Alerts: Private pilot helicopter

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.

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

A series of airspace restrictions will be in place between 3-6 July and 10 July for a flypast commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details by NOTAM and in AICs M043/2018, M049/2018 and M051/2015. Restrictions apply to all airspace users including drones. SW2018/105

Licensing applications: certified copy of licence

We would like to remind pilots that a certified copy of their licence must be submitted with every licensing application. Please refer to our website for further information on how to get your documents certified. This ensures that we reissue licences with the correct ratings and validities. Applications submitted without certified copies of licences will […]

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 20 and 21 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M026/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/98

CAA increases operational scope of GA Permit aircraft

UK National Permit to Fly General Aviation (GA) aircraft can now be used in certain circumstances for remunerated commercial training and self-fly hire, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has announced. The move follows extensive consultation with the GA community. Read the full announcement: CAA increases operational scope of GA Permit aircraft Full details of the […]

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. […]

Student Pilots Skill Test

The CAA provides guidance to training providers, instructors and students, concerning flights after completion of a Skill Test, but prior to receipt of licence. SW2018/96

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations over Suffolk, Essex, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on 9 June 2018 for HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/94

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show and rehearsals between 7 and 10 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M024/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be communicated separately. SW2018/93

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 76

CHIRP’s latest edition of GA FEEDBACK highlights two themes – supervision in training and fitness to fly. Plus covers the use of the SAFETYCOM frequency, managing portable electronic devices and much more. Read the latest issue here. SW2018/091

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

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Great Yarmouth Air on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M029/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restriction may be put in place for jet Formation Display Teams. SW2018/89

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Torbay Air Show, Paignton, Devon, on 1, 2 and 3 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/88

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Patrouille de France (French Air Force Jet Display Team) at Duxford Aerodrome Cambridgeshire on 24 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/87

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

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/83

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Air Festival, Cambridgeshire, on 26 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M018/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/81

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival, Alcester, Warwickshire, on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/79

Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications

Pilots are required to submit certified copies of their ID (such as passport or driving licence) for certain Flight Crew Licensing applications. For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents. Any applications submitted on or after 14 May 2018 which require […]

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Abingdon Air and Country Show Flying Display at Abingdon Aerodrome, Oxfordshire on 5 and 6 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M008/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/72

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/70

Temporary licence certificates

The CAA has updated the forms and guidance material related to the temporary licence certificate. The following changes have been made: – Low visibility (LV) box removed (no longer applicable) – Clarification of the CAA policy that the expiry date 8 weeks shall be from the date of the flight test, zero flight time training […]

Introductory Flights – Guidance To Operators

Updated guidance for operators of introductory flights has been published on our website via: http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Introductory-flights/. This document has been produced to provide easy access to the rules and regulations surrounding introductory flights. SW2018/61

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Three sets of Restriction of Flying Regulations for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London between 18 April and 21 April 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/60

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

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire on either 27, or 28 March 2018. Details by NOTAM can be found at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones. SW2018/052

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

English Language Proficiency for pilots

This notification provides clarification to licence holders about the English Language Proficiency assessment process. Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) holders who have not converted to Part-FCL, new FRTOL applicants, those holding level 4 or 5 Language Proficiency should be aware that they must hold a valid Language Proficiency validation to operate such equipment. If you […]

Test notification requirements

From 1 April 2018 the CAA will require test notification to be requested in any instance before an applicant completes a skill test, or a proficiency check or assessment of competence with a non-UK CAA EASA examiner, in accordance with ARA.FCL.205 and section 2.4 of the EASA Examiner Differences Document. The test notification email return must be […]

Guidance for pilots on type rating differences courses

The EASA Type Ratings and Licence endorsement lists show where additional ‘differences’ training is required, if you are to operate certain variants within a type endorsement. For example, if you have a Type Endorsement B757/767, you can fly one of the aircraft within the endorsement, i.e. the B767, but will require additional training to fly the […]

Declared Training Organisations – guidance material

The General Aviation Unit of the CAA has produced a Guidance Document to help Training Organisations take advantage of the incoming European regulations for Declared Training Organisations (DTOs). It is envisaged that the new regulations will come into force on 8 April 2018 with a 12 month transitional period. The document (CAP1637) is designed to […]

Converting to an EASA Licence from a UK National/JAR licence

To fly EASA certified aircraft from 8 April 2018 pilots will need to hold an EASA licence. Please note that the following exceptions apply: 1. National licences for microlights and gyroplanes do not have an equivalent EASA licence to convert to. 2. EASA Balloon and Sailplane licensing is subject to delays in the drafting of […]

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

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

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 […]

Helicopter special events briefing 2018

Following requests from industry, the British Helicopter Association (with support from the CAA) is reinstating the Special Events Briefing which was last held in 2016. The meeting will enable heliport operators to brief industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open exchange with industry, with the aim of promoting a […]

Pilot logbooks – loss, damage, corruption or theft

With immediate effect, the CAA will no longer accept the submission of a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours for the grant of a licence, rating, certificate or the revalidation and extension/or removal of restriction of privileges where an individual is unable to provide logbook evidence of their required hours due to loss, […]

Publication of AIC Y 001/2018 UK Flight Information Services

The ICAO requirements for a Flight Information Service within Class E and G airspace in the UK are met through a suite of air traffic services that are collectively known as the UK Flight Information Services (FIS). These services are provided in accordance with CAP 774: UK Flight Information Services and are detailed within UK AIP […]

English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing

The CAA has published guidance for training organisations and examiners on carrying out an informal language proficiency assessment. The guidance provides information about the criteria for achieving an Expert / Level 6 rating,  assessing native speakers and the ICAO rating scale. You can read the language proficiency guidance on our website. SW2017/227

CHIRP GA Feedback Edition 74

In this latest edition of CHIRP, we cover: – Distractions, changes in routine and checklists – Post maintenance flight tests – Practice Forced Landings away from an airfield – Cessna seat latches, and much more. Read all about it. SW2017/221

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

Kidde handheld fire extinguishers recall

The FAA has issued a Special Awareness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-18-05) advising of concerns with certain Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles, which may become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. The manufacturer has issued a recall notice that involves 134 models of fire extinguishers […]

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 […]

Cost sharing flights

We have published information intended to provide guidance for when the actual direct costs of a passenger transport flight may be shared between the occupants of an aircraft without having to comply with the regulations applicable to Commercial Air Transport or Public Transport flights. Our website contains updated information, also available in PDF format, alongside […]

Applications for a Part FCL PPL licence that include JAR training

Please note that applications for the issue of a Part FCL PPL where an exemption has been issued to enable JAR training to be used towards the training requirements for the Part FCL PPL licence must be received by the UK CAA by close of business on 29 September 2017. Any applications received after this date […]

Listen up: CAA announces changes to airspace squawks

The latest listening-out squawks, designed to help general aviation pilots steer safely clear of controlled airspace, are today being updated. New codes are being introduced (Liverpool, Brize Norton and Southend) along with changes to several existing ones. For access to the new codes, as well as a handy downloadable chart including all the changes, go […]

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, […]

Issue 2 of SI2017/01 to CAP 797 FISO Manual

Issue 2 of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/01 to CAP 797 Edition 3 was published on 24 August 2017, effective 12 October 2017 and replaces Issue 1 which was notified in SW2017/161 on 17 August 2017. This SI details changes to CAP 797 resulting from the amendment of Reg (EU) No 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Ayr, 2-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Scottish Air Show at Ayr on 2 and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M074/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 3 September 2017; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/172

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth, Dorset, 30 August – 3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Festival, Dorset, between 30 August and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M067/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 31 August, 1 September and 2 September; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply […]

A national system to improve electronic conspicuity

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that ADS-B ‘in/out’ using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation, ideally used through transponders. A survey on the types of devices private pilots already use and what they would prefer to use in future will be open until 29 September: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UKGAEC SW2017/162

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Marham, Norfolk, 21 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Royal Air Force Marham, Norfolk, 20 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index on the AIC […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 21 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Royal Air Force Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 21 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index on […]