Alerts: Offshore helicopters

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.

Air operators requested to update dangerous goods manuals and training programmes

The next edition of ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air becomes effective 1 January 2019 and introduces changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published […]

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 www.consultations.caa.co.uk All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

8.33kHz Conversion – Offshore Operations

All VHF radio frequency assignments used for offshore operations will convert to 8.33kHz from 3 January 2019. This means the way all channels are displayed and spoken will change. Depcom will also change and become 122.955. CAP1580 provides further detail on the change.  Associated AIP changes will be updated in AIRAC 01/2019 and AIP Supplement […]

Response to In-Flight Fires Involving Portable Electronic Devices

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) containing lithium batteries and external lithium batteries such as power banks can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. PED fires have occurred in the passenger cabin with the potential to cause serious injury to a passenger or crew member. Such an event on the flight deck could […]

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.

Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas updated

CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas has been updated to clarify criteria applied by the UK CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom. www.caa.co.uk/CAP437

CAA response on EASA NPA 2018-04 – Helicopter emergency medical services

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2018-04 which relates to helicopter emergency medical services performance and public interest sites. Read our response to the NPA. Read NPA 2018-04 on the EASA website. The CAA website has details of all our responses to external consultations. SW2018/200

Pilot Support Programme – Guidance for Commercial Air Transport Operators

The psychological well-being and positive mental health of commercial pilots is of fundamental importance to safe Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations. CAT operators should facilitate access to support from a peer support volunteer for their pilots in a just culture environment and to other forms of support. CAP 1695 outlines a framework for a CAT […]

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) requirements for pilots

The new Performance Based Naviation (PBN) Regulations require that: Pilots must have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating (IR), in order to fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures with effect from 25 August 2018. All pilots with an IR or En-route Instrument Rating (EIR) will require PBN privileges […]

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

SPA-HOFO: specific approval for helicopter offshore operations

If you conduct operations to or from offshore facilities – including helidecks, ships and windfarms – then there are new regulations which come into force on 1 July 2018 which may affect your operation. More details, including who is affected, what is required and how to apply can be found on the CAA website. SW2018/104

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. […]

Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

We are sharing a comprehensive and fully illustrated Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide that has been developed by EHEST. You can download the guide on the EASA website: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/general-publications/ehest-helicopter-flight-instructor-guide SW2018/85

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

Safety requirements for portable electronic devices placed on board by the operator

Controlled portable electronic devices (C-PEDs) containing lithium batteries, and external lithium batteries (including power banks) can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. Such devices are subject to safety design and operational standards and similar requirements apply to lithium battery powered products taken on board aircraft for retail sale to passengers. The […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2018 summary focuses on downwind, with the example of the C152 and C172 which came into conflict at Cumbernauld. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 21 incidents by the Board. SW2018/056

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

UK Airprox Board newsletter, February

UKAB’s February 2018 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Compton Abbas where two C42 Ikarus aircraft were both joining for a right-hand circuit on runway 26. SW2018/024

Transition of frequency assignments to 8.33 KHZ voice channel spacing

During 2018 most ground stations radios will convert to 8.33 kHz channel spacing. Airspace users must ensure they are correctly equipped and carry an 8.33 kHz capable radio where required. A list of converted ground stations is maintained in an AIP supplement. Pilots are required to check supplement data before they fly and to review […]

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 […]