Alerts: Air displays and events

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.

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, […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for fast jet display practice at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on 30 June 2020. Details of display times by NOTAM and on the AIS website (M047/2020) at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2020/134

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Hyde Park (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Hyde Park Demonstrations.  Airspace restrictions will apply to the airspace directly above EGR157 and to Helicopter Route H4 on 20 June 2020. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

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 […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals at RAF Syerston on 3 June 2020. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full details in AIS Briefing Note at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com (listed under News as ‘Airspace Restrictions’ dated 28/05/2020). Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

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- […]

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 – Display Pilot Authorisations, Display Authorisation Evaluators and Flying Display Directors currency requirements

To assist the air display community during and post COVID-19 we have extended the currency requirements detailed in CAP 403 and CAP 1724 for Display Pilot Authorisations (‘DAs’), Display Authorisation Evaluators (‘DAEs’) and Flying Display Directors (‘FDDs’). Further information is available on our website.

Expired: Consultation on new edition of CAP632 ‘Ex-Military Aircraft’

While we absolutely appreciate that much of the UK’s aviation community is being severely affected by COVID-19, we do need to prepare for a safe return for aviation and develop future rules and regulations. To meet that aim our consultation on a new edition of ‘Operation of Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft on the UK register’ (CAP623) […]

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 […]

2020 Flying Display Season Update

An update on the Regulatory and Administrative arrangements to support 2020 Flying Display Season are available on the CAA website on the Flying displays and special events page.

Alert for Restricted Airspace – Glasgow (Temporary)

COVID-19 RESTRICTION: Restriction of Flying Regulations for NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, Scottish Event Centre, Glasgow.  Airspace restrictions will apply from 16 April 2020 to 14 July 2020. Details by NOTAM at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. For entry to the RA(T) contact Police Scotland at  OSDAviationSafety@scotland.pnn.police.uk or, if contact is urgent, […]

Radiotelephony Manual: New edition now published

The Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) has been updated. Edition 23 includes updates to: Foreword; Definitions; Military Callsigns and numerous editorial changes. It has been published today and has an effective date of 8 June 2020.

CAP660 Parachuting Edition 5 (2020)

All parachute dropping carried out from civil registered aircraft over the UK is regulated by the CAA and must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Air Navigation Order. CAP 660 Parachuting is a comprehensive source of information containing rules, including regulations and guidance on legal requirements, parachuting operations and displays. This publication follows a […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Please note that this display has now been cancelled Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on 25 and 27 March 2020. Subject to a successful display on 25 March the display on 27 March will be cancelled. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also […]

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 […]

Military Aviation Authority (MAA) – Flying displays, display flying, role demonstrations and flypasts

MAA Regulatory Article 2335 Issue 10 – Flying Displays, Display Flying, Role Demonstrations and Flypasts was released on Notice of Proposed Amendment (MAA/NPA/20/04) on 11 March 2020. You are invited to review the revised document and its associated forms and provide comment to the MAA Regulatory Publications Team by 8 April 2020.

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 […]

New edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) now published

A new edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) has been published to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is possible . It has been updated following consultation and provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in […]

Expired: Reminder to register for the 2020 Pre-season Symposium

The closing date to register for the Flying Display Pre-season Symposium is 28 February 2020. Please use the online booking form to register to attend. The two-day symposium is for all those involved in display flying or the planning or execution of Flying Displays. This year’s event will be held on 17 and 18 March at […]

Changes to Flying Display, Special Event or unusual aerial activity notification application

We have changed the application process for displays. Separate applications can now be made for flying displays under ANO 86 or a private flying display and 250kts speed limitation. Some applications will need extra attached information as detailed in CAP 403. The application form and guidance on how to apply is available on the CAA […]

Publication of CAP 403 Flying Displays Edition 17

Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of CAP 403 Flying Displays & Special Events. This focuses on organising andobtaining 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 […]

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 […]

Ex-military multi engine aircraft now added to exemption scheme for fare paying passengers

The CAA has extended its Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) scheme to allow General Aviation operators to apply to take fee paying passengers in ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplanes. For more information or to apply please see the CAA website. SW2020/018

Expired: Consultation for next edition of Parachuting (CAP 660)

Parachuting (CAP 660) is a comprehensive source of information including rules, regulations and guidance on legal requirements for parachuting operations and displays. It was last published in 2008 and we are now consulting on a revised and updated edition. This new edition will be published in 2020 and includes some major changes to reflect new legislation and […]

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for state opening of Parliament, London, on 19 December from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Consultation open for next edition of Flying Display Standards

Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) was first published earlier this year alongside Flying Displays and Special Events (CAP403). It provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluation. Following the 2019 display season, we are working on a new edition […]

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.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Edinburgh (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for New Year’s events in Edinburgh during the period 30 December – 1 January. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M131/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/. Restrictions also apply to the operations of all drones.

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London and vicinity of Watford (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for the NATO summit and the associated visit by Heads of State to London and the vicinity of Watford between 2 and 4 December 2019. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php.html Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/226

Expired: Alert for restricted Airspace – Portsmouth (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the first entry into Portsmouth Harbour by the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales 16 November 2019 Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Note at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Consultation opens for next edition of CAP403

We are working on the new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays & Special Events. We aim to publish this as edition 17 early in the new year. The consultation and online response form is now available: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/ga/cap403-flying-displays-and-special-events/ We welcome your comments by Friday 29 November.

Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment

The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to implement changes to radiotelephony phraseology contained within UK Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This is in support of amendments to class E airspace Air Traffic Service (ATS) procedure changes contained within the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

Post-Display Season 2019 safety survey

The Post-Display Season 2019 safety survey is now available. The purpose of this survey is to elicit information from the air display community, and encourages all involved in the planning, execution, and flying at Flying Displays to participate. The results of the survey will enable trends to be identified, addressed, and lessons learned and disseminated, […]

Designing a new NOTAM System: ICAO Questionnaire

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has launched a questionnaire on NOTAM and the NOTAM system and is asking for feedback from users. Your response will help design a new system. The online questionnaire remains open until 31 October 2019: https://forms.gle/pEvdLFUwT5AksbTp9 As advised by ICAO: In answering the questions think of the ideal NOTAM system […]

Flying Display Season 2019 Post-season symposium

The 2019 Post-season symposium will be held on 12 and 13 November 2019 at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham near Swindon. The 2-day symposium provides an opportunity for to all those involved in flying displays, both civilian and military, to share feedback with both the civilian and military regulators, in addition to sharing ideas so as […]

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for State Opening of Parliament, London, on 14 October from from 0930 hrs UTC to 1130 hrs UTC. Details by NOTAM at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Helicopter route H4 and non-specific flight / enhanced non-specific flight clearances contained within area withdrawn for duration. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/184

Helicopter special events end of season review

The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority will be hosting a review of helicopter operations at major events during 2019. The intention is to facilitate an open exchange of views to ensure that safe operations remain a fundamental objective at future events. The meeting will be held in the Airport Terminal at Oxford Airport […]

CAA will be at the LAA Rally 2019 – 30 Aug – 1 Sept

The CAA, including the General Aviation Unit, will be at the LAA Rally 2019, taking place at Sywell Aerodrome, and will be in a marquee ready to answer your questions. The team will be covering the following areas: Licensing – general queries, including assistance in completing EASA conversions, certifying original documents and submission of flight […]

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.

Expired: 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 […]