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  • Brexit update – transition period

    Following exit from the EU, the UK is entering a transition period scheduled to continue until December 31, 2020. In this period, the UK will continue to be party to the EU Air Services Regulation and mutual recognition provisions under the EASA Basic Regulation. Existing agreements between the EU and third countries, such as on […]

  • CAP 797 Flight information service officer manual

    A review of Royal Flight procedures by the CAA has resulted in a requirement to make subsequent amendments to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797). Whilst the change is relatively minor, ATS personnel should note that the procedure concerning Selected Helicopter Flights and the requirement for the diversion of Royal aircraft of No 32 […]

  • Helicopter special events briefing 2020

    The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority are holding a pre-season helicopter special events briefing. This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open discussion with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for operations into […]

  • CAP 1616 guidance: 3rd edition published

    On 22 January 2020, the CAA published an updated third edition of CAP 1616, Airspace Change: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic, and on providing airspace information. The third edition is available on our website. It incorporates: a new decision-making process for […]

  • Ex-military multi engine aircraft now added to exemption scheme for fare paying passengers

    The CAA has extended its Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) scheme to allow General Aviation operators to apply to take fee paying passengers in ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplanes. For more information or to apply please see the CAA website. SW2020/018

  • Small unmanned aircraft – water ingress and flight over uninvolved people

    Following the AAIB’s investigations into a series of recent incidents involving the loss of control of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft, the CAA has issued two related Safety Notices: Safety Notice SN2020-001 – Water Ingress into a small unmanned aircraft in precipitation Safety Notice SN2020-002 – Guidance and best practice when considering flight over uninvolved people […]

  • Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

    The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focuses on preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.

  • Revalidation of Instrument Ratings and associated class and type ratings

    A recent amendment to the EASA Aircrew Regulation has changed revalidation and renewal requirements of the Instrument Rating for both aeroplanes and helicopters. A further delay to the implementation has been published to give Examiners and Operators more time to adopt to the new requirements. When revalidating or renewing an IR(A) or IR(H), the licence […]

  • Instructors providing training within the scope of their privileges

    There have been several instances where instructors have conducted training for which they do not have the instructor privileges stated in “XII – Ratings, Certificates and Privileges” page of their licence. This is especially prevalent with Instructors who hold a “LAPL only” remark endorsed on their Flight Instructor certificate. FIs with this endorsement are reminded […]

  • Privacy Policy

    How we use your information The CAA’s SkyWise service collects and stores your email address for the purposes of sending you tailored news, notifications and alerts from the CAA.  Why we process your personal information We rely on your Consent to process your personal information.  By consenting to this notice, you are giving us permission […]

  • Submission of revalidation and renewal documentation

    All Examiners and those Instructors with FCL.945 privileges are reminded of the importance that it is their responsibility to submit documents relevant to the revalidation or renewal of an individual’s rating privileges within 14 days of a proficiency check or revalidation check flight. CAA records are required to be kept fully up to date, failure […]

  • New contaminated runway reporting system

    On 5th November 2020 a new system of reporting runway contamination comes into force. Called the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF), the ICAO Aerodrome SARPs are in Annex 14, with additional guidance in the PANS Aerodromes Doc 9981 and Circular 355. The GRF allows cross functional (Aerodromes, ATM and Flight operations) harmonisation and standardized reporting. […]

  • Amendment to Royal Flights procedure and the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure – MATS Pt 1 (CAP 493) SI 2019/08

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to introduce changes to the Royal Flights procedure and to notify the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure. 

  • Expired: Heathrow price control consultation

    This document follows on from our March 2019 Consultation on the regulatory framework for Heathrow Airport Limited and sets out our evolving thinking on regulatory framework and financial issues for capacity expansion at Heathrow airport and in particular the next price control period, that is expected to run between 2022 and the opening of the […]

  • Amendment to ATM Change notification form (SRG 1430)

    The ATM change notification form (SRG 1430) has been amended to reflect implementation of ATM/ANS Regulation (EU) 2017/373 and its replacement of Regulations 1034/2011 and 1035/2011. The form no longer requires the results of the risk assessment of the notified change to be included. Risk assessments of changes must still be carried out as part […]

  • Expired: Consultation: Minimum Requirements for Noise Modelling

    We believe that it is appropriate to specify the minimum acceptable level of sophistication of noise modelling required for us to carry out our duties, to provide clarity to sponsors and stakeholders about the methodology they should use and therefore reduce ambiguity, and to provide consistency across different groups of airports. We are now seeking […]

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (Gyroplanes)

    The CAA has launched the approval system for Training Organisations / Persons who wish to offer courses for the Commercial Pilot Licence and Flying Instructor Certificates for Gyroplanes. Guidance on the approval system can be found on the CAA website. SW2020/005

  • Expired: Update on the Gatwick Route 4 PIR

    We have now published a draft report of our Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Gatwick Airport Limited’s Route 4 RNAV-1 SID Airspace Change Proposal.  We are now asking you to comment on the draft report’s findings. The objective of this is to ensure that we have not missed, misunderstood or misinterpreted any relevant matters. See […]

  • Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training

    We have launched two consultations, to propose extending paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to those trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Access our Aeroplane Consultation Access our Microlight Consultation

  • Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Barton ATZ

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ continues into 2020. The first of the new year focuses on preventing ATZ infringements at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. It has been written by the Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers at Manchester Barton Aerodrome who are members of the Northwest LAIT.

  • Update to Annex IV Part-ATS Human Factors Requirements for ATC Providers

    The CAA has reviewed CAP 670 Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements Part D Human Resources. While these requirements are the responsibility of service providers to comply with, the CAA has determined that if measures in place satisfy CAP 670 Part D, these will be regarded as being compliant with the regulation. The CAA will provide […]

  • Expired: Consultation for next edition of Parachuting (CAP 660)

    Parachuting (CAP 660) is a comprehensive source of information including rules, regulations and guidance on legal requirements for parachuting operations and displays. It was last published in 2008 and we are now consulting on a revised and updated edition. This new edition will be published in 2020 and includes some major changes to reflect new legislation and […]

  • General Aviation Policy Framework update

    The General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure we fulfil our statutory duties as we continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge. The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance […]

  • Airprox magazine

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future.    The magazine can be downloaded from the UKAB website. […]

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Policy update and consultation on the early costs of capacity expansion

    This consultation document provides further information on costs that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) expects to incur in advance of receiving a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 for the expansion of Heathrow airport. It outlines the approach to this early spending that we consider is in the best interest of consumers and […]

  • Outcome of our consultation on a decision-making process for PPR proposals

    In May 2019 we sought views on a new decision-making process for PPR proposals – air traffic control operational procedure changes that give rise to a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic. We have now published a document explaining how we have taken consultation responses into account in refining the process that we will […]