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  • Small Unmanned Aircraft: Guidance & Policy Update

    A new edition of CAP 722 has been published. The update follows amendments to the Air Navigation Order and splits the content into three separate documents: CAP722: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance & Policy CAP722A: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Operating Safety Cases CAP722B: Unmanned Aircraft System Operations […]

  • Using your National licence to fly G-reg EASA aircraft in the UK

    Pilots that hold a LAPL may continue to fly a UK registered aeroplane or Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly. An exemption set out in ORS4 1293 has been replaced by derogation ORS4 1309. This continues to allow holders of an appropriate UK National licence to […]

  • Component strip reports

    We have published Safety Notice SN 2019/006 to advise owners and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs), responsible for an Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP), to request component strip reports from maintenance organisations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so that they can review the effectiveness of their AMP. A strip report is a common term used for […]

  • Standards Document No. 29 Version 8

    Standards Document No. 29 Version 8 – Guidance on the requirements for the training and testing of Human Factors for Flightcrew under EASA Part ORO and EASA Part FCL has now been published. You can access the new version here. SW2019/146

  • Update to EU exit information –Third Country Operators (UK- Part TCO)

    We have updated the information on our website concerning airlines and AOC holders in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes information about the administration charge for a UK TCO and a revised application form. You can access the updated the information on the Third Country Operator Certificates webpage. SW2019/145

  • Policy for the Establishment of Visual Reference Points (VRPs)

    The CAA has published policy and guidance regarding the establishment and use of VRPs, and the process to be followed when establishing or disestablishing them.  It replaces Aeronautical Information Circular Y 006/2013 dated 21 February 2013. VRPs are to be established in accordance with the CAA’s Airspace Change Process (CAP 1616).  VRPs are categorized as […]

  • Infringement update: RAF Syerston ATZ infringement

    On 3 July 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to an airspace infringement of the RAF Syerston Aerodrome Traffic Zone in November 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay over £3,200 in fines. Background, flight details and learning points now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/updates SW2019/143

  • Policy for the approval of Remote Aerodrome Air Traffic Services (ATS)

    The CAA has published an initial update of its Policy concerning the approval of remote tower operations which revises a number of definitions and some technical content to align with the content of EASA ED 2019/004/R. PLEASE NOTE: We apologise for the incorrect link for the previous Skywise SW2019/141 on Visual Reference Points (VRPs). We will send […]

  • Alert for restricted Airspace – Fairford, Brize Norton and Old Warden (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and in vicinity of RAF Brize Norton between 17 and 22 July 2019 and for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 20 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2019 and AIC M019/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all […]

  • Alert for restricted Airspace – Beccles and Sefton Park (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Latitude Music Festival near Beccles, Suffolk from 18 to 22 July 2019 and The International Music Festival at Sefton Park, Liverpool between 19 and 21 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M050/2019 and AIC M063/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions apply only to the operation of unmanned aircraft. SW2019/139

  • Economic regulation of capacity expansion at Heathrow: consultation on early costs and timetable

    This consultation document focuses on the costs of expansion incurred by Heathrow Airport Limited (“HAL”) in advance of receiving a development consent order (“DCO”) under the Planning Act 2008 for the expansion of Heathrow airport. It deals with new information that has emerged on these costs and notes that there could be significant implications for […]

  • Amended standards document 69 and standards document 41

    Former standards document 69 – Instructions and Procedures for Senior Examiners – has been revised and renumbered as standards document 28 and is available as a full rewrite here. Standards Document 41 V4 – Instructions and procedures for type rating examiner aeroplane and helicopter and synthetic flight examiner aeroplane and helicopter standardisation course providers – […]

  • Flight Crew Training: Aircraft trim state

    We have issued a Safety Notice for operators and training organisations to urgently review their flight  crew training with a view to enhancing pilot awareness of aircraft trim state, intervention strategies and techniques during both automated and manual flight.

  • Operational rules for Sailplanes

    EASA have published a Sailplane rule book for EASA Sailplanes. These new rules come into effect on 9th July 2019. It is important that pilots familiarise themselves and understand the rules, as all pilots must operate the Sailplanes in accordance with the requirements set out within. For further information please see the CAA webpage here. […]

  • Alert for restricted Airspace – RAF Fairford (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for mixed-formation Flypast over RAF Fairford via Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire on 20 and 21 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/134

  • Small UAS flights below 400 ft will no longer be notified

    Following recent updates to the Air Navigation Order for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) we have reviewed the process for the notification of SUAS flights. Subsequently we will no longer issue NOTAM for SUAS flights below 400ft AGL. This decision follows engagement with key stakeholders and the use of risk analysis tools and safety data. […]

  • CAA comment on NPA 2019-04

    The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-04 – Additional acceptable means of compliance and guidance material for the safety support assessment of changes to the air traffic management/air navigation services functional systems. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2019-04 Read NPA 2019-04 on the […]

  • UK Airprox Board monthly review – June 2018

    The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its latest monthly review which focuses in detail on one particular airprox incident, to ensure that lessons can be learnt by pilots and air traffic controllers for the benefit of air safety in the future. SW2019/131

  • Infringement Coordination Group decisions

    The CAA has published decisions from the Infringement Coordination Group’s review of infringement Mandatory Occurrence Reports under CAP1404, the review and actions process for airspace infringements. Course of action, number and a short summary will be published monthly. Reported infringements from May are also available in the 2019 table.

  • New European UAS Regulations

    We have published an outline of the new EU unmanned aircraft regulations under CAP1789 It includes a simple explanation of the general intent behind the key parts of the regulations and our plans for their implementation within the UK next year. It is intended to be used as an aid to reading and understanding the […]

  • Plymouth – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Plymouth, Devon on 29 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/128

  • Silverstone and Turweston – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix between 12 and 14 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/127  

  • Licensing – IR PBN privileges on aircraft not certified to conduct RNP APCH

    The latest guidance for examiners when conducting instrument rating (IR) revalidations or renewals to include performance based navigation (PBN) privileges when the aircraft type/class is not certified to conduct required navigation procedure approach (RNP APCH) is available on the CAA website. Performance based navigation licensing requirements SW2019/126

  • Critical part awareness and training

    We have published guidance for continuing airworthiness organisations managing and / or maintaining critical parts for additional training and raising awareness. This guidance supersedes IN 2016/026, broadens the scope of applicability to all rotorcraft and their operational types and provides further information relating to critical part management. This guidance on critical part awareness and training […]

  • Skyway Code: New edition now available

    Our guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated. Version 2 is now online, with printed copies available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE. Condensing the must know information on UK GA flying into easy to navigate information and graphics, The SkyWay Code gives GA pilots a one stop shop […]

  • Small Unmanned Aircraft – Airspace Access Report Form

    Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO), we have launched an online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line with the guidance set out in CAP1788 and with consideration of the interests described below. Users […]

  • CAP670 amendment 1/2019 published

    CAP670 Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements amendment 1/2019 becomes effective 1 August 2019. A further update is planned for Quarter 4 2019 to reflect potential changes to the legislative landscape. Update at: www.caa.co.uk/CAP670 SW2019/122

  • Multi-Pilot Helicopter Type Ratings – prerequisite experience

    To obtain a multi-pilot type rating for helicopters, an applicant for their first multi pilot type rating must have a minimum amount of MCC experience or have completed the required MCC training in helicopters at an ATO as part of, or prior to starting, a multi-pilot helicopter type rating course. Applicants who have completed an […]