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  • Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

    We have developed a microsite at to be a central source of information for the aviation and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual recognition.

  • Quality maintenance and occurrence reporting for Gipsy Major engines

    We published guidance on Gipsy Major engines on 6 September 2018 (CAP 1700). CAP 1700 advocates the provision of quality maintenance: it does not suggest that there are safety issues relating to this engine type. The information on the type of fuel available was based on reported evidence and expert opinion, our intention was not […]

  • FISO training, qualification and licensing review

    We are seeking views on a series of concept proposals for future CAA policy on the training, qualification and licensing of UK flight information service officers (FISOs). More details and online survey available here: 

  • CAA response on EASA NPA 2018-04 – Helicopter emergency medical services

    The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2018-04 which relates to helicopter emergency medical services performance and public interest sites. Read our response to the NPA. Read NPA 2018-04 on the EASA website. The CAA website has details of all our responses to external consultations. SW2018/200

  • Pilot Support Programme – Guidance for Commercial Air Transport Operators

    The psychological well-being and positive mental health of commercial pilots is of fundamental importance to safe Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations. CAT operators should facilitate access to support from a peer support volunteer for their pilots in a just culture environment and to other forms of support. CAP 1695 outlines a framework for a CAT […]

  • Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Duxford, 22-23 September 2018

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain air show, Cambridgeshire, on 22 and 23 September 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M090/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/198

  • Changes to the way you apply for a medical certificate

    The CAA medical records system is being replaced. Changes will be implemented in a few months’ time and will provide greater accessibility, efficiency and transparency. The new web-based system will replace the existing paper-based application forms, changing the way in which you apply for a medical certificate. Details and guidance on how to use the […]

  • CAA responds to Sky News story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation

    We have published a response to Sky News’s story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation. It is misleading for Sky News to say that 35,000 pilots would need to renew their pilot’s licence in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered […]

  • Changes to submission of exposition revisions and amendments

    From 1 October 2018, the only valid methods for submitting expositions (whether an initial application, change to an existing approval or routine update by an approved organisation) will be: Submission by application online form – initial application or change to existing approval Submission to – any other exposition revision/amendment This applies to Part 145, […]

  • Display Season 18 Post-Season Symposium

    The Display Season 18 Post-Season Symposium will be held on 7 & 8 November at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. Closing date for applications 23 October 2018. Military personnel can apply through the MAA website, and civilian personnel can apply through the CAA website. SW2018/194

  • Guidance for Part 147 Instructors

    CAP 1528 has been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding personnel requiring EASA Form 4 holders, defining the useful definitions and Invigilators qualification. SW2018/193

  • Two airspace change proposals approved

    We have published our decision on two airspace change submissions affecting aircraft flying over the Solent and Channel Islands and North Sea. The changes, requested by the air navigation service provider NATS, will affect commercial air traffic flying above 7,000ft. Both changes are part of the Swanwick airspace improvement programme (SAIP AD3 and SAIP AD4) […]

  • AS350 Hydraulic Failure Training

    EASA Safety Information Bulletin SIB 2018-03 promotes the new Airbus Helicopters training video aimed at Flight Instructors of Squirrel helicopters regarding hydraulic failure training.  Instructors and Training Organisations are encouraged to view and utilise the information in their programmes. SW2018/188

  • New guidance on Gipsy Major engines

    The CAA is advising owners of Gipsy Major engines ensure routine checks are carried out by a company/person experienced on this engine type, if low compression is noticed in the engine when turning the propeller by hand or the engine is found to be running rough. Owners are also advised to ensure they are using […]

  • Expired: GAL economic regulation consultation extended

    The deadline for responses to our initial consultation on the process and timetable for reviewing the economic regulation of Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL), and on possible issues to be addressed during this process, has been extended to 28 September 2018. SW2018/184

  • Urgent: PBN Update – Aircrew General Exemption

    From 25 August 2018 all pilots operating on PBN routes or PBN procedures are required to be suitably qualified. The DfT, EASA and the UK CAA have agreed a general exemption for specific operators who are unable to meet these requirements. To apply for the exemption relevant Operators should follow the application process on ORS4 […]

  • Aircrew guide to gastroenteritis

    Gastroenteritis is the most common cause of aircrew impairment with symptoms that include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most cases are caused by a virus or a bacterial infection in contaminated food or drink, both of which can easily spread to others. The greatest risk of contamination is down-route. Incidents of gastroenteritis in inflight […]

  • Automatic validation of flight crew licences issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended

    We have published information on the automatic validation of EASA Part-FCL licences for those individuals operating aircraft on the register of non-UK EU Member States. This contains a link to the validation document required to operate those aircraft. The holding of the validation document is required as of 19 August 2018. SW2018/176

  • Declared Training Organisations

    The European Commission has adopted and published, in their Official Journal, the text to enable Declared Training Organisations (DTO) in law. This new category of pilot training organisations offering training towards basic licences and rating for private pilots will be available with effect from Sunday 2nd September 2018. No Declarations can legally be made before […]

  • Performance Based Navigation (PBN) requirements for pilots

    The new Performance Based Naviation (PBN) Regulations require that: Pilots must have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating (IR), in order to fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures with effect from 25 August 2018. All pilots with an IR or En-route Instrument Rating (EIR) will require PBN privileges […]