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  • Brize Norton infringement hot-spot

    The latest infringement hot-spot narrative has been written by members of the Air Traffic Control Unit at Royal Air Force Brize Norton. Ten more hot-spot narratives can be found on the Local area information page on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.

  • Cessation of the ability for non-EASA pilot licences to operate an aircraft with an EASA CofA from 8 April

    UK national private pilot licence holders are not able to fly an aeroplane with an EASA certificate of airworthiness from 8 April 2020 due to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) derogation expiring on 7 April and not being renewed.  The change does not affect balloons or sailplanes including powered sailplanes. This change arises as […]

  • Authorisation of Balloon and Airship Examiners

    A new version of Standards Document 40, Authorisation of Balloon and Airship Examiners, is now available. Standards Document 40 has been produced in association with the British Balloon and Airship Club. It defines policy and means of oversight, and includes procedures and guidance for UK examiners.

  • CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-02

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-02 All-weather operations – Non-commercial operations with other than complex motor-powered aircraft. Read our response to the NPA 2020-02: CAA comments on NPA 2020-02. Read NPA 2020-02 on the EASA website

  • CAP 1814 Accreditation of apprenticeships

    CAP 1814 provides guidance for the of accreditation National Qualifications toward the issue of Part 66 licences by Further and Higher Education Training Establishments in England. Th document provides guidance to organisations wishing to accredit qualifications gained in their apprenticeships. The scope includes EASA / UK Part 66 Syllabus, equivalent aerospace qualifications within design, manufacturing, […]

  • Expired: Aeronautical chart review – chart questionnaires

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has a questionnaire regarding Aeronautical Charts for airlines and pilots. Providing feedback will help conduct a comprehensive analysis of the users’ requirements and expectations and to determine the suitability of current ICAO Annex 4 charts and the future of Aeronautical Charts that meet the needs of performance-based communication, navigation […]

  • CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

    GA FEEDBACK Edition 83 Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they […]

  • Expired: Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

    As part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan […]

  • New edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) now published

    A new edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) has been published to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is possible . It has been updated following consultation and provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in […]

  • Expired: Kemble CAS(T) Airspace Trial: 22 February 2020

    On 22 February 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will establish Controlled Airspace (Temporary) (CAS(T)) for a flight operating from Kemble Aerodrome (EGBP). Whilst CAS(T) has been established at Kemble in the past, the CAS(T) structure has been redesigned to help minimise the impact on other airspace users. This new design will be trialled this […]

  • Expired: Reminder to register for the 2020 Pre-season Symposium

    The closing date to register for the Flying Display Pre-season Symposium is 28 February 2020. Please use the online booking form to register to attend. The two-day symposium is for all those involved in display flying or the planning or execution of Flying Displays. This year’s event will be held on 17 and 18 March at […]

  • Visual flight in Class D airspace

    From 26 March 2020 the UK’s exemption from the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) covering visibility and distances from cloud in Class D airspace for pilots flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) will no longer apply. Read more: UK to revert to international rules on visual flight in Class D airspace after exemption […]

  • Preventing airspace infringements around Farnborough Controlled Airspace

    This update has been written to provide a comprehensive guide to the Class D and Class E Farnborough controlled airspace which become effective on 27 February 2020. It follows the format of the other narratives that focus on identified ‘hot-spots’ to help prevent airspace infringements.

  • Expiry of SERA exemption covering VFR flights in Class D airspace

    A Supplementary Instruction (SI) has been published to remind air traffic service providers that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 is planned to expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020 the requirements of SERA.5001 Table S5-1 and SERA.5005(a) will apply without variation and reference to ORS4 No […]

  • Changes to Flying Display, Special Event or unusual aerial activity notification application

    We have changed the application process for displays. Separate applications can now be made for flying displays under ANO 86 or a private flying display and 250kts speed limitation. Some applications will need extra attached information as detailed in CAP 403. The application form and guidance on how to apply is available on the CAA […]

  • Jamming trial to affect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

    Jamming activity will take place 10 – 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas. This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (Spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. During the trials GPS moving maps […]

  • Post Implementation Review of Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes airspace change proposal

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now completed a thorough review of changes made in 2015 to Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes. We have assessed these changes against the original objectives of the airspace change proposal. This review concludes that the airspace change has been implemented and is operating as expected. This report […]

  • Publication of CAP 403 Flying Displays Edition 17

    Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of CAP 403 Flying Displays & Special Events. This focuses on organising andobtaining permissions for flying displays, including the roles and responsibilities of Flying Display Directors. To participate in a flying display, display pilots are required to obtain a Display Authorisation (DA). Details on obtaining […]

  • Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 infringement ‘hot spot’

    The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series sets out advice from the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team, Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control on how to avoid airspace infringements when flying around, or under, Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5.

  • Brexit update – transition period

    Following exit from the EU, the UK is entering a transition period scheduled to continue until December 31, 2020. In this period, the UK will continue to be party to the EU Air Services Regulation and mutual recognition provisions under the EASA Basic Regulation. Existing agreements between the EU and third countries, such as on […]

  • CAP 797 Flight information service officer manual

    A review of Royal Flight procedures by the CAA has resulted in a requirement to make subsequent amendments to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797). Whilst the change is relatively minor, ATS personnel should note that the procedure concerning Selected Helicopter Flights and the requirement for the diversion of Royal aircraft of No 32 […]

  • Helicopter special events briefing 2020

    The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority are holding a pre-season helicopter special events briefing. This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open discussion with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for operations into […]

  • CAP 1616 guidance: 3rd edition published

    On 22 January 2020, the CAA published an updated third edition of CAP 1616, Airspace Change: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic, and on providing airspace information. The third edition is available on our website. It incorporates: a new decision-making process for […]

  • Ex-military multi engine aircraft now added to exemption scheme for fare paying passengers

    The CAA has extended its Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) scheme to allow General Aviation operators to apply to take fee paying passengers in ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplanes. For more information or to apply please see the CAA website. SW2020/018

  • Small unmanned aircraft – water ingress and flight over uninvolved people

    Following the AAIB’s investigations into a series of recent incidents involving the loss of control of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft, the CAA has issued two related Safety Notices: Safety Notice SN2020-001 – Water Ingress into a small unmanned aircraft in precipitation Safety Notice SN2020-002 – Guidance and best practice when considering flight over uninvolved people […]

  • Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

    The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focuses on preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.

  • Revalidation of Instrument Ratings and associated class and type ratings

    A recent amendment to the EASA Aircrew Regulation has changed revalidation and renewal requirements of the Instrument Rating for both aeroplanes and helicopters. A further delay to the implementation has been published to give Examiners and Operators more time to adopt to the new requirements. When revalidating or renewing an IR(A) or IR(H), the licence […]