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.

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

Updates to CAA’s EU Exit microsite

Following EASA’s announcement on accepting applications for some organisation types for third country approvals, the CAA has updated the following pages on its EU Exit microsite: production organisations, maintenance organisations, CAMOs, engineer training organisations and approved training organisations.

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.

Changes to the way you apply for a medical certificate

The CAA medical records system is being replaced. Changes will be implemented in a few months’ time and will provide greater accessibility, efficiency and transparency. The new web-based system will replace the existing paper-based application forms, changing the way in which you apply for a medical certificate. Details and guidance on how to use the […]

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 […]

Aircrew guide to gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is the most common cause of aircrew impairment with symptoms that include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most cases are caused by a virus or a bacterial infection in contaminated food or drink, both of which can easily spread to others. The greatest risk of contamination is down-route. Incidents of gastroenteritis in inflight […]

Automatic validation of flight crew licences issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended

We have published information on the automatic validation of EASA Part-FCL licences for those individuals operating aircraft on the register of non-UK EU Member States. This contains a link to the validation document required to operate those aircraft. The holding of the validation document is required as of 19 August 2018. SW2018/176

Declared Training Organisations

The European Commission has adopted and published, in their Official Journal, the text to enable Declared Training Organisations (DTO) in law. This new category of pilot training organisations offering training towards basic licences and rating for private pilots will be available with effect from Sunday 2nd September 2018. No Declarations can legally be made before […]

Sustained high temperatures and flying weather Safety Alert

Attention all Balloon Operators and Balloon Pilots We have received several whistleblower reports and MOR submissions that would seem to indicate during this period of prolonged good weather, Commercial Pilots are breaching Flight Time Limitations (FTL). Please communicate to all Pilots the need to comply with FTL, and to ensure that appropriate rest periods are […]

Flight Planning and General Navigation examinations

We have updated our Pilot Licences exam pages regarding Flight Planning (033) and General Navigation (061) examinations. Please visit our website for more information http://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Pilot-licences/Applications/Exams/Register-for-a-professional-pilot-exam/  SW2018/169

Managing partial loss of engine power

We are sharing the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s booklet on managing partial loss of engine power on take-off in single engine aircraft, following its inclusion in the AAIB’s report into the accident to Europa G-NDOL. We have also added this to the guidance available on our website. SW2018/162

Helicopter Safety Seminar

We are holding a helicopter safety seminar in collaboration with the British Helicopter Association (BHA) at Aviation House, Gatwick on 6 September 2018. The seminar will run from 10:00-16:00 with a light lunch provided. The event will include a briefing on the Safety Review of Onshore CAT (including emergency services), NCC and SPO operations which […]

New guidance on upset prevention and recovery training for FSTDs

We have published information on our website describing the process by which suitable flight simulator training devices (FSTDs) can be qualified to support upset prevention and recovery training (UPRTs) according to CS-FSTA(A) Issue 2, and in readiness for the issue of amended Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011. SW2018/132

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 […]

Update to Standards Document 24(A)

We have published Version 5 of Standards Document 24(A) which contains policy and guidance for examiners: multi-pilot aeroplanes (MPA) and single-pilot high performance complex aeroplanes (SP HPCA) and type rating skill test and proficiency checks using SRG1158 Schedule. Version 5 is a complete re-issue incorporating current and new policies and procedures. SW2018/118

Revised Human Factors strategy published

Our strategy sets out how we propose to contribute to the development of greater understanding and application of Human Factors (HF) knowledge to support Human Performance (HP) in the operational environment. It builds on previous versions; sets out what we want to achieve; lays out our strategic objectives; and describes the expected benefits and outcomes. […]

Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

We are sharing a comprehensive and fully illustrated Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide that has been developed by EHEST. You can download the guide on the EASA website: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/general-publications/ehest-helicopter-flight-instructor-guide SW2018/85

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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, […]

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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

Expired: 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

Expired: 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 […]

Expired: 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 […]