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

    We have launched two consultations, to propose extending 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 those trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Access our Aeroplane Consultation Access our Microlight Consultation

  • Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Barton ATZ

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ continues into 2020. The first of the new year focuses on preventing ATZ infringements at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. It has been written by the Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers at Manchester Barton Aerodrome who are members of the Northwest LAIT.

  • Update to Annex IV Part-ATS Human Factors Requirements for ATC Providers

    The CAA has reviewed CAP 670 Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements Part D Human Resources. While these requirements are the responsibility of service providers to comply with, the CAA has determined that if measures in place satisfy CAP 670 Part D, these will be regarded as being compliant with the regulation. The CAA will provide […]

  • Expired: Consultation for next edition of Parachuting (CAP 660)

    Parachuting (CAP 660) is a comprehensive source of information including rules, regulations and guidance on legal requirements for parachuting operations and displays. It was last published in 2008 and we are now consulting on a revised and updated edition. This new edition will be published in 2020 and includes some major changes to reflect new legislation and […]

  • General Aviation Policy Framework update

    The General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure we fulfil our statutory duties as we continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge. The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance […]

  • Airprox magazine

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future.    The magazine can be downloaded from the UKAB website. […]

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Policy update and consultation on the early costs of capacity expansion

    This consultation document provides further information on costs that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) expects to incur in advance of receiving a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 for the expansion of Heathrow airport. It outlines the approach to this early spending that we consider is in the best interest of consumers and […]

  • Outcome of our consultation on a decision-making process for PPR proposals

    In May 2019 we sought views on a new decision-making process for PPR proposals – air traffic control operational procedure changes that give rise to a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic. We have now published a document explaining how we have taken consultation responses into account in refining the process that we will […]

  • CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

  • CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Service Part 1

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/07 to CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

  • CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/02 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air Navigation Services Common Requirements Regulation’. SW2019/241

  • Encouraging new skills with PROUD

    We are now accepting applications from organisations and flying schools who would like to offer post-PPL safety training courses under our flagship recognition scheme to promote further flight training within the GA community. Pilot Recognition and Operational Up-Skilling and Development (PROUD) aims to support organisations to help increase pilot skills through the achievement of defined […]

  • Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London (Temporary)

    Restriction of flying regulations for state opening of Parliament, London, on 19 December from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Airspace classification review

    On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give us a new requirement to review the classification of airspace. We are now beginning the first airspace classification review and we would like your help. Click here to […]

  • Expired: Consultation open for next edition of Flying Display Standards

    Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) was first published earlier this year alongside Flying Displays and Special Events (CAP403). It provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluation. Following the 2019 display season, we are working on a new edition […]

  • Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Hawarden RMZ

    The sixth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements of the Hawarden Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ). It has been written by the air traffic control team at Hawarden aerodrome which is a key member of the Northwest LAIT.

  • Doncaster Sheffield Airport ACP decision

    The Civil Aviation Authority has published its decision document approving Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s proposal to introduce RNAV Standard Instrument Departure and Instrument Approach Procedures: Doncaster Sheffield Airport DSA – RNAV SIDs, IAPs

  • Consultation on CAA charges

    We’re consulting on proposed amendments to our statutory charges, due to take effect from 1 April 2020. The online consultation will close on 7 February 2020.

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Edinburgh (Temporary)

    Restriction of flying regulations for New Year’s events in Edinburgh during the period 30 December – 1 January. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M131/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/. Restrictions also apply to the operations of all drones.

  • CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 70

    Information for cabin crew on where to send roster related concerns within a company and an explanation of how CHIRP handles reported concerns.  Six reports are included in this edition of CCFB; subjects include safety concerns about cabin crew disarming doors during taxi, whether de-icing should be completed after passengers board the aircraft and take-off […]

  • Confidential drone safety reporting system now available

    Drone users and enthusiasts can now report safety concerns and incidents online using a confidential drone reporting service. CHIRP, a charitable organisation that has been providing independent, confidential reporting facilities for the aviation since 1982, has extended its online reporting system to include drone-related incidents. The service is free to use, and CHIRP guarantees to […]

  • Guidance for the UAS Recognised Assessment Entity scheme

    Requirements, administrative processes, instructions and guidance related to the operation of the Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) scheme within the United Kingdom have been updated.  Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – The UK Recognised Assessment Entity (CAP722B) is intended for organisations that are, or wish to be, approved as an RAE. This new edition […]

  • Expired: Temporary Danger Areas: English Channel, 2 December 2019 – 31 March 2020

    A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will carry out operational flights in the area of the English Channel between 2 December 2019 and 31 March 2020. As the aircraft will be operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight and has no Detect and Avoid capability a number of Temporary Dangers Areas (TDA) will be established. Required […]

  • Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Sandtoft Aerodrome

    The fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Sandtoft Aerodrome. This update has been written by members of the Yorkshire LAIT including ATCSL at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool, operators at Humberside, Yorkshire Aero Club and Sandtoft Aerodrome.

  • Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London and vicinity of Watford (Temporary)

    Restriction of flying regulations for the NATO summit and the associated visit by Heads of State to London and the vicinity of Watford between 2 and 4 December 2019. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php.html Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/226

  • UK Airspace Management Policy update

    UK Airspace Management Policy (CAP 740) has been updated. This minor amendment removes reference to Regulation (EU) 691/2010 which is no longer in force, and includes textual changes and references to Regulation (EU) 2017/373.

  • ELA1 aircraft maintenance

    Guidance for implementing Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes for use with ELA1 aircraft (CAP1454) has been updated. More information: https://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Self-Declared-Maintenance-Programme/

  • Flying Display Director Accreditation – 2020

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have developed a joint Flying Display Director (FDD) accreditation course for both civilian and military flying displays. To obtain or revalidate their FDD accreditation, applicants are required to demonstrate their experience in a number of competences and attend an FDD accreditation course. For 2020 […]