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CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 76

CHIRP’s latest edition of GA FEEDBACK highlights two themes – supervision in training and fitness to fly. Plus covers the use of the SAFETYCOM frequency, managing portable electronic devices and much more. Read the latest issue here. SW2018/091

New funding round for 8.33 kHz radio switchover

We have opened a new funding period to help general aviation pilots who still need to buy an 8.33 kHz radio for their aircraft. Applications can now be accepted to 30 September 2018. Forms and guidance available on the CAA website SW 2018/090

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Great Yarmouth Air on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M029/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restriction may be put in place for jet Formation Display Teams. SW2018/89

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Torbay Air Show, Paignton, Devon, on 1, 2 and 3 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/88

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Patrouille de France (French Air Force Jet Display Team) at Duxford Aerodrome Cambridgeshire on 24 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/87

Exemptions from Performance Based Navigation licensing requirements

Do your flight crew hold Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges on their licence? From 25 August 2018, EASA Aircrew Regulations will require all pilots who are operating on PBN routes and procedures to be suitably qualified. • Are your aircraft types certified for RNP APCH? • Is there an appropriately equipped FSTD available for flight […]

Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide

We are sharing a comprehensive and fully illustrated Helicopter Flight Instructor Guide that has been developed by EHEST. You can download the guide on the EASA website: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/general-publications/ehest-helicopter-flight-instructor-guide SW2018/85

Update: Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

This notification updates the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/074 Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for the initial issue of a Part-66 licence and all applications submitted online via the CAA portal. For security and […]

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/83

CAP1670: Spadeadam Danger Area Airspace Change Decision

The CAA has published its decision relating to the Spadeadam Danger Area Airspace Change Proposal. A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change page. SW2018/82

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Air Festival, Cambridgeshire, on 26 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M018/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/81

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Manchester on 22 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M040/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/80

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival, Alcester, Warwickshire, on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/79

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 126

In the latest issue of CHIRP (confidential and independent reporting): – Lack of spares – EFB chargers – Who is in command of the aircraft? – Vicarious liability –  accountability for the actions of others – General aviation pilot training issues SW2018/78

Repairs – approval from design organisations

When repairs have been completed that are outside the scope of the existing approved data (e.g. the structural repair manual) a design organisation (including type certificate holders) must provide aircraft specific approval documents. This type of repair data is commonly required when a repair is not possible using generic repair data or is needed to […]

Identification requirement for licensing applications

Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC). For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents as of […]

Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications

Pilots are required to submit certified copies of their ID (such as passport or driving licence) for certain Flight Crew Licensing applications. For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents. Any applications submitted on or after 14 May 2018 which require […]

Identification requirement for aircraft maintenance licensing applications

This information has been updated and superseded by SW2018/84 Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for the initial issue of a Part-66 licence and all applications submitted online via the CAA portal. For security and fraud prevention reasons […]

Aircraft maintenance licensing applications

In accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1321/2014, Annex III (Part-66), existing licence holders are required to submit their original current Part-66 aircraft maintenance licence to the issuing authority when applying to renew, change the scope of, or change the personal details on their Part-66 aircraft maintenance licence. Please note that if your original licence […]

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Abingdon Air and Country Show Flying Display at Abingdon Aerodrome, Oxfordshire on 5 and 6 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M008/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/72

UK Airprox Board newsletter, April

UKAB’s April 2018 summary has been published. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 19 incidents by the Board. SW2018/71

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/70

CAA Response to AAIB Safety Recommendations

As part of the comprehensive review of civil air display safety following the tragic Shoreham Airshow accident, the CAA has published updates to its responses to the following AAIB recommendations: 2015 – 045; 2015 – 046: 2015 – 047; 2017 – 009. SW2018/69

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Isle of Islay on 4 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/68

ADQ implementation documents and oversight programme

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS) are working collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the implementation of aeronautical data quality requirements in the United Kingdom by providing regulatory oversight of data chains from origination to publication by Aeronautical Information Services (AIS). NATS AIS will send required formal arrangement templates […]

Temporary examiner certificates

The CAA has updated the forms and guidance material related to the temporary examiner certificate. The following changes have been made: – Examiner certificates have been removed from the SRG1100 and has been incorporated into a new form SRG1100A – SRG1100A includes temporary privileges for TRE, SFE and Senior Examiner certificates Full guidance is available […]

Temporary licence certificates

The CAA has updated the forms and guidance material related to the temporary licence certificate. The following changes have been made: – Low visibility (LV) box removed (no longer applicable) – Clarification of the CAA policy that the expiry date 8 weeks shall be from the date of the flight test, zero flight time training […]

CAP632 Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft – new version

Fully updated requirements and expanded guidance for operators of ex-military permit-to-fly aircraft. Reflects recent changes to this and CAP403 on air displays following recent investigations, including addition of SSAC operations. SW2018/64

Safety requirements for portable electronic devices placed on board by the operator

Controlled portable electronic devices (C-PEDs) containing lithium batteries, and external lithium batteries (including power banks) can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. Such devices are subject to safety design and operational standards and similar requirements apply to lithium battery powered products taken on board aircraft for retail sale to passengers. The […]

CAP 1654: Exeter Airspace Change Decision

The CAA has published its decision relating to the Exeter Airspace Change Proposal. A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change page. SW2018/62

Introductory Flights – Guidance To Operators

Updated guidance for operators of introductory flights has been published on our website via: http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Introductory-flights/. This document has been produced to provide easy access to the rules and regulations surrounding introductory flights. SW2018/61

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Three sets of Restriction of Flying Regulations for Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London between 18 April and 21 April 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/60

Display and use of surveillance data from unapproved systems

Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are reminded that the use of any surveillance data to support the provision of an air traffic service with any of the surveillance services described in the MATS Part 1, or for the acquiring of traffic information in an ATC or aerodrome FISO environment will only be permitted following the […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-21 – Remote tower operations

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-21 which relates to the technical and operational requirements for remote tower operations. Read our response to the NPA. Read NPA 2017-21 on the EASA website. The CAA website has details of all our responses to external consultations. SW2018/58

Please review dangerous goods information provided to passengers

For action The improper carriage of dangerous goods by passengers poses a risk to flight safety. Airport operators, air operators and ground handling agents must ensure that information on the types of dangerous goods which passengers are forbidden to transport aboard an aircraft is communicated effectively to them. The CAA has a new notice that […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2018 summary focuses on downwind, with the example of the C152 and C172 which came into conflict at Cumbernauld. The ‘UKAB monthly round-up’ includes an assessment of 21 incidents by the Board. SW2018/056

Training Com – Spring 2018 (updated)

There has been an update to the most recent Training Com Spring 2018 newsletter. The update is in the section titled: ‘Aircraft documentation and equipment to be carried in flight’ SW2018/055

CAA response on NPA 2017-19

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-19 which relates to the installation of parts and appliances that are released without an EASA Form 1 or equivalent. Read our response to the NPA which includes an attachment. Read EASA NPA 2017-19 SW2018/54

Safety Notice: FAA flight prohibition in the use of supplemental helicopter harnesses

We have published Safety Notice SN-2018/003 to advise helicopter operators and owners of the FAA Emergency Order of Prohibition. It is recommended that operators and owners review their current procedures for flights involving the opening or removal of doors. SW2018/53

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire on either 27, or 28 March 2018. Details by NOTAM can be found at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones. SW2018/052

Guidance on Self Declared Maintenance Programmes

All ELA1 aircraft operated privately should have had their EASA MIP based Self Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) or Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP) in place since 30 September 2017. The deadline for ELA1 aircraft to have a SDMP or approved AMP in place is now 31 May 2018. ELA1 privately operated aircraft that have not transferred after this extended deadline […]

Training Com – Spring 2017

We have published TrainingCom Spring 2018 – news and advice for the training professional: knowledge, best practice and standardisation. This issue covers: CESSNA 150 vs 152 Flaps; instructor assessment of competences; examiner responsibilities; PBN privileges; senior examiners; CAP 804; Flight Examiner insurance cover; medicals for examiners and instructors and aircraft documentation and equipment. SW2018/051

Pre-Season Symposium Presentations 2018

Presentations delivered at the Pre-Season Symposium are now available via the CAA General Aviation Website. The presentations cover CAP 403, a briefing from the MAA and human factors and are available at the following link: http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Displays,-events-and-activities/Display-symposia-events/ SW2018/049

CAA response on NPA 2017-22 – Updating Part-MED and related AMC and GM

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-22 which relates to updating Part-MED and related Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM). Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2017-22 SW2018/48

Exposition version control

During recent CAA audits of organisations it has been noted that some organisations have implemented new / draft versions of the organisation’s exposition as their working document before receiving acceptance / approval from the CAA or being approved under an organisation exposition indirect approval. When found this leads to a Non-Compliance against the applicable regulations. […]

CAA Scheme of Charges 2018/19

The revised CAA Schemes of Charges, effective as from 1 April 2018, are now available. We asked for comments on the charge proposals. We are grateful for the submissions received and have published our response (CAP 1626). SW2018/046

Testing of English Language Proficiency by Flight and Radiotelephony Examiners

This notice provides clarification to examiners about the English Language Proficiency assessment process. All examiners should read the English language proficiency testing and flight crew licensing guidance on our website and the section called ‘Testing by Flight and Radiotelephony Examiners’. SW2018/44

English Language Proficiency for pilots

This notification provides clarification to licence holders about the English Language Proficiency assessment process. Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) holders who have not converted to Part-FCL, new FRTOL applicants, those holding level 4 or 5 Language Proficiency should be aware that they must hold a valid Language Proficiency validation to operate such equipment. If you […]

Low visibility (LV) licence endorsement

The low visibility (LV) qualification endorsement on UK CAA issued part-FCL licences has not been consistently implemented by Member States and does not indicate if all requirements of operators LVO training are completed. Therefore, from 15 March 2018 the requirement for LV to be endorsed or signed on the ‘ratings, certificates and privileges’ section or […]

Airline pilot standards MCC course

There’s a new multi-crew cooperation course known as the airline pilot standards multi-crew cooperation course, or APS MCC for short. Pilots seeking to take the new course will need to apply to an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) certified by the CAA to deliver it. There will be a final assessment at the end of the […]

Airline pilot standards MCC course

There’s a new multi-crew cooperation course known as the airline pilot standards multi-crew cooperation course or APS MCC for short. Training organisations seeking to gain approval to conduct the new course will need to apply for CAA approval with site floor plans (for new sites only), an approval certificate of the Flight Simulation Training Devices […]

Update: Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

This notification updates the information sent on 12 March 2018 as SW2018/038. The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the […]

CAP 403 Publication notification

CAP 403 2018 Edition 15 is now published. It can be found on the CAA Publications site here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?appid=11&mode=detail&id=32 SW2018/039

Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information

The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes. Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the latest version of the UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This can […]

Test notification requirements

From 1 April 2018 the CAA will require test notification to be requested in any instance before an applicant completes a skill test, or a proficiency check or assessment of competence with a non-UK CAA EASA examiner, in accordance with ARA.FCL.205 and section 2.4 of the EASA Examiner Differences Document. The test notification email return must be […]

Test notification requirements

From 1 April 2018 the CAA will require test notification to be requested in any instance before an applicant completes a skill test, or a proficiency check or assessment of competence with a non-UK CAA EASA examiner, in accordance with ARA.FCL.205 and section 2.4 of the EASA Examiner Differences Document. The test notification email return must be […]

Notification of ANSP, TO and ITO changes to the CAA

The CAA is implementing a formal process for the notification of changes to Air Navigational Service Provision and the training of Air Traffic Controllers. The purpose is to ensure continued compliance with the current EU regulations 1035/2011 and 2015/340 and prepare in advance for the forthcoming regulation 2017/373. This process will also affect the way […]

Automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinions 03/2017 and 16/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as regards automatic validation of flight crew licences and multi-crew pilot licence take-off and landing. Introduction of the automatic validation of flight […]

Terrain awareness warning systems (TAWS) for newly manufactured aircraft

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 15/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the requirements for the installation of TAWS align the implementing rules with ICAO provisions contained in Annex 6. SW2018/33

Aircrew medical fitness

At a meeting of the EASA Committee held on 20-21 February, a positive vote was made on a Draft Commission Regulation based on EASA Opinion 14/2016 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. The changes to the Air OPS implementing rules will introduce preventive measures that will require EU airlines to carry out a psychological assessment […]

Guidance for pilots on type rating differences courses

The EASA Type Ratings and Licence endorsement lists show where additional ‘differences’ training is required, if you are to operate certain variants within a type endorsement. For example, if you have a Type Endorsement B757/767, you can fly one of the aircraft within the endorsement, i.e. the B767, but will require additional training to fly the […]

Guidance for training organisations on type rating differences courses

The EASA Type Ratings and Licence endorsement lists show where additional ‘differences’ training is required for a pilot to operate certain variants within a type endorsement.  For example, if a pilot has a Type Endorsement B757/767, they can fly one of the aircraft within the endorsement, i.e. the B767, but will require additional training to fly […]

Expositions, listings and associated procedures (Part 145, 147, MF, MG)

For those organisations that have been granted an indirect approval procedure for their exposition amendments, associated listings (e.g. Capability List, Managed Aircraft Listing, etc) and procedures which are referenced within the exposition, please note that there is a requirement to submit these documents to the CAA as soon as they have been approved within your […]

Declared Training Organisations – guidance material

The General Aviation Unit of the CAA has produced a Guidance Document to help Training Organisations take advantage of the incoming European regulations for Declared Training Organisations (DTOs). It is envisaged that the new regulations will come into force on 8 April 2018 with a 12 month transitional period. The document (CAP1637) is designed to […]

Maintenance and overhaul of historic piston engines

Safety Notice SN-2018/002 has been issued to remind Individuals and organisations maintaining historic piston engines of maintenance best practice. SW2018/27

CAA response on NPA 2017-18 – Unintended or inappropriate rudder use

The CAA has published a response supporting the revisions proposed in the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-18 which relates to unintended or inappropriate rudder usage — rudder reversals. Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2017-18 See our website for details of other responses we have made to EASA’s Notices of Proposed Amendments. […]

Straight wing / swept wing ex-military jet air display restrictions

Restrictions on swept wing ex-military jet aircraft, introduced after the Shoreham airshow accident, will remain in place. Precautionary restrictions on straight wing ex-military jet aircraft will be lifted. See Safety Notice SN-2018/001 SW2018/025

Converting to an EASA Licence from a UK National/JAR licence

To fly EASA certified aircraft from 8 April 2018 pilots will need to hold an EASA licence. Please note that the following exceptions apply: 1. National licences for microlights and gyroplanes do not have an equivalent EASA licence to convert to. 2. EASA Balloon and Sailplane licensing is subject to delays in the drafting of […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, February

UKAB’s February 2018 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Compton Abbas where two C42 Ikarus aircraft were both joining for a right-hand circuit on runway 26. SW2018/024

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 […]

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

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 […]

CAP 493 MATS Part 1 correction to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1

The purpose of this SI 2018/01 is to correct a publication error that resulted in a change to Section 1, Chapter 7, Paragraph 5B.1 being omitted from the MATS Part 1 at Edition 7. SW2018/011

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Small Unmanned Aircraft (drones) – Amendment to EG R157 (Hyde Park)

Operators of Small Unmanned Aircraft (drones) in the London area should note that the dimensions of Restricted Area EG R157 have changed. Details of the amended area can be found on the NATS website. SW2018/006

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 […]

Guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024)

We have published finalised guidance for NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (2020-2024). You can read the guidance on our website. SW2018/004

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 […]

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 […]

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

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. http://www.airproxboard.org.uk/Reports-and-analysis/Annual-Airprox-summary-reports/ SW2017/220

Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 Edition 7 (CAP 493) published

Edition 7 of the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 has been published, incorporating Supplementary Instructions up to SI 2017/05. Effective 28 December 2017. SW2017/219

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 […]

Revised PPL Ground Exam guidance

A revised standards document for PPL Ground examinations has been published. You can view the new document here. SW2017/217

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

Call recording at Flight Information Service (FIS) aerodromes: Consultation

We are consulting on the proposal to modify the requirement for CAP 670 FISO recording, which would require all Flight Information Service (FIS) units to ensure that two-way radiotelephony recording is implemented. Please see our consultation page for all the details. SW2017/215

Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK: Call for evidence

We are calling for evidence regarding the Terminal Air Navigation Services (TANS) in the UK. This is to assist and advise the Secretary of State for Transport on whether market conditions continue to exist, as set out under Article 3 of the European Regulation No 391/2013. See the consultation here. SW2017/214

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 […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – central London, 12 November 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at the Cenotaph, central London on 12 November 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/209

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 www.caa.co.uk/MOR. Other significant […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wales Rally GB, 27-29 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Rally GB 2017 at various sites in Wales and England between 27 and 29 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M083/2017 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/205

Helicopter PIC hours – Experience crediting for CPL(A) applicants

This notice informs you of a change in CAA policy in relation to modular CPL(A) course PIC crediting that will be permitted to QMP(H) and CPL(H) pilots. Please see CAP 1599 for details. SW2017/204

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 […]

CHIRP Cabin Crew Feedback, Issue 64 – Sept 2017 now available

Issue 64 of Cabin Crew Feedback discusses topics including: the minimum cabin crew complement on aircraft and cabin crew experience, rest between standby and training duties, rules for cabin crew flying when pregnant, out of date crew lifejackets and poor aircraft design. SW2017/201

SAIP AD1 airspace change proposal: decision published

We have published our decision relating to the Swanwick Airspace Improvements Programme (SAIP_ Airspace Development (AD)1 Airspace Change Proposal. A copy of the decision document has been published on our website. SW2017/200

Eligibility of parts for Agusta Bell and Bell 206 helicopters

The latest guidance on the eligibility of parts for installation on each type, and the policy to be followed if an unqualified part is found to be installed. SW2017/199

CAP 1530: On the Job Training (OJT) for first type ratings in any category or sub-category

CAP1530 has now been updated to reflect CAA policy regarding extending the authority to overseas based organisations to be able to apply for approved OJT. SW2017/198

Part 145 overseas OJT approval application

Organisations who wish to apply for UK CAA Part 145 overseas approval of their OJT in support of type rating issue can now do so, via this application form, available on the CAA website. SW2017/197

Guidance for NERL in preparing its Business Plan for Reference Period 3: consultation document

We are seeking views on the CAA’s proposed guidance to NERL in preparing its business plan for Reference Period 3 (RP3). For more information, and to submit comments, see consultations.caa.co.uk. All comments must be received before 10 November 2017. SW2017/196

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 […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-13 – Update of flight simulation training devices requirements

The CAA has published a response on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-13 Update of flight simulation training devices requirements – Upset prevention and recovery training, FSTD inspector competencies framework, training matrix. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/193  

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-11 – Integrated modular avionics

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-11 titled Integrated Modular Avionics – Phase 2. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/192  

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-05 (A) & (B) – UAS operations

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-05 (A) & (B) titled ‘Unmanned aircraft system operations in the open and specific category’. You can read the response on our website. SW2017/191  

Applications for a Part FCL PPL licence that include JAR training

Please note that applications for the issue of a Part FCL PPL where an exemption has been issued to enable JAR training to be used towards the training requirements for the Part FCL PPL licence must be received by the UK CAA by close of business on 29 September 2017. Any applications received after this date […]

Listen up: CAA announces changes to airspace squawks

The latest listening-out squawks, designed to help general aviation pilots steer safely clear of controlled airspace, are today being updated. New codes are being introduced (Liverpool, Brize Norton and Southend) along with changes to several existing ones. For access to the new codes, as well as a handy downloadable chart including all the changes, go […]

SERA implementation

The UK is currently implementing the final part of the ‘Standardised European Rules of the Air’ (SERA – Regulation (EU) 923/2012), effective 12 October 2017. In addition to amending the key CAPs and the UK AIP, we have updated our consolidation of SERA, the ANO and The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015 ahead of 12 […]

Electrical powered sailplanes EASA Emergency AD 2017-0167-E

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued Emergency Airworthiness Directive (EAD) 2017-0167-E due to occurrences of fire in the front electric sustainer battery packs affecting  Glasflügel 304 eS, Discus-2c FES and LAK-17B FES powered sailplanes. This requires modification of the battery packs before next flight. Removal of the battery packs is an acceptable alternative […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, July

UKAB’s July 2017 summary focuses largely on Airprox incidents resulting from sub-optimal airmanship. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at Biggin Hill where a PA28 conducting a downwind join came into conflict with a C152 ahead. The lesson is that pilots should make early decisions if things start going wrong with their plan, […]

Skyway Code updated and available to buy in hard copy

The CAA’s guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated and is available to download  at www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode. Printed copies are now available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE online. SW2017/185

Update to CAP 1032 Aerodrome FISO Licensing

This amendment to Edition 2 of CAP 1032 clarifies the requirement for aerodrome FISO licence applicants to have passed the examination and written assessment for the grant of a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence and amends the text relating to exempting qualifications as it applies to the holder of a Royal Air Force or Royal […]

EU 2017/373: Air Traffic Management Implementing Regulation

We have launched a new webpage (www.caa.co.uk/atmir) to help everyone involved in ANS provision understand how EU Regulation 2017/373 will affect them. The regulation and its 13 annexes lay down common requirements for air traffic management (ATM) service providers, and the oversight of ATM/air navigation services (ANS) and network functions. We will update the webpage […]

Guidance of portable electronic devices

The UK Civil Aviation Authority keeps all rules and regulations under constant review to ensure they remain current and based on the latest research and information available. Our priority is always the safety of passengers and crew and we continue to work with airlines, manufacturers and international regulators to drive improvements in safety standards across […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Merseyside, 15-17 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Southport Airshow, Merseyside between 15 and 17 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/182

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Manchester, 20 September – 4 October 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Consevative Party Conference, Manchester, between 20 September and 4 October 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M076/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/181

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lincolnshire, 7-11 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for air display at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire between 7 and 11 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M071/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/180

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 23-24 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for air display at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire on 23 and 24 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M068/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/179

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Topcliffe, Yorkshire, 3-15 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for tethered balloon operations at Topcliffe, Yorkshire between 3 and 15 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M078/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/178

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Edinburgh, 28 August – 4 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for events in the vicinity of the Forth Road Crossings, Edinburgh between 28 August and 4 September 2017. Restricted airspace is detailed by NOTAM and in briefing sheet under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ in the ‘News’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/177

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Northamptonshire, 1-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for LAA Rally at Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire between 1 and 3 September 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/176

Issue 2 of SI2017/01 to CAP 797 FISO Manual

Issue 2 of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/01 to CAP 797 Edition 3 was published on 24 August 2017, effective 12 October 2017 and replaces Issue 1 which was notified in SW2017/161 on 17 August 2017. This SI details changes to CAP 797 resulting from the amendment of Reg (EU) No 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of […]

CAA decision published for FASI(N) airspace change proposal

The CAA has published its decision relating to the NATS – Revised ATS route structure over the Irish Sea (Isle of Man and Antrim Sectors) Airspace Change Proposal.  A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change page. […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Rhyl, 27 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Rhyl, Denbighshire on 27 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/173

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Ayr, 2-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Scottish Air Show at Ayr on 2 and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M074/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 3 September 2017; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/172

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Portrush, County Antrim, 2-3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Portrush, County Antrim for airshow on 2 and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M073/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/171

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth, Dorset, 30 August – 3 September 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Festival, Dorset, between 30 August and 3 September 2017, detailed in AIC M067/2017. There will be additional airspace restrictions for displays by the Red Arrows on 31 August, 1 September and 2 September; details in AIC M064/2017. All airspace restrictions will be notified by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Scilly Isles, 28 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles, on 28 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/169

A national system to improve electronic conspicuity

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that ADS-B ‘in/out’ using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation, ideally used through transponders. A survey on the types of devices private pilots already use and what they would prefer to use in future will be open until 29 September: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/UKGAEC SW2017/162

SI2017/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction SI2017/01 details changes made to the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797), relating to the amendment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) by Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 1185/2016. SW2017/161

UK ATM Vocabulary – CAP 1430 Edition 2 published

Edition 2 of the UK Air Traffic Management Vocabulary (CAP1430) has now been published. It becomes effective on 12 October 2017 and includes amendments introduced by the second phase of the Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) Part C) which represents the final stage of SERA development. Further information on […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Overton, Hampshire, 25-27 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Overton, Hampshire between 25 and 27 August 2017 for CarFest South. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 058/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/165

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Herne Bay, 19 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Herne Bay Airshow 2017 on 19 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve M066/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/164

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, 25-29 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Enniskillen for music festival between 25 and 29 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 061/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/163

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Biggin Hill, 17-20 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Biggin Hill Airshow between 17 and 20 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 065/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/162

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Dunsfold, Surrey, 25-27 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Dunsfold Wings and Wheels between 25 and 27 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 047/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/161

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Clacton-on-Sea, 24-25 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Clacton Air Show between 24 and 25 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve M045/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/160

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 73

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Know your ATCO from your FISO and A/G operator. Airspace infringements; how to avoid them and what to do in the event of infringing. Two examples of well-handled engine failures in the circuit. Transponders and the altitude facility; terminology and tolerances. Plus an unexpected source of FOD, […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Dunsfold, Surrey, 26 – 27 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrow displays at Dunsfold, Surrey on 26 and 27 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2107/158    

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Sidmouth, Devon, 25 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow displays at Sidmouth, Devon on 25 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/157

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – The Solent and Portsmouth, 16 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for events in The Solent and Portsmouth on 16 August 2017. Restricted Airspace is detailed by NOTAM and in Briefing Sheet under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ (dated 15/08/2017) in ‘News’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/156

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk, 24 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk on 24 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/156

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, 24-25 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, on 24 and 25 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/155

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Biggin Hill, Kent, 19-20 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Biggin Hill, Kent on 19 and 20 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/154

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Herne Bay, Kent, 19 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Herne Bay, Kent on 19 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/153

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Weymouth, Dorset, 16 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Weymouth, Dorset on 16 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/152

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Eastbourne, Sussex, 18-20 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 18, 19 and 20 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/151

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Fowey, Cornwall, 17 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Fowey, Cornwall on 17 August 2017. Details of Airspace Restrictions by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/151

Notification of receipt of ACP consultation feedback report and formal ACP submission

The CAA has received a copy of the Edinburgh ACP Second Consultation Feedback Report relating to the proposed SIDs, Arrival Transitions (and associated hold) airspace change proposal. The report can be found on our website under ‘Sponsor’s external feedback report on second consultation – Issue 1’. Edinburgh Airport has also formally submitted its Airspace Change […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Eastbourne, 16-20 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Eastbourne for Airbourne 2017 Airshow between 16 and 20 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 060/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/149

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Weston Park, Staffordshire, 18-21 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire, between 18 and 21 August 2017. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 053/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/148

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Hylands Park, Essex, 18-21 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for V Festival, Hylands Park, Essex, between 18 and 21 August 2017. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 048/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/147

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome, 19-20 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Headhcorn Combined Ops Airshow at Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome on 19 and 20 August 2017. Details of Restricted Airspace in NOTAM and in AIC Mauve 040/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/146

Part 145 – lost capability

This Information Notice (IN2017/033) informs Part 145 organisations of the actions that may be taken by the CAA where it is identified that an organisation is temporarily unable to fulfil the Part 145 requirements for a particular product, part, appliance or process listed on its approval certificate. SW2017/145

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, 11 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, on 11 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/144

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Blackpool, 12-13 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Blackpool, Lancashire on 12 and 13 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AICM064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/143

Update to SAFETY DIRECTIVE: Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 return to service requirements

Safety Directive SD-2017/001 which concerned the conditions for the return to service of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 following a fatal accident in Norway with an EC225LP on 29 April 2016 has been amended to reflect the latest airworthiness directive published by EASA. There are no other significant changes. The new directive SD-2017/002 supersedes SD-2017/001. […]

SI 2017/05 to MATS Part 1 published: SERA Part C Phase 2

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2017/05 incorporates into CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 a number of air traffic service requirements introduced by the second phase of Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) Part C). This represents the final stage of SERA development and follows MATS Part […]

Edition 123 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

In this edition of CHIRP air transport Feedback: Are you fit to control/fly? Air Traffic Controllers working night shifts and flight crew feeling pressured to work overtime; Engineering manpower: what are the rules about the resources required?; A pilot shares a human error that resulted in a level bust – an honest report that contains […]

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-07 – Rotorcraft gearbox loss of lubrication

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-07 – Rotorcraft gearbox loss of lubrication. Read the response on our website SW2017/139

Spar sets produced by Croydon Aircraft Company of New Zealand

The CAA has been advised that some spar sets produced by The Croydon Aircraft Company of New Zealand may not be to OEM drawing. This Information Notice (IN-2017/032) contains advice and details of the work underway to investigate the matter. SW2017/138

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Cowes, 4 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Cowes, Isle of Wight, on 4 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/137

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lyme Regis, 10 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Lyme Regis, Dorset, on 10 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/136

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – The Solent, 27 July – 1 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for visit of USS George H W Bush between 27 July and 1 August. Restricted airspace at Stokes Bay in The Solent. Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Sheet under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ in ‘New’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/135

UK Airprox Board newsletter, June

UKAB’s June 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents resulting from stretched military ATC units and incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at North Wield where a C152 conducting a very wide downwind track came into conflict with a PA28 joining downwind/base leg. The lesson is that […]

Aerodrome rescue and fire fighting services – provision of extinguishing agents

The purpose of this Information Notice (IN2017/031) is to advise aerodrome operators that the CAA intends to withdraw UK Acceptable Means of Compliance (AltMoC) 4 (see CAP 1168), and change CAP 168 Chapter 8 in order to align the complementary extinguishing agent requirements at UK licensed and certificated aerodromes with the standards and recommended practices […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bedfordshire, 6 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Old Warden (Shuttleworth) Bedfordshire on 6 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/132

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Plymouth, 27-28 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for MTV Crashed event at Plymouth on 27 and 28 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Sheet, under ‘Airspace Restrictions’ in ‘New’ column. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/131

Noise impacts survey

We are looking at how we can influence the aviation industry’s noise performance, and we would like to hear from people impacted by aviation noise to get a better understanding of what you would like us to do about noise. We intend to use this information to inform how we use our existing powers to improve […]

SAFETY DIRECTIVE: Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 return to service requirements

The purpose of this Safety Directive (SD-2017/001) is to assure safe operations of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP and AS332L2 following a fatal accident in Norway with an EC225LP on 29 April 2016 and replaces SD 2016/003. As a result of the further report from Accident Investigation Board Norway issued on 28 April 2017, ongoing discussions with […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Swanage, 4 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Swanage, Dorset on 4 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/128

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Falmouth, 9 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Falmouth, Cornwall on 9 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/127

Changes to birdstrike reporting procedures

The UK Birdstrike Reporting Portal and birdstrike reporting form SRG 2004 will be withdrawn on 1 August 2017. This follows the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 376/2014. Wildlife strikes, including bird strikes, will not be differentiated from other reportable occurrences. For information and advice on the reporting methods available from 1 August, please visit our […]

Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within the UK

This Information Notice IN-2017/029 gives updated advice on the policy for Third Country Licence holders intending to fly within UK airspace using a Third Country Licence. SW2017/125

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lincolnshire, 5 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at East Kirby, Lincolnshire for airshow on 5 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M039/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/124

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cheshire, 28-30 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, for CarFest North on 28 to 30 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M038/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/123

Operational rules for balloons

The EASA Committee of the European Commission met on 28-29 June and voted positively to introduce the first part of the Balloon Regulation, namely Balloon Air Operations. The new regulation is expected to be published and become European law either in late 2017 or early 2018.  However, it will not enter into force until 8 April 2019, with […]

Classification of runways

An EASA Committee meeting was held on 28-29 June where a positive vote was made to amend regulation (EU) N° 139/2014 covering the definitions of runway approaches. The changes to the definitions resulted from an ICAO expert work group. The work will facilitate the use of PBN and GNSS approaches at aerodromes enhancing safety. The […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – East Fortune, 22 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at East Fortune for airshow on 22 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M044/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/121

Restricted airspace (temporary) – RAF Fairford, 12-17 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford between 12 and 17 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M057/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/120

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Sunderland, 21-23 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Sunderland for airshow between 21 and 23 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M041/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/119

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Silverstone and Turweston, 15-16 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix, on 15 and 16 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M054/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/118

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Barry Island, Cardiff, 6 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Barry Island, Cardiff on 6 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/117

Intention to remove restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters

UK and Norwegian regulators have announced their intention for the removal of restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 Super Puma helicopters, which prevent operators using the helicopters. The move follows extensive investigation, testing and changes to the helicopter and its maintenance. Read our press release for more information. SW2017/115

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Newcastle, County Down, 5 August 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Newcastle, County Down on 5 August 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/114

Issue 63 of CHIRP cabin crew FEEDBACK

Issue 63 of Cabin Crew FEEDBACK discusses the high number of roster related reports submitted to CHIRP, and fatigue and its effects. Other topics discussed include pushback with passengers standing, the use of commander’s discretion, flight crew controlled rest, rest breaks during flying duties and charging of electrical devices during flight. SW2017/113

New commercial pilot examination question delivery system

This Information Notice highlights to industry, stakeholders and students the introduction of three additional answer style questions for commercial pilots’ examinations, with the launch of a new delivery platform – Quadrant. SW2017/112

Hawker Hunter series aeroplanes on UK civil register

The CAA has withdrawn the Safety Directive which grounded all Hawker Hunter aircraft on the UK register. This action is a result of the CAA concluding there were no airworthiness issues relating to the Hawker Hunter aircraft that caused or contributed to the accident. This is based on our own extensive review and the AAIB’s final […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, 21-23 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear on 21, 22 and 23 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/110

Restricted airspace (temporary) – East Fortune, East Lothian, 22 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at East Fortune, East Lothian on 22 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/109

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Honington, Suffolk, 20 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows Display at Royal Air Force Honington, Suffolk on 20 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/108

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Holkham, 23 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Holkham, North Norfolk on 23 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/107

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Edinburgh, 4 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Event at Edinburgh on 4 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M055/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/106

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Marham, Norfolk, 21 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Royal Air Force Marham, Norfolk, 20 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index on the AIC […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cranwell, Lincolnshire, 21 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Royal Air Force Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 21 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index on […]

Consultation on core elements of the regulatory framework for Heathrow expansion

This consultation follows on from our January 2017 consultation on the priorities and timetable for our programme of work on the economic regulation of new capacity at Heathrow. It confirms our priorities and seeks views on our latest thinking on the development of core elements of the regulatory framework for Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL). SW2017/103

Safety Notice: Carriage of assistance dogs in the aircraft cabin

The purpose of this Safety Notice is to provide airline operators with the latest guidance material regarding the carriage of recognised assistance dogs. SW2017/102

Compliance monitoring – certificated aerodromes

This Information Notice provides advice and guidance to enable aerodrome operators to align their compliance monitoring process with the CAA’s oversight cycle. It includes compliance questions related to the subjects that form the annual CAA Audit. SW2017/101

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-03 – In flight recording for light aircraft

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment  NPA consultation 2017-03 ‘In Flight Recording for Light Aircraft’. Read the response on our website SW2017/100

DfT airspace consultation: CAA response

The CAA has today published its response to the DfT’s consultation on reforming policy on the design and use of UK airspace. SW2017/99

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Northamptonshire, 16 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northamptonshire on 16 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Wimbledon, 1-17 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships between 1 and 17 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M034/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. To view the AIC, click on ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AICs)’ from the link above, then choose ‘Mauve (M)’ from the index on the AIC […]

Requirements for providing recorded surveillance data by ANSPs to the CAA or AAIB

This Information Notice reminds ANSPs of their obligations for providing recorded surveillance data to the CAA or the AAIB following an accident or incident, and provides advance notification of changes to current CAP 670 policy statements affecting surveillance recording and replay systems. SW2017/96

Supplementary Instruction to CAP 493 – Surveillance Separation Minima: Unknown Traffic

This Supplementary Instruction to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduces a change to surveillance separation. SW2017/95

Updates on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation

This Information Notice gives further information on the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) which amends Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation). SW2017/94

Supplementary Instruction to CAP 493 – incident reporting

Our Supplementary Instruction (SI 2017/03) to CAP 493 updates Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 Section 6, a quick reference guide for Air Traffic Control officers concerning occurrence reporting. SW2017/93

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 9 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 9 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/91

CAA closes Competition Act investigation

The CAA has decided to close the Chapter II element of its investigation on a suspected abuse of dominant position by East Midlands International Airport and its parent company, the Manchester Airports Group. For details of the investigation and further information on this decision, please visit our website. SW2017/92

Type rating instructor revalidation and renewal

This Information Notice clarifies that when an applicant applies for a revalidation of an SFI certificate they shall have completed, within 12 months plus the remainder of the month in which the proficiency check was passed, a proficiency check on each of the types for which privileges are to be revalidated. SW2017/90

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Weston Seafront, 17-18 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Weston-Super-Mare Airshow, at Weston Seafront, on 17 and 18 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M046/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/89

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Yeovilton, 8 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at RNAS Yeovilton on 8 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/88

Verification of third country ICAO licences

This Information Notice introduces form SRG2142 for the verification of third country ICAO licences to ensure that pilots/instructors/examiners who apply on the basis of credit from a third country licence are aware of the requirement to have their licence verified. SW2017/87

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Swansea, 1-2 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Swansea on 1 and 2 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/86

Restricted airspace (temporary) – West Sussex, 29-30 June, 1 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Goodwood, West Sussex on 29, 30 June and 1 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/85

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Wiltshire, 20 and 21 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on 20 and 21 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/84

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Somerset, 18-26 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Glastonbury Music Festival 2017, Somerset, between 18 and 26 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M022/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/83

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Swansea, 30 June to 2 July 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales National Air Show in the vicinity of Swansea between 30 June and 2 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/82

EASA Safety Information Bulletin 2017-08

EASA has published SIB 2017-08 (Access for Rescue and Fire Fighting Services at Aerodromes) in response to a number of incidents where rescue and fire-fighting services (RFFS) access has been impeded. The intent of this SIB is to raise awareness of aerodrome operators about the need to provide convenient access for RFFS vehicles to areas […]

Edition 72 of CHIRP general aviation FEEDBACK

This edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK covers how a pilot’s seat sliding backwards after take-off very nearly resulted in an accident. Unfortunately, an accident did occur when a pilot was a victim of the condition known as ‘confirmation bias’. It also discusses transponders, how to get the best out of Air Traffic Control and how to get […]

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 24 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on 24 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/79

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cosford, Shropshire, 9-11 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for RAF Cosford Airshow between 9 and 11 June 2017. Restricted airspace at Cosford, Shropshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M026/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/78

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, 14-16 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the rehearsals of HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast between 14 and 16 June 2017. Restricted airspace in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/77

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Central London, 17 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Trooping the Colour on 17 June 2017. Restricted airspace in Central London. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/76

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Suffolk, Essex, London, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire 17 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for HM The Queen’s birthday flypast on 17 June 2017. Restricted airspace in Suffolk, Essex, London, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M032/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/75

New Skyway Code launched to give GA pilots a one stop shop for safety rules and advice

We have published a new online guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice. The Skyway Code is designed to provide private pilots with quick and easy access to key information and condenses ‘must know’ information on UK GA flying into an easy to navigate PDF. The guide includes illustrations throughout and as well […]

Balloon operations – safety matters

This Safety Notice provides the latest safety guidance for all balloon operations/operators, with particular emphasis on passenger-related matters and advice on pilot training and decision making. SW2017/73

CAA response on EASA NPA 2017-04 – Aerodrome rules

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-04 ‘Regular update of Aerodrome Rules-CS-ADR-DSN- Issue 4’. Read the response on our website SW2017/72

Guidance for Part-147 Practical Training (CAP 1529) published

CAP 1529 provides guidance for practical training within a Part 147 organisation. SW2017/65

Guidance on future provisions for aeronautical information

This Information Notice is aimed at organisations and personnel who originate, exchange, validate, store or process aeronautical information and data published in the United Kingdom Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP). This must now meet requirements in EU regulations 73/2010 (ADQIR); 139/2014 (Aerodrome Regulation); and future EU 2017/373 Annex VI (Part AIS) – as set out in […]

NATS VOR replacement programme update

The Isle of Man VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our Information Notice. SW2017/71

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, 17 and 18 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display along the sea front at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, on 17 and 18 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/69

Guidance for On the Job Training (OJT) for first type ratings published

CAP 1530 provides guidance for engineers and deals with On the Job Training (OTJ) for first type ratings in any category or sub-category within Part-145. SW2017/66

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 27 and 28 May 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Air Festival, Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, on 27 and 28 May 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M009/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/68

Withdrawal of CAA SID PBN Replication Policy

The CAA Standard Instrument Departure (SID) PBN Replication Policy has been withdrawn pending review and amendment, primarily to remove reference to consultation arrangements, which will now be covered by guidance issued as part of the Airspace Change Process.  This Replication Policy, together with the policies for the PBN replication of Standard Arrival Routes (STARs) and […]

Guidance for Part-147 Instructors (CAP 1528) published

Replacing CAA Standards Document 46 V1, CAP 1528 provides guidance for assessing the qualifications, skills, competency and the revalidation of Part-147 Instructors, Knowledge Examiners, Exam Invigilators and Practical Assessors. SW2017/64  

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Abingdon, Oxfordshire, 13 and 14 May 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Abingdon Air and Country Show, Abingdon Aerodrome, Oxfordshire on 13 and 14 May 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M011/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/62

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Paignton, Devon, 3 and 4 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at Paignton, Devon, on 3 and 4 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/61

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cosford, 11 June 2017

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows display at RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton on 11 June 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M031/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/60

Important information for SkyWise app users

A new version of the SkyWise app is being released this week and will be available to download for Apple and Android devices. Please ensure that you have the option for ‘Automatic Downloads’ turned on in your device’s settings so that you can continue to receive notifications. Guidance for Apple devices Guidance for Android devices […]

Small unmanned Aircraft – NQE standardisation

This information notice notifies all persons who may be associated with National Qualifies Entities (NQEs), or who may use their services, of the intended role and scope of the privileges granted under the CAA approval. It will also provide additional guidance on the CAA’s expectations with respect to the assessment process and the standardisation considerations […]

Airprox awareness campaign

The number of Airprox incidents involving general aviation aircraft in the UK has been steadily increasing for a number of years. Spring usually sees a particularly sharp increase as the weather improves. The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has now launched an awareness campaign to remind pilots of how to minimise the risk of being involved […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition No 122 now available

This issue highlights Air Traffic Controller fatigue: how do you help a colleague who you suspect is affected by fatigue? How would you respond to a colleague’s concern about you? It also deals with flight crew fatigue reports being classified as ‘unfit’ and the pressure to report for work. Other reports include cockpit iPad installations […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, March

UKAB’s March 2017 summary focuses on Airprox incidents in and around the visual circuit. ‘Airprox of the Month’ relates to an incident at a busy A/G airfield where multiple types using multiple runways in poor weather meant that options quickly became limited for one pilot. SW2017/56

Changes to CAA Application form SRG 1411 – Air Traffic Controller Licence

This Information Notice provides notification of changes being made to our application form SRG 1411 – Air Traffic Controller (ATCO) Licence from 25 May 2017. SW2017/55

New form for commercial UAV operator applications

Issue 7 of Form SRG1320, for applications to operate Small Unmanned Aircraft in UK airspace, has been published. Applications made with Issue 6 are no longer accepted and will be returned to the applicant. SW2017/54

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 published

CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 3 has been published and becomes effective on 25 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes within the foreword, Edition 3 removes the Glossary and abbreviations sections and refers the reader to CAP 1430 the UK Air Traffic Management (ATM) Vocabulary. As highlighted in CAA Information Notice IN-2016/085, […]

Third Country Licence holders – assessment of knowledge

Read our new Information Notice for advice on the policy regarding confirmation of acquired theoretical knowledge for Third Country Licence holders wishing to be issued with a validation of their ICAO licence by the CAA restricted to private privileges only. Except in the case of FAA licence holders, all other requirements of Part-FCL Annex III […]

Part-145: Maintenance staff employment status guidance

Our information notice provides guidance to enable Part-145 organisations to establish the employment status of staff engaged on zero-hour contracts for the purposes of Part 145.A30(d). SW2017/51

CAP 797 Edition 3 published – Flight Information Service Officer Manual

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published today and will become effective on 2 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes, Edition 3 includes significant amendments which remove the Glossary and phraseology sections – referring readers to CAP 1430 the UK ATM Vocabulary and CAP 413 Radio telephony Manual respectively […]

Advance notice of update to CAP 797: Flight Information Service Officer Manual

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 will be published on 13 April 2017 and become effective on 2 May 2017. Aside from minor editorial changes, Edition 3 includes significant amendments which remove the Glossary and phraseology sections – referring readers to CAP 1430 the UK ATM Vocabulary and CAP 413 Radio […]

Gatwick Route 4 RNAV 1 SIDs

We have published our conclusions in respect of modification requirements to Gatwick Route 4 RNAV 1 SIDs and correction requirements relating to Route 4 Conventional SIDs. Read the full report and associated documentation. Further information about the post implementation review is available on our website. SW2017/48

Third country licences and their use within the United Kingdom

This Information Notice is issued to advise on the policy regarding the use of Third Country Licences issued in accordance with ICAO Annex I and their use within UK Airspace. SW2017/47

Economic regulation of NERL 2020-2024: strategic outcomes discussion document

We have published a discussion document seeking views from all interested parties on the process, strategic outcomes, and the relevant issues that should shape the CAA’s approach to the future economic regulation of NERL in the period from 2020 to 2024. Views on all the issues raised in this document are welcomed through our consultation. […]

CAA consultation launched on airspace change process guidance

We have launched a consultation on the draft guidance document that supports the new process for assessing airspace changes. We welcome your views. SW2017/44

CAA response on NPA 2016-13 – Airspace design

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2016-13 which proposes Technical requirements and operating procedures for airspace design, including flight procedure design. Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2016-13 See our website for details of other responses we have made to EASA’s Notices of Proposed […]

CAA response on NPA 2017-01 – CAEP/10 amendments on climate change, emissions and noise

The CAA has published a response to the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2017-01 regarding the implementation of the CAEP/10 amendments on climate change, emissions and noise. Read our response to the NPA Read EASA NPA 2017-01 See our website for details of other responses we have made to EASA’s Notices of Proposed Amendments. SW2017/43

Ex-military aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly

We have published a Safety Notice to remind operators, Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations (CAMOs), Maintenance Organisations (MOs) and pilot of ex-military aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly of their responsibilities with regard to correctly monitoring, on an ongoing basis, the airworthiness of these aircraft. SW2017/41

Part-145: Occasional/temporary line stations

Our Information Notice gives advice for Part-145 organisations about what the CAA considers to be an occasional or temporary line station and their use, how they should be established and for how long they can remain in place. SW2017/40

Update to CAP 746 – Met Observations

CAP 746 – Requirements for Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes contains procedures and information which describe the provision of meteorological observations to civil aviation in the UK and the related regulatory requirements. This update to CAP 746 incorporates minor editorial amendments and changes for clarification purposes. These changes are detailed in the publication’s revision history. SW2017/39

Updated application form for Operation of a Small Unmanned Aircraft in UK Airspace

Applications for Operation of a Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) in UK Airspace, SRG1320, has been revised to Issue 7. From 1 May 2017, Issue 6 of this form will no longer be accepted by the CAA and any application received after this date using Issue 6 will be rejected and sent back to the applicant. […]

Review of flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements

The UK CAA, in support of the work of Commission and EASA, is asking crew members to participate in a survey as part of the need to review six elements of Subpart FTL as required by Regulation (EU) No 83/2014.  The Regulation requires the European Commission together with EASA to set up a research study. […]

EASA developements: CAA bulletin 21 January – 22 March 2017

This information bulletin provides highlights of EASA developments and related CAA activities between 21 January and 22 March 2017. SW2017/36

NATS Ground Navigation Aid Rationalisation

Stornoway VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. Work will commence no sooner than 21 March and will last for approximately three months. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, read our Information Notice. SW2017/35

Restricted airspace (temporary) – North Yorkshire, 25 April 2017

Restriction of flying regulations for Red Arrows display at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire on 25 April 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M008/2017. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2017/034

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Issue 62 – March 2017 now available

This Issue highlights the importance of fatigue reporting from both flight crew and cabin crew. Other topics discussed are EASA FTLs, pressure to operate from Management, pre-flight briefing procedures and disembarkation of aircraft without flight crew. Read CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Issue 62 – March 2017. SW2017/33

Exeter Airport – airspace change consultation

Exeter Airport has launched a consultation on their proposal to establish controlled airspace, running from 9 March 2017 to 9 June 2017. Access the consultation document. View our page on Exeter Airport’s proposal. SW2017/32

CAA, HSE and HSENI issue revised enforcement Memorandum of Understanding and associated guidance

The CAA, Health and Safety Executive and Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland have revised and issued a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Its purpose is to ensure effective collaborative working between these organisations where their enforcement duties overlap in and around the United Kingdom. The MOU is supported by CAP1484, which provides additional specific […]

Update to air traffic controller training guidance (CAP 584)

CAP 584 has been amended to update the reference for the Air Traffic Controllers – Licensing CAP which has changed from CAP 744 to CAP 1251. The initial training terminal objectives for ratings have been moved to the CAP 794. This update also reflects the post transition period of Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340: the introduction […]

New SI to CAP 493: SERA Part C Implementation – Phase 1

The purpose of this new SI is to introduce Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 2016/1185 (SERA Part C) Phase 1, which amends Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 through the addition of several new requirements and revisions to a number of aspects of SERA Part A & B. SW2017/27

General Aviation Unit Roadshows

In advance of the 2017 flying season, our General Aviation Unit will be running a series of roadshows across the UK in March and April to discuss developments to general aviation regulations. We extend this invitation to: flying schools (RTFs and ATOs), Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations and associated maintenance providers in the UK. We believe […]

CAP 1434 – UK Flight Information Services

As the 2017 flying season approaches, we would like to draw attention to CAP 1434 ‘UK Flight Information Services: Guidance from the CAA’ which was published last year. This leaflet provides guidance to pilots on the types of air traffic services that are available to all flights operating within Class G airspace and, where notified, […]

Hawarden RMZ airspace change proposal

We have now published our decision relating to the Hawarden RMZ airspace change proposal. We have also released copies of other documentation related to the proposal and our assessment of it. SW2017/25

Policy statement on recovery of Heathrow new runway costs

CAP 1513 sets out our policy in relation to the recovery of costs associated with obtaining planning permission for the new runway and capacity expansion at Heathrow Airport. This policy statement is complementary to our decision to modify Heathrow Airport Limited’s (HAL’s) licence to permit up to £10 million per year of efficient Category B costs […]

Consultation on NATS resilience requirements

Our new consultation sets out the outcome of work we carried out jointly with NATS with regards to NATS’ resilience, and seeks views on a proposed enforcement tool and a new licence condition. We are proposing to adopt specified definitions of resilience, contingency and business continuity and to set the requirements for the enforcement of these under […]

Improved Pilot Medical Declaration form

A new, improved Pilot Medical Declaration process is now available – if you have already declared you do not need to do so again. The new process is online only, so applications by post or email will not be accepted. Replacing the old PDF form means that the form will now work on all current browsers, as well […]

Guidance for operations in volcanic ash

CAP 1236, our guidance regarding flight operations in the vicinity of volcanic ash, has been updated to take account of a revision to the European and North Atlantic Volcanic Ash Contingency Plan. In particular, this updates the information on methods for publication of information relating to forecast volcanic ash concentration. In tandem, we have also […]

Airline compliance providing assistance to disrupted passengers

We have just published a compliance report reviewing airline procedures for providing care and assistance to passengers during disruption, dealing with denied boarding and downgrading, and compensating passengers affected by a long delay due to a missed connection. We have also published the full responses provided by airlines. As a result of this review we […]

Edition 71 of CHIRP general aviation FEEDBACK

This edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK covers how free navigation and distraction can lead to errors, and listening Squawks can help Air Traffic Controllers prevent errors becoming infringements or worse. It also discusses why dwelling on a mistake in the air can compound the original error – the time for analysis and discussing whether follow-up action […]

Applying for 8.33 kHz radio funding

The CAA has secured €4.3 million of funding from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility to encourage the early transition of the UK GA fleet to 8.33 kHz-capable equipment. The funding will be distributed by way of reimbursal to aircraft owners or pilots to contribute toward the cost of new radio equipment. For more information on […]

Edition 121 of CHIRP air transport FEEDBACK

Approaching the first anniversary of the introduction of EASA Flight Time Limitations this edition of CHIRP FEEDBACK contains a number of examples of flight crew fatigue and a summary of fatigue issues. Air Traffic Control interests include controlling in bad weather and tower controllers doubling-up as approach controllers. Engineering organisations under pressure and engineers signing […]

New report on attitudes towards aircraft noise

Our new report describes the DfT commissioned ‘Survey of Noise Attitudes 2014’, which builds on earlier noise surveys. It covers the study’s approach, sampling strategy, determination of noise exposure, analytics approach, and results. This is accompanied by publication of a more detailed technical report, the raw data, and an independent peer review. SW2017/016

Population trends around UK airports

Our new report looks at population trends around ten UK airports. It also presents a summary of the legislative background in terms of historical and current international and UK land-use planning controls and noise policy. It then presents a methodology for assessing population trends and applies this to ten UK airports. The findings of the […]

Definition of ‘overflight’

As a contribution to the development of revised guidance on the Airspace Change Process, our new report defines ‘overflight’ as it relates to airspace regulation; and details an overflight metric which may be used to quantitatively compare different airspace options. SW2017/014

Consultation on our Heathrow new runway priorities

We recently opened a consultation on our priorities and timetable relating to economic regulation of the new runway at Heathrow airport. Responses must be submitted by 14th March 2017, either via the online survey or by emailing economicregulation@caa.co.uk. We have already made it clear to Heathrow that cost efficiency and value for money are crucial to the […]

Updated advice for brokers on the ATOL scheme

We’ve updated our advice to brokers on how different types of sales are affected by the ATOL Regulations. This replaces ATOL Policy and Regulations 2010/01. For more information, see our webpages on ATOL guidance for travel companies and tour operators. SW2017/012

Updated advice for airlines on the ATOL scheme

We’ve updated our advice to airlines on how different types of sales are affected by the ATOL Regulations. This replaces ATOL Policy and Regulations 2010/02. For more information, see our webpages on ATOL guidance for the trade. SW2017/011

Alleged examination fraud at Hellenic Aviation Training Academy

EASA have issued SIB No. 2014-32R1 regarding the alleged examination fraud at Hellenic Aviation Training Academy (HATA). We will therefore no longer recognise the validity of CoR issued by HATA between 14 September 2010 and 26 January 2014. EASA Part-66 licence holders who attended HATA examinations between those dates should contact us immediately. If your licence was issued or amended on […]

Extension to regulation at Heathrow consultation

Following some requests to extend the deadline for our consultation on the design principles for a more outcome-based regime for Heathrow Airport Limited, we will now accept responses until 6 February 2017. SW2017/009

EASA developments: 17 November 2016 – 20 January 2017

This Information Notice provides highlights of EASA developments and related CAA activities for the period 17 November 2016 to 20 January 2017. SW2017/08

Update for rescue and fire fighting services CAP 699

Following a comprehensive review, our Framework for the Competence of Rescue and Fire Fighting Service Personnel, the third edition of CAP 699 has now been published. This follows a consultation earlier this year, full details of which are in our new information notice. SW2017/007

Price fixing decision published

Recently, we found that East Midlands International Airport Ltd, its parent company the Manchester Airports Group Plc (EMIA), and Prestige Parking Ltd infringed Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998 by agreeing to fix parking prices at EMIA. The Competition Act 1998 prohibits agreements that may have a damaging effect on competition and it is not […]

EASA specialised operations declaration form

The final set of EASA implementing rules covering specialised operations (Part-SPO) will enter into force on 21 April 2017. The declaration process to inform the CAA or your specialised operations is now in place at www.caa.co.uk/spo, and the high risk authorisation process will be in place by 23 January 2017. Further details can be found […]

Update to CAP 1038 Check Flight Handbook

A new version of the CAA Check Flight Handbook (CAP 1038) has been published. It explains who may carry out Check Flights and offers a number of technical guides to the various aspects of the Check Flight. It is not intended to replace the contents of an aircraft’s flight manual (or Permit to Fly). SW2017/04

Directive: State helicopter flight recorder requirements

Operators conducting State emergency services public transport helicopter operations in the UK are required to comply to new helicopter flight recorder requirements, in accordance with safety recommendations concerning the provisioning and installation of crash-worthy flight recording equipment by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. For details of the required changes as well as why they are being made, […]

UK Airprox Board newsletter, December

UKAB’s December 2016 summary focuses on airprox issues connected with emergency service helicopters and the potential for conflicts between their pilots not seeing approaching aircraft which orbiting or conducting emergency tasks. SW2016/002

Temporary outage of Clacton VOR

Clacton VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. The work will begin on 10 January at the earliest and last approximately three months. For more information about the NATS VOR replacement programme and the impact of the replacement see our new information notice. SW2017/001

Economic regulation of Gatwick Airport

We have now published the findings and conclusions of our mid-term review of the regulatory framework that we currently apply at Gatwick Airport. Many aspects of the new framework are working well, including GAL agreeing bilateral contracts with airlines representing more than 85% of passengers, traffic growth exceeding expectations and overall passenger satisfaction increasing, and GAL holding its […]

Report on surface access to UK airports

We have been carrying out a review of market conditions on surface access to UK airports to better understand how the sector is operating and how that affects consumers. The review focused primarily on road-based access to airports, including transport-providers’ access to the airport forecourt. Today we published our final report on airport surface access, […]

Consumer Panel annual report 2016

The CAA Consumer Panel helps us to deliver regulation that positively promotes the interests of consumers. The Consumer Panel’s fourth annual report has now been published. It sets out their views on a wide range of issues including the CAA’s Strategic plan, regulation of airport charges at Heathrow, complaints and alternative dispute resolution, surface access to airports, […]

Updated standards for offshore helicopter landing areas

The 8th edition of CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas includes: * New topics including a risk assessment for helicopter operations to helidecks in the UKCS which are sub-1D and criteria for parking areas. * A comprehensive update on the section related to helideck surface, including new friction requirements for flat helidecks with micro-texture finishes […]

Consultation on outcome-based regulation at Heathrow

This consultation sets out our latest thinking on how regulation of the quality of airport operation services provided by HAL can be improved by strengthening the link with consumer preferences and priorities. We would like the regulatory regime to be responsive to the outcomes that consumers value. Developing the current output-based approach to service quality […]

Electronic devices in seat mechanism fire hazard

Recently there have been a small number of incidents of phones and tablets catching fire on board aircraft worldwide. Causes included crushing in the aircraft seat mechanism. Operators of aircraft with seats featuring electrical or mechanical means of adjusting position should consider briefing passengers to take care of their personal electronic devices. Passengers should also be […]

Statement of objections to East Midlands Airport

Today we issued a formal statement of objections to East Midlands International Airport Ltd (EMIA), its parent company the Manchester Airports Group Plc, and Prestige Parking Ltd. This is following an investigation into a suspected breach of competition law. SW2016/180

Revised form for proposing airspace design activity

We recently introduced a revised DAP 1916 form (Notification of Proposed Design Activity) to ensure that it covers all areas of the AIP for which the CAA’s Airspace Regulation section will be responsible for approving. DAP 1916 allows individuals and organisations to initiate the process of obtaining regulatory approval for proposed instrument flight procedure design activity. […]

Improved environmental complaints form

We are required to provide a way to submit aircraft related environmental complaints from the general public, which we do via our recently updated airspace use form (FCS 1521). This new version of FCS 1521 provides a more robust and universally compatible solution, and addresses viewing/submission difficulties some users were having. SW2016/178

Drone safety targeted by new initiative

In partnership with NATS, we have launched a new website, dronesafe.uk and revised Dronecode. The wider initiative, which looks at establishing a safe and responsible attitude toward drone usage to protect the safety and opportunities of the aviation industry and wider sectors, also includes our 400ft Britain drone photography and videography competition. SW2016/177

Wales and England airspace restrictions, 28-30 October

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Rally GB at various locations in Wales and England on 28, 29 and 30 October 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M079/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

EASA Developments – 9 August-17 November 2016

We have provided details of EASA developments and related CAA activities, covering the period 9 August to 16 November 2016. See IN-2016/099 for more information: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7612 SW 2016/1766

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2017/18

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2017/18. For more information, and to submit comments, see consultations.caa.co.uk. All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 9 February 2017. SW2016/175

Emergency flying restriction, Portsmouth

An Emergency Restriction of Flying (ERF) is in place over Portsmouth Harbour following the discovery of an un-exploded WWII bomb. Precise details below: Lateral Limits – a circle radius 1 nautical mile, centred on position 504851N 0010723W; Vertical Limits – surface to 2500 feet above mean sea level. The ERF is estimated to be finished […]

Airprox Board monthly report, October

The UK Airprox Board October 2016 Director’s summary focuses on Airprox issues connected with electronic conspicuity, overflying glider sites, operating in poor weather, and pilot inaction.

Changes to SID/STAR phraseology

Airspace users should be aware of changes to SID and STAR phraseology. These will be used overseas from 10 November 2016, but won’t be implemented in the UK until late in 2017. For more information, see our new information notice. SW2016/173

Recovery of Category B costs by Heathrow Airport

The new document CAP 1469 sets out our final proposals on the recovery of costs associated with obtaining planning permission for new runway capacity at Heathrow Airport. We have also published CAP 1470, formal notice to allow Heathrow Airport Limited to recover £10 million of Category B costs per year for new runway expansion. More details and information […]

Aircraft maintenance licence e-exam UK venues

Aircraft Maintenance Licencing e-exams are available to take at Gatwick, Luton, Ayr, Oxford and Coventry venues. The Perth and Leicester venues have been closed for the 2017 timetable. More details can be found in our new information notice. SW2016/169

Flight crew licence e-exam UK venues

Flight Crew Licencing e-exams are available to take at Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Ayr, Oxford and Coventry venues. The Perth and Leicester venues have been closed for the 2017 timetable. More details can be found in our new information notice. SW2016/168

Hebrides Range (EG D701) airspace change review

We have now completed the post-implementation review of the Hebrides Range (EG D701) airspace change proposal. SW2016/171

London airspace restrictions, 13 November

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day ceremony at London on 13 November 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M075/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

Consultation on licensing guidance for Gyroplane pilots

The CAA’s Standards Document for the licensing of Gyroplane pilots has been reviewed and updated. We are seeking the views of gyroplane pilots, instructors and other interested parties before formally publishing this document for use. The document now reflects the training requirements for the new CPL (Gyroplanes), night rating and associated requirements for instructors. Updates to reflect the […]

Change to notification process for telecom mast extensions

The Government’s decision to update the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development (England) Order 2015 [No 596]), has resulted in changes to the notification process where telecommunication mast extensions are proposed. Aerodrome operators are asked to be diligent in their safeguarding processes and mindful of the fact that a telecom mast extension may appear without […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK 120 available

A new edition containing a variety of topical issues. Cabin crew who report for duty when unwell are a hazard to themselves, flight crew and passengers; how the prospect of redundancies can create stress and affect performance; and a discussion of rules regarding social media and mobile phones. Also included are articles on engine failure, […]

Guidance on which documents to carry each flight

We have released an information notice detailing advice for pilots and operators of aircraft on the documents, manuals and information they are required to carry on each flight. This is to aid compliance with EASA Ops Annex VII (Part-NCO) and Annex VIII (Part-SPO). SW2016/166

Winter operations guidance update

We, along with the Industry Winter Information Group, have updated guidance material to include the runway assessment matrix. The revised information has been published in the “Operations in winter conditions” section of CAP 1168, Guidance Material for Organisation, Operations and Design Requirements for Aerodromes. Full details of the changes made can be found in our […]

Outcome of revised Airspace Change process consultation

In March we consulted on improvements to our airspace change process to ensure that it meets modern standards for regulatory decision-making, and that it is seen as fair, transparent, consistent and proportionate. We have now published the changes we have decided to make which will come into effect next year. For full details, see CAP […]

Notice to extend Heathrow price control

Formal notice to extend the current price control in Heathrow Airport’s economic licence by one year to the end of 2019. The proposal is to retain the RPI-1.5% price control in the additional year. Any representations on the proposals should be sent to economicregulation@caa.co.uk by 5pm on Friday 28 October 2016. SW2016/163

Consultation on training of rescue & firefighting personnel

Following a comprehensive review of CAP 699, we will now be carrying out a short consultation seeking views from industry on the draft, revised CAP prior to publication. The consultation will close 18 November 2016. For further information, see the full information notice. SW2016/162  

Outage of Wallasey VOR beacon for replacement

Wallasey VOR will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our information notice. SW2016/161

Changes to process for mobile network development

Government changes to notification processes have effectively removed the opportunity for aerodrome consultation on extensions to existing mobile masts where the extension is up to 5m in height. Telecom Code Operators are required to ‘notify’ aerodrome operators, but not to act on any objections. Aerodrome operators should be mindful that a telecom mast extension may […]

Compliance monitoring for aerodromes

Our new information notice describes our compliance monitoring system, and details both CAA and aerodrome operator obligations. We believe the new approach and change in responsibilities will make it easier for you to manage your compliance requirements and show us how you are meeting your obligations. In turn, we can develop oversight processes that focus more on your safety […]

Edition 61 of CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK available

Of interest to all cabin crew and flight crew, this edition highlights why reporting safety concerns is so important. There are several ways of reporting concerns and it is important for reporters to know how they can do this. We have included four reports that discuss aircraft MEL restrictions, safety procedures at the overwing exit, […]

Brighton City airspace change proposal

We have published the minutes relating to the Brighton City (Shoreham) GNSS Airspace Change Proposal framework briefing. A copy of the minutes can be found on our airspace change pages. SW2016/157

Moray Firth airspace change proposal

We have published our decision relating to the Moray Firth Transponder Mandatory Zone (TMZ) Airspace Change Proposal. A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change pages. SW2016/156

CAP 452 Aeronautical Radio Station Operator’s Guide

Today, we have published Edition 15 of CAP 452, which is due to become effective on 30 October 2016. The new edition incorporates updates and amendments. (IN-2016/088) SW2016/152

Airprox Board 2016 Newsletter – Avoiding Collisions

Director UK Airprox Board’s 2016 newsletter focuses on Airprox issues connected with drones, glider site over-flights, visual circuits, electronic conspicuity and distractions. SW2016/155

2015 UK Airprox Analysis (annual summary)

Director UK Airprox Board’s latest annual report (Blue Book 31) provides a statistical review for 2015, associated themes, and a listing of all 2015 Airprox. SW2016/154

Airprox Board monthly report, September – Avoiding collisions

A monthly update from Director UK Airprox Board giving some learning themes for recreational pilots. Director UK Airprox Board’s monthly short report and Airprox of the Month for September 2016 focuses in particular on airmanship, integration in the ATZ, drones, and inaction on identifying a potential conflict. SW2016/153

Launch of UK ATM Vocabulary (CAP 1430)

The new UK ATM Vocabulary (CAP 1430) provides the authoritative reference for all terms and abbreviations used within specific CAA Civil Aviation Publications related to ATM. Primarily, these terms and abbreviations have been sourced from European Commission Implementing Regulations, particularly Reg (EU)923/2012 Standardised European Rules of the Air. Where terms and abbreviations are not defined […]

Maintenance Programme application process

From 1 November 2016, we will be launching a new application process for Maintenance Programmes and it will no longer be possible to apply via Regional Office mail boxes or direct to the organisation’s airworthiness surveyor. The application will be made on a common form SRG 1753, covering all maintenance programme requirements. For more information […]

Update: Advice on Galaxy Note 7 phones

Following issues identified by Samsung, operators are advised that the carriage by air of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones as cargo or mail is now prohibited. Passengers may still carry Galaxy Note 7s in hand baggage but must ensure the phone remains switched off and is not charged for the duration of the flight. […]

Advice on Galaxy Note 7 phones

Following issues Samsung has identified with its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone, the UK Civil Aviation Authority advises airline passengers intending to travel with this phone to ensure it remains switched off for the duration of the flight. The phone should be carried in hand baggage and should not be charged during the flight. Passengers […]

South Shields airspace restrictions, 11 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at South Shields, Tyne and Wear on 11 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Duxford airspace restrictions, 11 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Duxford, Cambridgeshire on 11 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Southport airspace restrictions, 10 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Southport, Lancashire on 10 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Southport, Merseyside airspace restrictions, 9 to 11 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations  9 to 11 September 2016 at Southport, Merseyside. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M069/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Scottish Highlands airspace restrictions, 5 to 9 and 12 to 16 September 2016

Restriction of Flying Regulations  5 to 9 and 12 to 16 September 2016  in Scottish Highlands for EG R610A-D. Details by NOTAM and in AIC Y063/2015. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

New application form for Part 66 from 1 October 2016

If you’re making an initial application, amendment or renewal for a Part 66 licence: We will continue to accept Issue 3 forms until the 30 September 2016, after which date only the revised EASA Form 19, Issue 4 will be acceptable. Applications received from 1 October 2016 that are not provided on the latest version […]

Update to CAP 791 on aerodrome infrastructure

CAP 791 has been updated to include guidance on delivering the requirements of Commission Regulation (EU) No.139/2014 (the aerodrome regulation). It includes direction on how to meet the new ‘Changes’ requirements and manage significant maintenance projects. It has also been restructured to clearly identify the aerodrome operator’s responsibilities aligned to EU and National requirements as appropriate. […]

Ayr airspace restrictions, 3 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Ayr, Ayrshire on 3 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Harmonised transition altitude consultation report

The report on the second UK consultation on a harmonised transition altitude of 18,000 ft has been published as CAP 1417. This consultation built on the work carried out during the first consultation in 2012. The Concept of Operations and supporting project documentation have been developed considerably since the first consultation, with many of the […]

Portrush airspace restrictions, 3 to 4 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrow displays at Portrush, Northern Ireland on 3 and 4 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Edition 69 of CHIRP GA FEEDBACK

Of interest to GA pilots and controllers alike, this edition contains advice about runway incursions and when it might be acceptable to land without clearance. There are also several reports and comments about the interaction with controllers – a TCAS Climb resulted when a pilot did not call Air Traffic Control to announce his presence; […]

Outage of Aberdeen VOR beacon for replacement

Aberdeen VHF Omni Digital Ranging will be temporarily withdrawn to allow replacement of the equipment. For more information about the process and impact of the replacement, see our information notice. SW2016/140

Chatsworth airspace restrictions, 2 and 4 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire on 2 and 4 September 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Scilly Isles airspace restrictions, 29 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at St Mary’s, Scilly Isles on 29 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Rhyl airspace restrictions, 28 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Rhyl, North Wales on 28 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Directive – overseas based UK registered aircraft

From 25 August 2016 new EASA operating rules affecting non-commercial (private) operations came into force. The rules covering ‘complex’ aircraft apply to operators established in an EASA Member State regardless of where the aircraft is registered. The purpose of this Directive is to extend the applicability of the rules to also apply to UK registered […]

Laverstoke airspace restrictions, 27 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Laverstoke, Hampshire on 27 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Dunsfold airspace restrictions, 26 to 28 August

Dunsfold airspace restrictions, 26 to 28 August 2016. Restriction of Flying Regulations for Dunsfold Wings and Wheels 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M050/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Sidmouth airspace restrictions, 26 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Sidmouth, Devon on 26 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Clacton airspace restrictions, 25 and 26 August

Clacton Airspace Restrictions on 25 and 26 August 2016. Restriction of Flying Regulations for Clacton Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M051/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Licence validations with remuneration

Our new information notice provides information on how to comply with the new rules for third country licence validation for remuneration which come into force on 25 August 2016. SW2016/138

Syerston airspace restrictions, 24 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on 24 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Cranwell airspace restrictions, 24 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 24 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Extension of examiner certificate to further types

The policy regarding Type Rating Examiner – Helicopters, wishing to extend their examiner privileges on to a new type and the requirement for a further examiner check – Assessment of Competence (AoC) are detailed below. The CAA will only require a further examiner check (AoC) on the new type in the following circumstances: if adding […]

Accessible air travel: airport performance report 2015/16

We have published a report on how UK airports have performed in terms of the quality of assistance provided to disabled persons and those with reduced mobility for the year April 2015 to 31 March 2016. SW2016/147

Our approach to airport market power testing

Earlier this year, we consulted stakeholders about how we intend to apply the market power test in the Civil Aviation Act 2012. The market power test is the test that, if met, requires an airport operator to have an Economic Licence from the CAA, i.e. it becomes subject to economic regulation. As a result of […]

Weston Park, Staffordshire airspace restrictions, 19 to 22 August

Weston Park, Staffordshire, Airspace Restrictions between 19 and 22 August 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for V Festival 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M047/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Hylands Park, Essex airspace restrictions, 19 to 22 August

Hylands Park, Essex, Airspace Restrictions between 19 and 22 August 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for V Festival 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M048/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

How the new ANO affects small unmanned aircraft

The new Air Navigation Order 2016 comes into force on 25 August 2016 – see how this will affect you as an operator of a small unmanned aircraft. SW2016/136

Dawlish airspace restrictions, 19 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Dawlish, Devon on 19 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Bournemouth airspace restrictions, 18 to 21 August

Bournemouth Airspace Restrictions between 18 and 21 August 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth International Air Show 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M046/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

CAP 747 – Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness updated

On 8 August 2016 we published issue 3, amendment 2016/01 to CAP 747 – Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness. To view, please go to: https://www.caa.co.uk/CAP747 SW2016/135

Bournemouth airspace restrictions, 18 to 21 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows displays at Bournemouth, Dorset on 18,19,20 and 21 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Cromer airspace restrictions, 17 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Cromer, Norfolk on 17 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Weymouth airspace restrictions, 17 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Weymouth, Dorset on 17 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Applications for Exemption from the Part-FCL

Our new information notice provides an update on progress towards reducing base training take-off and landing requirements for multi-crew pilot licence (MPL) training providers and student pilots from 12 to 6. SW2016/134

Herne Bay airspace restrictions, 14 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Herne Bay, Kent on 14 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Cranwell airspace restrictions, 13 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 13 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Eastbourne airspace restrictions, 10 to 14 August

Eastbourne Airspace Restrictions between 10 and 14 August 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for Airbourne 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M045/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Eastbourne airspace restrictions, 12 and 13 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Eastbourne on 12 and 13 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Airprox Board Director’s monthly report, June

The Airprox Board UK Director’s Monthly Short Report and Airprox of the Month for June 2016 focusses on glider site over-flights and maintaining situational awareness in the ATZ. Read the report on the Airprox Board’s website.

Cowes airspace restrictions, 11 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Cowes, Isle of Wight on 11 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Falmouth airspace restrictions, 10 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Falmouth, Cornwall on 10 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

Shawbury airspace restrictions, 5 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire on 5 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones. SW2016/146

Newcastle, County Down airspace restrictions, 6 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Newcastle, County Down on 6 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones. SW2016/145

Blackpool airspace restrictions, 7 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Blackpool on 7 August 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones. SW2016/144

WHGA GNSS IAPs airspace change proposal

A Framework Briefing with Wolverhampton Airport Limited was held on 16 June 2016 concerning their proposal to introduce GNSS instrument approach procedures on both runways. We expect Wolverhampton Airport Limited to confirm their intentions in due course. SW2016/134

Surveillance performance and interoperability surveys

In light of the significant implementation issues identified by stakeholders regarding the Implementing Regulation requirements for the performance and the interoperability of surveillance for the Single European Sky, the Commission has initiated a two-step remedial approach. Stakeholders are being asked to complete a two-part on-line survey by 15 September 2016. Click to complete part 1, Datasharing, and part 2, Spectrum […]

Q60 Conditional Route airspace change proposal

We have published our decision relating to the Q60 Conditional Route (CDR) Airspace Change Proposal. A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it can be found on our airspace decision pages. SW2016/132

Guidance to pilots on UK flight information services

Our new leaflet provides guidance to pilots on the types of Air Traffic Services that are available to all flights operating within Class G airspace and, where notified, to VFR flights operating in Class E airspace. The leaflet supplements CAP 774 ‘UK Flight Information Services’. SW2016/131

Changes to EASA ‘grandfathered’ equipment

Our new information notice provides updates regarding ‘grandfather provisions’ for design changes to EASA Equipment, Parts and Appliances originally certified prior to 28 September 2003. Further discussion with EASA and with the FAA has confirmed that grandfathered changes by an Original Equipment Manufacturer other than the Type Certificate Holder or an EASA Design Organisation Approval may […]

Safety notice – requirements for check flights

A new safety notice details our policy regarding the requirements for check flights for UK registered aircraft. It supersedes the requirements and guidance (where it differs) currently provided in BCAR Section A (CAP 553) and other CAA publications on this subject. SW2016/129

Requirement to convert UK and JAR flight crew licences

Our new information notice highlights the requirement for holders of both UK and JAR flight crew licences to convert to Part-FCL licences by 8 April 2018. Applications must be submitted using Form SRG 1104. Delaying conversion closer to the deadline may result in processing delays with grounding after 8 April 2018, until handling of applications and re-issue of […]

Update to ICAO Annex 3 ‘Meteorological Services’

ICAO has now published the final version of Amendment 77 to ICAO Annex 3 ‘Meteorological Services for International Air Navigation’. This amendment includes a proposal on the use of a global reporting format for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions, as well as some minor editorial modifications. Details of the changes to UK Meteorological Observing […]

Culdrose airspace restrictions, 27 and 28 July 2016

Culdrose Airspace Restrictions on 27 and 28 July 2016. Restriction of Flying Regulations for RNAS Culdrose Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M011/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Part-FCL senior examiner seminar, 8 November

In order to facilitate the revalidation and renewal of senior examiner certificates, we are running a senior examiner seminar on 8 November. The seminar will be held in Hatton Cross, and the fee for attendance is £100. Full details are in a new information notice. If you wish to attend please complete this application form. Once registered, confirmation and […]

East Fortune airspace restrictions, 23 July

East Fortune Airspace Restrictions on 23 July 2016. Restriction of Flying Regulations for East Fortune Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M009/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Portsmouth and The Solent airspace restrictions, 22 to 24 July

Portsmouth and The Solent Airspace Restrictions between 22 and 24 July 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for Americas Cup 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M043/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Sunderland airspace restrictions, 22 to 24 July

Sunderland Airspace Restrictions between 22 and 24 July 2016 (inclusive). Restriction of Flying Regulations for Sunderland Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Change to ATCO licence assessor endorsement process

As a consequence of the introduction of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2015/340, an air traffic controller assessor endorsement will now be issued on successful completion of an approved assessor course. Applicants should complete form SRG 1415 and submit it to ATS Licensing. A new air traffic controller licence which includes an assessor endorsement will be issued. SW2016/124

Helicopter safety culture seminar

Recent UK helicopter accident and incident investigations indicate that non technical issues, like planning and risk assessment, continue to play a significant part in these events. However, evidence indicates that a strong and open operator safety culture can be a significant defence in addressing such issues. Therefore we propose holding a Safety Culture Seminar at Aviation […]

Yeovilton airspace restrictions, 21 July

Yeovilton Airspace Restrictions on 21 July 2016. Restriction of Flying Regulations for Capt Brown Commemorative Event at RNAS Yeovilton. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M063/2016 on the NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Single European Sky information bulletin

The sixty-first meeting of the Single Sky Committee (SSC/61) took place on 21-22 June 2016. The main subjects of discussion were the new Performance Review Body, a review of the Functional Airspace Blocks and the Commission decisions on RP2 performance plans. SW2016/122

Oxfordshire airspace restriction, 7 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on 7 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Sunderland airspace restrictions, 22 to 23 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Sunderland on 22 and 23 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Hampshire airspace restriction, 22 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Southsea, Hampshire on 22 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Northamptonshire airspace restriction, 9 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Silverstone, Northamptonshire on 9 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Norfolk airspace restriction, 21 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Marham, Norfolk on 21 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Dorset flying restriction, 21 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Lyme Regis, Dorset on 21 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

East Lothian airspace restrictions, 22 to 23 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for displays by the Red Arrow and Swiss Air Force Aerobatic Team at East Fortune, East Lothian on 22 and 23 July 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Publication of Air Traffic Controller licensing guidance

CAP 1251, Air Traffic Controllers – Licensing, has been produced as a guidance document for air traffic controllers, air traffic control training organisations and ANSPs. It details the CAA’s procedures to be followed in order to become licensed in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/340. CAP 1251 will come into effect on November 30 as […]

Notice of Part-NCO implementation

A reminder that that the EASA Air Operations Regulations (EC) No. 965/2012 will enter into force on 25 August 2016. For more information about the implementation of Part-NCO, go to www.caa.co.uk/nco. SW2016/120

Update on sports parachuting for operators and pilots

Pilots and parachute operators should be aware that some of the EASA Air Operations Regulation (EU) No. 965/2012 come into effect on 25 August 2016. However, NCO.SPEC and Annex VIII Part-SPO for sports parachuting in the UK will not enter into force until 21 April 2017. An information notice has been issued providing further information on […]

RNAS Yeovilton Air Show restrictions, 1 to 2 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations 1 – 2 July 2016 at RNAS Yeovilton Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Wales national Air Show restrictions, 1 to 3 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations 1 – 3 July 2016 for Wales national Air Show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Northampton/Sywell airspace restriction, 1 to 3 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations 1 – 3 July 2016 at Northamption/Sywell Aerodrome. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M014/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Aberdeenshire flying restrictions, 25 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations 25 June 2016 at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M013/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2016/118

Ayrshire airspace restriction, 24 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations 24 June 2016 at Turnberry, Ayrshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M013/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2016/117

Failure of VLM Airlines

VLM Airlines ceased operations on 22 June 2016. If you want a refund for unused tickets will need to contact the company directly. If you booked directly with the company via a credit, charge or debit card you may also be able to make a claim against your card provider. If you have already flown, you will need to make […]

Compton Box gliding competitions, until 31 August

An airspace coordination notice has been issued to cover 2016 BGA glider competitions conducted within Compton Box. SW2016/116

Lincolnshire / Peterborough flight survey, 1 Mar to 1 Nov

An airspace coordination notice has been issued to cover a photographic survey of the Peterborough area. SW2016/115

Operating resilience of the UK’s aviation infrastructure

We have today launched a consultation aimed at supporting the commitment in our strategic plan to think creatively about how existing capacity can be planned and operated to meet stakeholders’ expectations. The UK has some of the busiest and most productive airports in the world, facing many challenges in maintaining day to day operating resilience. […]

Wimbledon airspace restriction, 25 June to 11 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations 25 June – 11 July 2016  at All England lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon as part of the safety and security arrangements for Wimbledon 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M015/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Cleethorpes airspace restriction, 25 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations on 25 June 2016  at Cleethorpes as part of the arrangements for Armed Forces Day 2016 (National Event). Details by NOTAM and in AIC M037/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Glastonbury flying restriction, 20 to 27 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations 20 – 27 June 2016  at Glastonbury, Somerset as part of the safety and security arrangements for the Glastonbury Festival 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M038/2016. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

British Gliding Association competitions, until 31 Aug

An airspace co-ordination notice has been issued to cover 2016 BGA glider competitions conducted outside controlled airspace. SW2016/113

Review of ATCSMAC policy and design criteria (CAP777)

After a consultation with stakeholders, the revised ATCSMAC review and amendments have been incorporated into CAP 777. The revisions will improve data quality through the use of Approved Procedure Designers, clearly separate service provision from regulation, and further clarify the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the process. SW2016/112

Crediting training from before 17/09/12 towards a PPL

New guidance has been released to clarify the process of crediting training experience gained before 17 September 2012 towards private pilot licences for aeroplanes and helicopters. It applies to student pilots who started their training under the requirements of JAR-FCL1 and 2. Pilots who started training for commercial licences should contact the Approved Training Organisation […]

EASA changes to rescue and firefighting services

Remission factor, a common method for reducing the level of protection by rescue and firefighting services based on the frequency of aeroplane movements, is to be reintroduced following the publication of revised EASA acceptable means of compliance. These changes are expected to maintain a high level of safety, increase cost-effectiveness, and ensure EASA requirements alight […]

Update to CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services

Amendment 4 to Edition 2 of CAP 774, UK Flight Information Services will become effective on 18 August 2016. A number of minor amendments have been made to CAP 774, UK Flight Information Services relating to the amendment of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012, Standardised European Rules of the Air. SW2016/109

Restrictions for Red Arrows flying displays, June/July

Restriction of Flying Regulations on 17 June (Weston-Super-Mare), 19 June (RAF Cosford), 23 and 24 June (Goodwood), 25 June (Cleethorpes), 2 July (RNAS Yeovilton), 2 and 3 July 2016 (Swansea Bay)  for displays by Jet Formation Display Teams. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. SW2016/108

Launch of Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation

Edinburgh Airport Limited has launched a consultation on their proposals to implement new departure/arrival procedures; the consultation will run for a total of 14-weeks and will close on the 12 September. For more information, see their press release or submit your response via their website. SW2016/107

Turnberry DVOR/DME flight calibration, to 31 Dec

An airspace co-ordination notice has been released relating to the forthcoming flight calibration of the Turnberry DVOR/DME. SW2016/106

Sutton Bank gliding competition, 12 to 18 June

A gliding competition will take place from 12 – 18 Jun 16. A large number of gliders and tugs will operate from Sutton Bank Aerodrome. See the BGA’s website for daily routes. For full details read the airspace coordination notice. SW2016/105

Temporary withdrawal of St Abbs VOR

Work on replacing the VOR equipment at St Abbs is due to begin on 16th June, lasting approximately three months, as part of the NATS VOR replacement programme. This will mean the temporary withdrawal of the St Abbs VHF Omni Digital Ranging. This information notice explains the replacement programme. Equipment at the sites will gradually be replaced, […]

Notice – Restrictions for displays, air races, contests

The CAA has decided to remove flying displays, air races and contests from the scope of the General Permissions contained within ORS4 No 1124 (Exceptions to the Minimum Height Requirements). More information available in this Safety Notice. This follows publication on 10 March 2016 of Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) Special Bulletin S1-2016 and the […]

Part NCC of the EASA Air Operations Regulation

On 25 August 2016 Part-NCC will be in effect and covers non-commercial operations being undertaken with complex motor-powered aircraft. If you are an operator based in the UK, you need to declare this to us. We have created an online form to make the declaration process as easy as possible. Declarations can be made from […]

Airspace change process consultation in final weeks

All interested parties are being invited to input into a CAA consultation on how decisions are made on future changes to the UK’s airspace structure. The consultation is based on a series of proposals aimed at making the UK’s airspace change process more transparent and effective. The consultation is closing 15 June so please respond as […]

Flight survey Central Belt Scotland, until Dec 2016

An Airspace Change Notice has been released detailing LiDAR surveys of overhead power lines around the Glasgow and Edinburgh area.

Safety directive for EC225LP/AS332L2 helicopters

A new safety and operational directive covering EC225LP and AS332L2 helicopters has been issued to prohibit all flying by these helicopters (including search and rescue) until further information is available. This follows the publication of a preliminary report from Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) issued on the 1 June 2016 into the fatal accident in […]

Change to display time RAF Valley 2 June

RAF Valley, Anglesey – display by the Red Arrows now from 1500-1535 UTC.   Details by NOTAM and in AIC M0036/2016  at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Aerial survey across the UK, until 31 December

An airspace co-ordination notice has been issued to cover an ongoing aerial survey of a substantial portion of the UK.

South-east England airspace restrictions, 11 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations – 11 June 2016  in East Anglia, the Home Counties and Oxforshire for HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M041/2016  at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all unmanned aircraft systems / drones.

Central London airspace restrictions, 10 to 12 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations 10 – 12 June 2016 in Central London, details at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all unmanned aircraft systems / drones. – 10 June, National Service of Thanksgiving, see NOTAM and Briefing Sheet – 11 June, Trooping the Colour, see NOTAM and AIC M010/2016 – 12 June, The Patrons’ Lunch, NOTAM and AIC […]

Torbay Air Show airspace restriction, 10 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations – 10 June 2016  in Torbay for Torbay Air Show 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2016  at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all unmanned aircraft systems / drones.

Eastern England airspace restrictions, 7 to 9 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations 7-9 June 2016  in East Anglia, Cambs and Lincs for rehearsals for HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2016  at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all unmanned aircraft systems / drones.

Part 66 Licence: Acceptance of on the job training

As part of the Part 66 licence assessment process, the CAA reviews on the job training work records/work sheets supplied by an applicant. A new Information Notice identifies the documentation that is required to be submitted to assist with these assessments. Its purpose is to set out the process for the UK CAA to receive and process […]

Update to radiotelephony manual (CAP413)

Edition 22 of CAP413 has been updated to come in line with EU 923/2012 (SERA C), as well as including some editorial changes and minor corrections. More details on changes to edition 22 can be found in our new information notice.

Lasham & Pocklington gliding competitions, 28 May to 5 June

ACNs have been issued for the Lasham Regionals Gliding Competition and Club Class Nationals (Pocklington). This means a large number of gliders and tugs will be operating from both the Lasham and Pocklington aerodromes. See www.bgaladder.co.uk/showtask.asp for daily routes.

Response to ANO review consultation published

Today we published our response to the ANO review consultation. To view the consultation documents, please visit: http://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/Consultations/Closed/2015/GA-ANO-Review/ or to view our response: http://www.caa.co.uk/CAP1414

Upset prevention/recovery training on FSTDs

The purpose of this Information Notice is to provide guidance for fixed-wing FSTD operators, AOC holders and ATO’s regarding the conduct of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training on Flight Simulation Training Devices in compliance with Part-ORO.

Duxford airshow restrictions, 27 to 29 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations from 27 to 29 May 2016  at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire for air show. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M027/2016  at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Additional restrictions will be subject to NOTAM action throughout the period for jet formation display teams.

Licences to be provisionally suspended for some infringing pilots

Under a new process, pilots identified as having infringed controlled airspace, Danger Areas or Restricted Areas, could have their licences provisionally suspended while the details of the incident are investigated and follow-up action considered. Details of infringement events will be are assessed by a team of experts made up of in-house pilots, investigators and air traffic […]

Restrictions for Red Arrows flying displays – June

Restriction of Flying Regulations on 2 June (RAF Valley), 4 June (Arbroath), 4 June (RAF Lossiemouth), 11 June (Biggin Hill), 12 June (Torbay), 12 June (Barry Island), 17 June (Folkestone) for displays by Jet Formation Display Teams. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.

Access to the ground handling market at UK airports

We are seeking views and relevant factual information from those with an interest in the provision of ground handling services at UK airports. We are looking for facts, examples, information and stakeholders’ views on the factors we should take into account when carrying out our functions under the Airports (Groundhandling) Regulations 1997. As part of […]

Type Rating Instructor revalidation and renewal

This Information Notice clarifies the requirements for the revalidation and renewal of SFI(A) certificates and TRI(A) certificates that include ‘aircraft’ privileges. It also includes information regarding SFI(A) privileges and conditions.

CAA statutory charges 2016-17 released

Updates to Official Record Series 5 – Scheme of Charges (excluding air display and low flying permission charges) have been released. These changes are to be implemented with effect from 1 June 2016. Along with this, CAP 1407 provides the CAA responses to the comments received from respondents to the CAA industry consultation concerning charging proposals to […]

SSR transponders – exemption process

Details of recent changes to Mode S carriage requirements and how to apply for exemptions.

Blackpool, Duxford, Durham & Podington restrictions

Restriction of Flying Regulations on 21 May (Blackpool Pleasure Beach), 27,28 and 29 May (Duxford), 28 May (Durham Tees Valley Airport) and 29 May Podington (Santa Pod Raceway) for displays by Jet Formation Display Teams. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.

Review of Hebrides Range Danger Area EG D701

We are currently undertaking a Post Implementation Review on the changes to Danger Area EG D701 made in February 2015.  Please address any comments that you may have concerning the use of EG D701 since the changes were implemented to airspace.policy@caa.co.uk, ensuring that they are submitted by Friday 10 June. More information on the original decision […]

Central London flying restrictions

Restriction of Flying Regulations on 18 May 2016 in Central London a part of the arrangements for the State Opening of Parliament. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M040/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Offshore helicopter restrictions extended

The UK and Norwegian Civil Aviation Authorities have agreed to extend the restrictions put in place following the Norwegian Super Puma helicopter accident on Friday 29 April to include the AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter until further information is available. The decision to extend the restriction is based on the close similarities between the two types of helicopter, […]

Changes to private pilot medical requirements announced

Following a public consultation, 96% of those responding agreed with our proposals which will lead to both cost and time savings for pilots and, in most cases, remove the need for GP or AME involvement.

Flight survey Plymouth, until 31 Dec

A revision to the extant ACN has been released with additional survey altitudes.

Flight survey Leicestershire area, 9 May to 1 Nov

An ACN has been released relating to a planned aerial survey of the Leicestershire area by Bluesky Ltd.

Getmapping flight survey Yorkshire, until 31 Oct

An ACN has been released about a proposed flight survey in Yorkshire.

Compton DVOR/DME flight calibration, 10 May to 31 Dec

An ACN has been released relating to the forthcoming flight calibration of the Compton (CPT) DVOR/DME by Flight Calibration Services Ltd.

ACN update: Cairngorm Mountain Wave Festival (TRA-G)

Minor ammendments have been made to the ACN released for the Cairngorm Mountain Wave Gliding festival.

EASA Emergency AD for EC 225 helicopter

EASA has issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) following the accident of an Airbus Helicopter EC 225 in Norway.

Aerial Survey of Portsmouth, 30 Apr to 31 Dec

An ACN has been issued to cover Trackair’s aerial survey of the Porstmouth area on a date to be notified by NOTAM between 30 Apr – 31 Dec 16.

CAA statement on Norwegian helicopter accident

“Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic accident in Norway. “Following the accident the UK CAA has issued an instruction to stop any commercial passenger flights by UK operators flying the Airbus EC225LP helicopter. This mirrors action taken by the Norwegian CAA. The restriction does not apply to search and rescue flights. “The […]

Restriction of flying regulations, Shropshire, 29 April

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a display by The Red Arrows at RAF Shawbury, Shropshire on 29 April 2016. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M036/2016.

Lambourne VOR/DME flight trial, until 31 Dec

An ACN has been issued to cover a flight trial of the Lambourne VOR/DME.

Cairngorm mountain wave festival, 30 Apr to 14 May 2016

An ACN has been issued to cover the forthcoming gliding event

Exercise rising panther 16-2, 26 May 2016

An ACN has been issued to cover the forthcoming east coast military exercise

Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, 29 Apr to 1 May

An ACN has been issued to cover the planned aerial support for the ‘Tour de Yorkshire’.

Flight Survey Southampton (TrackAir), 16 Feb to 31 Dec

An ACN has been issued to cover the planned Flight Survey of the Southampton Area by SFS TrackAir Services Ltd.

SE England presidential visit restrictions, 21 to 24 April

Restriction of Flying Regulations between 21 and 24 April 2016 (inclusive) in Essex, London and Windsor as part of the arrangements for the visit to the UK by The President of the United States of America. Details by NOTAM and on the NATS website.

PBN enhanced route-spacing guidance

As part of implementing the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy, our new publication describes a loss of separation risk modelling approach to establishing performance-based navigation (PBN) route spacing.

Final report from Civil Air Display Review

Today we published the final report from our Civil Air Display Review, confirming a series of measures aimed at making UK civil air displays even safer. It builds on our action report, which included measures like enhanced risk assessments for displays and strengthening requirements for training, those overseeing displays, and display pilots. In addition to those, the final report […]

Solent CTA RoCSA Decision

The CAA has approved the FAS VFR Implementation Group’s proposals to disestablish a portion of controlled airspace within the Solent Control Area (CTA), in accordance with the CAA’s policy for the Release of Controlled and Segregated Airspace.  The proposals, which will see the base level of CTA-6 raised to 3,000 feet above mean sea level […]

London Marathon airborne TV relay flights, 22 to 24 April

An ACN has been issued to cover the airborne TV relay flights in support of the London Marathon between 22 – 24 April 2016.

Flight survey – Mansfield, until 30 Nov

An ACN has been issued to cover a planned Flight Survey of the Mansfield area, with immediate effect.

Aerial survey Gamston VOR/DME, 14 Apr to 31 Dec

An ACN has been issued to cover the planned flight check of the Gamston VOR/DME (GAM) between the 14 April and 31 December 2016.

Aerial survey Wales ACN issued

An ACN has been issued to cover a small-scale aerial survey of south Wales requiring access to Danger Areas and Controlled Airspace.

MAYFIELD DVOR/DME flight trial

An ACN has been issued to cover a flight trial of the MAYFIELD DVOR/DME on behalf of NATS by Flight Calibration Services Ltd.

Lands End ACP decision

We have recently published our decision relating to the Lands End Airspace Change Proposal.  A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change pages.

Burbo Bank ACP decision

We have now published our decision relating to the Burbo Bank Airspace Change Proposal.  A copy of the decision document, along with other documentation related to the Proposal and our assessment of it, can be found on our airspace change pages.

Birmingham Airport Runway 15 departures

The proposal seeks to establish revised departure routes from runway 15 utilising Performance-based Navigation (PBN) technology, following the extension to the airport’s instrument runway.

French inspection flights, 11 to 17 April

An ACN has been issued to cover the forthcoming French DGAC’s high altitude radio NAVAIDS flight check which requires flight within the London FIR.

Consultation opens on the implementation of controlled airspace in Southend

Following the introduction of controlled airspace at Southend in April 2015 the CAA is now conducting a post implementation review of the change to assess whether it has met its aims. If you have any feedback on the airspace introduction please respond to our consultation, which is open until 14th May 2016 and is available […]

New safety notice on flight planning for helicopters SN-2016/002

We released a safety notice today reinforcing the importance of pre-flight planning and risk assessment before conducting any flights. It has a particular focus on flights under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). You can find it at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7294

New safety notice on private helicopter flights SN-2016/001

We released a safety notice today detailing best practice and guidance on establishing Aerodrome Operating Minima (AOM). It also highlights the pilot in command’s responsibilities for private helicopter flights departing under IFR from aerodromes not notified for instrument departures. You can find it at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7292

Changes to the AFISO syllabus

The CAA released a Supplementary Instruction today for CAP 1032 Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officer Licensing ‘Appendix A’ which comes into effect from 4th April. It contains minor changes to the syllabus and is available at: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7293

Performance based navigation and noise mitigation

Our new publication, CAP1378, explores the impacts and possibilities of using PBN routes to mitigate noise impacts. This is accompanied by CAP1379, which aims to support engagement between industry experts and those not engaged in the aviation industry but who are interested or affected by operations by describing some of the techniques used to manage air traffic in the […]

New easy process to enable electronic identification of light aircraft announced

Yesterday we released proposals for how GA aircraft and airspace users in uncontrolled UK airspace can use low cost and low power electronic devices (known as electronic conspicuity) to be more visible to each other. The aim is to make it significantly easier and cheaper for pilots to be able to electronically show other aircraft their […]

Administrative update of CAP 725: Guidance on the application of the airspace change process

An administrative update of our guidance on the application of the airspace change process is now available at www.caa.co.uk/cap725.  It reflects changes that have been made to the various policies that underpin the process and the reorganisation of the CAA. This re-issue does not prejudice the outcome of the CAA’s consultation on its proposals to […]

Modifications to NATS (En Route) plc licence

We’ve released our decision to amend the air traffic services licence of NERL to mitigate concerns that the current arrangements for governance and ring-fencing may need to be strengthened to ensure that users are adequately protected from risks which arise outside of the regulated business.

Major consultation launched on airspace change process

All interested parties are being invited to input into a CAA consultation on how decisions are made on future changes to the UK’s airspace structure. The consultation is based on a series of proposals aimed at making the UK’s airspace change process more transparent and effective. The consultation is open until 15 June and can […]

Joint Warrior military exercise 9 to 22 April

The Airspace Co-ordination Notice (ACN) for the forthcoming Exercise JOINT WARRIOR 161 (9-22 April 2016) has been published on the CAA website.

Cheltenham airspace restriction 15 to 18 March

Restriction of flying regulations at Cheltenham  between 15 and 18 March 2016, both dates inclusive,  for Cheltenham Festival 2016.  Details in AIC M001/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com and by NOTAM.

Update to atrial fibrillation flow chart

The atrial fibrillation flow chart has now been updated to include a link to our assessment of stroke risk tool.

36th AAME Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

If you have not already done so please register for this important meeting, taking place on the 16th April. The agenda will discuss the current ‘hot topic’ in Aviation Medicine which is ‘The Psychological Assessment of Pilots and Pilot Mental Health’. There will also be an update from the CAA about the recent announcement of major […]

Standards for helicopter landing areas at hospitals

CAP1264 aims to promote design standards and options for heliports located at hospitals in the UK. Based on international design standards and recommended practice, a good heliport design will ensure it is ‘safe and friendly’ for helicopter operations, while accounting also for the clinical needs of a patient.

Changes to flying display applications and introduction of fitness assessment

The CAA has introduced behavioural and attitudinal fitness assessment for flying display roles and will require additional information to be submitted as part of a flying display notification. More information and the new application form can be found here. If you have already submitted an application for a 2016 event we will contact you to […]

London Oxford gets listening out squawk

From 1 March London Oxford Airport will have a listening out (frequency monitoring) squawk. The code 4517 to be used when monitoring 127.750 MHz (Oxford Approach/Oxford Radar). Under the system pilots add the code to their transponder and then listen on the frequency. Controllers can then contact any aircraft that they want to check or pass information to. […]

Update to arrival procedures using RNAV

We’ve now published a revised policy on the introduction of new or revised airport standard arrival procedures that will use RNAV satellite based navigation. You can see the policy at.

Red Arrows rehearsal airspace restrictions

Airspace restriction of flying regulations in place on 26 February (RAF Coningsby), 1 March (RAF Valley) and 3 March (RAF Linton-on-Ouse)  for rehearsals by jet formation display teams. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M005/2016 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com  

Scottish low level frequency trial

The RAF is currently trialling a frequency to allow civil and military pilots operating low level in Scotland to share location information. You can find out more and complete a feedback survey at http://www.raf.mod.uk/organisation/vhflowlevelfrequencytrialinscotland.cfm

Laser attacks self-assessment tool

With the recent press coverage about aircraft being targeted with lasers, we would like to remind you about the Aviation laser exposure self-assessment (Alesa). This CAA tool is designed to assist pilots, other flight crew members and air traffic control officers with deciding whether or not to seek medical attention following an eye exposure to a laser. […]

Post implementation review on the replacement of class F airspace in UK FIRS

We are currently undertaking a Post Implementation Review on the replacement of Class F airspace in the UK flight information regions. The effects of raising the base of N560 between FOYLE and INBAS as part of the Class F review will be incorporated into this PIR. If you have any views then please respond by Friday 8th […]

New display and flypast forms for airspace notification

The DAP1920 form for notifying airspace users about events has now been replaced by two different forms: DAP1920D for flying displays DAP1920F for flypasts (Use this form to request Airspace Co-ordination and Notification for civil and military events which include flypasts by military aircraft) Please update your bookmarks.

Newcastle International Airport new Standard Instrument Departure

The newly designed GIRLI 1X Standard Instrument Departure route from runway 25 at Newcastle International Airport has been approved for immediate use by the CAA. The change reduces workload for controllers and pilots and replicates the track currently flown but while moving to PRNAV.

London restriction of flying 4 February 2016

Restriction of flying regulations in London on 4 February 2016 as part of overall security arrangements for Supporting Syria and the Regions Conference. Details by NOTAM and at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com

New Trainingcom newsletter available

The first of our new style Trainingcom newsletters for the aviation training professional is now available.

New policy on mounting cameras to GA aircraft

If you wish to attach a small camera (such as a GoPro) to a non EASA certified GA aircraft then the attachment needs to be inspected by a Part66 licensed aircraft engineer or via the CAA as a minor modification to the aircraft. To approve any installation the engineer will need to complete a maintenance […]

Revised policy on wind turbine guidance

Revised guidance on wind turbines and their effect on aviation for aviation stakeholders, wind energy developers and LPAs when assessing the viability of wind turbine developments. 

Consultation on CAA charges

We’re currently consulting on proposed amendments to the CAA Schemes of Charges, which are planned to be effective as from 1 June 2016.

Consultation on flying display charges

We’re currently consulting on proposed amendments to air display charges contained within the CAA general aviation scheme of charges.

UK Transition Altitude consultation to close

This is a reminder to all organisations and individuals affected, that the Consultation for a Harmonised UK Transition Altitude (TA) of 18,000ft will end in four weeks time. All stakeholders who have not yet responded must ensure that their responses are with the CAA by 4pm on Wednesday 24th February 2016. View the consultation Respond

Air display review action report published

The CAA has announced a series of measures to further enhance safety at UK civil air shows. The new measures are detailed in the CAA’s action report from its ongoing review of civil air display safety in the UK. The review is considering all aspects of the safety oversight of UK civil air displays. The […]

New Clued Up safety magazine

The winter edition of the CAA’s Clued Up GA safety magazine is now available.

Farnborough LARS boundary change

From 3 March 2016 the Farnborough LARS boundary changes near Southend CTR and CTAs, where Southend is in a better position to work traffic. The new layout can be seen at http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/InformationNotice2016012.pdf (PDF)

Edinburgh Airport trial

From 25 January until 25 June 2016 Edinburgh Airport is trialling a change to aircraft departing from Runway 06 to reduce the separation times between departing aircraft to one minute intervals.

Update on Class F airspace rationalisation PIR

As part of our post implementation review of the rationalisation of Class F airspace we will be seeking the views of aviation stakeholders on the change in early February. Although the initial change was made in November 2014, following assessments of traffic levels on the N560 route, the base levels between INBAS and FOYLE were […]

EASA proposal for new approach to private pilot training

EASA is proposing to introduce a new category of training organisation – a Basic Training Organisation (BTO). This is a more proportionate approach for organisations wishing to offer some private pilot training. You can view and comment on the proposal here.

LAMP phase 1A decisions published

Our decisions about changes to airspace as part of the London Airspace Management Programme phase 1A (LAMP), as well as all supporting evidence, has now been published on our website.

Update to AME notification index

This update covers changes to RSS feeds and information on our winter closure. To download the full PDF document click here (because of large file size we advise doing this while connected to Wi-Fi). If you don’t have a PDF viewer on your phone, you can also visit skywise.co.uk from your computer to see all our alerts.

‘Justine Case’ to return in Pace Peace of Mind 2016

Our Pack Peace of Mind campaign, designed to boost consumers’ understanding of ATOL, will return in 2016 – this time making waves across national media, magazines, online and on social media. Launching just after Christmas, again the campaign will focus on educating families as they research and book their holidays. We urge members of the […]

Use of government aerodromes by civil aircraft operators

We want to remind you that additional factors may need to be taken into account to for civil flight operations to take place at government or military aerodromes. Operators should make separate safety assessments to identify the specific hazards related to the use of government aerodromes, and put mitigating measures in to place. We have […]

CPL(H) Type ratings for the Sikorsky

We have released some new information clarifying the changes to the type ratings and training needed to fly Sikorsky S76 helicopters that came into effect on the 27th March 2015. These split the family into two separate type ratings, replacing the single ‘SK 76’. If you currently hold an SK 76 type rating, your recent experience within the […]

New reporting rules to improve aviation safety

New European rules establish a common process across the EU for submitting reports which will allow the industry and safety regulators to identify and tackle specific risks and trends more easily. This updates the UK’s current Mandatory Occurrence Reporting Scheme. All those involved in aviation within Europe, including private pilots and ground handlers, will now be […]

Extension of pilot training on permit aircraft

Initial pilot training will now be possible in aircraft with national permit to fly certification, as long as the pilot being trained is the owner, or joint-owner, of the aircraft being used. If the training is for an EASA pilot licence or rating then it must be carried out through an approved training organisation or […]

Major airspace changes make flights more efficient

A series of major airspace changes covering eastern and southern England will enable aircraft to fly more efficiently, reduce the number of low-level flights and reduce the environmental impact of aviation. This is the first significant change made as part of the UK’s Future Airspace Strategy, which is set to modernise airspace by 2020. It […]

Consultation for a harmonised UK transition altitude

A consultation on a UK-wide harmonised transition altitude (TA) of 18,000 ft is being launched today. The new TA will improve airspace efficiency and safety, and bring environmental and economic benefits. We invite aviation stakeholders to read the TA document, review our FAQs, and provide responses to some questions online. You can respond to the consultation […]

Help for light aircraft owners transitioning to new radios

As you may already be aware, you are required to ensure that all radios on general aviation (GA) aircraft can transmit and receive on both 8.33 kHz and 25 kHz by the 1st of January, 2018. Check the new regulations here. To help you make this transition we are currently working on a number of […]

Testing small experimental aircraft made easier

We’ve launched new, simpler requirements for approving the initial flight testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK. We hope this will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers by reducing the red-tape and financial burdens associate with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new light aircraft designs, and encourage the growth of new design concepts. […]

Gatwick Airport airspace review

European and national projects have been working on improving airspace infrastructure to deliver a more efficient use of airspace, more direct routes, and subsequent fuel and CO2 savings. Gatwick Airport has its departure route changes approved in 2013, and after a comprehensive study of flight paths flown and feedback from the general public we have […]

New web directory for special assistance information

As part of the ‘Your Right to Fly’ programme, passengers with a disability or reduced mobility will now be able to quickly find links to essential information from a single source. Our new web directory is a single webpage which includes direct links to the special assistance of all the UK’s airports and major airlines flying to […]

New syllabus for private pilot helicopter training

Continuing on from our work to reduce the regulatory burden on the general aviation sector, two new training syllabuses for private pilot training have been published, both of which aim to be more relevant to today’s flight training environment by including modern learning methods and skills appropriate to today’s complex aviation environment. This will affect […]

60 day update on general aviation work, November

Since the last update we have: – Allowed balloon and glider pilots to use some new types of handheld radios, – Endorsed more training organisations through PROUD, – Launched a consultation to review the UK Air Navigation Order, – Updated the EASA  PPL(H) and LAPL(H) theoretical knowledge syllabus, – And more, which you can see here.

Microlight weight checks to be scrapped

The requirement for microlights to be re-weighed every five years is to be removed, following a joint proposal from the British Microlight Aircraft Association and the Light Aircraft Association. Having checked that all existing microlight manufacturers are weighing all aircraft at the point of initial production, we are now happy to remove these requirements in […]

Safety certification for offshore helidecks

An enhanced certification process involving more legally binding safety standards aims to raise safety levels for the over 300 helidecks in UK waters. This will give organisations accredited and overseen by the CAA the power to stop flights to helidecks that fail to meet the minimum standards. The announcement is the latest move to improve offshore […]

New proposals to improve offshore helicopter safety

The Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group has proposed a series of changes to improve the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 offshore installations in the North Sea. The new proposals are primarily aimed at preventing incidents from occuring in the first place, and initial proposals increase both safety and survivability, especially in terms of […]

Getting to the airport survey

In 2014, 238 million passengers used UK airports, but how did they begin the journey? Our latest passenger survey report shows that significantly more people departing from the five London airports decide to make use of public transport, while those flying from other regional airports are much more likely to get there by private transport. […]

Extended approval for handheld radios in gliders and balloons

Handheld 8.33kHz channel spaced VHF radios can now be used in balloons, gliders, and dirigibles / non-rigid airships, and from the end of 2018 all aircraft radios must be able to use 8.33kHz channels. Check that any radio equipment conforms to the new requirements here.  

Reducing frequency of aerodrome emergency exercises

The CAA intends to reduce the frequency of full-scale emergency plan exercises from three to every four years, coming into effect November 1st 2015. Modular tests should continue to be carried out alongside these. It is hoped these changes will improve the level of support that external emergency services are able to commit to aerodrome […]

Managing cabin baggage during evacuations

Significant numbers of passengers attempt to take hand baggage with them when evacuating an aircraft, despite instructions provided in pre-flight briefings and safety cards. This risks slowing evacuation, injuring others and damaging equipment. We must reduce the incidence of this, so operators are advised to seriously review both the methods they use to provide pre-flight safety […]

Mandatory inspections of Boeing fuel shutoff valves

The fuel shutoff valves on some Boeing aircraft have been deemed potentially unsafe, and may require regular testing or replacement. If you are the operator of any B737, B757, B767, B777, or B787 aircraft check the EASA airworthiness website for specifics on how to address this issue.

Launch of new aerodrome weather warning service

The new Aerodrome Weather Warning Service will be launched on October 27th, 2015. Users and aerodromes can check the Met Office website for current warnings, or register to receive updates by email.

Avoiding wind turbine wake

We commissioned the University of Liverpool to research the effect of wind turbine wake on aircraft operations. This new report will help general aviation and helicopter pilots understand the need to remain clear of wind turbine wake turbulence. It will also help safer planning of wind turbines near aviation related sites. CAP 764 sets out […]

Final consultation on GA regulations launched

A consultation to simplify many of the national regulations that affect UK General Aviation (GA) is now underway, following an earlier event in March. Responses to this have been extremely positive, so we will go ahead with detailed proposals on changes to rules surrounding pilot licensing, operations and airworthiness with a view to deregulating where […]

Ryanair faces legal action for breach of consumer law

As part of our on-going campaign to safeguard the rights of UK air passengers, we are taking enforcement action against Ryanair following a review that found it is not complying fully with European consumer law designed to support passengers following flight disruption. We are not satisfied that Ryanair is dealing correctly with compensation claims, and […]

Official endorsement of Light Aircraft Association training

The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has become the second recipient of our new training approval initiative as part of the Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development scheme (PROUD), set up to improve the general skill level of private pilots. The LAA’s Wings award scheme offers a series of activities to broaden pilots’ interests, creates […]

New independent panel on air show safety

Experts have now been officially appointed to an independent challenge panel set up to guide our review of air show safety. This review aims to provide a robust evaluation of existing guidance, processes and regulations relating to civil air displays. To achieve this, we have brought in representatives of the flying display community, the Military […]

Policy changes to better support passengers

Following an extensive review of airline policies, we became concerned that some airlines were not complying with UK regulations surrounding passenger compensation for delayed or cancelled flights. We are pleased to announce that these airlines will now offer passengers better support during disruption – agreeing to pay compensation for ordinary technical faults, process compensation claims […]

CAA protects holidaymakers after travel company collapse

More than 2,000 holidaymakers are being assisted by the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) protection scheme following the collapse of Exclusive Escapes, a specialist travel company based out of Surrey. The company had around 500 people abroad at the time, so the CAA has been in touch with hotels and airlines to ensure all their […]

Restrictions to operation of vintage aircraft at flying displays

Although the UK already has some of the highest safety standards in the world for major civil air displays, following the recent accident at Shoreham, we must take action to restrict the operation of vintage jet aircraft. Although investigations have not yet determined the cause of the accident, precautionary measures including temporarily grounding all Hawker […]

First organisation endorsed as ‘good training provider’

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has become the first organisation to be endorsed under our new good training provider scheme. Their established Wings award scheme has been judged as worthy of the Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) initiative. PROUD aims to improve the general skill level of pilots, so the […]

Simplified regulations for private pilots offering charity flights

As long as private pilots meet certain basic requirements they will now be able to apply for blanket permission to offer flights for charity, rather than having to apply for each individual flight. These changes instead place more emphasis on pilots providing a thorough explanation of safety standards and potential risks to any passengers prior […]

Air travel experiencing record passenger numbers

This year has seen the highest rolling 12 month passenger total since records began, with UK terminals handling the largest number of passengers in the first quarter since before the global financial crisis. These figures seem only to be growing, so to keep in the loop, check out our infographic.

Drone users risk prosecution if not following ‘dronecode’

We want to be able to embrace drone technology, but must ensure this is done with all airspace users in mind. Drone users need to understand that they are entering into one of the busiest areas of airspace in the world, a hugely complex system that requires them to be aware of the regulations that keep […]

Information for examiners certified outside of the UK

Holders of examiner certificates issued by European Aviation Safety Agency member state authorities other than the UK CAA must review and implement the written material supplied by the UK, which can be found in the EASA examiner differences document. Non-UK examiners must also notify the CAA in advance of each skill test, proficiency check, and assessment […]

ATOL protected bookings continue to rise

The number of ATOL protected bookings has risen for the third consecutive year as consumer understanding of the scheme rises. In the last year, the scheme has helped to support over 8,000 holidaymakers who were affected by any of the 15 ATOL holding travel companies who ceased trading during the year.

Air travel concerns for disabled passengers

Passengers with a disability or reduced mobility are significantly less likely to fly than those without dye to concerns about access, although those who have flown in the last 12 months consider themselves ‘confident flyers’ and are pleased with the level of special assistance they are provided. This research will help to inform our evidence-based […]

Pack peace of mind

Our 2015 ‘pack piece of mind’ campaign to raise awareness of ATOL protection reached a potential TV audience of 23 million adults, and more holidaymakers than ever are now financially protecting their holiday abroad. The campaign was family-focused and aimed to encourage households to look beyond the price and check their holiday is ATOL protected […]