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  • 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. SW2017/220

  • 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 […]

  • 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

  • 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 […]

  • 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 Other significant […]

  • 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 […]

  • TrainingCom Autumn 2017

    We have published TrainingCom Autumn 2017 – news and advice for the training professional: knowledge, best practice and standardisation. This issue covers: controlled airspace infringements; stalling; booking skills tests; use of GPS during VFR navigation training; dual flight; assessment of ME engine failure after take-off (EFATO); instructor assessment of competencies; unannounced CAA flight examiner visits […]

  • New Aircraft Maintenance Licence Part 66 examination delivery system

    In line with the recent change to the Flight Crew Licensing examinations, all AML Part 66 examinations will transition from the LAMP system to the Quadrant system. The first module exams delivered via the new Quadrant system will be on the 14 October with all modules and part module exams transitioned to Quadrant by the […]

  • Cost sharing flights

    We have published information intended to provide guidance for when the actual direct costs of a passenger transport flight may be shared between the occupants of an aircraft without having to comply with the regulations applicable to Commercial Air Transport or Public Transport flights. Our website contains updated information, also available in PDF format, alongside […]