Alerts: Airline operations

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 including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Helicopter special events briefing 2021

The CAA and British Helicopter Association (BHA) are holding a helicopter special events summer briefing.This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and facilitate an open exchange with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for Royal Ascot, Silverstone F1 GP […]

Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) RAF Spadeadam, 17-28 May 2021

Jamming activity will take place between the 17 and 28 May 2021. Jamming equipment will be located within 3 KM of 550306N 0023318W. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a radius of 30NM. Please refer to AIC P022/2021for more information. Activity may also affect common licence exempt frequencies used for UAS control and electronic situational […]

Performance Based Navigation endorsement: Guidance for IR holders

The requirements regarding Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges will be changing from 26 April 2021. To provide guidance to all Instrument Rating (IR) holders, ATOs and Examiners the CAA has updated the website and published: Performance Based Navigation Endorsement – IR Holders (including guidance for IMC / IR(R) holders) (CAP2138).

Changes in application process – Professional Licence issue (CPL, CPL(A)/IR, CPL(H), CPL(H)/IR, and ATPL(A)/ATPL(H).

A new Professional Issue Online Application form for CPL,CPL IR and ATPL issue is now available to use for applicants who have not previously used our eLicensing system. Please note that from 10th May all applications for professional licence issue must be made using eLicensing system or this online application form. The paper versions of […]

Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 05th – 09th April 2021 near Spadeadam, Cumbria

Jamming activity will take place between the 05th – 09th April 2021 (0900-1700) affecting airspace around Spadeadam, Cumbria Jamming equipment will be located near to N55° 03.1’ W002° 33.3. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within 30NM (all directions) up to and above 40,000FT AMSL. During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure. […]

Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 22 – 31 March 2021

Jamming activity will take place between the 22 and 31 March 2021 Jamming equipment will be located within a 250m radius of 520828N 0043415W.  Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a range of distances as specified in the associated AIP Briefing Note.  During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure.  An associated […]

CAA 2021/22 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 2021. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2021. Following the waiving of the proposed charge increase in 2020/21, the CAA […]

CAP 413 SI: Phraseology for RNP IAPs at aerodromes with AGCS

On 18 Jan 2021 the CAA published CAP 413 SI 2021/01 to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This Sl details changes being made to CAP 413 relating to the introduction of phraseology for Air/Ground Communications Service (AGCS) radio station operators and Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISO) who operate at aerodromes with required navigation performance […]

Apply for reactivation of a UK issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence

This application process allows the reactivation of the previously held UK licence now we have left the EU system. You must have previously held a UK issued Part 66 Licence which was subsequently transferred to an EU member state prior to the UK EU Exit date. Please see the CAA website for guidance on how […]

Apply for a UK Issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence with an EU Part 66 Licence

This application process allows you to apply for a UK issued Part 66 Licence post the UK EU exit date where an individual can now hold a UK and EU issued licence concurrently. You will be required to hold a current EU issued Part 66 licence which has not been suspended or enforcement action taking […]

New aviation reporting portal

The aviation reporting portal relaunched for the UK on 5 January 2021. At this time UK reporters do not need to register for an account to submit MOR reports to the UK CAA and those wishing to use this portal should do so by selecting the ‘report an occurrence without registration’ option. The UK working […]

EU Transition: Microsite Updated

The CAA’s dedicated microsite for the UK-EU transition has been updated to reflect the regulatory changes that will take place for commercial entities at 23:00 this evening, 31 December 2020, as the EU transition period ends. Where significant changes have been made, these are marked “UPDATE” on the relevant question.   The CAA will continue […]

Update to CAP 747 ‘Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness’

Issue 4 of CAP 747 ‘Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness’ has been published to reflect the fact that the UK leaves the European Union aviation system at 23.00 on 31 December 2020 and the CAA will no longer be a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As a result, the CAA will take […]

UK-EU trade agreement

EU Exit: the UK and EU have reached agreement over future trading relationships, including those involving aviation. We are studying the detail of the agreements relating to air transport and aviation safety and will update relevant pages of the UK-EU transition microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. […]

EU Exit: Airworthiness Certificates

The CAA will continue to accept references, including EASA form numbers, to any EU regulation which are cited on documents carried by UK-registered aircraft. This includes Certificates of Airworthiness (CofA), Airworthiness Review Certificates (ARC) and Noise Certificates. These will remain valid until they are renewed, whereby they will be replaced with CAA references and form […]

EU Exit: Managing and releasing UK aircraft

The CAA has provided guidance in a letter for Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations with an EASA Part M Subpart G approval, which have their principal place of business located outside the UK, to manage UK registered aircraft and to issue or extend the validity of their Airworthiness Review Certificates, as if their privileges and approvals […]

EU Exit: Flight Crew Licences

After the EU transition period ends, flight crew carrying a non-UK CAA licence, issued by an EASA Member State, who operate UK-registered aircraft must carry a ‘general validation’ with their licence. This is issued by the UK CAA. This is available here on our dedicated microsite to download. For flight crew with licences issued by […]

Cyber Security Alert: SolarWinds Orion

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Department for Transport (DfT) has asked us to make sure the aviation industry is aware of the recent SolarWinds Orion network cyber security breach. The NCSC has published information and guidance on their website. The NCSC advises that even if an organisation does not use this system that […]

CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-08

The CAA has published comments on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-08, ‘Regular update of the Certification Specifications for Operational Suitability Data (OSD) Flight Crew Data (CS-FCD)’.   Read our response to the NPA 2020-08 Read NPA 2020-08 on the EASA website SW2020/266

Update to EU exit information – Services to the EU

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning UK airlines and AOC holders on EU exit. This includes information about the approvals that may be required to undertake a commercial service to the EU by UK operators. Please see the UK – EU transition microsite for details SW2020/263

Expired: 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 […]

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.

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 […]

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 72

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 72 focuses on the changes in the aviation industry as an effect of COVID-19. As stress and anxiety levels soar, it’s important to support one another and to work together as a team. Looking out for one another has never been so important. SW2020/211

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 […]

Important Changes to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 for approvals under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M)

Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amended Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and introduced important changes to organisations approved under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M). This Skywise has been raised to highlight some of those changes: The competent authority will not issue a new Part-MG approval after 24 September 2020. Variations to existing Part-MG approvals can still be made […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Performance Based Navigation additional guidance

Any pilots seeking to achieve or maintain PBN privileges endorsed within their Instrument Rating, or examiners conducting such proficiency checks, are asked to continue to follow the process set out in our Information Notices 2017/026 and 2017/034. The exemption to extend the deadline for IR holders to achieve Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges to 25 […]

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.

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, […]

Amendments to the Aircrew Regulation (EU) 2011/1178

All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew regulation that comes into effect on 22 June 2020, affecting the acceptance of Third Country ICAO licences and certificates. CAP 1939 provides a summary of the main changes and can be downloaded from the CAA website.

Recommencement of CPL and IR tests

The CAA is now recommencing the designation of examiners for Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR) tests. Authorised Training Organisations (ATO) may contact CAA Flight Test Bookings to arrange dates and allocations of appropriate examiners. Before a test date is confirmed the allocated examiner will be completing a COVID-19 focussed risk assessment and […]

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.

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. 

COVID-19 – Continuation training and human factor refresher training

Part 21, Part M, Part 145 and Part 147 organisations should look to carry out continuation training and human factor refresher training via online methods, in line with CAP 1742 due to COVID-19. CAP 1742 is available to download from the CAA website. SW2020/118

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 […]

Part 147 Distance Learning Guidance

Guidance for approved Part 147 organisations wishing to conduct distance learning is available on the CAA website. This new guidance material is intended to assist existing approved organisations under Part 147 who wish to incorporate new technologies and training methods for delivery of their approved courses. It defines the Authority’s expectations on how to meet […]

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.

Part-CAMO application process

Following the introduction of Part CAMO under regulation EU 2019/1383 we have published guidance for all current Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations about the transition process to Part CAMO. This information will help organisations and personnel involved in managing complex motor-powered aircraft and Licenced Air Carriers to transition to the new requirements. Please see […]