Alerts: Maintenance / Engineers

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.

Final submission date for transfer applications

Due to the festive period, any paperwork relating to a licence or medical transfer, including the transfer request from the EU NAA, must be received by the CAA no later than 24 December in order to meet the transfer submission deadline. Please note that the recommended submission date for transfers as published by the CAA […]

Statutory charges FY21/22: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY21/22 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2021. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposals, in particular from those we regulate. We welcome comments on all aspects of the proposals, including the charges structure […]

EXTRA DATE ADDED:EU Exit webinar for General Aviation

Due to the overwhelming response we received we have scheduled an extra webinar. This will take place on Friday, 27 November at 1pm – 2pm, and will give those who were unable to register for the first date the opportunity to hear from our CAA experts: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 […]

Invitation to CAA EU Exit webinar: General Aviation

The webinar for the General Aviation sector will take place on 26 November 2020, 13:00 -14:00 where we will cover: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and what this means for General Aviation; The key changes affecting annex 1 aircraft and Part 21 licensing forms, and what actions organisations should […]

COVID-19 General Exemptions

The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November. Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine […]

UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages the UK’s dynamic GA sector. In preparation for the end of the EU transition period, the CAA has launched UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation: This consultation is an opportunity for you to […]

CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

Runway maintenance – equipment control

A recent incident at a UK aerodrome led to maintenance equipment being left on the runway. This incident is currently subject to AAIB investigation. It has become apparent that a lack of tool control, and security of equipment carried on aerodrome vehicles were contributory factors. Aerodrome operators should ensure that: procedures for both routine maintenance […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months to 30 June 2020 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training

Earlier this year we opened two consultations on proposals to extend paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Having completed a detailed analysis we have now published the results […]

Distance Learning & Virtual Reality

Guidance for use of Web based training, Distance Learning, Simulation and Virtual Reality (CAP1933) now published. This document provides guidance on Distance Learning within UK Part 147 Organisations with respect to AMC 147.A.130(a) Training procedures and quality system (Annex IV to ED Decision 2020/002/R).

Launch of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) rebate scheme

Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC. Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/ec SW/2020/215

EASA Form 15c

Organisations and Certifying Staff are reminded that since 24 March 2020 it is only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML. An EASA Form 15b must not be issued. For further information please see the Part-ML guidance on the CAA website. SW2020/213

EU Exit: Part-66 transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

Part-66 licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020). Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis.  However, there may be insufficient time […]

COVID-19 – Ending of licensing exemptions, 22 November 2020

We have been working closely with the industry during the initial phase of COVID-19 to help aviation’s continuing operations and recovery. The initial set of COVID licence exemptions, that included extending licence validity dates, expire on 22 November 2020. Industry and licence holders are asked to make sure they will then comply with the standard […]

Important Changes to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 for approvals under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M)

Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amended Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and introduced important changes to organisations approved under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M). This Skywise has been raised to highlight some of those changes: The competent authority will not issue a new Part-MG approval after 24 September 2020. Variations to existing Part-MG approvals can still be made […]

Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition

A Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) document is now available to download. This example of a compliant CAE has been designed as a starting point for Part-CAO organisations considered as ‘small’. It can be used by existing Part-MG and Part-MF organisations as well as new applicants to either progress their transition or to apply for […]

COVID-19 – EASA licence holders within Aircraft Maintenance Organisations

Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) holders should be aware that the exemption relating to validity has been amended, as the medical element for pilots and ATCOs have been removed. The exemption as applied to AMLs remains unchanged but the reference number has been updated: Licensing is now: ORS4 No. 1410 For more information refer to: COVID […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 135

Air Transport FEEDBACK 135 covers a wide-ranging set of issues that were reported to CHIRP prior to the COVID-19 lockdown period. There are still many relevant lessons and topics of interest within that will be applicable as aviation starts its recovery to historic levels of activity. Topics include the effectiveness of reporting processes; fatigue in […]

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months, to 30 June 2020. Having reviewed this decision in light of the ongoing challenges faced by the sector, […]

Bringing sub-600kg aircraft into national regulation

In October-November 2019, we consulted on moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600kg from EASA certification to UK national regulations. We received over 1,350 responses to this consultation, one of the largest responses to a general aviation consultation in recent years. Having completed a detailed analysis and consulted key community representatives and the Department for […]

COVID-19 – Continuation training and human factor refresher training

Part 21, Part M, Part 145 and Part 147 organisations should look to carry out continuation training and human factor refresher training via online methods, in line with CAP 1742 due to COVID-19. CAP 1742 is available to download from the CAA website. SW2020/118

Payment Plan for Annual Charges

We are constantly looking at ways to support the aviation sector in these unprecedented times. Our funding principles are underpinned by statute and legal obligation so we have not been able to waive any charges and are still required to issue invoices. But we are now able offer a payment plan to cover 2020/2021 annual […]

Part 147 Distance Learning Guidance

Guidance for approved Part 147 organisations wishing to conduct distance learning is available on the CAA website. This new guidance material is intended to assist existing approved organisations under Part 147 who wish to incorporate new technologies and training methods for delivery of their approved courses. It defines the Authority’s expectations on how to meet […]

COVID-19 – Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging of biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. The replaces ORS4 No 1372. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1391) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website.

Part-CAMO application process

Following the introduction of Part CAMO under regulation EU 2019/1383 we have published guidance for all current Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations about the transition process to Part CAMO. This information will help organisations and personnel involved in managing complex motor-powered aircraft and Licenced Air Carriers to transition to the new requirements. Please see […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 134

Air Transport FEEDBACK 134 is the first edition from our new Director Aviation, Steve Forward.  It contains reports about the handling of fuel priority calls; the importance of awareness of Minimum Safe Altitude versus Transition Level; fatigue management; go-arounds due to birds; unsafe engineering practices; and managing the long-term storage of aircraft.   These and many […]

COVID-19 – Preservation considerations

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the CAA is providing guidance, primarily for the assistance of organisations unfamiliar with the storage and preservation of aircraft, by reminding them of the appropriate measures and sources of information available so that when aircraft are returned to operational service they can do so […]

COVID-19 – Non Destructive Testing (NDT) re-qualification

The National Aerospace NDT Board Forum EU members, EASA, and the CAA have agreed to a temporary extension scheme for people with approvals that expire between March and June. For details see the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) website (documents AD014 and AD01_frm_A) The BINDT website also has guidance for PCN-Aero users. SW2020/091

GA maintenance check flights during COVID-19

The Government’s guidance permits essential maintenance activity to take place during the current COVID-19 restrictions, and on this basis owners / operators of GA aircraft are permitted to conduct aircraft maintenance flights. The details of what is permitted is available on our website.

COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed. Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed. Further information regarding COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 – BCAR Section A A8-10 Welder Approval validity extension

BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis. For more information please […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1372) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/070

COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Installation of a Temporary Separation Barrier between the Cockpit and Cabin area of Aircraft used to Transport Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic  (ORS4 No 1371) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/069

Quality system independent auditing during COVID-19

To enable organisations flexibility with regard to their internal Quality Audit plan, guidance has been provided to enable organisations to understand the various scenarios which exist when delaying any internal audit; its possible ramifications and where required seek CAA agreement. Please see the CAA website for details. SW2020/068

Part-ML and Part-CAO forms now available

The application form for an Authorisation to Issue an Airworthiness Review Certificate for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML is now available on the CAA website. Applications for an independent certifying staff authorisation can made using Form SRG1015 Applications for Part-CAO transition will now be accepted an online application form which is also available on updated Part-ML […]

Using suitably qualified engineers to perform physical aircraft surveys during airworthiness reviews

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to M.A.901(m) for wherever normal airworthiness review procedures cannot be followed. This alternative AMC allows for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when […]

COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354) Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available on the CAA website. […]

COVID-19 – Extension to BCAR Section L Licence Validity

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1356 BCAR Section L Licence Validity Extension Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

COVID-19 – Exemption: Requirement to carry original EASA ARC during all flights

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1355 COVID-19 Outbreak: Exemption in Respect of the Requirement to Carry the Original EASA Airworthiness Review Certificate onboard the Aircraft during all flights. Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

COVID-19 – Theoretical knowledge examination completion period

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period as required by Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended (ORS4 No.1353 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/059

COVID-19 – Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% attendance requirement

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% Attendance Requirement (ORS4 No.1352 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/058

Acceptance of certified copies for Part-66 licence applications

To help ensure the continuity of Part-66 licensing over the coming weeks due to COVID-19, the UK CAA will accept a certified true copy of a Part-66 licence (EASA Form 26) to support applications made to renew, vary or amend the holder’s licencing privileges without need for the original licence to be submitted to the […]

Update to CAP 747 -Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness

Issue 3, Amendment 2020/01 of CAP 747 “Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness” has been published to update Generic Requirements (GR) No 15, GR No 17 and GR No 24 to align with the introduction of Part M Light (Part-ML) under Regulation (EU) 2019/1383, which became applicable on 24 March 2020. In addition, changes have been made […]

CAA charge proposal delay

As a consequence of the severity of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact worldwide, the CAA has decided to delay the implementation of its recently proposed charge increases for three months to assist the UK aviation industry in these difficult times. You can see more information at Schemes of Charges. The CAA currently intends […]

CAP 1814 Accreditation of apprenticeships

CAP 1814 provides guidance for the of accreditation National Qualifications toward the issue of Part 66 licences by Further and Higher Education Training Establishments in England. Th document provides guidance to organisations wishing to accredit qualifications gained in their apprenticeships. The scope includes EASA / UK Part 66 Syllabus, equivalent aerospace qualifications within design, manufacturing, […]

Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training

We have launched two consultations, to propose extending paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to those trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Access our Aeroplane Consultation Access our Microlight Consultation

General Aviation Policy Framework update

The General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure we fulfil our statutory duties as we continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge. The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance […]

Consultation on CAA charges

We’re consulting on proposed amendments to our statutory charges, due to take effect from 1 April 2020. The online consultation will close on 7 February 2020.

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 70

Information for cabin crew on where to send roster related concerns within a company and an explanation of how CHIRP handles reported concerns.  Six reports are included in this edition of CCFB; subjects include safety concerns about cabin crew disarming doors during taxi, whether de-icing should be completed after passengers board the aircraft and take-off […]