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  • Confusion over Channel airspace restrictions

    There has been some confusion over restrictions for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations over the Channel. This is partly due to the way the French produce NOTAMS and how the third party apps presents them. Manned and unmanned aircraft pilots seeing a large restricted airspace structure over the south east coast are only seeing […]

  • Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays for the Torbay Airshow at Paignton, Devon on 1 and 2 June 2019. Also, Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Portsmouth, Hampshire on 5 June 2019 . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at https://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of […]

  • Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cricket World Cup matches at The County Ground cricket ground, Bristol on 1, 7, 11 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M043/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions only apply to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. SW2019/110

  • Continuation of the IMC or IR(R) rating

    With the implementation of Commission Implementing Regulation (amendment) 2019/430 revising Article 4(8) to the EASA Aircrew Regulations, the CAA will continue to endorse the Instrument Rating (Restricted) (IR(R)) rating on UK CAA issued EASA PPL(A), CPL(A), MPL(A) and ATPL(A) licences until 8 April 2021. The IR(R) may not be endorsed on Part-FCL licences issued by […]

  • Maintenance programme approval (up to 2730 Kg)

    Maintenance programmes for other than complex motor-powered aircraft, ELA2, aircraft up to 2730 Kg and piston engine aircraft (fixed wing and rotorcraft) Owners, operators, Part M subpart G (CAMO), Part 145 and Part M subpart F organisations must make sure approval of maintenance programmes complies with Part M, M.A.302 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), and […]

  • UK Airprox Board monthly review – April 2019

    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. The latest version of UKAB’s App is now available for iOS devices. Search […]

  • ATCO licence grace period

    Do you need to revalidate or renew your ATCO licence, ratings or endorsements? Regulation 2015/340 states that the CAA MAY allow the privileges of a licence to be exercised for a period of eight weeks after successful completion of the applicable examination(s) and assessment(s), pending the issue of the licence, rating or endorsement. This is […]

  • Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/03 has been published. The purpose of SI 2019/03 is to implement phase 1 changes to Class E Airspace ATS procedures within the to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493). SW2019/105

  • Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a large formation of aircraft routing from Duxford to France via Sudbury, Colchester, Southend, Maidstone and Eastbourne on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event in Normandy. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M037/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/103

  • Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations in the vicinity of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event and associated Flypast . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M057/2019 and AIC M058/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/102

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cricket World Cup matches at The Oval cricket ground, London, on 25, 27, 30 May, 2, 5, 9, 15 June. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2019 at here.  Restrictions only apply to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. SW2019/101

  • Airlines and Foreign Carrier Permits

    Football Charters If you are intending to offer charter flights for the forthcoming Champions and Europa League finals in Madrid and Baku, check you have, or can obtain, the necessary traffic rights first. More can be found here. SW2019/099

  • BMAA given approval to issue initial Permit to Fly certificates

    The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) has been given approval to issue Initial Permit to Fly certificates by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Permit to Fly certificates are generally issued to ex-military, kit-built and microlight aircraft that meet the appropriate airworthiness standards. Following a change to the ANO in 2016, the CAA introduced a provision […]

  • Consultation on a decision-making process for PPR proposals

    Last October the Government gave the CAA, as airspace regulator, a decision-making role for a wholly new category of airspace change, which will sit alongside our existing CAP 1616 airspace change process. This category is known as a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic through changes in air traffic control operational procedure, or PPR […]

  • A procedure to write a procedure

    Following collaboration with UK maintenance organisations the CAA is pleased to have published guidance to the wider industry on producing procedures to support their respective organisations: Download ‘A procedure to write a procedure: A guide developed by the airworthiness industry.’ SW2019/095

  • Guidance on the submission of logbooks for licensing applications

    Pilots are required to submit their flying logbook(s) in support of certain licensing applications. Where this is necessary, they may choose to submit their original logbook(s) or a certified copy. Please note that the certification standard has changed. The certifier must write the following on the first page of the logbook copy: “I have seen […]

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 May 2019 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/094

  • 8.33 kHz capable radio equipment

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to remove reference to 8.33 kHz capable radios within the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493). SW2019/092

  • Predannack Airfield ACP Decision

    ACP Decision Letter approving the implementation of a new Danger Area at Predannack Airfield and another linking this to the South Coast Exercise Areas for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems have been published on the CAA website. SW2019/091

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. You can find details here. SW2019/090          

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones We have received some reports of links to the NATS page being broken. We apologise for the inconvenience. The full link is: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php%3Foption=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=162&Itemid=59.html SW2019/089

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019 here.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/089

  • Frequency Monitoring Codes: Updated squawk guidance

    Updated Frequency Monitoring Code/Squawk guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers the who, what, why and how – along with a downloadable Frequency Monitoring Code area map and squawk code/frequency card.

  • Acceptance of training at a registered training facility after 8 April 2019

    All pilots and student pilots are reminded that since 8 April 2019 Registered Training Facilities (RTFs) cease to be valid entity for training. All NEW and FURTHER pilot training towards any EASA licence and associated ratings* training courses, including Theoretical Knowledge (TK), delivered by an RTF AFTER 8 April 2019 will not be recognised by […]

  • UK Drone Registration Scheme

    A consultation is now open, until 7 June 2019, on the proposed charge for the new UK drone operator registration scheme. This will become law at the end of November 2019. You can view the consultation at https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/ SW2019/086

  • CHIRP Air Transport feedback Edition 130

    In the latest issue of CHIRP (confidential and independent reporting): Exhaust fumes entering a helicopter cabin on start-up R/T calls to helicopters in critical stages of flight The priorities afforded to medical flights Training v Familiarisation Captains flying as First Officers Open reporting cultures The reporting of CPDLC status Apparent landings below approach minima Possible loss of separation […]