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.

EU exit update: aerospace design organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace design organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA has opened advanced applications for organisations wishing to seek a UK design organisation approval as part of their no-deal contingency plans. For how to apply, see here. Organisation wishing to have their UK […]

Amendment to BCAR Section S (Small Light Aeroplanes)

New requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems. The CAA General Aviation Unit has published an amendment to British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section S. Sub-Section K now includes requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems (BPRS) on small […]

A31 Industry collaboration guidance for continuation training

We have published guidance on the format and content of continuation training (CT) for organisations that hold an approval. The aim of this CT framework is to assist all organisations, including training, maintenance, continued airworthiness and production, in design and delivery of their own CT programmes. Download A31 Continuation Training Guidance (CAP 1742) SW2018/260

Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

Update to EU exit information – aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA will now accept third country applications from Part-145 and Part-147 organisations with their principle place of business outside the UK. This update sets this out, and links to our […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 78

The latest edition of CHIRP’s GA Feedback bulletin features the usual range of confidential reports from pilots. Poor pre-flight planning and preparation is a strong theme running through this edition, with weight and balance; flights over water; the proximity of controlled airspace; and NOTAMs all examples of where more attention was required. The misunderstanding of […]

Guidance regarding the introduction and use of Additive Layer Manufacturing technologies in Products, Parts and Appliances.

Organisations adopting Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM/3-D printing) to produce aircraft parts are referred to EASA Certification Memorandum CM-S-008 which addresses Design, Production and Maintenance and confirms the need for organisations to communicate with their competent Authority ‘at the earliest opportunity’ to ensure any necessary investigation is concluded prior to parts release.   Previous CAA FAQ […]

Update to EU exit information – licensed engineers

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for licence transfers to another EU Member State need to be submitted to the CAA by […]

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2019/20

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2019/20. For more information, and to submit comments, see All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 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.

Part 145 – Maintenance Staff Employment Status

CAA has published its revised policy on Part-145 maintenance staff employment status, which provides guidance and is intended to enable Part-145 organisations to identify the employment status of staff engaged on zero hours contracts and those engaged indirectly. SW2018/220

Consultation: Non-EASA fleet aircraft seat harness / belt lives

The CAA wishes to consult with key elements of the non-EASA GA Continued Airworthiness community on the most appropriate means to assure the integrity of seat harnesses and belts. The CAA considers that whilst introducing mandatory replacement lives for harnesses could be considered a means to ensure that an acceptable residual strength is retained, there […]

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.

Airworthiness Competency Assessment

The A31 Maintenance Standards Team, Onshore Helicopter working group has developed, in collaboration with the CAA, a document that will aid in the assessing of competence of Engineering and Airworthiness Staff. The Competency Assessment Guidance Document can be used to support industry in developing its own competency assessments.

Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

We have developed a microsite at 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.

Quality maintenance and occurrence reporting for Gipsy Major engines

We published guidance on Gipsy Major engines on 6 September 2018 (CAP 1700). CAP 1700 advocates the provision of quality maintenance: it does not suggest that there are safety issues relating to this engine type. The information on the type of fuel available was based on reported evidence and expert opinion, our intention was not […]

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 […]

Changes to submission of exposition revisions and amendments

From 1 October 2018, the only valid methods for submitting expositions (whether an initial application, change to an existing approval or routine update by an approved organisation) will be: Submission by application online form – initial application or change to existing approval Submission to – any other exposition revision/amendment This applies to Part 145, […]

Guidance for Part 147 Instructors

CAP 1528 has been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding personnel requiring EASA Form 4 holders, defining the useful definitions and Invigilators qualification. SW2018/193

New guidance on Gipsy Major engines

The CAA is advising owners of Gipsy Major engines ensure routine checks are carried out by a company/person experienced on this engine type, if low compression is noticed in the engine when turning the propeller by hand or the engine is found to be running rough. Owners are also advised to ensure they are using […]

CAA requirements for check flights

Safety Notice SN-2016/006 “CAA Requirements for Check Flights”, dated 27 July 2016, has been withdrawn. Guidance on check flights is available on the CAA website. SW2018/160  

Acceptance of parts for certain aircraft produced in Australia and New Zealand

EASA is now accepting new aircraft products, parts and appliances produced by certain manufacturers located in Australia and New Zealand, namely for Kavanagh Balloons, the GippsAero GA8, Pacific Aerospace 750XL and Alpha Aviation R2000 Series. The following guidance is available on the EASA website Kavanagh Balloons, the GippsAero GA8 Pacific Aerospace 750XL and Alpha Aviation […]

Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today published our draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy for stakeholder feedback, and webcome comments by Monday 10 September 2018. SW2018/148

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 […]

Update to website: EU exit

We have updated our website with information about our preparations for the UK’s exit from the EU. Read more on our EU exit page. SW2018/135

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. […]

CAP 1528 Guidance for Part 147 Instructors

A new issue of CAP 1528 has been published that provides minor updates and clarification of guidance for invigilators. CAP 1528 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2018/92

Expired: New funding round for 8.33 kHz radio switchover

We have opened a new funding period to help general aviation pilots who still need to buy an 8.33 kHz radio for their aircraft. Applications can now be accepted to 30 September 2018. Forms and guidance available on the CAA website SW 2018/090

Update: Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

This notification updates the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/074 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. For security and […]

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

Repairs – approval from design organisations

When repairs have been completed that are outside the scope of the existing approved data (e.g. the structural repair manual) a design organisation (including type certificate holders) must provide aircraft specific approval documents. This type of repair data is commonly required when a repair is not possible using generic repair data or is needed to […]

Expired: Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

This information has been updated and superseded by 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. For security and fraud prevention reasons […]

Aircraft maintenance licensing applications

In accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1321/2014, Annex III (Part-66), existing licence holders are required to submit their original current Part-66 aircraft maintenance licence to the issuing authority when applying to renew, change the scope of, or change the personal details on their Part-66 aircraft maintenance licence. Please note that if your original licence […]

CAA response on NPA 2017-19

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-19 which relates to the installation of parts and appliances that are released without an EASA Form 1 or equivalent. Read our response to the NPA which includes an attachment. Read EASA NPA 2017-19 SW2018/54

Guidance on Self Declared Maintenance Programmes

All ELA1 aircraft operated privately should have had their EASA MIP based Self Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) or Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP) in place since 30 September 2017. The deadline for ELA1 aircraft to have a SDMP or approved AMP in place is now 31 May 2018. ELA1 privately operated aircraft that have not transferred after this extended deadline […]

Exposition version control

During recent CAA audits of organisations it has been noted that some organisations have implemented new / draft versions of the organisation’s exposition as their working document before receiving acceptance / approval from the CAA or being approved under an organisation exposition indirect approval. When found this leads to a Non-Compliance against the applicable regulations. […]

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

Expositions, listings and associated procedures (Part 145, 147, MF, MG)

For those organisations that have been granted an indirect approval procedure for their exposition amendments, associated listings (e.g. Capability List, Managed Aircraft Listing, etc) and procedures which are referenced within the exposition, please note that there is a requirement to submit these documents to the CAA as soon as they have been approved within your […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK, Edition 75

In this latest edition: – letters of agreement – charging portable electronic devices in the cockpit – fuel selectors and fuel filler caps – flight in IMC without a surveillance-based Air Traffic Service (how to minimise the risk) – cowling loss Read all about it here. SW2018/022

Independent monitoring of quality systems

During recent reviews of organisations it has been noted that functions carried out by the Quality Department/Team have not been subject to independent auditing from someone not involved in the function.  This leads to a Non-Compliance against the monitoring / auditing of the organisation as not all aspects have been audited correctly. Please ensure that […]

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 […]