Alerts: Airspace change

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.

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022 No. 637) was laid in parliament on 10 June 2022 which amends: UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1976 (Sailplanes)UK Regulation (EU) 2018/395 (Balloons)UK Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 (Aircrew), andUK Regulation (EU) 2019/947 (Unmanned Aircraft) on 1 July 2022 and UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (Basic Regulation) on 1 July 2022 […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 92

The summer flying season is upon us and now would be a good time to review lessons that might be relevant before we all launch into the air. This edition of CHIRP GA FEEDBACK looks back at the previous 12 months and also includes thoughts on camera and equipment mounts, how to check that you’ve […]

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 Part 1: Enforcement Guidance and Statement of Policy on Penalties

Part 1 of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act gave the CAA new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to give a direction to “a person involved in airspace change” requiring them to progress or co-operate in an airspace change where doing so will assist in the delivery […]

Additional guidance for the purpose of spaceflight activities

The Secretary of State recognises that the CAA is required to take account of environmental objectives as set out in the Civil Aviation Authority (Air Navigation) Directions 2017 (as amended) (“the 2017 Directions”). The Secretary of State has issued further guidance to the CAA to define how the 2017 Directions should be applied to airspace […]

Expired: Reminder: Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy Consultation

Modernisation of UK airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, is long overdue. Don’t forget to give us your views on our draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy, which has been refreshed to: extend the strategy to 2040 focus on integrating all airspace users with simpler airspace design and supporting regulations introduce sustainability as an overarching principle […]

Expired: AMS Support Fund: Call for applications

The CAA again is inviting UK aviation industry organisations to submit funding proposals to the AMS Support Fund (ASF)  The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders or research will enable wider industry deployment.    The fund will be managed and administered by […]

Updated Airspace Policy – ATS Network Policy With Neighbouring States

The CAA has revised the Route Network Policy With Neighbouring States in order to update references to organisations, documents and procedures. In addition, the title has changed to ATS Network Policy With Neighbouring States as this airspace environment now includes Free Route Airspace. This policy is effective 1st March 2022. SW2022/035

CAP 1926- The use of RNAV Substitution

The CAA has published CAP 1926 containing general requirements and guidance material for the use of RNAV Substitution on UK routes and procedures. The CAP acknowledges the use of FMS Coded Overlays as an operating technique in lieu of primary reference to conventional ground-based navigation aids and as such, permits use of the technique on […]

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021: Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties

The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act became law in April 2021. The CAA has new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to direct “a person involved in airspace change” to progress or cooperate in an airspace change. In December 2021 we published our Enforcement Guidance (CAP 2280) in respect of […]

Airspace Classification Review: Cotswold Region Report of our Draft Findings published for your views

We have now published a report containing our draft findings of our review into the Cotswold Region and which contains our Initial Plan of volumes of airspace to take forward to the amend phase of the airspace classification review process.   We are asking you to comment on the report’s findings. The objective of this is […]

Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2: Co-sponsor assessment and CAA acceptance decision

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its decision to accept ACOG’s Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2 (CAP2312b) in the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. For more information, including the co-sponsors’ assessment and the CAA’s full decision in CAP2312A. SW2022/014

CAP 1781 – Your Questions Answered

We have recently published CAP1781a, this document provides some additional guidance in response to questions received about CAP 1781 – Guidance for the use of RNAV Substitution. SW2022/006

CAA consultation on a draft of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy 2022–2040

Modernisation of UK airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, is long overdue. Today the CAA launches a consultation on a refreshed Airspace Modernisation Strategy to: extend the strategy to 2040 focus on integrating all airspace users with simpler airspace design and supporting regulations introduce sustainability as an overarching principle across all modernisation activities align […]

Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 Decision Document

On 24 November 2021 the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved an airspace change including changes relating to London Luton Airport’s Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs). We have now published the decision document and technical assessments, which set out the full reasons for the CAA’s decision, on the airspace change portal. SW2021/317

ATUMA: Enforcement Guidance and Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties

The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft (ATMUA) Act in April 2021. As part of this, the CAA has new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to direct “a person involved in airspace change” to progress or cooperate in an airspace change. We have now published our Enforcement Guidance covering […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 90

Hopefully, most of the GA community will have managed to get at least some flying in over the summer period and pilots were able to brush up on their flying skills.  There will undoubtedly have been many things that didn’t go quite as well as planned, and plenty of good saves when things started to […]

REMINDER: AMS Support Fund

The call for submissions for the AMS Support Fund (ASF) will be closing at the end of 2021. The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders and or research will enable wider industry deployment.  The CAA is therefore inviting […]

Expired: Statutory charges FY22/23: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY22/23 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2022. 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 […]

Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 Approved

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today approved an airspace change including changes relating to London Luton Airport’s arrival routes. The revised airspace will become effective on 24 February 2022. Further information can be found on the CAA’s airspace change portal. Full reasons for the CAA’s decision, including technical assessment will shortly be available on the […]

CAP1616 Airspace Change Regulatory Guidance Review – Engagement

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today opened a public engagement exercise as part of its review into its airspace change process, known as CAP1616. We are inviting all stakeholders to share their views and experiences of the CAP1616 process and its guidance through our online survey. We are asking for comments before 30 November […]

The UKAB Annual report 2020

The UK Airprox Board’s new annual report offers an historic overview of cases followed by a detailed breakdown of Airprox by sector, risk, altitude and airspace. Understanding Airprox and the factors behind them is a key step towards mitigating against mid-air collision and UKAB’s sole purpose is to share its work far and wide to […]

AMS Support Fund: Call for applications

The CAA is inviting UK aviation industry organisations to submit funding proposals to the AMS Support Fund (ASF)  The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders and or research will enable wider industry deployment.    The fund will be managed and administered by […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 89

GA FEEDBACK 89 includes a number of topics that will have relevance to the GA community as we return to flying over the summer period.  Having suffered from an extended period of not flying due to COVID-19 restrictions, the key messages are to take care to follow procedures and check lists properly, beware task-fixation and […]

Definition of Category D for Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling

The CAA has published its decision on defining Category D for our Minimum Noise Modelling Requirements. This follows its consultation on this issue which was published in January 2021. This document should be read in conjunction with the consultation document and our interim assessment of the consultation responses to CAP 1875, and our Policy on […]

Criteria for accepting the airspace change masterplan

The airspace change masterplan is a single coordinated implementation plan of interdependent airspace change proposals modernising airspace out to 2040. To ensure the masterplan is consistent with government policy and CAA statutory functions, the CAA must ‘accept’ it into our Airspace Modernisation Strategy.  Today we publish the criteria that must be met for acceptance as […]

Public evidence session – Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 (ACP-2018-65)

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be holding a Public evidence session on the airspace change proposal (ACP) Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 (ACP-2018-65). This ACP affects London Luton Airport’s arrival routes. To register to speak at the Public evidence session, please complete the form found on the Airspace Change Portal. […]

CAA assessment of the criteria for call-in by the Secretary of State of Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6

The CAA has received a request for the final decision on the Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 to be called-in. This document reports CAA’s assessment of the criteria for call-in by the Secretary of State. SW2021/212

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK.

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK. The process involves coordinated activity between the CAA and the DfT and will be used in the development of aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material. Information about […]

Airspace Classification Review – Cotswold Report 2021

As part of the Airspace Classification Review procedure, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has published a report that provides a factual overview of the intelligence we have gathered to date on the Cotswold Region and are now inviting those stakeholders familiar with this region to provide feedback on our initial findings through an online survey […]

NATS AIS Internet Briefing System (IBS)

NATS will replace the AIS IBS with a new system on Thursday, 12th August 2021. The new system provides an improved user interface and enhanced functionality – Full details of changes are available via the NATS news item at www.nats.aero/ais including a new User Manual. Note: Users with existing Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB) accounts will […]

SkyGuardian Summer 2021 operations and TDAs

The CAA has approved Airspace Change ACP-2020-100 to facilitate SkyGuardian operating from RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth this summer. The Temporary Danger Areas, known as TDAs, will be notified in AIC Yellow 068/2021 which is due to be published in July’s aeronautical information cycle.   The TDAs will be activated by NOTAM.   The CAA […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 19 July – 13 August

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting common RPAS control and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W.GNSS (L1 & L2) impact as follows:70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius)5000ft AMSL and below […]

CAP 1781 – DVOR/DME/NDB Rationalisation

The CAA has published CAP 1781 and CAP 1781b as guidance in support of how airports might mitigate the effect of the removal of conventional navigation aids from December 2022. From this date, NATS plan to commence decommissioning of DVOR, DME and NDB sites. The two CAPs offer the use of RNAV Substitution as one […]