Post implementation review on the replacement of class F airspace in UK FIRS

We are currently undertaking a Post Implementation Review on the replacement of Class F airspace in the UK flight information regions. The effects of raising the base of N560 between FOYLE and INBAS as part of the Class F review will be incorporated into this PIR. If you have any views then please respond by Friday 8th […]

New display and flypast forms for airspace notification

The DAP1920 form for notifying airspace users about events has now been replaced by two different forms: DAP1920D for flying displays DAP1920F for flypasts (Use this form to request Airspace Co-ordination and Notification for civil and military events which include flypasts by military aircraft) Please update your bookmarks.

Newcastle International Airport new Standard Instrument Departure

The newly designed GIRLI 1X Standard Instrument Departure route from runway 25 at Newcastle International Airport has been approved for immediate use by the CAA. The change reduces workload for controllers and pilots and replicates the track currently flown but while moving to PRNAV.

London restriction of flying 4 February 2016

Restriction of flying regulations in London on 4 February 2016 as part of overall security arrangements for Supporting Syria and the Regions Conference. Details by NOTAM and at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com

New Trainingcom newsletter available

The first of our new style Trainingcom newsletters for the aviation training professional is now available.

New policy on mounting cameras to GA aircraft

If you wish to attach a small camera (such as a GoPro) to a non EASA certified GA aircraft then the attachment needs to be inspected by a Part66 licensed aircraft engineer or via the CAA as a minor modification to the aircraft. To approve any installation the engineer will need to complete a maintenance […]

Revised policy on wind turbine guidance

Revised guidance on wind turbines and their effect on aviation for aviation stakeholders, wind energy developers and LPAs when assessing the viability of wind turbine developments. 

Consultation on CAA charges

We’re currently consulting on proposed amendments to the CAA Schemes of Charges, which are planned to be effective as from 1 June 2016.

Consultation on flying display charges

We’re currently consulting on proposed amendments to air display charges contained within the CAA general aviation scheme of charges.

UK Transition Altitude consultation to close

This is a reminder to all organisations and individuals affected, that the Consultation for a Harmonised UK Transition Altitude (TA) of 18,000ft will end in four weeks time. All stakeholders who have not yet responded must ensure that their responses are with the CAA by 4pm on Wednesday 24th February 2016. View the consultation Respond

Air display review action report published

The CAA has announced a series of measures to further enhance safety at UK civil air shows. The new measures are detailed in the CAA’s action report from its ongoing review of civil air display safety in the UK. The review is considering all aspects of the safety oversight of UK civil air displays. The […]

New Clued Up safety magazine

The winter edition of the CAA’s Clued Up GA safety magazine is now available.

Farnborough LARS boundary change

From 3 March 2016 the Farnborough LARS boundary changes near Southend CTR and CTAs, where Southend is in a better position to work traffic. The new layout can be seen at http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/InformationNotice2016012.pdf (PDF)

Edinburgh Airport trial

From 25 January until 25 June 2016 Edinburgh Airport is trialling a change to aircraft departing from Runway 06 to reduce the separation times between departing aircraft to one minute intervals.

Update on Class F airspace rationalisation PIR

As part of our post implementation review of the rationalisation of Class F airspace we will be seeking the views of aviation stakeholders on the change in early February. Although the initial change was made in November 2014, following assessments of traffic levels on the N560 route, the base levels between INBAS and FOYLE were […]

EASA proposal for new approach to private pilot training

EASA is proposing to introduce a new category of training organisation – a Basic Training Organisation (BTO). This is a more proportionate approach for organisations wishing to offer some private pilot training. You can view and comment on the proposal here.

LAMP phase 1A decisions published

Our decisions about changes to airspace as part of the London Airspace Management Programme phase 1A (LAMP), as well as all supporting evidence, has now been published on our website.

Update to AME notification index

This update covers changes to RSS feeds and information on our winter closure. To download the full PDF document click here (because of large file size we advise doing this while connected to Wi-Fi). If you don’t have a PDF viewer on your phone, you can also visit skywise.co.uk from your computer to see all our alerts.

‘Justine Case’ to return in Pace Peace of Mind 2016

Our Pack Peace of Mind campaign, designed to boost consumers’ understanding of ATOL, will return in 2016 – this time making waves across national media, magazines, online and on social media. Launching just after Christmas, again the campaign will focus on educating families as they research and book their holidays. We urge members of the […]

Use of government aerodromes by civil aircraft operators

We want to remind you that additional factors may need to be taken into account to for civil flight operations to take place at government or military aerodromes. Operators should make separate safety assessments to identify the specific hazards related to the use of government aerodromes, and put mitigating measures in to place. We have […]

CPL(H) Type ratings for the Sikorsky

We have released some new information clarifying the changes to the type ratings and training needed to fly Sikorsky S76 helicopters that came into effect on the 27th March 2015. These split the family into two separate type ratings, replacing the single ‘SK 76’. If you currently hold an SK 76 type rating, your recent experience within the […]

New reporting rules to improve aviation safety

New European rules establish a common process across the EU for submitting reports which will allow the industry and safety regulators to identify and tackle specific risks and trends more easily. This updates the UK’s current Mandatory Occurrence Reporting Scheme. All those involved in aviation within Europe, including private pilots and ground handlers, will now be […]

Extension of pilot training on permit aircraft

Initial pilot training will now be possible in aircraft with national permit to fly certification, as long as the pilot being trained is the owner, or joint-owner, of the aircraft being used. If the training is for an EASA pilot licence or rating then it must be carried out through an approved training organisation or […]

Major airspace changes make flights more efficient

A series of major airspace changes covering eastern and southern England will enable aircraft to fly more efficiently, reduce the number of low-level flights and reduce the environmental impact of aviation. This is the first significant change made as part of the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy, which is set to modernise airspace by 2020. It […]

Consultation for a harmonised UK transition altitude

A consultation on a UK-wide harmonised transition altitude (TA) of 18,000 ft is being launched today. The new TA will improve airspace efficiency and safety, and bring environmental and economic benefits. We invite aviation stakeholders to read the TA document, review our FAQs, and provide responses to some questions online. You can respond to the consultation […]

Help for light aircraft owners transitioning to new radios

As you may already be aware, you are required to ensure that all radios on general aviation (GA) aircraft can transmit and receive on both 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz by the 1st of January, 2018. Check the new regulations here. To help you make this transition we are currently working on a number of […]

Testing small experimental aircraft made easier

We’ve launched new, simpler requirements for approving the initial flight testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK. We hope this will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers by reducing the red-tape and financial burdens associate with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new light aircraft designs, and encourage the growth of new design concepts. […]

Gatwick Airport airspace review

European and national projects have been working on improving airspace infrastructure to deliver a more efficient use of airspace, more direct routes, and subsequent fuel and CO2 savings. Gatwick Airport has its departure route changes approved in 2013, and after a comprehensive study of flight paths flown and feedback from the general public we have […]

New web directory for special assistance information

As part of the ‘Your Right to Fly’ programme, passengers with a disability or reduced mobility will now be able to quickly find links to essential information from a single source. Our new web directory is a single webpage which includes direct links to the special assistance of all the UK’s airports and major airlines flying to […]

New syllabus for private pilot helicopter training

Continuing on from our work to reduce the regulatory burden on the general aviation sector, two new training syllabuses for private pilot training have been published, both of which aim to be more relevant to today’s flight training environment by including modern learning methods and skills appropriate to today’s complex aviation environment. This will affect […]