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  • CAP 1251 ATCO Licensing manual updated – Edition 2

    CAP 1251 Edition 2 contains a significant rewrite, incorporating new EU Legislation, including the introduction of (EU) 2017/373 requirements. ATCO licence holders advised to familiarise themselves with the updated legislation and standard practices contained within the manual. > CAP 1251 Air Traffic Controllers – Licensing


    Restriction of Flying Regulations at Edinburgh on 30 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M100/2018 at  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/263  

  • Amendment to BCAR Section S (Small Light Aeroplanes)

    New requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems. The CAA General Aviation Unit has published an amendment to British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section S. Sub-Section K now includes requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems (BPRS) on small […]

  • Aerodrome rescue and firefighting services

    EASA has published Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2018-15 for consultation with a deadline of 18 March 2019. The NPA proposes guidance material for aerodrome operators in order to verify the suitability of their existing medical and physical medical requirements for rescue and firefighting services (RFFS) personnel. The NPA also proposes that alternative fuel types […]

  • A31 Industry collaboration guidance for continuation training

    We have published guidance on the format and content of continuation training (CT) for organisations that hold an approval. The aim of this CT framework is to assist all organisations, including training, maintenance, continued airworthiness and production, in design and delivery of their own CT programmes. Download A31 Continuation Training Guidance (CAP 1742) SW2018/260

  • AIS aeronautical data quality activities

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS) are working collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the implementation of aeronautical data quality requirements in the United Kingdom NATS as the service provider (AISP) is responsible for producing the UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and is implementing a new data management portal […]

  • Consultation on draft CAP1724 Flying Display Standards

    This new CAP will be available alongside CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events, the aim being to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is practicable. It provides guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluations; and contains […]

  • Airspace Modernisation Strategy

    We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

  • Air operators requested to update dangerous goods manuals and training programmes

    The next edition of ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air becomes effective 1 January 2019 and introduces changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published […]

  • Update to EU exit information – aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations

    We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA will now accept third country applications from Part-145 and Part-147 organisations with their principle place of business outside the UK. This update sets this out, and links to our […]

  • Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 78

    The latest edition of CHIRP’s GA Feedback bulletin features the usual range of confidential reports from pilots. Poor pre-flight planning and preparation is a strong theme running through this edition, with weight and balance; flights over water; the proximity of controlled airspace; and NOTAMs all examples of where more attention was required. The misunderstanding of […]

  • New aerodrome survey guidance

    We are introducing new aerodrome survey guidance for Aerodrome Operators and other data originators (including contracted activities), which supports compliance with the Regulation EU 139/2014, EU 73/2010 and ICAO Annex 4, Annex 11 and Annex 14. New aerodrome survey guidance can be found at   SW2018/253

  • Consultation on draft CAP 403: Flying Displays and Special Events

    We are working on the new edition of CAP 403, Flying Displays & Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance. We have published a consultation and we welcome your comments by Friday 11 January 2019. Access and respond to this consultation. SW2018/252

  • Airspace design guidance: CAP 1616 second edition published

    We have published an updated edition of CAP 1616 Airspace design: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design including community engagement requirements. It includes a revised process for the Secretary of State to ‘call-in’ an airspace change proposal as well as updates to the text to improve clarity and correct links.   SW2018/251


    All Registered Training Facility (RTF) pilot training organisations are reminded that they must make the transition to either Declared Training Organisation (DTO) or Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status by 8th April 2019 if they wish to conduct flight training for the issue of an aeroplane or helicopter pilots licence. This is the date when RTF’s […]

  • Guidance regarding the introduction and use of Additive Layer Manufacturing technologies in Products, Parts and Appliances.

    Organisations adopting Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM/3-D printing) to produce aircraft parts are referred to EASA Certification Memorandum CM-S-008 which addresses Design, Production and Maintenance and confirms the need for organisations to communicate with their competent Authority ‘at the earliest opportunity’ to ensure any necessary investigation is concluded prior to parts release.   Previous CAA FAQ […]

  • Update to EU exit information – licensed engineers

    We have updated the information on our microsite concerning licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for licence transfers to another EU Member State need to be submitted to the CAA by […]

  • Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2019/20

    We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2019/20. For more information, and to submit comments, see All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

  • Helicopter special events end of season review

    Following requests from industry the British Helicopter Association, with support from the Civil Aviation Authority, will be hosting a meeting to review helicopter operations at major events during 2018. The intention is to facilitate an open exchange of views between all parties with the aim of ensuring that safe operations remain a fundamental objective at […]

  • 21 November DJI battery update

    After reviewing evidence from DJI, we are in a place to remove some of the current restrictions if an operator can successfully apply the DJI workaround (and verify this). We do ask that all operators still proceed with caution and immediately return to home or hover if the device doesn’t behave as expected. We continue […]

  • Update to EU exit information – commercial pilots

    We have updated the information on our microsite concerning commercial pilots in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for State of Licence Issue transfers from the receiving EU National Aviation Authority need to be […]

  • Drone registration consultation

    To enable us to build a drone registration service that meets drone user requirements we are running a consultation on how people currently use drones. To help us with this please fill out our survey at We’re also running workshops in London over the next few weeks where we will be looking to gain […]

  • Update: DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

    19 November update – Following the publication of the workaround from DJI to address the issue with TB50 and TB55 batteries, we are working with DJI on non-technical issues to make sure people can fly safely following the change. We will update operators on the status as soon as possible. The current Safety Notice remains […]

  • Airspace infringement statistics update

    Latest infringement statistics plus details of Barton ATZ Infringements and how to avoid them now available at Latest infringement statistics Barton ATZ infringments and how to avoid them  

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures

    Following the publication of the workaround from DJI to address the issue with TB50 and TB55 batteries, we have started our own internal review process at the CAA. We are encouraged by the content from DJI and plan on updating operators early next week on how we will proceed regarding the Safety Notice SN-2018-010.  Read “Update: […]

  • Display Season 19 Pre-Season Symposium

    The Display Season 19 Pre-Season Symposium will be held on 5 & 6 March 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham. Closing date for applications 18 February 2019. Military personnel can apply through the MAA website, and civilian personnel can apply through the CAA website.   SW2018/239

  • UK Airprox Board monthly review – November 2018

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has now published the details of recent airprox incidents. A monthly review has also been published which focuses in detail on one particular incident, to ensure that lessons can be learnt by pilots and air traffic controllers for the benefit of air safety in the future.   SW2018/238

  • EU Regulation on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

    A draft Commission Implementing Regulation based on EASA Opinion 06/2017 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 as regards upset prevention and recovery training was discussed at the EASA Committee meeting on 24-25 October.  The revision of the Aircrew regulation was adopted by consensus, so will be implemented into legislation shortly.   SW2018/237