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  • Helicopter special events briefing 2021

    The CAA and British Helicopter Association (BHA) are holding a helicopter special events summer briefing.This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and facilitate an open exchange with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for Royal Ascot, Silverstone F1 GP […]

  • Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) RAF Spadeadam, 17-28 May 2021

    Jamming activity will take place between the 17 and 28 May 2021. Jamming equipment will be located within 3 KM of 550306N 0023318W. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a radius of 30NM. Please refer to AIC P022/2021for more information. Activity may also affect common licence exempt frequencies used for UAS control and electronic situational […]

  • LoSS: What you need to know

    Join Mike Ling to find out more about what Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) is, as well as the steps you can take to avoid a Mid-Air Collision or an Airprox. Watch on Youtube: LoSS: What you need to know – YouTube This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of the CAA. […]

  • New pre-flight planning guidance

    The second set of guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers route planning and preparation with two views of threat and error management in action – looking at planning not to infringe and weather. Read more https://airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/

  • Temporary flight crew certificate validity

    Covid19 Outbreak ORS4 1466 which extends the standard scope and validity of validity period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the initial issue or renewal of pilot licence, rating and instructor or examiner certificates to 6 months, ends as of 31st May 2021. All temporary certificates issued under UK Part-ARA FCL.215(d) from 1st […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 15 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 15th May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/099

  • New infringement occurrence narrative: London TMA

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area

  • Economic regulation of Gatwick: Final decision

    The CAA has published a notice under section 22(6) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 of its decision to modify Gatwick Airport Limited’s (“GAL”) licence. Following consultations in October 2020 and February 2021, the modifications will implement a new set of commitments as the basis of the economic regulation of GAL for the four year […]

  • Planning a flight?

    New guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) includes a refresher on the importance of planning, a reminder to check your own fitness to fly, and a detailed piece on how to plan your weather briefing. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety More aspects of successful pre-flight prep and planning will be covered over […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 2 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 2 May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Updated Helicopter Standards Documents

    We have updated Standards Documents 19(H). This document sets out the guidance for applicants taking the Skill Test for the grant of a UK Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) Helicopter or a UK Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) Helicopter. Standards Document 19(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the PPL Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document […]

  • Updated Helicopter Standards Documents

    Updated Standards Documents (H) are now available: Standards Document 01(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the Initial Instrument Rating Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 03(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the CPL Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 21(H): Guidance for Applicants taking the Helicopter Examiners Assessment of Competence and Providers of […]

  • New Helicopter Flight Examiner Manual and updated Standards Documents

    The UK CAA Helicopter Examiners Manual is now available. The purpose of this new Flight Examiners Handbook is to provide UK helicopter examiners (FE, IRE, FIE, TRE, SFE, SE) with a convenient reference for the conduct of their examining tasks. Download: Flight Examiners Handbook (H): UK CAA Helicopter Flight Examiner Manual We have also updated: […]

  • Marking and Placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems on Single Seat Deregulated (SSDR) Aircraft

    The AAIB has previously raised concerns regarding the significant hazard to emergency services and first responders from non-deployed Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems (BPRS) in crashed aircraft. In response to this the CAA introduced new requirements to BCAR Section S, Sub-Section K for the marking and placarding of BPRS to warn emergency services and first responders […]

  • Mid-air collisions and airspace infringements

    Some of you may have had trouble with the link we sent out to our most recent GA update which looked at the risks of mid-air collisions. www.caa.co.uk/CAP2150 will take you to this Clued Up special. Follow this link for the full list of Clued Ups. We have just published an updated version of Airspace […]

  • Expired: Clued Up: Mid Air Collision

    As many of you will have returned to the skies recently, we wanted to share with you this recent article on the risks of Mid Air Collision and steps you can take to keep yourselves safe in the air.

  • Loss of Safe Separation Webinar

    Join Blade 3, Mike Ling, of the Blades Aerobatic team to find out more about Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) and the steps you can take to stay safe whilst flying. Watch on YouTube: Loss of Safe Separation Webinar with Mike Ling This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of […]

  • The CAA’s GAU starts 2021 with a focus on returning to flying post COVID

    The first quarter of 2021 has seen the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) General Aviation Unit (GAU) focused on supporting the UK’s General Aviation (GA) community on a safe return to flying following the government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Please read the full update via the CAA website

  • Expired: Infringement occurrence narrative and avoidance webinar

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and overflight of active winch-launch glider sites and includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and […]

  • Exemptions – changing the Pilot Medical Declaration for private pilots

    Following a safety review, CAA has published two exemptions. One exemption formalises the use of the alternative medical declaration criteria for licences issued under the ANO. The other exemption allows holders of UK Part-FCL LAPL, PPL and UK Part-BFCL BPL and UK Part-SFCL SPL licences to make a Pilot Medical Declaration to the alternative medical […]

  • Performance Based Navigation endorsement: Guidance for IR holders

    The requirements regarding Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges will be changing from 26 April 2021. To provide guidance to all Instrument Rating (IR) holders, ATOs and Examiners the CAA has updated the website and published: Performance Based Navigation Endorsement – IR Holders (including guidance for IMC / IR(R) holders) (CAP2138).

  • CAA Virtual Voyage 2021 playback video

    Thank you to the 1600 General Aviation community members who attended the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Virtual Voyage 2021. For those of you that were unable to attend the events, please enjoy this playback video. We hope to run another Virtual Voyage event in the autumn and will publicise details of this later in the […]

  • Extension to alternative class rating revalidation requirements for UK Part-FCL and National pilot licence holders

    Due to the UK’s Covid pandemic restrictions, the CAA is extending the exemptions which allow pilots to take advantage of the alternative SSEA, SEP, Microlight, SLMG and TMG class rating revalidation requirements. The new expiry date of these alternative arrangements is 31 July 2021. COVID-19 – Alternative Revalidation Requirements for Single Engine Piston (SEP) and […]

  • GA Change Programme 2021/22

    The CAA had intended to release, CAP2146 UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – Consultation Response Document last week. Following the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the UK observed a period of National Mourning, which ended on Sunday 18 April 2021. During this period, the […]

  • UK Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database

    The CAA has published an amended version of its Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database.  The database should be used by ATC service providers in conjunction with the wake turbulence categories in Appendix B to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) to determine the required wake turbulence separation. Version 3 of the database is effective on publication. […]

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY) Windsor, Berkshire – 17 April 21

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Windsor, Berkshire valid from 0900 -1600 UTC (1000-1700 Local) only on 17 April 2021. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. The existing temporary Restriction of Flying Regulations at Windsor Castle forbidding drones from being flown without permission will be […]

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Windsor Castle until 18 April 2021

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems due to national mourning for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. Drones are therefore forbidden from being flown without permission and these restrictions will last until 1100 18 April 2021. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. SW 2021/076