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  • Amendments to the Aircrew Regulation

    All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew regulation that came into effect on 11 November 2019. CAP 1855 provides a summary of the main changes and can be downloaded from the CAA website. SW2019/217

  • Amendment to Flight Instructor privileges and conditions

    All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew Regulation that into force on 11 November 2019. FI privileges (FCL.905.FI) have been amended and renumbered but your licence does not have to be re-issued. Please see CAP 1854 for details. SW2019/216

  • Expired: Alert for restricted Airspace – Portsmouth (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for the first entry into Portsmouth Harbour by the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales 16 November 2019 Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Note at Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Engineer Licensing – Signing your licence

    The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder. By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence […]

  • Operating experimental aircraft under E conditions

    Guidance and information for operating experimental aircraft under E conditions has been updated. Following a review, we have published a new edition of the guidance. This now includes requirements for ferry flight and A to B operations.

  • CAA Heathrow interim price control

    CAP1852 gives notice under section 22(6) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 (CAA12) of our decision to modify Heathrow Airport Limited’s Licence granted under section 15 CAA12. These modifications are to: extend the current price control by a two year interim period, up to 31 December 2021, taking account of the commercial arrangements between HAL […]

  • Drone and model aircraft registration

    The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme is now live at The requirements for registration and education become law on 30 November 2019. Also launched today is the new drones reunited service for lost drones at

  • Expired: Consultation opens for next edition of CAP403

    We are working on the new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays & Special Events. We aim to publish this as edition 17 early in the new year. The consultation and online response form is now available: We welcome your comments by Friday 29 November.

  • Highlighting infringement hotspots: Warwick

    The third in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Warwick. This update has been written by members of the Midlands Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Limited, the Flight Information Service Officers at Coventry Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome.

  • Call for evidence on assistance dogs

    We are seeking evidence to help our understanding of the issues faced by assistance dog users when travelling by air. We are also requesting evidence from airlines and airports, which are required by law to facilitate the carriage of recognised assistance dogs. The call for evidence is open until 10 January 2020 and is available at:

  • Changes to Flight Crew Licensing Legislation

    All training providers and pilots should to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019. The Official Journal of the European Union and the legislation concerned are available to view here. 

  • Night Rating completion time FCL.810

    All training providers and applicants need to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019. The Night Rating (FCL.810) has been amended as below: ‘Applicants shall have completed a training course within a period of up to 6 months’ The […]

  • CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 132

    This edition returns to the subject of passengers boarding before flight crew with a well-written argument from a reader and a rap on the knuckles for CHIRP. Also, passengers boarding before security checks are complete and anti-smoking policies. Two reports from ATCOs: aircraft not achieving their ‘level by’ restrictions and the use of ‘overload’ and […]

  • Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment – phase 2

    The purpose of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/06 is to implement phase 2 changes to Class E Airspace ATS procedures contained within the to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

  • Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to implement changes to radiotelephony phraseology contained within UK Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This is in support of amendments to class E airspace Air Traffic Service (ATS) procedure changes contained within the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

  • Drone and model aircraft registration

    The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019 (please note that you cannot register before this date). Please see the CAA website for details. SW2019/201

  • CAA comment on NPA 2019-10

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-10 Part C – Measurement of the safety key performance indicator and safety performance indicators in the SES Performance and Charging Scheme. Read our response to the NPA Part C here. Read NPA 2019-10 Part A, Part B and Part C on […]

  • Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Training & Competence Requirements

    CAP 1649 has been published and can be downloaded from the CAA website: This document aims to help Air Navigation Service Providers interpret Regulation (EU) 2017/373 Annex XIII Part-PERS pertaining to ATSEP training and competence assessments, including specific United Kingdom recommendations and United Kingdom requirements for limited certificate holder ANSPs. Details and requirements for […]

  • UK Airprox Board annual review 2018

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual statistical review of all airprox incidents it assessed in 2018. The review analyses incidents by type of operation and provides historical context in which to observe long-term trends.   It has also published its latest monthly review for October which focuses in detail on one particular airprox incident. UKAB […]

  • Preventing airspace infringements around the Manchester low-level route

    The second in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This infringement update has been written by members of the Northwest Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): NATS Manchester; ATCSL, Liverpool; Barton Aerodrome; and Ravenair, Liverpool Airport.

  • Consultation: Opting out of EASA regulation for 450-600kg light aircraft

    We have opened a 6-week long consultation to seek views on the UK moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600 kg from pan-European EASA certification to national regulations. Stakeholders are invited to submit their views and respond to questions set out in the consultation document online: The closing date is 29 November 2019.

  • CAA Surface Access Policy

    CAP1847, Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: an update on the CAA surface access policy, provides an update of our policy on the surface access costs that Heathrow Airport Limited (“HAL”) should be allowed to recover from airport charges. It follows on from consultations on the regulatory framework to support capacity expansion at Heathrow airport.

  • CAA Cyber security oversight process for aviation

    CAP1753 has been published and details the CAA’s cyber security oversight process for aviation. This document provides the basis for all cyber security oversight activity by the CAA and includes detail of good cyber security practice against four key objectives. CAP 1753 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2019/190

  • Post-Display Season 2019 safety survey

    The Post-Display Season 2019 safety survey is now available. The purpose of this survey is to elicit information from the air display community, and encourages all involved in the planning, execution, and flying at Flying Displays to participate. The results of the survey will enable trends to be identified, addressed, and lessons learned and disseminated, […]

  • Designing a new NOTAM System: ICAO Questionnaire

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has launched a questionnaire on NOTAM and the NOTAM system and is asking for feedback from users. Your response will help design a new system. The online questionnaire remains open until 31 October 2019: As advised by ICAO: In answering the questions think of the ideal NOTAM system […]

  • Dangerous Goods Radiation Protection Programme

    The transport of radioactive material as cargo must be subject to a Radiation Protection Programme (RPP), which must consist of systematic arrangements aimed at providing adequate consideration of radiation protection measures. Operators that hold a dangerous goods approval and permit the transport of radioactive material should identify their RPP document reference and location within their […]

  • Flying Display Season 2019 Post-season symposium

    The 2019 Post-season symposium will be held on 12 and 13 November 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. The 2-day symposium provides an opportunity for to all those involved in flying displays, both civilian and military, to share feedback with both the civilian and military regulators, in addition to sharing ideas so as […]

  • Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for State Opening of Parliament, London, on 14 October from from 0930 hrs UTC to 1130 hrs UTC. Details by NOTAM at: Helicopter route H4 and non-specific flight / enhanced non-specific flight clearances contained within area withdrawn for duration. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/184