Alerts: Flight crew licensing examiners

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.

Language proficiency requirements

We have updated our 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. SW2018/213

Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

We have developed a microsite at info.caa.co.uk/euexit to be a central source of information for the aviation and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual recognition.

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 […]

AS350 Hydraulic Failure Training

EASA Safety Information Bulletin SIB 2018-03 promotes the new Airbus Helicopters training video aimed at Flight Instructors of Squirrel helicopters regarding hydraulic failure training.  Instructors and Training Organisations are encouraged to view and utilise the information in their programmes. SW2018/188

Urgent: PBN Update – Aircrew General Exemption

From 25 August 2018 all pilots operating on PBN routes or PBN procedures are required to be suitably qualified. The DfT, EASA and the UK CAA have agreed a general exemption for specific operators who are unable to meet these requirements. To apply for the exemption relevant Operators should follow the application process on ORS4 […]

Revocation of Alternative Means of Compliance FCL.A(b)(1)(ii), revalidation flight with Flight Instructor

The CAA has revoked the Alternative Means of Compliance (EASA ref: 2012-00009) published by the CAA in 2012, against Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended, Annex I, FCL.740.A(b)(1)(ii). This was also published in CAP 804, Part I, Section 4, Part H, Subpart 1, Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material (AMC and GM). The reason […]

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 […]

Temporary examiner certificates

The CAA has updated the forms and guidance material related to the temporary examiner certificate. The following changes have been made: – Examiner certificates have been removed from the SRG1100 and has been incorporated into a new form SRG1100A – SRG1100A includes temporary privileges for TRE, SFE and Senior Examiner certificates Full guidance is available […]

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 […]

Training Com – Spring 2018 (updated)

There has been an update to the most recent Training Com Spring 2018 newsletter. The update is in the section titled: ‘Aircraft documentation and equipment to be carried in flight’ SW2018/055

Training Com – Spring 2017

We have published TrainingCom Spring 2018 – news and advice for the training professional: knowledge, best practice and standardisation. This issue covers: CESSNA 150 vs 152 Flaps; instructor assessment of competences; examiner responsibilities; PBN privileges; senior examiners; CAP 804; Flight Examiner insurance cover; medicals for examiners and instructors and aircraft documentation and equipment. SW2018/051

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

Testing of English Language Proficiency by Flight and Radiotelephony Examiners

This notice provides clarification to examiners about the English Language Proficiency assessment process. All examiners should read the English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing guidance on our website and the section called ‘Testing by Flight and Radiotelephony Examiners’. SW2018/44

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. Training organisations seeking to gain approval to conduct the new course will need to apply for CAA approval with site floor plans (for new sites only), an approval certificate of the Flight Simulation Training Devices […]

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 […]

Automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing

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 Opinions 03/2017 and 16/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as regards automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing. Introduction of the automatic validation of flight […]

Guidance for training organisations on type rating differences courses

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