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  • UK Airprox Board newsletter, October

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has now published the details of recent airprox incidents in an October 2018 summary. 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 […]

  • Language proficiency requirements

    We have updated our published guidance for training organisations and examiners on carrying out an informal language proficiency assessment. The guidance provides information about the criteria for achieving an Expert / Level 6 rating, assessing native speakers and the ICAO rating scale. You can read the language proficiency guidance on our website. SW2018/213

  • Identification requirements for FISO and Student ATCO applications

    CAA application forms SRG1414 (application for a FISO licence) and SRG1421 (application for a student ATCO licence) have been amended to include the requirement for applicants to provide certified proof of identity. Please always use the latest versions of the SRG forms which are available on the CAA website. SW2018/212

  • Updates to CAA’s EU Exit microsite

    Following EASA’s announcement on accepting applications for some organisation types for third country approvals, the CAA has updated the following pages on its EU Exit microsite: production organisations, maintenance organisations, CAMOs, engineer training organisations and approved training organisations.

  • Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Central London, 11 November 2018

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, Central London on 11 November 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2018 at Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/210

  • Airworthiness Competency Assessment

    The A31 Maintenance Standards Team, Onshore Helicopter working group has developed, in collaboration with the CAA, a document that will aid in the assessing of competence of Engineering and Airworthiness Staff. The Competency Assessment Guidance Document can be used to support industry in developing its own competency assessments.

  • 2018 post-season safety survey

    The 2018 post-season safety survey is designed to capture the reflections and feedback from those who have who participated in Air Displays this year. The feedback provided will inform the ongoing development of regulation to ensure the on-going safety of air display activity. The short survey has a maximum of 17 questions to answer depending […]

  • Restricted airspace (temporary) – Hampshire, 6-10 October 2018

    Restriction of Flying Regulations at Stokes Bay, Hampshire due to intended mooring of US Aircraft Carrier on the grounds of safety and security between 6 and 10 October 2018. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/207

  • Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas updated

    CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas has been updated to clarify criteria applied by the UK CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom.

  • EU 2017/373: Air Traffic Management Implementing Regulation

    Regulation (EU) 2017/373 (the ATM IR) of 1 March 2017 takes effect on 2 January 2020.  It lays down common requirements for air traffic management (ATM) service providers, and the oversight of ATM/air navigation services (ANS) and other ATM network functions. Our ATM IR web page ( has been updated to reflect recent developments and […]

  • 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 […]