Alerts: Airline safety

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

CAA’s new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy

The CAA has published a new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy (CAP1329) which identifies how the models can be best used as an effective and proactive safety risk assessment tool. The overall aim is to inform and improve decision making so that the right actions can be taken to achieve the best safety outcomes for the […]

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 – Preservation considerations

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the CAA is providing guidance, primarily for the assistance of organisations unfamiliar with the storage and preservation of aircraft, by reminding them of the appropriate measures and sources of information available so that when aircraft are returned to operational service they can do so […]

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 – 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 […]

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: 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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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.

CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 70

Information for cabin crew on where to send roster related concerns within a company and an explanation of how CHIRP handles reported concerns.  Six reports are included in this edition of CCFB; subjects include safety concerns about cabin crew disarming doors during taxi, whether de-icing should be completed after passengers board the aircraft and take-off […]

Engineer Licensing – Signing your licence

The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder. By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 132

This edition returns to the subject of passengers boarding before flight crew with a well-written argument from a reader and a rap on the knuckles for CHIRP. Also, passengers boarding before security checks are complete and anti-smoking policies. Two reports from ATCOs: aircraft not achieving their ‘level by’ restrictions and the use of ‘overload’ and […]

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).

CAA Cyber security oversight process for aviation

CAP1753 has been published and details the CAA’s cyber security oversight process for aviation. This document provides the basis for all cyber security oversight activity by the CAA and includes detail of good cyber security practice against four key objectives. CAP 1753 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2019/190

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 […]

Dangerous Goods Radiation Protection Programme

The transport of radioactive material as cargo must be subject to a Radiation Protection Programme (RPP), which must consist of systematic arrangements aimed at providing adequate consideration of radiation protection measures. Operators that hold a dangerous goods approval and permit the transport of radioactive material should identify their RPP document reference and location within their […]