Solent CTA RoCSA Decision

The CAA has approved the FAS VFR Implementation Group’s proposals to disestablish a portion of controlled airspace within the Solent Control Area (CTA), in accordance with the CAA’s policy for the Release of Controlled and Segregated Airspace.  The proposals, which will see the base level of CTA-6 raised to 3,000 feet above mean sea level […]

London Marathon airborne TV relay flights, 22 to 24 April

An ACN has been issued to cover the airborne TV relay flights in support of the London Marathon between 22 – 24 April 2016.

Flight survey – Mansfield, until 30 Nov

An ACN has been issued to cover a planned Flight Survey of the Mansfield area, with immediate effect.

Aerial survey Gamston VOR/DME, 14 Apr to 31 Dec

An ACN has been issued to cover the planned flight check of the Gamston VOR/DME (GAM) between the 14 April and 31 December 2016.

Aerial survey Wales ACN issued

An ACN has been issued to cover a small-scale aerial survey of south Wales requiring access to Danger Areas and Controlled Airspace.

MAYFIELD DVOR/DME flight trial

An ACN has been issued to cover a flight trial of the MAYFIELD DVOR/DME on behalf of NATS by Flight Calibration Services Ltd.

Lands End ACP decision

We have recently published our decision relating to the Lands End Airspace Change Proposal.  A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change pages.

Burbo Bank ACP decision

We have now published our decision relating to the Burbo Bank Airspace Change Proposal.  A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change pages.

Birmingham Airport Runway 15 departures

The proposal seeks to establish revised departure routes from runway 15 utilising Performance-based Navigation (PBN) technology, following the extension to the airport’s instrument runway.

French inspection flights, 11 to 17 April

An ACN has been issued to cover the forthcoming French DGAC’s high altitude radio NAVAIDS flight check which requires flight within the London FIR.

Consultation opens on the implementation of controlled airspace in Southend

Following the introduction of controlled airspace at Southend in April 2015 the CAA is now conducting a post implementation review of the change to assess whether it has met its aims. If you have any feedback on the airspace introduction please respond to our consultation, which is open until 14th May 2016 and is available […]

New safety notice on flight planning for helicopters SN-2016/002

We released a safety notice today reinforcing the importance of pre-flight planning and risk assessment before conducting any flights. It has a particular focus on flights under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). You can find it at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7294

New safety notice on private helicopter flights SN-2016/001

We released a safety notice today detailing best practice and guidance on establishing Aerodrome Operating Minima (AOM). It also highlights the pilot in command’s responsibilities for private helicopter flights departing under IFR from aerodromes not notified for instrument departures. You can find it at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7292

Changes to the AFISO syllabus

The CAA released a Supplementary Instruction today for CAP 1032 Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officer Licensing ‘Appendix A’ which comes into effect from 4th April. It contains minor changes to the syllabus and is available at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7293

Performance based navigation and noise mitigation

Our new publication, CAP1378, explores the impacts and possibilities of using PBN routes to mitigate noise impacts. This is accompanied by CAP1379, which aims to support engagement between industry experts and those not engaged in the aviation industry but who are interested or affected by operations by describing some of the techniques used to manage air traffic in the […]

New easy process to enable electronic identification of light aircraft announced

Yesterday we released proposals for how GA aircraft and airspace users in uncontrolled UK airspace can use low cost and low power electronic devices (known as electronic conspicuity) to be more visible to each other. The aim is to make it significantly easier and cheaper for pilots to be able to electronically show other aircraft their […]

Administrative update of CAP 725: Guidance on the application of the airspace change process

An administrative update of our guidance on the application of the airspace change process is now available at www.caa.co.uk/cap725.  It reflects changes that have been made to the various policies that underpin the process and the reorganisation of the CAA. This re-issue does not prejudice the outcome of the CAA’s consultation on its proposals to […]

Modifications to NATS (En Route) plc licence

We’ve released our decision to amend the air traffic services licence of NERL to mitigate concerns that the current arrangements for governance and ring-fencing may need to be strengthened to ensure that users are adequately protected from risks which arise outside of the regulated business.

Major consultation launched on airspace change process

All interested parties are being invited to input into a CAA consultation on how decisions are made on future changes to the UK’s airspace structure. The consultation is based on a series of proposals aimed at making the UK’s airspace change process more transparent and effective. The consultation is open until 15 June and can […]

Joint Warrior military exercise 9 to 22 April

The Airspace Co-ordination Notice (ACN) for the forthcoming Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 161 (9-22 April 2016) has been published on the CAA website.

Cheltenham airspace restriction 15 to 18 March

Restriction of flying regulations at Cheltenham  between 15 and 18 March 2016, both dates inclusive,  for Cheltenham Festival 2016.  Details in AIC M001/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com and by NOTAM.

Update to atrial fibrillation flow chart

The atrial fibrillation flow chart has now been updated to include a link to our assessment of stroke risk tool.

36th AAME Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

If you have not already done so please register for this important meeting, taking place on the 16th April. The agenda will discuss the current ‘hot topic’ in Aviation Medicine which is ‘The Psychological Assessment of Pilots and Pilot Mental Health’. There will also be an update from the CAA about the recent announcement of major […]

Standards for helicopter landing areas at hospitals

CAP1264 aims to promote design standards and options for heliports located at hospitals in the UK. Based on international design standards and recommended practice, a good heliport design will ensure it is ‘safe and friendly’ for helicopter operations, while accounting also for the clinical needs of a patient.

Changes to flying display applications and introduction of fitness assessment

The CAA has introduced behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment for flying display roles and will require additional information to be submitted as part of a flying display notification. More information and the new application form can be found here. If you have already submitted an application for a 2016 event we will contact you to […]

London Oxford gets listening out squawk

From 1 March London Oxford Airport will have a listening out (frequency monitoring) squawk. The code 4517 to be used when monitoring 127.750 MHz (Oxford Approach/Oxford Radar). Under the system pilots add the code to their transponder and then listen on the frequency. Controllers can then contact any aircraft that they want to check or pass information to. […]

Update to arrival procedures using RNAV

We’ve now published a revised policy on the introduction of new or revised airport standard arrival procedures that will use RNAV satellite based navigation. You can see the policy at.

Red Arrows rehearsal airspace restrictions

Airspace restriction of flying regulations in place on 26 February (RAF Coningsby), 1 March (RAF Valley) and 3 March (RAF Linton-on-Ouse)  for rehearsals by jet formation display teams. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M005/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com  

Scottish low level frequency trial

The RAF is currently trialling a frequency to allow civil and military pilots operating low level in Scotland to share location information. You can find out more and complete a feedback survey at http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/vhflowlevelfrequencytrialinscotland.cfm

Laser attacks self-assessment tool

With the recent press coverage about aircraft being targeted with lasers, we would like to remind you about the Aviation laser exposure self-assessment (Alesa). This CAA tool is designed to assist pilots, other flight crew members and air traffic control officers with deciding whether or not to seek medical attention following an eye exposure to a laser. […]