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.

Winter Operations 2019 / 2020

During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew. Considerations when preparing for Winter operations: Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times Specific issues associated […]

CAP 1649 – Post Consultation Report

CAP 1649 – Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel – Training & Competence (Edition March 2019) was issued for industry consultation on 4th April 2019 and closed on 31st May 2019. The CAA received 68 comments from 18 different stakeholders during the consultation period. A Post Consultation Report has now been compiled to address & answer […]

Gatwick office becomes the official CAA Headquarters

Following the relocation of our central London office from Holborn to Canary Wharf, our official corporate headquarters is now Aviation House located just outside of Gatwick Airport. The official registered address is Aviation House, Beehive Ring Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH6 0YR. More information is available on our website.

Identification requirement for ATS licensing applications

This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/76 Applicants for the Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC), are required to provide proof of identity (ID), when making their initial application. The provided documentation must be certified by an approved UK CAA Authorised Examiner, or an official body such as […]

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. […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK

Edition 80 includes: Flight into controlled airspace; Go-around techniques; Drones operating near airfields; Loss of engine power; and Students’ preparedness for training.

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 […]

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 […]

SERA VMC Minima Consultation

The CAA is consulting on changes to VMC minima in class D airspace and the means to best mitigate these. We are proposing changes to Special VFR procedures in order to support UK compliance with SERA.5001. The change will mean that SERA.5001 will be adopted in full. The consultation provides more details of the proposed changes […]

Granting Permission for SUA operating in FRZs

Guidance for Aerodrome Operators of protected aerodromes to more fully inform decisions to grant or deny permission for small unmanned aircraft to operate within their Flight Restriction Zones (FRZs) has now been published: CAP1788 SUA Permission Guidance SW2019/081

Consultation: Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel – Training & Competence

A new publication for Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP), Training Organisations and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) is now available for comment. It aims to help interpret Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373 Annex XIII pertaining to ATSEP training and competence assessments, including United Kingdom requirements for limited certificate holder ANSPs. We welcome a review […]

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 13 March 2019 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword. SW2019/066

Update to EU exit information – Occurrence Reporting

We have created a new tab on occurrence reporting on our website in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. Organisations that are required to provide mandatory occurrence reports should read this page. SW2019/061  

Electronic Conspicuity: Call for evidence

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is calling for evidence over Electronic Conspicuity (EC). EC has the potential to unlock safety benefits and save lives by reducing the likelihood of infringements and mid-air collisions. We would like you to consider the suggested approach and provide responses to six core questions: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/e-conspicuity-solutions/ SW2019/057  

CAA 2019/20 Statutory Schemes of Charges

We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2019. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2019. SW2019/053

Multiple Luton infringements

On 5 March 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to four infringements of Luton Controlled Airspace in 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay £7,576 in fines. Background, flight details and learning points now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/updates 

Expired: January infringement statistics now published

Airspace infringement statistics for January 2019 are now available: airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ In January the Infringement Coordination Group provisionally suspended the licences of two pilots – one due to repeat infringements and one due to safety matters. An additional 21 pilots were referred to attend the Airspace Infringement Awareness Course.

Small unmanned aircraft guidance – CAP1763

We have published a document that covers the small unmanned aircraft related articles within the Air Navigation Order that will remain relevant after the 13 March 2019 amendment. It provides an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law, guidance on the effects of the two recent changes, and how they will […]

Replacement ATZ Policy Statement

The following document sets out Civil Aviation Authority policy and guidance regarding the establishment of ATZs. It supersedes the edition published 17 February 2016. Establishment and Dimensions of Aerodrome Traffic Zones (ATZ) SW2019/19

Aerodrome rescue and firefighting services

EASA has published Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2018-15 for consultation with a deadline of 18 March 2019. The NPA proposes guidance material for aerodrome operators in order to verify the suitability of their existing medical and physical medical requirements for rescue and firefighting services (RFFS) personnel. The NPA also proposes that alternative fuel types […]

AIS aeronautical data quality activities

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS) are working collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the implementation of aeronautical data quality requirements in the United Kingdom NATS as the service provider (AISP) is responsible for producing the UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) and is implementing a new data management portal […]

Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 78

The latest edition of CHIRP’s GA Feedback bulletin features the usual range of confidential reports from pilots. Poor pre-flight planning and preparation is a strong theme running through this edition, with weight and balance; flights over water; the proximity of controlled airspace; and NOTAMs all examples of where more attention was required. The misunderstanding of […]

New aerodrome survey guidance

We are introducing new aerodrome survey guidance for Aerodrome Operators and other data originators (including contracted activities), which supports compliance with the Regulation EU 139/2014, EU 73/2010 and ICAO Annex 4, Annex 11 and Annex 14. New aerodrome survey guidance can be found at www.caa.co.uk/cap1732.   SW2018/253

Consultation on CAA statutory charges 2019/20

We are currently consulting on our statutory charge proposals for 2019/20. For more information, and to submit comments, see www.consultations.caa.co.uk All comments must be received before the consultation closes on 7 February 2019.

New Airside Safety Management guidance published

CAP 642 is guidance material discussing Airside Safety Management, it focuses primarily on providing the correct safety environment for stakeholders engaged in the turnround of aircraft to undertake their tasks. The CAP has been updated and discusses safety management, performance, compliance monitoring, aircraft turnround, apron design, vehicle standards for aerodrome operators, airlines and ground service […]

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword.

Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas updated

CAP 437 Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas has been updated to clarify criteria applied by the UK CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom. www.caa.co.uk/CAP437