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  • EU Operational Rules for Sailplanes

    A draft Commission Implementing Regulation regarding the revision of EU operational rules for sailplanes, amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 was discussed at the EASA Committee meeting on 24-25 October with a view to a possible vote. The proposal was welcomed by Member States and received a positive vote by consensus. This is another milestone […]

  • 8.33kHz Conversion – Offshore Operations

    All VHF radio frequency assignments used for offshore operations will convert to 8.33kHz from 3 January 2019. This means the way all channels are displayed and spoken will change. Depcom will also change and become 122.955. CAP1580 provides further detail on the change.  Associated AIP changes will be updated in AIRAC 01/2019 and AIP Supplement […]

  • Update to EU exit information – student pilots

    We have updated the information on our microsite concerning student pilots in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This new page on the microsite can be found here: https://info.caa.co.uk/eu-exit/student-pilots/  SW2018/234

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

    This alert updates the CAA Safety Notice (SN-2018/010) regarding Small Unmanned Aircraft – DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 in-flight power failures to incorporate DJI mitigations. Read “Update: DJI Battery TB50 and TB55 In-Flight Power Failures” in full. SW2018/233

  • New Airside Safety Management guidance published

    CAP 642 is guidance material discussing Airside Safety Management, it focuses primarily on providing the correct safety environment for stakeholders engaged in the turnround of aircraft to undertake their tasks. The CAP has been updated and discusses safety management, performance, compliance monitoring, aircraft turnround, apron design, vehicle standards for aerodrome operators, airlines and ground service […]

  • The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

    The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword.

  • Safetycom conversion to 8.33 kHz

    From 3 January 2019 Safetycom and other common sporting and recreational assignments used across the UK will transition to 8.33 kHz voice channel spacing. The new channel number for Safetycom will be 135.480. Depcom will become 122.955. All pilots and ground stations need to use the correct channel number to ensure effective communications when using […]

  • Review of CAA policy on the training, qualification and licensing of FISOs

    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). The consultation was launched on 17th September and closes at 2359 on 7th December. More details and online survey available here: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/future-safety/fiso-training-qualification-licensing-review/ SW2018/227

  • Alert for airspace infringement statistics

    Statistics of reported annual airspace infringements as of 30 September 2018 are now available at: https://airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ SW2018/226

  • Consultation on CAP 670 amendment

    CAA’s proposed update to CAP 670 takes into account ICAO Annex amendments, updates to European legislation and guidance as well as minor editorial changes resulting, for example, from updates to the Air Navigation Order 2016 legislation and links to further information. We invite stakeholders to review the proposed changes and provide comment on the accuracy, […]

  • CAA response on NPA 2018-07 ORO.FC – evidence-based training subtask

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2018-07 parts A & B Update of ORO.FC – evidence-based training subtask. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2018-07 Part A CAA comments on NPA 2018-07 Part B Read NPA 2018-07 on the EASA website

  • Part 145 – Maintenance Staff Employment Status

    CAA has published its revised policy on Part-145 maintenance staff employment status, which provides guidance and is intended to enable Part-145 organisations to identify the employment status of staff engaged on zero hours contracts and those engaged indirectly. SW2018/220

  • Further consultation on Heathrow expansion

    This document (CAP1722) follows on from the consultations on the regulatory framework to support capacity expansion at Heathrow that we published in 2017 and earlier this year. It consults further on the development of the regulatory framework, including the regulatory timetable, a possible new licence condition tom promote economy and efficiency, our approach to alternative […]

  • Consultation: Non-EASA fleet aircraft seat harness / belt lives

    The CAA wishes to consult with key elements of the non-EASA GA Continued Airworthiness community on the most appropriate means to assure the integrity of seat harnesses and belts. The CAA considers that whilst introducing mandatory replacement lives for harnesses could be considered a means to ensure that an acceptable residual strength is retained, there […]

  • Response to In-Flight Fires Involving Portable Electronic Devices

    Portable Electronic Devices (PED) containing lithium batteries and external lithium batteries such as power banks can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. PED fires have occurred in the passenger cabin with the potential to cause serious injury to a passenger or crew member. Such an event on the flight deck could […]

  • CAA launches airspace change portal

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today launched a dedicated portal for proposed changes to UK airspace, which will provide communities and other interested stakeholders with a one-stop shop of information about designs of UK airspace that might impact them.

  • LAMP phase 1A: Post implementation review published

    The CAA has completed the post implementation review (PIR) of the LAMP 1A airspace change proposal. As a result of our analysis, the CAA has concluded that the LAMP 1A PIR does show that the proposal has been implemented and operated as expected.

  • 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 http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. 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