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  • CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

    CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

  • Edition 3 of CAP 738 Aerodrome Safeguarding

    A new edition of CAP 738 has been published and includes information on Heliport safeguarding; information on safeguarding IFPs; the latest planning procedures and the new crane notification areas. CAP 738 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2020/240


    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day commemorations at Cenotaph, Whitehall, Central London on 8 November 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M081/2020 will refer at  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

  • Stay in Control; Angle of Attack

    The next chapter in our General Aviation Stay in Control safety campaign covers Angle of Attack. Airspeed and angle of attack is a topic often debated, sometimes hotly, around airfields or in the bar and some positions go like this: “If you have good airspeed you’ll be fine” — not necessarily… The campaign, launched in […]

  • Infringement update: Index and summary

    Over the last twelve months Local Airspace Infringement Teams and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) have produced 25 narratives to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK. This final update sets out a simple ‘index’ of the narratives and a summary of the key points that may help pilots avoid infringing […]

  • Updated:UK approach to recreational general aviation safety: An independent review

    This independent review was commissioned and funded by the Department for Transport (DfT)following a commitment to do so in the “Aviation 2050: The Future of Aviation” green paper which set out for public consultation a number of policy options to improve aviation safety. This update includes Ministerial endorsement and post consultation comments by the CAA.

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Gatwick: consultation on new commitments

    We have published a consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on its proposed approach to updating the economic regulation of Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL). Its current regulation is based on a set of commitments that expire on 31 March 2021, and GAL finalised a set of new proposed commitments earlier this year.

  • UAS Master Glossary and Abbreviations

    Our UAS Unit has now published ‘CAP 722D – UAS Operations in UK Airspace – Master Glossary and Abbreviations’ to support the complete CAP 722 series of documents for Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in the United Kingdom.

  • Jamming trial ended early: Luce Bay

    Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers in and around Luce Bay has ended early. The activity was originally planned to run until 4 December 2020.

  • Runway maintenance – equipment control

    A recent incident at a UK aerodrome led to maintenance equipment being left on the runway. This incident is currently subject to AAIB investigation. It has become apparent that a lack of tool control, and security of equipment carried on aerodrome vehicles were contributory factors. Aerodrome operators should ensure that: procedures for both routine maintenance […]

  • Withdrawal of CAP 624 Air Traffic Controller – Performance objectives

    We will shortly be withdrawing the CAP 624 series of documents. The elements covering ratings (ADV, ADI, APP, APS, ACS) will be reviewed with the aim to republish at a later date. In the meantime Air Navigation Service Providers and ATC training organisations are advised to retain those references in their training documentation and, if […]

  • CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

  • Operation of ‘Permit-to-Fly’ Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register (Edition 8, 2020)

    CAP 632: Operation of ‘Permit-to-Fly’ Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register specifies the operational requirements that an applicant for the issue of a Permit-to-Fly for an ex-military aircraft is required to meet. The maintenance requirements are set out in BCAR Chapters A8-23 and A8-25. This new edition updates requirements and expands guidance for operators of […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 12 – 16 Oct, Scottish West Coast

    Jamming activity will take place 12 -16 October (inclusive) affecting airspace in and around the Scottish West Coast near the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The activity may affect GNSS based navigation and timing devices.  Jamming may impact systems up to 40,000FT AMSL within a radius of up to 90NM of N 57° […]

  • Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Post Implementation Review

    While it had been expected that Stage 7 PIR of the Farnborough Airport airspace change would begin in the latter part of 2020, the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the activity levels of both IFR Commercial Air Transport and General Aviation. It has been agreed by the CAA, sponsor and GA stakeholders […]

  • Pilot survey on the use of moving maps

    Why do some pilots use moving maps and others don’t? The Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) has developed a new online survey to follow up on issues highlighted through causal factor analysis of reported airspace infringements. Please pass this link on to anyone who may wish to share their views on the use of moving […]

  • Infringement update: Farnborough CAS

    The twenty-fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative’s hot-spot narrative series has been written by the team at Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.   It focusses on the Farnborough Controlled Airspace (CAS) structure to help pilots learn directly from factors identified in the 7 months since […]

  • Expired: Heathrow Airport Limited’s request for RAB readjustment

    This consultation document has been published response to the request made by Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) in July 2020 for the CAA to change its approach to the calculation of its regulatory asset base (RAB) to take account of the actual and expected impact of the covid-19 pandemic on its revenues in 2020 and 2021. […]

  • CAA charge proposal delay

    The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months to 30 June 2020 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

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

    Earlier this year we opened two consultations on proposals to extend 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 trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Having completed a detailed analysis we have now published the results […]

  • Distance Learning & Virtual Reality

    Guidance for use of Web based training, Distance Learning, Simulation and Virtual Reality (CAP1933) now published. This document provides guidance on Distance Learning within UK Part 147 Organisations with respect to AMC 147.A.130(a) Training procedures and quality system (Annex IV to ED Decision 2020/002/R).

  • Launch of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) rebate scheme

    Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC. Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at SW/2020/215

  • Accessibility Statement

    Civil Aviation Authority is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. We are continually improving the user experience for everyone, and applying the relevant accessibility standards. Conformance status The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: […]

  • EASA Form 15c

    Organisations and Certifying Staff are reminded that since 24 March 2020 it is only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML. An EASA Form 15b must not be issued. For further information please see the Part-ML guidance on the CAA website. SW2020/213

  • Validity dates for people using the ORS4 licensing Exemptions

    If you have used one of the ORS4 licensing exemptions (1409, 1410, 1411 and 1412) please note that when revalidating the rating/class by proficiency check or check with instructor, the expiry date will be 12 months or 24 months (dependent on the rating/class) from the month when the check was taken. ORS4 extensions of validity […]