Alerts: Aerodrome safety

Here you can see details of all alerts issued during the last 12 months. Select a category to see the relevant headlines, sorted by date, and click on one to read the full alert. If you are looking for information about an older notification please email content@caa.co.uk including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Expired: The Airfield Development Advisory Fund is still open

We wanted to remind you that the Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF) is open and we’re still accepting applications. The ADAF will provide funded access to professional advisory services available to both UK general aviation airports and businesses linked to them in order to help protect and expand their activities. ADAF can help with: Accounting […]

Statutory charges FY21/22: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY21/22 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2021. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposals, in particular from those we regulate. We welcome comments on all aspects of the proposals, including the charges structure […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 86

GA FEEDBACK Edition 86 The latest edition includes a number of articles that remind us of the need to take care near controlled airspace, especially as winter approaches and we face a return to flying next year after an extended period of non-flying. Other topics cover transponder accuracy, passenger flying, and the need to keep […]

Public Safety Zones consultation

The CAA along with support from the DfT is consulting on a proposal to change the establishment and maintenance of Public Safety Zones. The change is motivated by the latest accident data and flight performance of current commercial aircraft. You can read the full proposal and share your views on our consultation portal. The consultation […]

UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages the UK’s dynamic GA sector. In preparation for the end of the EU transition period, the CAA has launched UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation: This consultation is an opportunity for you to […]

Airfield Development Advisory Fund goes live

The Airfield Development Advisory Fund, supported by the Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority is now live. UK airfields and associated businesses are now able to apply for access to Government funded professional and business advice on a range of topics, aimed at supporting future airfield development.

CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

Edition 3 of CAP 738 Aerodrome Safeguarding

A new edition of CAP 738 has been published and includes information on Heliport safeguarding; information on safeguarding IFPs; the latest planning procedures and the new crane notification areas. CAP 738 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2020/240

Runway maintenance – equipment control

A recent incident at a UK aerodrome led to maintenance equipment being left on the runway. This incident is currently subject to AAIB investigation. It has become apparent that a lack of tool control, and security of equipment carried on aerodrome vehicles were contributory factors. Aerodrome operators should ensure that: procedures for both routine maintenance […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months to 30 June 2020 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

Updated guidance for crane users (CAP 1096)

Update to CAP 1096 – new applicability date. Revised CAP 1096 provides guidance to crane users on the new crane notification process and lighting and marking requirements applicable to cranes. The guidance should be considered relevant to users of all cranes exceeding a height of 10 m above ground level (AGL) or that of the […]

Expired: English Channel Temporary Danger Area Complex – State Requirement

Due to a state requirement, the CAA have been required to implement new Temporary Danger Area (TDA) complex over the English Channel between 31 August and 30 September 2020. This complex replaces the previously notified areas. The Temporary Danger Areas will be utilised by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight. […]

Updated Guidance to crane users (CAP 1096)

A new edition of CAP 1096 has been published. Guidance to crane users on the crane notification process and obstacle lighting and marking (CAP 1096) provides guidance to crane users on the new crane notification process and lighting and marking requirements applicable to cranes. The guidance is relevant to users of all cranes exceeding a […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 135

Air Transport FEEDBACK 135 covers a wide-ranging set of issues that were reported to CHIRP prior to the COVID-19 lockdown period. There are still many relevant lessons and topics of interest within that will be applicable as aviation starts its recovery to historic levels of activity. Topics include the effectiveness of reporting processes; fatigue in […]

New edition of CAP 746 – Requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes

A new edition of CAP 746, which contains the requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes, has been published. The main changes to its content are: > Changes resulting from the introduction of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373> Additional information concerning AUTO METAR> Addition of guidance on achieving Basic Meteorological Observing competency.

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months, to 30 June 2020. Having reviewed this decision in light of the ongoing challenges faced by the sector, […]

New number for Airspace Regulation Operations

The contact telephone number for Airspace Regulation Operations (AR Ops) and Airspace Regulation (Utilisation) (AR(U)) has changed to 01293 983 880. AR Ops and AR(U) can be contacted for the purposes of, but not limited to, notification and coordination of Unusual Aerial Activity and promulgation of NOTAMs. See UK AIP ENR 1 for references to […]

Payment Plan for Annual Charges

We are constantly looking at ways to support the aviation sector in these unprecedented times. Our funding principles are underpinned by statute and legal obligation so we have not been able to waive any charges and are still required to issue invoices. But we are now able offer a payment plan to cover 2020/2021 annual […]

COVID-19 – Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging of biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. The replaces ORS4 No 1372. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1391) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website.

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 84

GA FEEDBACK Edition 84 The latest edition of GA FEEDBACK includes reports about: the handling of alternator failures; the importance of thorough flight planning; not allowing yourself to be pressured into flying when backed into corner by events on the ground; the use of recording equipment in the cockpit; and the importance of thorough pre- […]

CAA’s new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy

The CAA has published a new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy (CAP1329) which identifies how the models can be best used as an effective and proactive safety risk assessment tool. The overall aim is to inform and improve decision making so that the right actions can be taken to achieve the best safety outcomes for the […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 134

Air Transport FEEDBACK 134 is the first edition from our new Director Aviation, Steve Forward.  It contains reports about the handling of fuel priority calls; the importance of awareness of Minimum Safe Altitude versus Transition Level; fatigue management; go-arounds due to birds; unsafe engineering practices; and managing the long-term storage of aircraft.   These and many […]

COVID 19 – Changes to MET forecasts

The Met Office is currently prioritising activities so that it can continue to carry out urgent governmental work. To support the Met Office and in light of current restrictions on General Aviation, the CAA has sanctioned changes including: A suspension of GAMETs, Gatwick Take Off Forecasts, and aerodrome warnings for General Aviation airfields, and 9 […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1372) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/070

COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Installation of a Temporary Separation Barrier between the Cockpit and Cabin area of Aircraft used to Transport Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic  (ORS4 No 1371) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/069

CAA charge proposal delay

As a consequence of the severity of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact worldwide, the CAA has decided to delay the implementation of its recently proposed charge increases for three months to assist the UK aviation industry in these difficult times. You can see more information at Schemes of Charges. The CAA currently intends […]

CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-02

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-02 All-weather operations – Non-commercial operations with other than complex motor-powered aircraft. Read our response to the NPA 2020-02: CAA comments on NPA 2020-02. Read NPA 2020-02 on the EASA website

Expired: Aeronautical chart review – chart questionnaires

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has a questionnaire regarding Aeronautical Charts for airlines and pilots. Providing feedback will help conduct a comprehensive analysis of the users’ requirements and expectations and to determine the suitability of current ICAO Annex 4 charts and the future of Aeronautical Charts that meet the needs of performance-based communication, navigation […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

GA FEEDBACK Edition 83 Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they […]

Helicopter special events briefing 2020

The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority are holding a pre-season helicopter special events briefing. This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open discussion with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for operations into […]

New contaminated runway reporting system

On 5th November 2020 a new system of reporting runway contamination comes into force. Called the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF), the ICAO Aerodrome SARPs are in Annex 14, with additional guidance in the PANS Aerodromes Doc 9981 and Circular 355. The GRF allows cross functional (Aerodromes, ATM and Flight operations) harmonisation and standardized reporting. […]

Consultation on CAA charges

We’re consulting on proposed amendments to our statutory charges, due to take effect from 1 April 2020. The online consultation will close on 7 February 2020.

Confidential drone safety reporting system now available

Drone users and enthusiasts can now report safety concerns and incidents online using a confidential drone reporting service. CHIRP, a charitable organisation that has been providing independent, confidential reporting facilities for the aviation since 1982, has extended its online reporting system to include drone-related incidents. The service is free to use, and CHIRP guarantees to […]