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  • Designing a new NOTAM System: ICAO Questionnaire

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has launched a questionnaire on NOTAM and the NOTAM system and is asking for feedback from users. Your response will help design a new system. The online questionnaire remains open until 31 October 2019: As advised by ICAO: In answering the questions think of the ideal NOTAM system […]

  • Dangerous Goods Radiation Protection Programme

    The transport of radioactive material as cargo must be subject to a Radiation Protection Programme (RPP), which must consist of systematic arrangements aimed at providing adequate consideration of radiation protection measures. Operators that hold a dangerous goods approval and permit the transport of radioactive material should identify their RPP document reference and location within their […]

  • Flying Display Season 2019 Post-season symposium

    The 2019 Post-season symposium will be held on 12 and 13 November 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. The 2-day symposium provides an opportunity for to all those involved in flying displays, both civilian and military, to share feedback with both the civilian and military regulators, in addition to sharing ideas so as […]

  • Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for State Opening of Parliament, London, on 14 October from from 0930 hrs UTC to 1130 hrs UTC. Details by NOTAM at: Helicopter route H4 and non-specific flight / enhanced non-specific flight clearances contained within area withdrawn for duration. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/184

  • Helicopter special events end of season review

    The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority will be hosting a review of helicopter operations at major events during 2019. The intention is to facilitate an open exchange of views to ensure that safe operations remain a fundamental objective at future events. The meeting will be held in the Airport Terminal at Oxford Airport […]

  • CAA comment on NPA 2019-08 – Update of ORO.FC

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-08 – Update of ORO.FC. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2019-08 Read NPA 2019-08 on the EASA website  

  • Overflight of congested areas

    The CAA has today issued ORS4 1315 which exempts certain categories of aircraft from their Permit to Fly Condition that prohibits them from overflight of ‘Settlements’. The aircraft concerned will still need to avoid Towns and Cities, but it is envisaged that this change will make flight planning easier for the operators of the aircraft […]

  • Microlight noise certificate exemption

    The CAA, in cooperation with the Department for Transport, has today issued an exemption to remove the need for microlight aircraft to hold a noise certificate. This is in advance of a Government consultation on the issue. You can see the exemption at: ORS4 No.1313 – Noise Certificate for Microlight Aeroplanes

  • Update to EU exit information

    We have updated our EU exit microsite for licensed engineers, CAMOs, ETSO approval holders, aerospace production organisations, aerospace design organisations and aerospace maintenance organisations. Go to for further information. SW2019/176

  • Winter Operations 2019 / 2020

    During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew. Considerations when preparing for Winter operations: Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times Specific issues associated […]

  • Updated requirements for UAS PfCO applications

    From 1 October 2019 a rejection / assessment fee will be introduced for applications which do not meet the required standard. Operations Manuals will require reference to the latest version of CAP 722. Insurance is no longer required to be submitted as part of the application process. Please refer to our website for more information […]

  • SERA.5001 exemption remains in effect to March 2020

    The general exemption from the requirements of SERA.5001 will remain in place until 25 March 2020. This means that until 25 March 2020 pilots can continue to fly VFR: at or below 3000 ft AMSL within Class D airspace; during day only; indicated airspeed of 140 kts or less; clear of cloud, with surface and: […]

  • Infringement update: Textbook application of listening squawk

    New infringement report published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website shows how the textbook application of an Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) allowed the early resolution of an airspace infringement in a busy volume of airspace. SW2019/172

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft – CAP 722 Amendment

    CAP 722 Seventh Edition has been re-published with a number of editorial and other minor amendments. An amendment record has been added to the CAP 722 publication page, which details all the changes made since original publication. The current published version of CAP 722 has been updated and contains all amendments. SW2019/171

  • CAA comment on NPA 2019-05 – Safety Management System Requirements

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-05 – Embodiment of safety management system (SMS) requirements into Part-145 and Part 21. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2019-05 Read NPA 2019-05 on the EASA website SW2019/170

  • CAP 1649 – Post Consultation Report

    CAP 1649 – Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel – Training & Competence (Edition March 2019) was issued for industry consultation on 4th April 2019 and closed on 31st May 2019. The CAA received 68 comments from 18 different stakeholders during the consultation period. A Post Consultation Report has now been compiled to address & answer […]

  • Airworthiness Seminar in Derby – 14 October

    Following previous successful Airworthiness Seminars on Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Identification in February 2019, the CAA is organising an identical event on 14 October 2019 in Derby. The seminar presents the opportunity for the CAA to communicate current thinking on this subject while providing a forum for Industry Stakeholders to share their experience […]

  • Avoiding airspace infringements

    Think, plan, avoid and enjoy your flight. Key tips to help avoid airspace infringements produced in collaboration with the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.

  • Jamming trial affecting UAS command & control and GNSS reception

    Jamming activity will take place 22nd – 23rd  August 2019 near the Sennybridge  training area, South Wales. The activity may affect UAV command and control (433MHz, 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz) up to 1000FT AMSL within the area bounded by 522112N 0045975W – 522112N 0025925W – 514405N 0025925W – 514405N 0045975W (South Powys, South Ceredigion, Carmathenshire, and Pembrokeshire). During […]

  • Expired: CAA will be at the LAA Rally 2019 – 30 Aug – 1 Sept

    The CAA, including the General Aviation Unit, will be at the LAA Rally 2019, taking place at Sywell Aerodrome, and will be in a marquee ready to answer your questions. The team will be covering the following areas: Licensing – general queries, including assistance in completing EASA conversions, certifying original documents and submission of flight […]

  • Gatwick office becomes the official CAA Headquarters

    Following the relocation of our central London office from Holborn to Canary Wharf, our official corporate headquarters is now Aviation House located just outside of Gatwick Airport. The official registered address is Aviation House, Beehive Ring Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH6 0YR. More information is available on our website.

  • Infringement update: Birmingham CTA/CTR

    59% of reported Birmingham CTA/CTR infringements so far this year have been inside CTA2, the Control Area immediately to the south of the CTR. Main causal factors and a reminder of tips to avoid infringing CTA2 now published at

  • Working paper on resilience of HAL

    CAP1832 focuses on options the CAA is considering to provide further assurance that Heathrow Airport Limited (“HAL”) operates in a financially resilient manner and risks to consumers arising from financial distress are appropriately mitigated. It considers possible changes to the financial resilience and ring fencing provisions in HAL’s licence that may be appropriate given the […]

  • Guidance for Flight Examiners and Senior Examiners (Single Pilot Aircraft)

    We have published two new Standards Documents. Standards Document 21 Policy and Guidance for Examiners (Single Pilot Aircraft) defines the UK policy and means of compliance with EASA Part FCL, Subpart K and oversight of the conduct and performance of CAA certified examiners in accordance with Part ARA.FCL.205. Standards Document 22 Policy and Guidance for […]

  • Part 145 – Applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components

    We have published guidance on the applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components for Part 145 holders. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the use of AMC2 145.A.50(d) so that the competent authority, installers and operators have confidence that used aircraft components have been satisfactorily removed from the aircraft, inspected, […]

  • GA Continuing Airworthiness Management Workshops

    The General Aviation Unit (GAU) recognises the challenges faced by industry when introducing new or amended regulation and are keen to provide GA specific training relating to Continuing Airworthiness Management. As part of its collaborative approach to improve consistency across the industry, the GAU is planning to deliver Continuing Airworthiness Management workshops at locations throughout the […]

  • Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

    This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 17 May 2018 as 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. The […]