Alerts: Air traffic control

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.

Final submission date for transfer applications

Due to the festive period, any paperwork relating to a licence or medical transfer, including the transfer request from the EU NAA, must be received by the CAA no later than 24 December in order to meet the transfer submission deadline. Please note that the recommended submission date for transfers as published by the CAA […]

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1 was published today (26 November 2020) as a future edition, effective 21 January 2021. This is a routine periodic update which includes changes relating to: ICAO PANS ATM Amendment 8 –  partial changes from the use of the term ‘radar’ to ‘ATS Surveillance Systems’ Editorial amendments to circuit procedures […]

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 […]

Two Supplementary Instructions to MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) now published

Two Supplementary Instructions (SIs) to the Manual of Air Traffic Service (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) have been published: Supplementary Instruction 2020/05 is to permit (subject to local safety assessment) flexibility around the use of the IDENT feature with conspicuityand special purpose SSR codes. Supplementary Instruction 2020/06 is to insert a flexibility provision into the […]

COVID-19 General Exemptions

The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November. Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine […]

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.

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day commemorations at Cenotaph, Whitehall, Central London on 8 November 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M081/2020 will refer at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

Infringement update: Index and summary

Over the last twelve months Local Airspace Infringement Teams and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) have produced 25 narratives to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK. This final update sets out a simple ‘index’ of the narratives and a summary of the key points that may help pilots avoid infringing […]

Withdrawal of CAP 624 Air Traffic Controller – Performance objectives

We will shortly be withdrawing the CAP 624 series of documents. The elements covering ratings (ADV, ADI, APP, APS, ACS) will be reviewed with the aim to republish at a later date. In the meantime Air Navigation Service Providers and ATC training organisations are advised to retain those references in their training documentation and, if […]

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 […]

Infringement update: Farnborough CAS

The twenty-fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative’s hot-spot narrative series has been written by the team at Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.   It focusses on the Farnborough Controlled Airspace (CAS) structure to help pilots learn directly from factors identified in the 7 months since […]

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 […]

Ending of Certain Licensing and Medical Exemptions During November and December 2020

The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020.  To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students. […]

Expired: Infringement update: Luton Controlled Airspace

The latest hot-spot narrative highlights the risk of airspace infringements around Luton Control Areas (CTA) and Control Zone (CTR). Written by members of the Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) it includes guidance and suggestions to help reduce the risk.

COVID-19 – Ending of licensing exemptions, 22 November 2020

We have been working closely with the industry during the initial phase of COVID-19 to help aviation’s continuing operations and recovery. The initial set of COVID licence exemptions, that included extending licence validity dates, expire on 22 November 2020. Industry and licence holders are asked to make sure they will then comply with the standard […]

CAP 493 SI 2020/04 – Wake Turbulence

The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) to implement the wake turbulence related aspects of Amendment 9 to ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM, and to amend aspects of existing MATS Part 1 wake turbulence content following a review by the […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 25 – 27 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome, between 25 and 27 September 2020. Details of the displays by NOTAM. AIC M071/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Infringement update: London and Scottish Information

The twenty third hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative features the service that London and Scottish Information provide service and assistance available to help avoid infringements.

Removal of Warwick VRP: 10 September 2020

Following consultation with the Birmingham Local Airspace Infringement Team, the CAA, and a review of infringement data, Birmingham Airport have taken the decision to remove Warwick VRP (M40 Junction 15) as a notified Visual Reference Point. The change is effective from 10 September 2020, and will be reflected in the UK AIP and airspace charts.

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. […]

Expired: Infringement update: London Control Area

The latest hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative focuses on helping avoid infringements within the London Control Area (LTMA) – a volume of airspace made up of 24 different areas, approximately 100 NM from West to East and, in parts, 90 NM from North to South.

CAP493 SI: ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8 and Vectoring to Final (V2)

Version 2 of CAP493 SI2020-03 has now been published. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduced by ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8, and to introduce amendments to vectoring to final practices.  Version 2 corrects a typographical […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M061/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. This notification replaces SW2020/148 SW2020/174

Expired: Infringement update: Gamston and Netherthorpe

This infringement update has been written by members of the Yorkshire Local Airspace Infringement Team including ATCSL at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool, and operators at Gamston and Netherthorpe. The twenty-first in the series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots in the UK highlights the Doncaster Sheffield Controlled Airspace to the south of the airport […]

COVID-19 – EASA licence holders within Air Navigation Service Providers

Air Traffic Control licence holders should be aware that the medical element has been updated in licensing exemptions that relate to validity. The remaining content of the licensing exemptions has not changed but the reference numbers have been updated: EASA medical is now: ORS4 No. 1408Licensing is now: ORS4 No. 1410 For more information refer […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – RAF Valley (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals will take place at Royal Air Force Valley on 13 August 2020. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full detail in AIS Briefing Note M065/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Silverstone and Turweston (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston, Northamptonshire, for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix between 6 and 9 August 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M048/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/07 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 4 August 2020, effective 3 December 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to amendment 8 to ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM and to reflect changes made to the UK’s SSR Code […]

CAP493 SI: ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM amendment 8 and vectoring to final

CAP493 SI2020-03 has now been published. This Supplementary Instruction details changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduced by ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8, and introduces amendments to vectoring to final practices.

Infringement Update: Prohibited and Restricted Airspace

The latest infringement update covers Prohibited and Restricted Airspace. The twentieth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots has been written by the airspace sponsors involved in the establishment of permanent and temporary prohibited and restricted airspace.

Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797)

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/06 to CAP 797 was published on 28 July 2020, effective 3 December 2020. A review of wake turbulence arrangements at AFIS aerodromes identified opportunities to reduce complexity and improve the quality of the guidance. This SI details changes made to the CAP 797 relating to warnings of wake turbulence provided by […]

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 […]

Policy for Permanently Established Danger Areas and Temporary Danger Areas

Policy for Permanently Established Danger Areas and Temporary Danger Areas was published on 21 July 2020 and replaces ‘DAP Policy: SARG Danger Areas’. This updated policy includes requirements for the establishment, notification and activation of permanent danger areas (DA) and temporary danger areas (TDA). 

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.

Infringement update: Blackbushe Airport

The latest infringement update is focused on preventing infringements of Farnborough Controlled Airspace in the vicinity of Blackbushe Airport. It has been written by the team at Blackbushe Airport, Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

This notification has been replaced by SW2020/174 Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M014/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

CAP 797 FISO Manual Supplementary Instruction

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/05 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 16 July 2020, effective 14 September 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to a FISOs authority to permit the movement of aircrafton the manoeuvring area of an uncontrolled aerodrome.

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 02/2020 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual ED 23 (Corr) was published on 14 July 2020, effective 10 September 2020. The advent of performance-based navigation (PBN) is having a major impact on all aspects of the aviation industry, with PBN routes and procedures being introduced more widely. As part of a continuing effort to […]

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/04 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 14 July 2020, effective 10 September 2020. ICAO has introduced measures to align the performance-based navigation (PBN) procedure approach chart identification with the designation of the navigation specification, transitioning from the RNAV(GNSS) Runway XX naming convention, to […]

Policy for ATS Provision within Controlled Airspace by Units not Notified as the Controlling Authority

The CAA publishes airspace policy statements on a variety of topics; one of these details requirements and provides guidance regarding the approval of air traffic services (ATS) units (ATSUs) seeking to provide ATS within controlled airspace (CAS), where such units are not notified as the controlling authority for such airspace. The CAA’s triennial review of […]

Infringement update: Southend

The latest infringement update has been written by the team at Southend Airport Air Traffic Control and sets out tips for avoiding Controlled Airspace infringements at Southend,

Reviewing airspace classification

On 1 December 2020 the CAA will introduce a new procedure to review and, where appropriate, amend the classification of airspace. The classification determines the flight rules that apply in that airspace and the procedures that must be followed. Give us your views on a draft of this new procedure by visiting our consultation website […]

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

Infringement update: Controlled Airspace Deactivation NOTAM

This infringement update is the seventeenth in a series of narratives focusing on helping pilots avoid airspace infringements in the UK. It has been written by a number of industry partners to help pilots understand NOTAM relating to the deactivation of controlled airspace.

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.

Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797)

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/03 to CAP 797 was published on 9 June 2020 and will become effective on 8 July 2020. This SI details changes made to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797) Edition 3, to update Chapter 21 Aeronautical Information Service and Appendix D Directory.

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP413): Revised edition

A new edition of CAP413 has been published today (8 June 2020) with an effective date of 17 August 2020. Edition 23 Corr (dated 8 June 2020), replaces Edition 23 (published 9 April 2020) in its entirety. www.caa.co.uk/CAP413

Preparing to prevent infringements: Focus on Stansted

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

Expired: Corrected issue of CAP 413

Stakeholder feedback concerning Edition 23 of CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual has highlighted the need to address a number of issues. As a result CAP 413 ED 23 will be withdrawn on 8 June 2020 and replaced with a corrected edition, ED 23 Corr, to take effect 17 August 2020. 

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.

Expired: Preparing to prevent infringements: Focus on Redhill

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

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 […]

Expired: Preparing to prevent infringements of Aerodrome Traffic Zones

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

Expired: Preparing to prevent infringements in Liverpool Controlled Airspace

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

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 […]

CAP 794 Air Traffic Controllers – Initial Training Objectives: New edition published

This alert is to inform UK certificated TO/ITOs that Edition 2 of CAP 794 – Air Traffic Controllers – Initial Training Objectives, has been published. The content has had major review, due to numerous documentary changes. One significant addition is the inclusion of UK Initial Training Terminal Objectives which, due to an error, were not […]

Expired: 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, […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Use of callsign suffix ‘ALPHA’

With immediate effect, search and rescue flights using the ‘RESCUE’ callsign may be flown as flight priority category ‘A’.  The callsigns of such flights will include the suffix ‘ALPHA’.  All other flights undertaken by HM Coastguard Helicopters will continue to use the RESCUE callsign. Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 (CAP 493) Section 1, […]

Preparing to prevent infringements to the east of Manchester

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are continuing to publish information […]

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.

Guidance on Sailplane Operations

Three Supplementary Instructions (SI) have been published to incorporate guidance material concerning sailplane operations into the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) and the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797). Associated radiotelephony procedures are incorporated into the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413). > CAP493 SI 2020-02 > CAP797 SI 2020-02> […]

Coronavirus: Recreational General Aviation

Government guidance on coronavirus and General Aviation flying was published yesterday. It states that people should not take part in recreational flying during the current coronavirus outbreak. This is in line with government guidance to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354) Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available on the CAA website. […]

COVID-19 – Theoretical knowledge examination completion period

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period as required by Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended (ORS4 No.1353 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/059

Manchester Low-Level Route Procedure Changes

At 2359 hours on 25 March 2020, the UK’s exemption from the SERA Class D visual meteorological conditions (VFR minima) below 3000 ft expires. To reflect this change, the procedures for the use of the Manchester Low-Level Route have been amended. With effect from 0001 hours on 26 March 2020, UK Aeronautical Information Publication EGCC […]

Standardised European Rules of the Air Update

The CAA has updated its consolidation of Regulation (EU) 923/2012, supporting EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015, supporting CAA Permissions and Exemptions plus related elements of the Air Navigation Order 2016. These updates can be found at www.caa.co.uk/sera and reflect the imminent expiry of the UK’s […]

Expiry of ORS4 General Exemption No. 1312 – 25 March 2020

Air traffic service providers are reminded that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 will expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020, reference to the Exemption will be removed from the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493), and the requirements of SERA.5001 Table S5-1 […]

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 […]

Brize Norton infringement hot-spot

The latest infringement hot-spot narrative has been written by members of the Air Traffic Control Unit at Royal Air Force Brize Norton. Ten more hot-spot narratives can be found on the Local area information page on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.

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

Preventing airspace infringements around Farnborough Controlled Airspace

This update has been written to provide a comprehensive guide to the Class D and Class E Farnborough controlled airspace which become effective on 27 February 2020. It follows the format of the other narratives that focus on identified ‘hot-spots’ to help prevent airspace infringements.

Expiry of SERA exemption covering VFR flights in Class D airspace

A Supplementary Instruction (SI) has been published to remind air traffic service providers that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 is planned to expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020 the requirements of SERA.5001 Table S5-1 and SERA.5005(a) will apply without variation and reference to ORS4 No […]

Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 infringement ‘hot spot’

The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series sets out advice from the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team, Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control on how to avoid airspace infringements when flying around, or under, Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5.

CAP 797 Flight information service officer manual

A review of Royal Flight procedures by the CAA has resulted in a requirement to make subsequent amendments to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797). Whilst the change is relatively minor, ATS personnel should note that the procedure concerning Selected Helicopter Flights and the requirement for the diversion of Royal aircraft of No 32 […]

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 […]

CAP 1616 guidance: 3rd edition published

On 22 January 2020, the CAA published an updated third edition of CAP 1616, Airspace Change: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic, and on providing airspace information. The third edition is available on our website. It incorporates: a new decision-making process for […]

Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focuses on preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.

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. […]

Amendment to Royal Flights procedure and the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure – MATS Pt 1 (CAP 493) SI 2019/08

The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to introduce changes to the Royal Flights procedure and to notify the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure. 

Amendment to ATM Change notification form (SRG 1430)

The ATM change notification form (SRG 1430) has been amended to reflect implementation of ATM/ANS Regulation (EU) 2017/373 and its replacement of Regulations 1034/2011 and 1035/2011. The form no longer requires the results of the risk assessment of the notified change to be included. Risk assessments of changes must still be carried out as part […]

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Barton ATZ

The Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ continues into 2020. The first of the new year focuses on preventing ATZ infringements at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. It has been written by the Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers at Manchester Barton Aerodrome who are members of the Northwest LAIT.

Update to Annex IV Part-ATS Human Factors Requirements for ATC Providers

The CAA has reviewed CAP 670 Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements Part D Human Resources. While these requirements are the responsibility of service providers to comply with, the CAA has determined that if measures in place satisfy CAP 670 Part D, these will be regarded as being compliant with the regulation. The CAA will provide […]

Airprox magazine

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future.    The magazine can be downloaded from the UKAB website. […]

Outcome of our consultation on a decision-making process for PPR proposals

In May 2019 we sought views on a new decision-making process for PPR proposals – air traffic control operational procedure changes that give rise to a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic. We have now published a document explaining how we have taken consultation responses into account in refining the process that we will […]

CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Service Part 1

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/07 to CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/02 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air Navigation Services Common Requirements Regulation’. SW2019/241

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.

Airspace classification review

On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give us a new requirement to review the classification of airspace. We are now beginning the first airspace classification review and we would like your help. Click here to […]

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Hawarden RMZ

The sixth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements of the Hawarden Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ). It has been written by the air traffic control team at Hawarden aerodrome which is a key member of the Northwest LAIT.

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.

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 […]