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.

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

UK Airprox Board newsletter, April

UKAB’s April 2018 summary has been published. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 19 incidents by the Board. SW2018/71

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 […]

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 […]

UK Airprox Board: 2016 Report

The Report by the UK Airprox Board (Blue Book 32) provides analysis of 2016’s incidents. It includes observations and lessons – incidents are broken down by aviation sector, airspace, risk distributions, incident rates and causal factors – and a short catalogue of 2016 Airprox. http://www.airproxboard.org.uk/Reports-and-analysis/Annual-Airprox-summary-reports/ SW2017/220

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2018/19

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2018/19. For more information, and to submit comments, please view the consultation. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 8 February 2018. SW2017/216

Pilot Training Review final report published

We have published CAP 1581 – Pilot Training Review Final Report: Recommendations and Conclusions alongside three interim reports (Gap Analysis, Literature Review and Interview Study). This study, initiated and funded by the CAA, looks at all aspects of pilot training in order to ensure relevance as aircraft technologies and training methodologies develop, and to identify […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124 has been published. In this edition: Missed RT calls and ‘stepped on’ transmissions: why do they happen and what can be done? High temperatures in the cabin and flight deck and an unserviceable air conditioning pack: press on or delay the flight? Low temperature issues: a passenger concerned about […]

Part 145 overseas OJT approval application

Organisations who wish to apply for UK CAA Part 145 overseas approval of their OJT in support of type rating issue can now do so, via this application form, available on the CAA website. SW2017/197

SERA implementation

The UK is currently implementing the final part of the ‘Standardised European Rules of the Air’ (SERA – Regulation (EU) 923/2012), effective 12 October 2017. In addition to amending the key CAPs and the UK AIP, we have updated our consolidation of SERA, the ANO and The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015 ahead of 12 […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, July

UKAB’s July 2017 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Biggin Hill where a PA28 conducting a downwind join came into conflict with a C152 ahead. The lesson is that pilots should make early decisions if things start going wrong with their plan, […]

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 […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, June

UKAB’s June 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents resulting from stretched military ATC units and incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at North Wield where a C152 conducting a very wide downwind track came into conflict with a PA28 joining downwind/base leg. The lesson is that […]

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 […]

Intention to remove restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters

UK and Norwegian regulators have announced their intention for the removal of restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters, which prevent operators using the helicopters. The move follows extensive investigation, testing and changes to the helicopter and its maintenance. Read our press release for more information. SW2017/115