Alerts: Maintenance / Engineers

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CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 73

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Know your ATCO from your FISO and A/G operator. Airspace infringements; how to avoid them and what to do in the event of infringing. Two examples of well-handled engine failures in the circuit. Transponders and the altitude facility; terminology and tolerances. Plus an unexpected source of FOD, […]

Part 145 – lost capability

This Information Notice (IN2017/033) informs Part 145 organisations of the actions that may be taken by the CAA where it is identified that an organisation is temporarily unable to fulfil the Part 145 requirements for a particular product, part, appliance or process listed on its approval certificate. SW2017/145

Update to SAFETY DIRECTIVE: Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 return to service requirements

Safety Directive SD-2017/001 which concerned the conditions for the return to service of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 following a fatal accident in Norway with an EC225LP on 29 April 2016 has been amended to reflect the latest airworthiness directive published by EASA. There are no other significant changes. The new directive SD-2017/002 supersedes SD-2017/001. […]

Edition 123 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Are you fit to control/fly? Air Traffic Controllers working night shifts and flight crew feeling pressured to work overtime; Engineering manpower: what are the rules about the resources required?; A pilot shares a human error that resulted in a level bust – an honest report that contains […]

Spar sets produced by Croydon Aircraft Company of New Zealand

The CAA has been advised that some spar sets produced by The Croydon Aircraft Company of New Zealand may not be to OEM drawing. This Information Notice (IN-2017/032) contains advice and details of the work underway to investigate the matter. SW2017/138

SAFETY DIRECTIVE: Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 return to service requirements

The purpose of this Safety Directive (SD-2017/001) is to assure safe operations of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 following a fatal accident in Norway with an EC225LP on 29 April 2016 and replaces SD 2016/003. As a result of the further report from Accident Investigation Board Norway issued on 28 April 2017, ongoing discussions with […]

Changes to birdstrike reporting procedures

The UK Birdstrike Reporting Portal and birdstrike reporting form SRG 2004 will be withdrawn on 1 August 2017. This follows the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014. Wildlife strikes, including bird strikes, will not be differentiated from other reportable occurrences. For information and advice on the reporting methods available from 1 August, please visit our […]

Guidance for Part-147 Practical Training (CAP 1529) published

CAP 1529 provides guidance for practical training within a Part 147 organisation. SW2017/65

Guidance for On the Job Training (OJT) for first type ratings published

CAP 1530 provides guidance for engineers and deals with On the Job Training (OTJ) for first type ratings in any category or sub-category within Part-145. SW2017/66

Important information for SkyWise app users

A new version of the SkyWise app is being released this week and will be available to download for Apple and Android devices. Please ensure that you have the option for ‘Automatic Downloads’ turned on in your device’s settings so that you can continue to receive notifications. Guidance for Apple devices Guidance for Android devices […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition No 122 now available

This issue highlights Air Traffic Controller fatigue: how do you help a colleague who you suspect is affected by fatigue? How would you respond to a colleague’s concern about you? It also deals with flight crew fatigue reports being classified as ‘unfit’ and the pressure to report for work. Other reports include cockpit iPad installations […]

Part-145: Maintenance staff employment status guidance

Our information notice provides guidance to enable Part-145 organisations to establish the employment status of staff engaged on zero-hour contracts for the purposes of Part 145.A30(d). SW2017/51

Ex-military aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly

We have published a Safety Notice to remind operators, Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations (CAMOs), Maintenance Organisations (MOs) and pilot of ex-military aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly of their responsibilities with regard to correctly monitoring, on an ongoing basis, the airworthiness of these aircraft. SW2017/41

Part-145: Occasional/temporary line stations

Our Information Notice gives advice for Part-145 organisations about what the CAA considers to be an occasional or temporary line station and their use, how they should be established and for how long they can remain in place. SW2017/40

EASA developements: CAA bulletin 21 January – 22 March 2017

This information bulletin provides highlights of EASA developments and related CAA activities between 21 January and 22 March 2017. SW2017/36

CAA, HSE and HSENI issue revised enforcement Memorandum of Understanding and associated guidance

The CAA, Health and Safety Executive and Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland have revised and issued a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Its purpose is to ensure effective collaborative working between these organisations where their enforcement duties overlap in and around the United Kingdom. The MOU is supported by CAP1484, which provides additional specific […]

General Aviation Unit Roadshows

In advance of the 2017 flying season, our General Aviation Unit will be running a series of roadshows across the UK in March and April to discuss developments to general aviation regulations. We extend this invitation to: flying schools (RTFs and ATOs), Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations and associated maintenance providers in the UK. We believe […]

Applying for 8.33 kHz radio funding

The CAA has secured €4.3 million of funding from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility to encourage the early transition of the UK GA fleet to 8.33 kHz-capable equipment. The funding will be distributed by way of reimbursal to aircraft owners or pilots to contribute toward the cost of new radio equipment. For more information on […]

Edition 121 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

Approaching the first anniversary of the introduction of EASA Flight Time Limitations this edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK contains a number of examples of flight crew fatigue and a summary of fatigue issues. Air Traffic Control interests include controlling in bad weather and tower controllers doubling-up as approach controllers. Engineering organisations under pressure and engineers signing […]

Alleged examination fraud at Hellenic Aviation Training Academy

EASA have issued SIB No. 2014-32R1 regarding the alleged examination fraud at Hellenic Aviation Training Academy (HATA). We will therefore no longer recognise the validity of CoR issued by HATA between 14 September 2010 and 26 January 2014. EASA Part-66 licence holders who attended HATA examinations between those dates should contact us immediately. If your licence was issued or amended on […]

EASA developments: 17 November 2016 – 20 January 2017

This Information Notice provides highlights of EASA developments and related CAA activities for the period 17 November 2016 to 20 January 2017. SW2017/08

Update to CAP 1038 Check Flight Handbook

A new version of the CAA Check Flight Handbook (CAP 1038) has been published. It explains who may carry out Check Flights and offers a number of technical guides to the various aspects of the Check Flight. It is not intended to replace the contents of an aircraft’s flight manual (or Permit to Fly). SW2017/04

EASA Developments – 9 August-17 November 2016

We have provided details of EASA developments and related CAA activities, covering the period 9 August to 16 November 2016. See IN-2016/099 for more information: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7612 SW 2016/1766

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2017/18

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2017/18. For more information, and to submit comments, see consultations.caa.co.uk. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 9 February 2017. SW2016/175

Aircraft maintenance licence e-exam UK venues

Aircraft Maintenance Licencing e-exams are available to take at Gatwick, Luton, Ayr, Oxford and Coventry venues. The Perth and Leicester venues have been closed for the 2017 timetable. More details can be found in our new information notice. SW2016/169

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK 120 available

A new edition containing a variety of topical issues. Cabin crew who report for duty when unwell are a hazard to themselves, flight crew and passengers; how the prospect of redundancies can create stress and affect performance; and a discussion of rules regarding social media and mobile phones. Also included are articles on engine failure, […]

Maintenance Programme application process

From 1 November 2016, we will be launching a new application process for Maintenance Programmes and it will no longer be possible to apply via Regional Office mail boxes or direct to the organisation’s airworthiness surveyor. The application will be made on a common form SRG 1753, covering all maintenance programme requirements. For more information […]

New application form for Part 66 from 1 October 2016

If you’re making an initial application, amendment or renewal for a Part 66 licence: We will continue to accept Issue 3 forms until the 30 September 2016, after which date only the revised EASA Form 19, Issue 4 will be acceptable. Applications received from 1 October 2016 that are not provided on the latest version […]

CAP 747 – Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness updated

On 8 August 2016 we published issue 3, amendment 2016/01 to CAP 747 – Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness. To view, please go to: https://www.caa.co.uk/CAP747 SW2016/135

Changes to EASA ‘grandfathered’ equipment

Our new information notice provides updates regarding ‘grandfather provisions’ for design changes to EASA Equipment, Parts and Appliances originally certified prior to 28 September 2003. Further discussion with EASA and with the FAA has confirmed that grandfathered changes by an Original Equipment Manufacturer other than the Type Certificate Holder or an EASA Design Organisation Approval may […]