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 content@caa.co.uk including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

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

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 […]

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. www.caa.co.uk/CAP413

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 […]

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 – Non Destructive Testing (NDT) re-qualification

The National Aerospace NDT Board Forum EU members, EASA, and the CAA have agreed to a temporary extension scheme for people with approvals that expire between March and June. For details see the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) website (documents AD014 and AD01_frm_A) The BINDT website also has guidance for PCN-Aero users. SW2020/091

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 […]

COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed. Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed. Further information regarding COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 – BCAR Section A A8-10 Welder Approval validity extension

BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis. For more information please […]

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, […]

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.

COVID-19 – Validity of EASA Licences for pilots, instructors and examiners operating outside of AOC

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Extension of validity and other time periods for EASA licences, ratings, privileges, endorsements and certificates of aeroplane and helicopter pilots, instructors and examiners conducting flying operations other than within an organisation holding a National Air Operator’s Certificate, […]

COVID-19 – Scope and validity period of Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificates

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Expansion of Scope and Extension of Validity Period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the Initial Issue or Renewal of a Pilot Licence, Rating and Instructor or Examiner Certificates  (ORS4 No 1373) Further information regarding […]

COVID-19: EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members

EASA has issued guidance on the management of crew during COVID-19. EASA states that the guide is not mandatory, should not replace national policies and should be adapted to the operations taking place and the type of aircraft used. The COVID-19 crisis is primarily a public health issue, therefore in the UK the directions provided […]

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

Quality system independent auditing during COVID-19

To enable organisations flexibility with regard to their internal Quality Audit plan, guidance has been provided to enable organisations to understand the various scenarios which exist when delaying any internal audit; its possible ramifications and where required seek CAA agreement. Please see the CAA website for details. SW2020/068

Using suitably qualified engineers to perform physical aircraft surveys during airworthiness reviews

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to M.A.901(m) for wherever normal airworthiness review procedures cannot be followed. This alternative AMC allows for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when […]

Carriage of potential COVID-19 patients

When carrying stretcher borne patients who are symptomatic of the virus there may be a benefit in installing a bio-containment system to protect the crews. We have put in place a specific process to enable operators to apply for the necessary airworthiness approval – the full details are available on our website.

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 – Extension to BCAR Section L Licence Validity

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1356 BCAR Section L Licence Validity Extension Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

COVID-19 – Exemption: Requirement to carry original EASA ARC during all flights

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1355 COVID-19 Outbreak: Exemption in Respect of the Requirement to Carry the Original EASA Airworthiness Review Certificate onboard the Aircraft during all flights. Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

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

COVID-19 – Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% attendance requirement

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% Attendance Requirement (ORS4 No.1352 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/058

COVID-19 – Cabin crew proficiency checks

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Cabin Crew Proficiency Checks as required by Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 (ORS4 No 1349) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/057

Update to CAP 747 -Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness

Issue 3, Amendment 2020/01 of CAP 747 “Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness” has been published to update Generic Requirements (GR) No 15, GR No 17 and GR No 24 to align with the introduction of Part M Light (Part-ML) under Regulation (EU) 2019/1383, which became applicable on 24 March 2020. In addition, changes have been made […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revalidation of Instrument Ratings and associated class and type ratings

A recent amendment to the EASA Aircrew Regulation has changed revalidation and renewal requirements of the Instrument Rating for both aeroplanes and helicopters. A further delay to the implementation has been published to give Examiners and Operators more time to adopt to the new requirements. When revalidating or renewing an IR(A) or IR(H), the licence […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.