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  • Ending of Certain Licensing and Medical Exemptions During November and December 2020

    The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020.  To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students. […]

  • EU Exit: Medical transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Medical certificate holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • EU Exit: FCL transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Flightcrew licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • EU Exit: Part-66 transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Part-66 licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020). Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis.  However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: Luton Controlled Airspace

    The latest hot-spot narrative highlights the risk of airspace infringements around Luton Control Areas (CTA) and Control Zone (CTR). Written by members of the Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) it includes guidance and suggestions to help reduce the risk.

  • Readiness for Brexit

    For an update on the CAA’s readiness for the end of the UK-EU ‘transition period’, please go to: https://www.caa.co.uk/Blog-Posts/Readiness-for-Brexit/

  • COVID-19 – Ending of licensing exemptions, 22 November 2020

    We have been working closely with the industry during the initial phase of COVID-19 to help aviation’s continuing operations and recovery. The initial set of COVID licence exemptions, that included extending licence validity dates, expire on 22 November 2020. Industry and licence holders are asked to make sure they will then comply with the standard […]

  • CAP 493 SI 2020/04 – Wake Turbulence

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) to implement the wake turbulence related aspects of Amendment 9 to ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM, and to amend aspects of existing MATS Part 1 wake turbulence content following a review by the […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 25 – 27 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome, between 25 and 27 September 2020. Details of the displays by NOTAM. AIC M071/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • New Standards Document 22

    New Standards Document 22 (version 4) Policy and Guidance for Senior Examiners of Single Pilot Aircraft (excluding single pilot high performance complex aircraft) has now been published.

  • Expired: Update: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, 17 – 20 Sep

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. This restriction will not be put in place as the event at Duxford has been cancelled.

  • Isle of Man/Antrim Post Implementation Review

    The CAA’s Post Implementation Review assessment for the Isle of Man/Antrim sectors systemisation and introduction of RNAV1 route structure Future Airspace Strategy Implementation (North) (formally Prestwick Lower Airspace Systemisation) airspace change proposal has been published.

  • Expired: Jamming trial date change: Salisbury Plain and New Forest

    Jamming activity affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by […]

  • Infringement update: London and Scottish Information

    The twenty third hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative features the service that London and Scottish Information provide service and assistance available to help avoid infringements.

  • Expired: Jamming trial date change: 14 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

    Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers will now take place 14 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM […]

  • Important Changes to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 for approvals under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M)

    Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amended Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and introduced important changes to organisations approved under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M). This Skywise has been raised to highlight some of those changes: The competent authority will not issue a new Part-MG approval after 24 September 2020. Variations to existing Part-MG approvals can still be made […]

  • Expired: Moving Map survey for private pilots

    The Airspace Infringement Working Group has developed a survey for private pilots on the current use of moving maps and would welcome your views. You can complete the short survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ASImovingmapsurvey The Airspace Infringement Working Group is part of the Airspace & Safety Initiative, a collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, and MoD, […]

  • Removal of Warwick VRP: 10 September 2020

    Following consultation with the Birmingham Local Airspace Infringement Team, the CAA, and a review of infringement data, Birmingham Airport have taken the decision to remove Warwick VRP (M40 Junction 15) as a notified Visual Reference Point. The change is effective from 10 September 2020, and will be reflected in the UK AIP and airspace charts.

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 20 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. Details of daily display times by NOTAM. See AIC M066/2020 listed under ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)’, ‘AIC Mauve – Airspace Restrictions’ at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com for more details.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting Short Range Devices and UAS control (not GNSS): 7 – 18 Sep, Salisbury Plain and New Forest

    Jamming activity will take place between 7 and 18 September 2020, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by the locations […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers: 8 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

    Jamming activity will take place 8 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM of 545020N 045548W (West Freugh). During the trials impacted systems may suffer […]

  • Expired: English Channel Temporary Danger Area Complex – State Requirement

    Due to a state requirement, the CAA have been required to implement new Temporary Danger Area (TDA) complex over the English Channel between 31 August and 30 September 2020. This complex replaces the previously notified areas. The Temporary Danger Areas will be utilised by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight. […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: London Control Area

    The latest hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative focuses on helping avoid infringements within the London Control Area (LTMA) – a volume of airspace made up of 24 different areas, approximately 100 NM from West to East and, in parts, 90 NM from North to South.

  • Airspace Change Process for GNSS Instrument Approach Procedures without an Approach Control Service

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority published its procedure for considering proposals involving the implementation of a GNSS approach to an aerodrome without an approach control service on 28 August 2020. The purpose of this document is to set out the Civil Aviation Authority’s policy and guidance relating to the Airspace Change Process for a permanent […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 7 – 11 September, Wales and SW England

    Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones) Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge) Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1800 BST and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM High Power jamming will […]

  • Guidance and policy: Rotary wing Swarm Operations

    CAP 722E Rotary Wing Swarm Operations – Visual Line of Sight – Requirements, Guidance and Policy has now been published. The aim of this new document is to enable UAS operators to understand the requirements that must be met as part of an application for operational authorisations related to rotary wing UAS swarm operations in visual […]

  • Ensure your licence is valid

    All pilot licence holders are reminded that when they receive a new licence document it should be checked and immediately signed under Section VII on page 1 as the licence is only valid if signed. Examiners and instructors should always check for the licence holder’s signature before verifying the applicable requirements are being met. Unsigned […]