Alerts: Flight training private

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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 […]

Transfer to Declared Training Organisations – timetable announced

The transition timetable to allow existing private pilot Registered Training Facilities to transfer to the new Declared Training Organisation (DTO) category, which allows much simpler oversight, has been announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Subject to final approval by the European Commission, the process will run from 8 April 2018 to 8 April […]

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 […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – central London, 12 November 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, central London on 12 November 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/209

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wales Rally GB, 27-29 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Rally GB 2017 at various sites in Wales and England between 27 and 29 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M083/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/205

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 […]

Cost sharing flights

We have published information intended to provide guidance for when the actual direct costs of a passenger transport flight may be shared between the occupants of an aircraft without having to comply with the regulations applicable to Commercial Air Transport or Public Transport flights. Our website contains updated information, also available in PDF format, alongside […]

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  

Applications for a Part FCL PPL licence that include JAR training

Please note that applications for the issue of a Part FCL PPL where an exemption has been issued to enable JAR training to be used towards the training requirements for the Part FCL PPL licence must be received by the UK CAA by close of business on 29 September 2017. Any applications received after this date […]

Listen up: CAA announces changes to airspace squawks

The latest listening-out squawks, designed to help general aviation pilots steer safely clear of controlled airspace, are today being updated. New codes are being introduced (Liverpool, Brize Norton and Southend) along with changes to several existing ones. For access to the new codes, as well as a handy downloadable chart including all the changes, go […]

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, […]

Skyway Code updated and available to buy in hard copy

The CAA’s guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated and is available to download  at www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode. Printed copies are now available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE online. SW2017/185

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Merseyside, 15-17 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Southport Airshow, Merseyside between 15 and 17 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/182

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Manchester, 20 September – 4 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Consevative Party Conference, Manchester, between 20 September and 4 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M076/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/181

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lincolnshire, 7-11 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for air display at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire between 7 and 11 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M071/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/180

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 23-24 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for air display at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire on 23 and 24 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M068/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/179

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Topcliffe, Yorkshire, 3-15 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for tethered balloon operations at Topcliffe, Yorkshire between 3 and 15 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M078/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/178

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Edinburgh, 28 August – 4 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for events in the vicinity of the Forth Road Crossings, Edinburgh between 28 August and 4 September 2017. Restricted airspace is detailed by NOTAM and in briefing sheet under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ in the ‘News’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/177

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Northamptonshire, 1-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire between 1 and 3 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/176

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 […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Rhyl, 27 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Rhyl, Denbighshire on 27 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/173

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Ayr, 2-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Scottish Air Show at Ayr on 2 and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M074/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 3 September 2017; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/172

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Portrush, County Antrim, 2-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Portrush, County Antrim for airshow on 2 and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M073/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/171

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth, Dorset, 30 August – 3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Festival, Dorset, between 30 August and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M067/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 31 August, 1 September and 2 September; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Scilly Isles, 28 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on 28 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/169

A national system to improve electronic conspicuity

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that ADS-B ‘in/out’ using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation, ideally used through transponders. A survey on the types of devices private pilots already use and what they would prefer to use in future will be open until 29 September: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UKGAEC SW2017/162