EASA NPA 2017-21 Remote Tower Operations

EASA has recently launched a consultation on NPA 2017-21 Technical and operational requirements for remote tower operations. Stakeholders are asked to respond to this consultation in the manner indicated in the text. This consultation should not be confused with the CAA consultation on the draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers, which should […]

Airspace design: new airspace change portal launched

The CAA has today launched its new airspace change portal which helps ensure that the revised process, announced in December 2017, is fair, transparent, comprehensible and proportionate. The portal launched today is an interim solution, using existing online tools to enable transparent consultation on new proposals, while we procure and build a purpose-built, long-term solution. […]

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-15

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2017-15  – Non ETOPS operations using performance class A aeroplanes with a maximum operational passenger seating configuration of 19 or less. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/230

CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-10

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2017-10  – Software assurance level requirements for safety assessment of changes to air traffic management / air navigation services functional systems. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/229

UK overflight of non ICAO compliant permit to fly aircraft

Further to successive recommendations by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the CAA now allows both foreign home built aircraft and certain historic foreign registered aircraft types allowed into the UK without applying for a permit. Information on this general exemption is published in Official Record Series 4 ORS4 No.1249. SW2017/228

English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing

The CAA has 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. SW2017/227

EASA Certification Specifications Version 4

EASA published Version 4 of the Certification Specifications on 11th December 2017. Aerodromes should be aware of the recent publication and assess their compliance with the new and amended certification specifications included in the version. We have included a new CB template on the aerodromes webpage available for download. The template should be forwarded to […]

ATM Implementing Regulation update

EASA has recently published an ‘Easy Access Rules’ consolidation of Regulation (EU) 2017/373 – the Air Traffic Management Common Requirements Implementing Regulation (ATM IR) – supporting Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material. A link to this material has been added to the CAA’s ATM IR web page, which also features a number of minor […]

Guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design

We have now published the new process for changing airspace design.  Airspace Design: guidance on the regulatory process for changing airspace design including community engagement requirements (CAP 1616) is available on our website, along with a technical annex setting out environmental requirements. Other supporting documentation is available on our website. The new process will take […]

Consultation on the draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers

We are inviting industry stakeholders to comment on the CAA’s draft policy for the approval of aerodrome remote towers. The consultation runs from 13 December 2017 to 26 January 2018. The CAA will publish the outcome of the consultation on conclusion, and will then publish the policy itself on 26 February 2018. SW2017/223

e-Licensing launches for commercial pilots

Commercial pilots can now apply for a licence online. The new service is part of the CAA’s plans to update the personnel licensing system for the UK aviation industry with private licence applications following next year. Once registered with an account, pilots can track the progress of their application, view the privileges they hold and […]

CHIRP GA Feedback Edition 74

In this latest edition of CHIRP, we cover: – Distractions, changes in routine and checklists – Post maintenance flight tests – Practice Forced Landings away from an airfield – Cessna seat latches, and much more. Read all about it. SW2017/221

UK Airprox Board: 2016 Report

The Report by the UK Airprox Board (Blue Book 32) provides analysis of 2016’s incidents. It includes observations and lessons – incidents are broken down by aviation sector, airspace, risk distributions, incident rates and causal factors – and a short catalogue of 2016 Airprox. http://www.airproxboard.org.uk/Reports-and-analysis/Annual-Airprox-summary-reports/ SW2017/220

Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 Edition 7 (CAP 493) published

Edition 7 of the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 has been published, incorporating Supplementary Instructions up to SI 2017/05. Effective 28 December 2017. SW2017/219

Kidde handheld fire extinguishers recall

The FAA has issued a Special Awareness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-18-05) advising of concerns with certain Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles, which may become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. The manufacturer has issued a recall notice that involves 134 models of fire extinguishers […]

Revised PPL Ground Exam guidance

A revised standards document for PPL Ground examinations has been published. You can view the new document here. SW2017/217

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2018/19

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2018/19. For more information, and to submit comments, please view the consultation. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 8 February 2018. SW2017/216

Call recording at Flight Information Service (FIS) aerodromes: Consultation

We are consulting on the proposal to modify the requirement for CAP 670 FISO recording, which would require all Flight Information Service (FIS) units to ensure that two-way radiotelephony recording is implemented. Please see our consultation page for all the details. SW2017/215

Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK: Call for evidence

We are calling for evidence regarding the Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK. This is to assist and advise the Secretary of State for Transport on whether market conditions continue to exist, as set out under Article 3 of the European Regulation No 391/2013. See the consultation here. SW2017/214

Pilot Training Review final report published

We have published CAP 1581 – Pilot Training Review Final Report: Recommendations and Conclusions alongside three interim reports (Gap Analysis, Literature Review and Interview Study). This study, initiated and funded by the CAA, looks at all aspects of pilot training in order to ensure relevance as aircraft technologies and training methodologies develop, and to identify […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 124 has been published. In this edition: Missed RT calls and ‘stepped on’ transmissions: why do they happen and what can be done? High temperatures in the cabin and flight deck and an unserviceable air conditioning pack: press on or delay the flight? Low temperature issues: a passenger concerned about […]

Transfer to Declared Training Organisations – timetable announced

The transition timetable to allow existing private pilot Registered Training Facilities to transfer to the new Declared Training Organisation (DTO) category, which allows much simpler oversight, has been announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Subject to final approval by the European Commission, the process will run from 8 April 2018 to 8 April […]

Pilot licensing gets a makeover

UK pilots applying for a licence or rating will soon benefit from a new streamlined process. From early December, commercial pilots will be able to make applications via a new online ‘e-Licensing’ system, and then track its progress through a personal portal account. As well as the introduction of the e-Licensing portal, the counter service […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – central London, 12 November 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, central London on 12 November 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/209

CAA response on NPA 2017-14

The CAA has commented on EASA NPA 2017-14, certification specifications and guidance material for the design of surface-level VFR heliports located at aerodromes that fall under the scope of Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 (CS-HPT-DSN Issue 1). SW2017/208

Replacement parts for UK factory-built C42 aircraft

The CAA has authorised Comco-Ikarus to provide replacement parts directly for factory built (type approved) C42 aircraft.  This arrangement is a short-term measure while Red Aviation’s approval is suspended. Full details are available on the CAA website. SW2017/207

CAP 772 update: guidance concerning aerodrome wildlife hazard management

Following collaboration with stakeholders and subject matter experts, we have published updated guidance material concerning wildlife hazard management at aerodromes (CAP 772). The principal changes in this revision address changes to bird/wildlife strike occurrence reporting procedures due to Regulation (EU) 376/2014. Further details concerning the reporting of occurrences can be found at www.caa.co.uk/MOR. Other significant […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wales Rally GB, 27-29 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Rally GB 2017 at various sites in Wales and England between 27 and 29 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M083/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/205

Helicopter PIC hours – Experience crediting for CPL(A) applicants

This notice informs you of a change in CAA policy in relation to modular CPL(A) course PIC crediting that will be permitted to QMP(H) and CPL(H) pilots. Please see CAP 1599 for details. SW2017/204

Part-147 MTOE: Letter of Transmittal (LOT) removal

The approval procedure for Part-147 Maintenance Training Organisation Expositions (MTOE) has changed. Previously, the MTOE was produced with the Letter of Transmittal (LOT) included. This was then signed and included with the MTOE for submission to the relevant authority. The authority will now indicate the approval of the MTOE and its amendments via a standard […]