Alerts: Flight training commercial

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Declared Training Organisations – guidance material

The General Aviation Unit of the CAA has produced a Guidance Document to help Training Organisations take advantage of the incoming European regulations for Declared Training Organisations (DTOs). It is envisaged that the new regulations will come into force on 8 April 2018 with a 12 month transitional period. The document (CAP1637) is designed to […]

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

Unlicensed site owners asked to update details by 7 March

The CAA and NATS have extended the deadline of a survey to help update the details of unlicensed airfields and aerial sporting activity locations that are made available to airspace users. The details will be updated on the NATS AIS database and be published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and included on CAA VFR […]

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

Revised PPL Ground Exam guidance

A revised standards document for PPL Ground examinations has been published. You can view the new document here. SW2017/217

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

TrainingCom Autumn 2017

We have published TrainingCom Autumn 2017 – news and advice for the training professional: knowledge, best practice and standardisation. This issue covers: controlled airspace infringements; stalling; booking skills tests; use of GPS during VFR navigation training; dual flight; assessment of ME engine failure after take-off (EFATO); instructor assessment of competencies; unannounced CAA flight examiner visits […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-13 – Update of flight simulation training devices requirements

The CAA has published a response on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-13 Update of flight simulation training devices requirements – Upset prevention and recovery training, FSTD inspector competencies framework, training matrix. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/193  

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, […]

Issue 2 of SI2017/01 to CAP 797 FISO Manual

Issue 2 of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/01 to CAP 797 Edition 3 was published on 24 August 2017, effective 12 October 2017 and replaces Issue 1 which was notified in SW2017/161 on 17 August 2017. This SI details changes to CAP 797 resulting from the amendment of Reg (EU) No 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of […]

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

NATS VOR replacement programme update

The Isle of Man VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our Information Notice. SW2017/71

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

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 published

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 has been published and becomes effective on 25 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes within the foreword, Edition 3 removes the Glossary and abbreviations sections and refers the reader to CAP 1430 the UK Air Traffic Management (ATM) Vocabulary. As highlighted in CAA Information Notice IN-2016/085, […]

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 […]