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 including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

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 […]

ELA1 aircraft maintenance

Guidance for implementing Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes for use with ELA1 aircraft (CAP1454) has been updated. More information:

Engineer Licensing – Signing your licence

The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder. By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence […]

Operating experimental aircraft under E conditions

Guidance and information for operating experimental aircraft under E conditions has been updated. Following a review, we have published a new edition of the guidance. This now includes requirements for ferry flight and A to B operations.

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 132

This edition returns to the subject of passengers boarding before flight crew with a well-written argument from a reader and a rap on the knuckles for CHIRP. Also, passengers boarding before security checks are complete and anti-smoking policies. Two reports from ATCOs: aircraft not achieving their ‘level by’ restrictions and the use of ‘overload’ and […]

Consultation: Opting out of EASA regulation for 450-600kg light aircraft

We have opened a 6-week long consultation to seek views on the UK moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600 kg from pan-European EASA certification to national regulations. Stakeholders are invited to submit their views and respond to questions set out in the consultation document online: The closing date is 29 November 2019.

CAA Cyber security oversight process for aviation

CAP1753 has been published and details the CAA’s cyber security oversight process for aviation. This document provides the basis for all cyber security oversight activity by the CAA and includes detail of good cyber security practice against four key objectives. CAP 1753 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2019/190

Update to EU exit information

We have updated our EU exit microsite for licensed engineers, CAMOs, ETSO approval holders, aerospace production organisations, aerospace design organisations and aerospace maintenance organisations. Go to for further information. SW2019/176

Winter Operations 2019 / 2020

During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew. Considerations when preparing for Winter operations: Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times Specific issues associated […]

CAA comment on NPA 2019-05 – Safety Management System Requirements

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-05 – Embodiment of safety management system (SMS) requirements into Part-145 and Part 21. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2019-05 Read NPA 2019-05 on the EASA website SW2019/170

Airworthiness Seminar in Derby – 14 October

Following previous successful Airworthiness Seminars on Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Identification in February 2019, the CAA is organising an identical event on 14 October 2019 in Derby. The seminar presents the opportunity for the CAA to communicate current thinking on this subject while providing a forum for Industry Stakeholders to share their experience […]

Gatwick office becomes the official CAA Headquarters

Following the relocation of our central London office from Holborn to Canary Wharf, our official corporate headquarters is now Aviation House located just outside of Gatwick Airport. The official registered address is Aviation House, Beehive Ring Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH6 0YR. More information is available on our website.

Part 145 – Applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components

We have published guidance on the applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components for Part 145 holders. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the use of AMC2 145.A.50(d) so that the competent authority, installers and operators have confidence that used aircraft components have been satisfactorily removed from the aircraft, inspected, […]

GA Continuing Airworthiness Management Workshops

The General Aviation Unit (GAU) recognises the challenges faced by industry when introducing new or amended regulation and are keen to provide GA specific training relating to Continuing Airworthiness Management. As part of its collaborative approach to improve consistency across the industry, the GAU is planning to deliver Continuing Airworthiness Management workshops at locations throughout the […]

Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 17 May 2018 as SW2018/84 Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for the initial issue of a Part-66 licence and all applications submitted online via the CAA portal. The […]

Component strip reports

We have published Safety Notice SN 2019/006 to advise owners and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs), responsible for an Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP), to request component strip reports from maintenance organisations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so that they can review the effectiveness of their AMP. A strip report is a common term used for […]

Operational rules for Sailplanes

EASA have published a Sailplane rule book for EASA Sailplanes. These new rules come into effect on 9th July 2019. It is important that pilots familiarise themselves and understand the rules, as all pilots must operate the Sailplanes in accordance with the requirements set out within. For further information please see the CAA webpage here. […]

Critical part awareness and training

We have published guidance for continuing airworthiness organisations managing and / or maintaining critical parts for additional training and raising awareness. This guidance supersedes IN 2016/026, broadens the scope of applicability to all rotorcraft and their operational types and provides further information relating to critical part management. This guidance on critical part awareness and training […]

Maintenance programme approval (up to 2730 Kg)

Maintenance programmes for other than complex motor-powered aircraft, ELA2, aircraft up to 2730 Kg and piston engine aircraft (fixed wing and rotorcraft) Owners, operators, Part M subpart G (CAMO), Part 145 and Part M subpart F organisations must make sure approval of maintenance programmes complies with Part M, M.A.302 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and […]

BMAA given approval to issue initial Permit to Fly certificates

The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) has been given approval to issue Initial Permit to Fly certificates by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Permit to Fly certificates are generally issued to ex-military, kit-built and microlight aircraft that meet the appropriate airworthiness standards. Following a change to the ANO in 2016, the CAA introduced a provision […]

A procedure to write a procedure

Following collaboration with UK maintenance organisations the CAA is pleased to have published guidance to the wider industry on producing procedures to support their respective organisations: Download ‘A procedure to write a procedure: A guide developed by the airworthiness industry.’ SW2019/095

Consultation: Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel – Training & Competence

A new publication for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP), Training Organisations and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) is now available for comment. It aims to help interpret Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 Annex XIII pertaining to ATSEP training and competence assessments, including United Kingdom requirements for limited certificate holder ANSPs. We welcome a review […]

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 13 March 2019 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword. SW2019/066

Update to EU exit information – Occurrence Reporting

We have created a new tab on occurrence reporting on our website in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. Organisations that are required to provide mandatory occurrence reports should read this page. SW2019/061  

Helicopter Safety Seminar

The CAA is holding another helicopter safety seminar in collaboration with the British Helicopter Association (BHA) at The Stafford Cripps Building, Cranfield University  on 8 May 2019. The seminar will run from 10:00-16:00 with a light lunch provided. The event will include presentations on UAV and UTM, the CAA Onshore Safety Review, AAIB, and P […]

Update to EU exit information – CAMOs

We have updated the information on our website concerning continued airworthiness management organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This is to highlight the introduction of the CAA Form 1 post EU exit. Please visit the Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations page for more information. SW2019/059

Update to EU exit information – aerospace production organisations

We have updated the information on our website concerning aerospace production organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This is to highlight the publication of the updated bilateral air safety agreement with the US and to provide a template UK CAA Form 1. SW2019/056

Update to EU exit information – aerospace maintenance organisations

We have updated the information on our website concerning aerospace maintenance organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This is to highlight the publication of the updated bilateral air safety agreement with the US and to provide a template UK CAA Form 1. SW2019/054

CAA 2019/20 Statutory Schemes of Charges

We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2019. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2019. SW2019/053

Engineer licence application form update

The UK CAA has re-issued application form SRG1014 (EASA Form 19) to reflect Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1142 amending Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014. The new version of this form is to be used with immediate effect; the UK CAA will no longer accept any previous versions of this form from 22nd March 2019. SRG1014 Issue 11 […]

GPS Week Counter Rollover Event (6 April 2019)

Navigation and timing information from the Global Positioning System (GPS) is used by many aircraft and ground-based aviation systems. The GPS navigation message contains date and time information in the form of a sequential week and seconds counter, which first started on 6th January 1980.  As the week counter rolls over every 1024 weeks, it […]

Update to EU exit information – Aerospace maintenance organisations

We have updated the information on our website concerning aerospace maintenance organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes a series of changes to address stakeholder queries about ongoing validity of approvals. SW2019/26

Update to EU exit information – Engineer training organisations and Licensed engineers

We have updated the information on our website concerning Engineer training organisations and Licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The update for Engineer training organisations includes information for those who have completed a portion of their modules at the point that the UK leaves the EU. The update for Licensed engineers […]

Ex-military National Fly to Permit maintenance programmes

Owners, operators and BCAR A8-25 Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations are advised that the CAA has issued CAP 1740, ‘Guidance on Maintenance programmes for aircraft operating on a National Permit to Fly’. The CAP sets out in single document, what should be considered when compiling a maintenance programme primarily for ex-military types that require to be […]