered) aircraft from 1 January 2022 unless they gain a UK Part-FCL licence or a UK validation of their EASA licence. Operators should ensure their crews have the […]

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 4 has been published and becomes effective on 15 December 2021. Aside from minor editorial changes within the foreword, Edition 4 includes amendments to ensure that the text of the document is gender neutral and to reflect the introduction of policy permitting the use, by aerodrome FISOs, of […]

Radio Telephony (RT) Examiner privileges extension

All RT Examiners whose certificate is valid on 31 December 2021 (or are in receipt of an extension email) may consider these examiner privileges extended until 31 May 2022. This extension will facilitate the introduction of a new training and testing process for the Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence (FRTOL).

Statutory charges FY22/23: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY22/23 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2022. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposals, in particular from those we regulate. We welcome comments on all aspects of the proposals, including the […]

Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting to be Extended to Cover Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Victimisation.

From Wednesday 27th October, UK aviation’s Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) is to be extended to include reporting from commercial flight and cabin crews about bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation where the circumstances had, or could have had, a detrimental effect on flight safety. The CAA has provided funding for this extension to […]

New Aviation Safety Regulations published

This Skywise is to advise that The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021, SI 2021 No. 1203 have been published, making amendments to retained EU regulations. A table setting out the various dates upon which the amendments made by this SI will come into force can be found here: Details of retained EU law […]

Military Aircrew Accreditation Scheme

CAP2254 Military Aircrew Accreditation Scheme (MAAS) has been published. It replaces information formerly found within CAP804 concerning the Military Accreditation Scheme, and provides the latest information relevant to those individuals wishing to obtain a civil aircrew licence.  This now includes information concerning credits permitted for those individuals who have completed training with the University Air […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 140

Air Transport FEEDBACK 140 covers a wide-ranging set of issues reported to CHIRP during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic period.   The editorial focuses on the need to proactively report across the whole spectrum of safety concerns so that we can identify emerging themes before they become critical  – one such theme being the growing pressure […]

Upcoming changes to Aviation safety law

The CAA has updated its Safety Policy and Legislation tracker to include its Opinions to the Department for Transport on two further packages of changes to Aviation safety law. The Department for Transport has accepted these Opinions and is taking the steps necessary to implement changes to the relevant regulations via an upcoming Statutory Instrument. […]

New AMC & GM – UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 SERA

The CAA has published a revised package of acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). The AMC and GM package can be found on the UK Regulations website and incorporates the recent amendment to the AMC and GM to […]

The UKAB Annual report 2020

The UK Airprox Board’s new annual report offers an historic overview of cases followed by a detailed breakdown of Airprox by sector, risk, altitude and airspace. Understanding Airprox and the factors behind them is a key step towards mitigating against mid-air collision and UKAB’s sole purpose is to share its work far and wide to […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 139

Air Transport FEEDBACK 139 includes comments on themes from recent reports to CHIRP, many of which have focused on company/workforce relations, culture and trust.  Also mentioned is the need to make sure that recent publications that have been issued when many people and/or departments have been furloughed are properly understood and incorporated in return to […]

Policy for the approval of remote aerodrome air traffic services V4.0

Version 4.0 of the policy for the approval of remote air traffic services expands on previous policy to include the evolution of the concept into Multiple mode of operation and provision of remote aerodrome ATS from multiple aerodromes both sequentially and simultaneously.  It also includes technical updates in Appendix B and ATC training requirements in […]

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK.

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK. The process involves coordinated activity between the CAA and the DfT and will be used in the development of aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material. Information about […]

NATS AIS Internet Briefing System (IBS)

NATS will replace the AIS IBS with a new system on Thursday, 12th August 2021. The new system provides an improved user interface and enhanced functionality – Full details of changes are available via the NATS news item at www.nats.aero/ais including a new User Manual. Note: Users with existing Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB) accounts will […]

Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting: Update

We have updated CAP2158, Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting, which highlights the importance of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting to improve safety. The new edition includes added information and links to cover reporting to the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). Download Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting

Professional Pilot Licence applications

Changes in application process – Professional Licence issue (CPL, CPL(A)/IR, CPL(H), CPL(H)/IR, and ATPL(A)/ATPL(H). A new Professional Issue Online Application form for CPL,CPL IR and ATPL issue is now available to use for applicants who have not previously used our eLicensing system. Please note that from 16 June all applications for professional licence issue must […]

Launch of new VHF Low Level Common Frequency trial

Today, 1 June 2021 marks the launch of a 1-year trial of ‘VHF LL Common’ an information service on the VHF Frequency 130.490. The aim is to reduce the risk of Mid-Air Collision between aircraft operating at or below 2000’ Above Ground Level. It is available for use by all aircrew, military and civilian, operating […]

Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

The VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace change today (20 May 2021). Further detail is contained in AIP ENR 1.2 and ENR 1.4 (published in AIRAC 05/2021) and, for ATS providers, within Supplementary Instructions to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) and the FISO Manual (CAP 797). The change to […]

Flight Crew and Cabin Crew- Before you go flying again

As aviation builds up again we’re all aware that this summer will be very different. Even if you personally have remained operational during COVID-19 many of your colleagues and fellow professional across the industry won’t have been. This will impact us in many different ways, but most important is to be able to recognise any […]

Expired: Temporary flight crew certificate validity

Covid19 Outbreak ORS4 1466 which extends the standard scope and validity of validity period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the initial issue or renewal of pilot licence, rating and instructor or examiner certificates to 6 months, ends as of 31st May 2021. All temporary certificates issued under UK Part-ARA FCL.215(d) from 1st […]

Performance Based Navigation endorsement: Guidance for IR holders

The requirements regarding Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges will be changing from 26 April 2021. To provide guidance to all Instrument Rating (IR) holders, ATOs and Examiners the CAA has updated the website and published: Performance Based Navigation Endorsement – IR Holders (including guidance for IMC / IR(R) holders) (CAP2138).

Changes in application process – Professional Licence issue (CPL, CPL(A)/IR, CPL(H), CPL(H)/IR, and ATPL(A)/ATPL(H).

A new Professional Issue Online Application form for CPL,CPL IR and ATPL issue is now available to use for applicants who have not previously used our eLicensing system. Please note that from 10th May all applications for professional licence issue must be made using eLicensing system or this online application form. The paper versions of […]

Airspace Classification Review update

An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website. SW 2021/073

EASA-to-UK pilot licence conversion

The CAA has launched its EASA to UK conversion process for commercial pilot licences and medicals. This enables pilots to hold both a UK and EASA licence. The simplified process is available to pilots that transferred their licences to an EASA member state in preparation for the end of the transition period, as well as […]

CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace

On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), the CAA has identified and evaluated the impacts of the revised VMC minima on the safe and efficient operation of UK class D airspace.  Our analysis is recorded in CAP 2093 CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace. It represents a […]

CAA 2021/22 Statutory Schemes of Charges

We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2021. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2021. Following the waiving of the proposed charge increase in 2020/21, the CAA […]

CAP 413 SI: Phraseology for RNP IAPs at aerodromes with AGCS

On 18 Jan 2021 the CAA published CAP 413 SI 2021/01 to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This Sl details changes being made to CAP 413 relating to the introduction of phraseology for Air/Ground Communications Service (AGCS) radio station operators and Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISO) who operate at aerodromes with required navigation performance […]

UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

Individuals who started their theorical examinations with an EASA Member State and transfer to complete remaining examinations should note: • those who have taken examinations under ECQB06 and ECQB07 with an EASA Member State will take UKQB06; • those who have taken examinations under ECQB2020 will take UKQB2020, • individuals cannot change syllabus. We have […]

UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

We have updated our microsite to include changes to obtaining a UK pilot licence and training requirements under the new regulatory landscape post the UK leaving the EU. Additional information for pilot licences and pilot students has been can be found on our UK-EU Transition microsite. SW2021/023

Airspace Classification update

An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website.

UK to revert to previous rules for Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima for flying in visual meteorological conditions

From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]