Aircrew medical fitness

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 14/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the Air OPS implementing rules will introduce preventive measures that will require EU airlines to carry out a psychological assessment […]

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 […]

Guidance for training organisations on type rating differences courses

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

Expositions, listings and associated procedures (Part 145, 147, MF, MG)

For those organisations that have been granted an indirect approval procedure for their exposition amendments, associated listings (e.g. Capability List, Managed Aircraft Listing, etc) and procedures which are referenced within the exposition, please note that there is a requirement to submit these documents to the CAA as soon as they have been approved within your […]

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 […]

Maintenance and overhaul of historic piston engines

Safety Notice SN-2018/002 has been issued to remind Individuals and organisations maintaining historic piston engines of maintenance best practice. SW2018/27

CAA response on NPA 2017-18 – Unintended or inappropriate rudder use

The CAA has published a response supporting the revisions proposed in the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-18 which relates to unintended or inappropriate rudder usage — rudder reversals. Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2017-18 See our website for details of other responses we have made to EASA’s Notices of Proposed Amendments. […]

Straight wing / swept wing ex-military jet air display restrictions

Restrictions on swept wing ex-military jet aircraft, introduced after the Shoreham airshow accident, will remain in place. Precautionary restrictions on straight wing ex-military jet aircraft will be lifted. See Safety Notice SN-2018/001 SW2018/025

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

NERL resilience condition requirement

The CAA published today notice of a proposal to modify NERL’s licence to require it to produce a resilience plan. Consultation on the proposal closes on 26 March 2018. SW2018/023

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

Unlicensed site owners asked to update details by 7 March

The CAA and NATS have extended the deadline of a survey to help update the details of unlicensed airfields and aerial sporting activity locations that are made available to airspace users. The details will be updated on the NATS AIS database and be published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and included on CAA VFR […]

Independent monitoring of quality systems

During recent reviews of organisations it has been noted that functions carried out by the Quality Department/Team have not been subject to independent auditing from someone not involved in the function.  This leads to a Non-Compliance against the monitoring / auditing of the organisation as not all aspects have been audited correctly. Please ensure that […]

Consultation: Market Conditions for Terminal Air Navigation Services

The CAA published its draft advice to the Secretary of State, for consultation, on market conditions for terminal air navigation services in the UK. The CAA’s draft advice is that the provision of these services is subject to market conditions. This consultation closes on 12 March 2018. This consultation and other relevant documents for this […]

CAA Response to AAIB Recommendation 2016-044

As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the CAA has published a response to the AAIB recommendation that the CAA will undertake a study to identify and publish meaningful safety indicators for civil display flying. SW2018/017

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 […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cheltenham Festival, 13 – 16 March 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival, between 13 and 16 March 2018. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 006/2018, which can be found on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/15

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-17

The CAA has published a comment on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-17. The purpose of this NPA is to develop a harmonised set of flight time limitation (FTL) rules for CAT emergency medical services by aeroplanes and helicopters and the update and harmonisation of FTL for CAT by aeroplane for air taxi operations and single-pilot […]

Royal helicopter flights

For flight safety reasons, the details of royal helicopter flights are now being published by NOTAM and so will also be depicted on airspace mapping apps. Further details can be found on the CAA website. SW2018/013

Voluntary Industry Resilience Group – final report published

The Voluntary Industry Resilience Group (VIRG) was formed to improve the running of the UK’s aviation network, with the aim of: – Enhancing its day-to-day operating resilience. – Reducing delays. – Reducing (where possible) the associated costs to both industry and passengers. Its final report, published in January 2018, proposes a list of recommended actions […]

CAP 493 MATS Part 1 correction to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1

The purpose of this SI 2018/01 is to correct a publication error that resulted in a change to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1 being omitted from the MATS Part 1 at Edition 7. SW2018/011

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 […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 125

In this latest issue of CHIRP: – Is there a systemic problem with aviation? Pilots, ATCOs and engineers report pressure to achieve more output with fewer resources. Are Safety Management Systems too reactive? – EASA regulations and potential legal implications of using Commander’s Discretion are reported as well as the effects of an industrial dispute […]

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 […]

Small Unmanned Aircraft (drones) – Amendment to EG R157 (Hyde Park)

Operators of Small Unmanned Aircraft (drones) in the London area should note that the dimensions of Restricted Area EG R157 have changed. Details of the amended area can be found on the NATS website. SW2018/006

CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2017-003

As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the CAA reviewed the categories of aircraft that pilots can have on their display authorisations to show the different aircraft performances and reflect the differing skills required to fly each category of aircraft. The CAA has published its […]

Guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024)

We have published finalised guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024). You can read the guidance on our website. SW2018/004

Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and administrative requirements and guidance

The CAA has published a consultation containing proposed amendments to CAP 403, Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance, which are planned to be effective from 1 April 2018. The consultation is open for comments until 2 February 2018. This consultation period allows the regulated community to provide feedback on the changes to […]