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  • Economic regulation of Gatwick: consultation

    The CAA has published a statutory consultation under section 22(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 on its proposal to modify Gatwick Airport Limited’s (GAL) licence. Following a consultation on its proposed approach in October 2020, the proposed modifications will implement a new set of commitments as the basis of the economic regulation of GAL […]

  • Lockable Gascolator Drain Valves on GA Aircraft

    Following a number of incidents of power loss in GA aircraft caused by lockable gascolator fuel drain valves being inadvertently left latched open we are advising owners to check the gascolator drain valve before each flight and consider replacing lockable gascolator drain valves with non-lockable alternatives, which are often standard parts. Our safety notice SN-2021/005 […]

  • Occurrence update: Infringement of Gatwick Control Area and London Terminal Control Area

    While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D […]

  • AAIB investigation to Alauda Airspeeder Mk II

    We wanted to alert you to a report published today by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB): AAIB investigation to Alauda Airspeeder Mk II, (UAS, registration n/a) 040719 We have already made significant changes to our requirements and oversight following the incident. We have now received the final AAIB  report and will be looking to […]

  • 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 2 of the database includes a new tab […]

  • Gatwick Modified Route 5 (Runway 08 RNAV-1 Standard Instrument Departure Procedures) Post Implementation Review

    As part of the post implementation review of this airspace change, data received from Gatwick Airport Limited for the period 30 March 2017 to 30 September 2017 has been published along with this Guide to the PIR Data. Following the publication of this data an opportunity for feedback has been opened. Stakeholders have until 19 March […]

  • UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

    Individuals who started their theorical examinations with an EASA Member State and transfer to complete remaining examinations should note: • those who have taken examinations under ECQB06 and ECQB07 with an EASA Member State will take UKQB06; • those who have taken examinations under ECQB2020 will take UKQB2020, • individuals cannot change syllabus. We have […]

  • London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton airspace change decisions

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published its decision not to approve airspace change proposals made by London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton. For full details on the decisions please see their respective decision documents: London Oxford Airport – Proposal for Revised Airspace and Instrument Flight Procedures RAF Brize Norton – Class D […]

  • Pilot Medical Declarations: Clarification

    Following a rapid review we can today confirm that the less than 2,000kg aircraft category, with its reduced list of disqualifying conditions within a Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD), is still an option for national pilot licence holders (subject to the specified operational conditions). Existing PMDs remain valid for the type of licence(s) and aircraft weight […]

  • Apply for reactivation of a UK issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence

    This application process allows the reactivation of the previously held UK licence now we have left the EU system. You must have previously held a UK issued Part 66 Licence which was subsequently transferred to an EU member state prior to the UK EU Exit date. Please see the CAA website for guidance on how […]

  • Apply for a UK Issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence with an EU Part 66 Licence

    This application process allows you to apply for a UK issued Part 66 Licence post the UK EU exit date where an individual can now hold a UK and EU issued licence concurrently. You will be required to hold a current EU issued Part 66 licence which has not been suspended or enforcement action taking […]

  • Publication of CAP403 Flying Displays Edition 18

    Following earlier consultation we have now published a new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events. This focuses on organising and obtaining permissions for flying displays, including the roles and responsibilities of Flying Display Directors. To participate in a flying display, display pilots are required to obtain a Display Authorisation (DA). Details on obtaining […]

  • UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

    We have updated our microsite to include changes to obtaining a UK pilot licence and training requirements under the new regulatory landscape post the UK leaving the EU. Additional information for pilot licences and pilot students has been can be found on our UK-EU Transition microsite. SW2021/023

  • Flying Display Director Initial Course

    With the ongoing COVID restrictions, the FDD Initial Accreditation course scheduled for 23- 24 March 2021 at the Defence Academy Shrivenham has been cancelled. The course will be rescheduled for later this year – further details will be promulgated on the CAA website.

  • Clued Up: Weight & Balance article

    While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim please enjoy our latest article on […]

  • Consultation on Heathrow RAB readjustment

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published an update and final consultation following a request by Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) to change its approach to the calculation of HAL’s regulatory asset base (RAB): Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Response to its request for a covid-19 related RAB adjustment – Updated consultation

  • Remote pilot minimum age requirement changes

    With effect from 28 January 2021, the UK Government has now removed the minimum age requirement for remote pilots operating a UAS in the Open and Specific categories.  Please see the CAA website for details. SW2021/019

  • Expired: Infringement update: Class A airspace occurrence

    While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To help meet that aim a new infringement occurrence narrative has been added to […]

  • Co-sponsor assessment of Airspace Masterplan Iteration One (Southern UK)

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have today published its co-sponsor assessment of the Airspace Masterplan Iteration One (Southern UK). Please note, this document was developed before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and meant it was not possible to publish this report in Spring 2020, as originally intended. […]

  • Airspace Classification update

    An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website.

  • East Anglia Military Training Area: Post Implementation Review

    The Sponsor’s Report for the Amendment to East Anglia Military Training Area Post Implementation Review has been published. This airspace change proposal is being conducted under CAP 725 but for transparency the publishing of this sponsor’s report opens a 28 day window for feedback. Any feedback should be sent to to airspace.policy@caa.co.uk.

  • UK to revert to previous rules for Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima for flying in visual meteorological conditions

    From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

  • Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

    From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

  • Urgent: COVID-19 restrictions reminder

    The CAA reminds all GA stakeholders of the importance of being familiar with, and adhering to, the latest government guidance on flying while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. If you are not able to fly at the moment, then please feel free to take some time out to read The Skyway Code

  • CAA Policy on Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published its new policy on Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling. We are now also seeking views on a revised proposed definition of minimum standards for noise modelling for Category D airports. See our consultation website for more information and how to respond. The consultation is open until 9 March […]

  • UK Airspace Management Policy: Minor amendment

    Amendment 2 to Issue 7 of CAP 740 UK Airspace Management Policy has been published. This updated edition incorporates the newly formed Military Airspace Management Cell, a combination of the former Military Airspace Booking Coordination Cell and Low Flying Operations Flight.

  • Ex-Military Aircraft: Design, restoration and continuing airworthiness approval

    Updated guidance for those who are seeking to obtain a CAA Airworthiness approval for an ex-military aircraft, or who wish to restore, maintain and operate such an aircraft on the UK Civil register. This guidance material, over and above that provided in the statutory requirements, is based on experience gained from past approvals. A summary […]

  • Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information

    While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are taking the opportunity to share the latest safety […]