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  • NERL resilience condition requirement

    The CAA published today notice of a proposal to modify NERL’s licence to require it to produce a resilience plan. Consultation on the proposal closes on 26 March 2018. SW2018/023

  • CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK, Edition 75

    In this latest edition: – letters of agreement – charging portable electronic devices in the cockpit – fuel selectors and fuel filler caps – flight in IMC without a surveillance-based Air Traffic Service (how to minimise the risk) – cowling loss Read all about it here. SW2018/022

  • Unlicensed site owners asked to update details by 7 March

    The CAA and NATS have extended the deadline of a survey to help update the details of unlicensed airfields and aerial sporting activity locations that are made available to airspace users. The details will be updated on the NATS AIS database and be published in the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and included on CAA VFR […]

  • Independent monitoring of quality systems

    During recent reviews of organisations it has been noted that functions carried out by the Quality Department/Team have not been subject to independent auditing from someone not involved in the function.  This leads to a Non-Compliance against the monitoring / auditing of the organisation as not all aspects have been audited correctly. Please ensure that […]

  • Consultation: Market Conditions for Terminal Air Navigation Services

    The CAA published its draft advice to the Secretary of State, for consultation, on market conditions for terminal air navigation services in the UK. The CAA’s draft advice is that the provision of these services is subject to market conditions. This consultation closes on 12 March 2018. This consultation and other relevant documents for this […]

  • CAA Response to AAIB Recommendation 2016-044

    As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the CAA has published a response to the AAIB recommendation that the CAA will undertake a study to identify and publish meaningful safety indicators for civil display flying. SW2018/017

  • Transition of frequency assignments to 8.33 KHZ voice channel spacing

    During 2018 most ground stations radios will convert to 8.33 kHz channel spacing. Airspace users must ensure they are correctly equipped and carry an 8.33 kHz capable radio where required. A list of converted ground stations is maintained in an AIP supplement. Pilots are required to check supplement data before they fly and to review […]

  • Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cheltenham Festival, 13 – 16 March 2018

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival, between 13 and 16 March 2018. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 006/2018, which can be found on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/15

  • CAA response to EASA NPA 2017-17

    The CAA has published a comment on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-17. The purpose of this NPA is to develop a harmonised set of flight time limitation (FTL) rules for CAT emergency medical services by aeroplanes and helicopters and the update and harmonisation of FTL for CAT by aeroplane for air taxi operations and single-pilot […]

  • Royal helicopter flights

    For flight safety reasons, the details of royal helicopter flights are now being published by NOTAM and so will also be depicted on airspace mapping apps. Further details can be found on the CAA website. SW2018/013

  • Expired: Voluntary Industry Resilience Group – final report published

    The Voluntary Industry Resilience Group (VIRG) was formed to improve the running of the UK’s aviation network, with the aim of: – Enhancing its day-to-day operating resilience. – Reducing delays. – Reducing (where possible) the associated costs to both industry and passengers. Its final report, published in January 2018, proposes a list of recommended actions […]

  • Expired: Helicopter special events briefing 2018

    Following requests from industry, the British Helicopter Association (with support from the CAA) is reinstating the Special Events Briefing which was last held in 2016. The meeting will enable heliport operators to brief industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open exchange with industry, with the aim of promoting a […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 125

    In this latest issue of CHIRP: – Is there a systemic problem with aviation? Pilots, ATCOs and engineers report pressure to achieve more output with fewer resources. Are Safety Management Systems too reactive? – EASA regulations and potential legal implications of using Commander’s Discretion are reported as well as the effects of an industrial dispute […]

  • Expired: Pilot logbooks – loss, damage, corruption or theft

    With immediate effect, the CAA will no longer accept the submission of a sworn affidavit as the primary means of accepting hours for the grant of a licence, rating, certificate or the revalidation and extension/or removal of restriction of privileges where an individual is unable to provide logbook evidence of their required hours due to loss, […]

  • Expired: Publication of AIC Y 001/2018 UK Flight Information Services

    The ICAO requirements for a Flight Information Service within Class E and G airspace in the UK are met through a suite of air traffic services that are collectively known as the UK Flight Information Services (FIS). These services are provided in accordance with CAP 774: UK Flight Information Services and are detailed within UK AIP […]

  • CAA response to AAIB Recommendation 2017-003

    As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the CAA reviewed the categories of aircraft that pilots can have on their display authorisations to show the different aircraft performances and reflect the differing skills required to fly each category of aircraft. The CAA has published its […]

  • Expired: Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and administrative requirements and guidance

    The CAA has published a consultation containing proposed amendments to CAP 403, Flying Displays and Special Events: Safety and Administrative Requirements and Guidance, which are planned to be effective from 1 April 2018. The consultation is open for comments until 2 February 2018. This consultation period allows the regulated community to provide feedback on the changes to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: 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 […]

  • Expired: 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