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  • GA maintenance check flights during COVID-19

    The Government’s guidance permits essential maintenance activity to take place during the current COVID-19 restrictions, and on this basis owners / operators of GA aircraft are permitted to conduct aircraft maintenance flights. The details of what is permitted is available on our website.

  • 2020 Flying Display Season Update

    An update on the Regulatory and Administrative arrangements to support 2020 Flying Display Season are available on the CAA website on the Flying displays and special events page.

  • Alert for Restricted Airspace – Glasgow (Temporary)

    COVID-19 RESTRICTION: Restriction of Flying Regulations for NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, Scottish Event Centre, Glasgow.  Airspace restrictions will apply from 16 April 2020 to 14 July 2020. Details by NOTAM at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. For entry to the RA(T) contact Police Scotland at  OSDAviationSafety@scotland.pnn.police.uk or, if contact is urgent, […]

  • COVID-19 – Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak: COVID-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew (ORS4 No 1376) This exemption permits the extension of the validity of ratings and endorsements on licences issued under the ANO.

  • COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity

    In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed. Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed. Further information regarding COVID-19 […]

  • COVID-19 – BCAR Section A A8-10 Welder Approval validity extension

    BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis. For more information please […]

  • Expired: COVID-19 – Use of callsign suffix ‘ALPHA’

    With immediate effect, search and rescue flights using the ‘RESCUE’ callsign may be flown as flight priority category ‘A’.  The callsigns of such flights will include the suffix ‘ALPHA’.  All other flights undertaken by HM Coastguard Helicopters will continue to use the RESCUE callsign. Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 (CAP 493) Section 1, […]

  • Preparing to prevent infringements to the east of Manchester

    While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

  • Radiotelephony Manual: New edition now published

    The Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) has been updated. Edition 23 includes updates to: Foreword; Definitions; Military Callsigns and numerous editorial changes. It has been published today and has an effective date of 8 June 2020.

  • COVID-19 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Emergency Services Response

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. This General Exemption allows a more flexible, but controlled, use of a small unmanned aircraft in support of the Police response while enforcing the Government restrictions resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID-19 Pandemic – Emergency Services […]

  • COVID-19 – Validity of EASA Licences for pilots, instructors and examiners operating outside of AOC

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Extension of validity and other time periods for EASA licences, ratings, privileges, endorsements and certificates of aeroplane and helicopter pilots, instructors and examiners conducting flying operations other than within an organisation holding a National Air Operator’s Certificate, […]

  • COVID-19 – Scope and validity period of Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificates

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Expansion of Scope and Extension of Validity Period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the Initial Issue or Renewal of a Pilot Licence, Rating and Instructor or Examiner Certificates  (ORS4 No 1373) Further information regarding […]

  • Exemption for UK EASA PPL & LAPL holders from requiring an EASA Part-MED to operate EASA aircraft

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the Requirement for Holders of Part-FCL Private Pilot Licences and Light Aircraft Pilot Licences to hold an EASA Part-MED Medical Certificate when Operating EASA Aircraft  (ORS4 No 1370) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/074

  • General Aviation pilot medical self-declaration exemption extended

    The current exemption that allows General Aviation (GA) pilots to self-declare their medical fitness, that was due to expire on Wednesday 8 April 2020, has been extended to remain in place until 8 November 2020. Other exemptions to help alleviate COVID-19 issues for pilots and operators of aeroplanes, helicopters, balloons and sailplanes will be issued […]

  • COVID-19: EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members

    EASA has issued guidance on the management of crew during COVID-19. EASA states that the guide is not mandatory, should not replace national policies and should be adapted to the operations taking place and the type of aircraft used. The COVID-19 crisis is primarily a public health issue, therefore in the UK the directions provided […]

  • Guidance on Sailplane Operations

    Three Supplementary Instructions (SI) have been published to incorporate guidance material concerning sailplane operations into the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) and the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797). Associated radiotelephony procedures are incorporated into the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413). > CAP493 SI 2020-02 > CAP797 SI 2020-02> […]

  • Expired: COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1372) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/070

  • COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Installation of a Temporary Separation Barrier between the Cockpit and Cabin area of Aircraft used to Transport Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic  (ORS4 No 1371) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/069

  • Quality system independent auditing during COVID-19

    To enable organisations flexibility with regard to their internal Quality Audit plan, guidance has been provided to enable organisations to understand the various scenarios which exist when delaying any internal audit; its possible ramifications and where required seek CAA agreement. Please see the CAA website for details. SW2020/068

  • Part-ML and Part-CAO forms now available

    The application form for an Authorisation to Issue an Airworthiness Review Certificate for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML is now available on the CAA website. Applications for an independent certifying staff authorisation can made using Form SRG1015 Applications for Part-CAO transition will now be accepted an online application form which is also available on updated Part-ML […]

  • Using suitably qualified engineers to perform physical aircraft surveys during airworthiness reviews

    In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to M.A.901(m) for wherever normal airworthiness review procedures cannot be followed. This alternative AMC allows for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when […]

  • Carriage of potential COVID-19 patients

    When carrying stretcher borne patients who are symptomatic of the virus there may be a benefit in installing a bio-containment system to protect the crews. We have put in place a specific process to enable operators to apply for the necessary airworthiness approval – the full details are available on our website.

  • Coronavirus: Recreational General Aviation

    Government guidance on coronavirus and General Aviation flying was published yesterday. It states that people should not take part in recreational flying during the current coronavirus outbreak. This is in line with government guidance to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

  • COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354) Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available on the CAA website. […]

  • Extension of UAS Operational Authorisations or Exemptions and Exemption for police response to COVID-19

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID 19 Pandemic – Emergency services Response Further […]

  • COVID-19 – Extension to BCAR Section L Licence Validity

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1356 BCAR Section L Licence Validity Extension Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

  • COVID-19 – Exemption: Requirement to carry original EASA ARC during all flights

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1355 COVID-19 Outbreak: Exemption in Respect of the Requirement to Carry the Original EASA Airworthiness Review Certificate onboard the Aircraft during all flights. Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

  • COVID-19 – Theoretical knowledge examination completion period

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period as required by Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended (ORS4 No.1353 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/059

  • COVID-19 – Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% attendance requirement

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% Attendance Requirement (ORS4 No.1352 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/058