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.

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 flight crew licensing applications

Pilots are required to submit certified copies of their ID (such as passport or driving licence) for certain Flight Crew Licensing applications. For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents. Any applications submitted on or after 14 May 2018 which require […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, April

UKAB’s April 2018 summary has been published. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 19 incidents by the Board. SW2018/71

Temporary licence certificates

The CAA has updated the forms and guidance material related to the temporary licence certificate. The following changes have been made: – Low visibility (LV) box removed (no longer applicable) – Clarification of the CAA policy that the expiry date 8 weeks shall be from the date of the flight test, zero flight time training […]

Introductory Flights – Guidance To Operators

Updated guidance for operators of introductory flights has been published on our website via: http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Introductory-flights/. This document has been produced to provide easy access to the rules and regulations surrounding introductory flights. SW2018/61

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

English Language Proficiency for pilots

This notification provides clarification to licence holders about the English Language Proficiency assessment process. Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) holders who have not converted to Part-FCL, new FRTOL applicants, those holding level 4 or 5 Language Proficiency should be aware that they must hold a valid Language Proficiency validation to operate such equipment. If you […]

Low visibility (LV) licence endorsement

The low visibility (LV) qualification endorsement on UK CAA issued part-FCL licences has not been consistently implemented by Member States and does not indicate if all requirements of operators LVO training are completed. Therefore, from 15 March 2018 the requirement for LV to be endorsed or signed on the ‘ratings, certificates and privileges’ section or […]

Airline pilot standards MCC course

There’s a new multi-crew cooperation course known as the airline pilot standards multi-crew cooperation course, or APS MCC for short. Pilots seeking to take the new course will need to apply to an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) certified by the CAA to deliver it. There will be a final assessment at the end of the […]

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 […]

Test notification requirements

From 1 April 2018 the CAA will require test notification to be requested in any instance before an applicant completes a skill test, or a proficiency check or assessment of competence with a non-UK CAA EASA examiner, in accordance with ARA.FCL.205 and section 2.4 of the EASA Examiner Differences Document. The test notification email return must be […]

Guidance for pilots on type rating differences courses

The EASA Type Ratings and Licence endorsement lists show where additional ‘differences’ training is required, if you are to operate certain variants within a type endorsement. For example, if you have a Type Endorsement B757/767, you can fly one of the aircraft within the endorsement, i.e. the B767, but will require additional training to fly the […]

Converting to an EASA Licence from a UK National/JAR licence

To fly EASA certified aircraft from 8 April 2018 pilots will need to hold an EASA licence. Please note that the following exceptions apply: 1. National licences for microlights and gyroplanes do not have an equivalent EASA licence to convert to. 2. EASA Balloon and Sailplane licensing is subject to delays in the drafting of […]

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

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-17

The CAA has published a comment on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-17. The purpose of this NPA is to develop a harmonised set of flight time limitation (FTL) rules for CAT emergency medical services by aeroplanes and helicopters and the update and harmonisation of FTL for CAT by aeroplane for air taxi operations and single-pilot […]

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 […]

Pilot logbooks – loss, damage, corruption or theft

With immediate effect, the CAA will no longer accept the submission of a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours for the grant of a licence, rating, certificate or the revalidation and extension/or removal of restriction of privileges where an individual is unable to provide logbook evidence of their required hours due to loss, […]

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 […]

English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing

The CAA has published guidance for training organisations and examiners on carrying out an informal language proficiency assessment. The guidance provides information about the criteria for achieving an Expert / Level 6 rating,  assessing native speakers and the ICAO rating scale. You can read the language proficiency guidance on our website. SW2017/227

e-Licensing launches for commercial pilots

Commercial pilots can now apply for a licence online. The new service is part of the CAA’s plans to update the personnel licensing system for the UK aviation industry with private licence applications following next year. Once registered with an account, pilots can track the progress of their application, view the privileges they hold and […]

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

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

Pilot Training Review final report published

We have published CAP 1581 – Pilot Training Review Final Report: Recommendations and Conclusions alongside three interim reports (Gap Analysis, Literature Review and Interview Study). This study, initiated and funded by the CAA, looks at all aspects of pilot training in order to ensure relevance as aircraft technologies and training methodologies develop, and to identify […]

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 […]

Pilot licensing gets a makeover

UK pilots applying for a licence or rating will soon benefit from a new streamlined process. From early December, commercial pilots will be able to make applications via a new online ‘e-Licensing’ system, and then track its progress through a personal portal account. As well as the introduction of the e-Licensing portal, the counter service […]

Helicopter PIC hours – Experience crediting for CPL(A) applicants

This notice informs you of a change in CAA policy in relation to modular CPL(A) course PIC crediting that will be permitted to QMP(H) and CPL(H) pilots. Please see CAP 1599 for details. SW2017/204

Part 145 overseas OJT approval application

Organisations who wish to apply for UK CAA Part 145 overseas approval of their OJT in support of type rating issue can now do so, via this application form, available on the CAA website. SW2017/197

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, […]

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

New commercial pilot examination question delivery system

This Information Notice highlights to industry, stakeholders and students the introduction of three additional answer style questions for commercial pilots’ examinations, with the launch of a new delivery platform – Quadrant. SW2017/112

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

Type rating instructor revalidation and renewal

This Information Notice clarifies that when an applicant applies for a revalidation of an SFI certificate they shall have completed, within 12 months plus the remainder of the month in which the proficiency check was passed, a proficiency check on each of the types for which privileges are to be revalidated. SW2017/90

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