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.

Component strip reports

We have published Safety Notice SN 2019/006 to advise owners and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs), responsible for an Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP), to request component strip reports from maintenance organisations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so that they can review the effectiveness of their AMP. A strip report is a common term used for […]

Update to EU exit information –Third Country Operators (UK- Part TCO)

We have updated the information on our website concerning airlines and AOC holders in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes information about the administration charge for a UK TCO and a revised application form. You can access the updated the information on the Third Country Operator Certificates webpage. SW2019/145

Flight Crew Training: Aircraft trim state

We have issued a Safety Notice for operators and training organisations to urgently review their flight  crew training with a view to enhancing pilot awareness of aircraft trim state, intervention strategies and techniques during both automated and manual flight.

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. […]

Airlines and Foreign Carrier Permits

Football Charters If you are intending to offer charter flights for the forthcoming Champions and Europa League finals in Madrid and Baku, check you have, or can obtain, the necessary traffic rights first. More can be found here. SW2019/099

Guidance on the submission of logbooks for licensing applications

Pilots are required to submit their flying logbook(s) in support of certain licensing applications. Where this is necessary, they may choose to submit their original logbook(s) or a certified copy. Please note that the certification standard has changed. The certifier must write the following on the first page of the logbook copy: “I have seen […]

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 […]

Update to EU exit information – Airlines and AOC holders

We have updated our EU exit microsite for colleagues working in aviation security. This is to inform them of details of the UK-ACC3 in-bound cargo scheme. To access the update, please visit our Airlines and AOC holders page. SW2019/068

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

CHIRP Cabin Crew feedback Edition 68

We have received numerous reports of events that should have been questioned or raised with the senior cabin crew member or Captain, on the day. However, they were not reported at the time and only reported afterwards. Three of the reports included in this edition of Feedback highlight the importance of raising concerns at the time. […]

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  

Update to EU exit information – CAMOs

We have updated the information on our website concerning continued airworthiness management organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This is to highlight the introduction of the CAA Form 1 post EU exit. Please visit the Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations page for more information. SW2019/059

New Balloon Operating Rules for Private and Commercial Ballooning

EASA has established simpler and proportionate rules for balloons and has restructured them into one document. This document is called the Balloon Rule Book and the ‘first chapter’ of the Balloon Rulebook, contains the rules for air operations with balloons. European Commission (Regulation (EU) 2018/395) is applicable in the UK from 8th April 2019. All […]

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

Update to EU exit information – Airlines and AOC holders

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning airlines and AOC holders in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This information relates to the Department for Transport’s policy statement on air services from the EU to the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Government’s full policy statement can be found […]

Update to EU exit information – Commercial Pilots

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning flight crew licences in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. Please visit our Commercial Pilots page for more information. SW2019/046

Expired: EASA Flight Crew Licensing regulation survey

EASA has launched an external evaluation of the Flight Crew Licensing regulation related to the initial and recurrent training, licence issuance, competence assessment by instructors and checking by examiners. We would like to invite you to participate in the survey and to actively contribute to a successful outcome, an active contribution from the affected stakeholders […]

Update to EU exit information – Airlines and AOC holders

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning airlines and AOC holders in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes information about how EU27 and EFTA operators can apply for a Foreign Carrier Permit. We have also updated the Foreign Carrier Permit overview and charter and scheduled flights pages on the main CAA […]

EU exit update: aerospace design organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace design organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA has opened advanced applications for organisations wishing to seek a UK design organisation approval as part of their no-deal contingency plans. For how to apply, see here. Organisation wishing to have their UK […]

A31 Industry collaboration guidance for continuation training

We have published guidance on the format and content of continuation training (CT) for organisations that hold an approval. The aim of this CT framework is to assist all organisations, including training, maintenance, continued airworthiness and production, in design and delivery of their own CT programmes. Download A31 Continuation Training Guidance (CAP 1742) SW2018/260

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 […]

Air operators requested to update dangerous goods manuals and training programmes

The next edition of ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air becomes effective 1 January 2019 and introduces changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published […]

Update to EU exit information – aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace maintenance organisations and engineering training organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. The CAA will now accept third country applications from Part-145 and Part-147 organisations with their principle place of business outside the UK. This update sets this out, and links to our […]

Update to EU exit information – licensed engineers

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning licensed engineers in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for licence transfers to another EU Member State need to be submitted to the CAA by […]

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.

Update to EU exit information – commercial pilots

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning commercial pilots in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for State of Licence Issue transfers from the receiving EU National Aviation Authority need to be […]

EU Regulation on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

A draft Commission Implementing Regulation based on EASA Opinion 06/2017 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 as regards upset prevention and recovery training was discussed at the EASA Committee meeting on 24-25 October.  The revision of the Aircrew regulation was adopted by consensus, so will be implemented into legislation shortly.   SW2018/237

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.

CAA response on NPA 2018-07 ORO.FC – evidence-based training subtask

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2018-07 parts A & B Update of ORO.FC – evidence-based training subtask. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2018-07 Part A CAA comments on NPA 2018-07 Part B Read NPA 2018-07 on the EASA website

Response to In-Flight Fires Involving Portable Electronic Devices

Portable Electronic Devices (PED) containing lithium batteries and external lithium batteries such as power banks can catch fire and explode if poorly manufactured, faulty or misused. PED fires have occurred in the passenger cabin with the potential to cause serious injury to a passenger or crew member. Such an event on the flight deck could […]

Language proficiency requirements

We have updated our published guidance for training organisations and examiners on carrying out an informal language proficiency assessment. The guidance provides information about the criteria for achieving an Expert / Level 6 rating, assessing native speakers and the ICAO rating scale. You can read the language proficiency guidance on our website. SW2018/213

Updates to CAA’s EU Exit microsite

Following EASA’s announcement on accepting applications for some organisation types for third country approvals, the CAA has updated the following pages on its EU Exit microsite: production organisations, maintenance organisations, CAMOs, engineer training organisations and approved training organisations.

Airworthiness Competency Assessment

The A31 Maintenance Standards Team, Onshore Helicopter working group has developed, in collaboration with the CAA, a document that will aid in the assessing of competence of Engineering and Airworthiness Staff. The Competency Assessment Guidance Document can be used to support industry in developing its own competency assessments.

Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

We have developed a microsite at info.caa.co.uk/euexit to be a central source of information for the aviation and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual recognition.

CAA response on EASA NPA 2018-04 – Helicopter emergency medical services

The CAA has published a response on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2018-04 which relates to helicopter emergency medical services performance and public interest sites. Read our response to the NPA. Read NPA 2018-04 on the EASA website. The CAA website has details of all our responses to external consultations. SW2018/200

Pilot Support Programme – Guidance for Commercial Air Transport Operators

The psychological well-being and positive mental health of commercial pilots is of fundamental importance to safe Commercial Air Transport (CAT) operations. CAT operators should facilitate access to support from a peer support volunteer for their pilots in a just culture environment and to other forms of support. CAP 1695 outlines a framework for a CAT […]

Changes to the way you apply for a medical certificate

The CAA medical records system is being replaced. Changes will be implemented in a few months’ time and will provide greater accessibility, efficiency and transparency. The new web-based system will replace the existing paper-based application forms, changing the way in which you apply for a medical certificate. Details and guidance on how to use the […]

CAA responds to Sky News story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation

We have published a response to Sky News’s story on the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit on aviation. It is misleading for Sky News to say that 35,000 pilots would need to renew their pilot’s licence in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Both commercial and private UK pilot licences would remain valid for use on UK-registered […]

Changes to submission of exposition revisions and amendments

From 1 October 2018, the only valid methods for submitting expositions (whether an initial application, change to an existing approval or routine update by an approved organisation) will be: Submission by application online form – initial application or change to existing approval Submission to apply@caa.co.uk – any other exposition revision/amendment This applies to Part 145, […]

Urgent: PBN Update – Aircrew General Exemption

From 25 August 2018 all pilots operating on PBN routes or PBN procedures are required to be suitably qualified. The DfT, EASA and the UK CAA have agreed a general exemption for specific operators who are unable to meet these requirements. To apply for the exemption relevant Operators should follow the application process on ORS4 […]

Aircrew guide to gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is the most common cause of aircrew impairment with symptoms that include diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps. Most cases are caused by a virus or a bacterial infection in contaminated food or drink, both of which can easily spread to others. The greatest risk of contamination is down-route. Incidents of gastroenteritis in inflight […]

Automatic validation of flight crew licences issued in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended

We have published information on the automatic validation of EASA Part-FCL licences for those individuals operating aircraft on the register of non-UK EU Member States. This contains a link to the validation document required to operate those aircraft. The holding of the validation document is required as of 19 August 2018. SW2018/176

Performance Based Navigation (PBN) requirements for pilots

The new Performance Based Naviation (PBN) Regulations require that: Pilots must have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating (IR), in order to fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures with effect from 25 August 2018. All pilots with an IR or En-route Instrument Rating (EIR) will require PBN privileges […]