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.

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. […]

Critical part awareness and training

We have published guidance for continuing airworthiness organisations managing and / or maintaining critical parts for additional training and raising awareness. This guidance supersedes IN 2016/026, broadens the scope of applicability to all rotorcraft and their operational types and provides further information relating to critical part management. This guidance on critical part awareness and training […]

A procedure to write a procedure

Following collaboration with UK maintenance organisations the CAA is pleased to have published guidance to the wider industry on producing procedures to support their respective organisations: Download ‘A procedure to write a procedure: A guide developed by the airworthiness industry.’ SW2019/095

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 […]

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

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  

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 – aerospace design organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace design organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This includes information about the CAA’s application process for UK DOA and provides further information following the publication of the European Commission’s draft regulations.   SW2019/10

Update to EU exit information – aerospace production organisations

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning aerospace production organisations in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This provides further information following the publication of the European Commission’s draft regulations. SW2019/09

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

CAA requirements for check flights

Safety Notice SN-2016/006 “CAA Requirements for Check Flights”, dated 27 July 2016, has been withdrawn. Guidance on check flights is available on the CAA website. SW2018/160