Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free weather workshop with Chris, Matt and Simon Keeling for a weather workshop on planning the perfect day trip. The trio will go through some of the planning and prep involved, as well as talking through a range of other considerations. There will be opportunities to interact throughout, as […]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.
To comply with regulatory requirements changes will be made to the format of the UK AIP and Aeronautical Charts effective AIRAC 07/2022: • ENR 3 ATS Routes: Tables restructured. • ENR 5.5 Aerial Sporting/Recreational Activities: For easy reference all sites published in a single alphabetical list regardless of type. • AD 2 Aerodromes: New section […]
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 […]
Airspace Infringement Avoidance Amanda Rhodes (Air Traffic Radar Controller for Luton and Stansted) joins the GASCo panel for tonight’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar which will include tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques. Monday 6 June (19:00 start) – register online https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j2or6hFBQR2qVaO_vxmCzQ Military Civil Air […]
The Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey Civil Aviation Administration have no operational objection to flights of UK registered aircraft being conducted to, from and within the Channel Islands by holders of UK issued flight crew and pilot licences and who have made UK CAA Pilot Medical Declarations, subject to such flights being conducted in accordance […]
Please see the latest General Aviation Partnership (GAP) minutes and presentation from the last quarterly meeting on Thursday 5 May 2022. Meeting minutes (CAP 232002) Presentation (CAP 232002A) General Aviation Partnership (GAP) | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
The first episode of our new CAA GA podcast is out now. It covers interviews and discussions on our recent Virtual Voyage for Airworthiness, the Carbon Monoxide Detector (CODE) Project and details of our latest Historic Aviation magazine, Reach for the Sky. Visit Airworthiness – Carbon monoxide – STEM – CAA on General Aviation (captivate.fm) […]
Astral Aviation Consulting is holding a free workshop on their latest safety theme; emergency handling. They’ve just published a guest article from Steve Slater, CEO of the LAA, on his lessons learned from a forced landing. Steve will also be joining the Astral team as a guest presenter at their next Emergency Handling Workshop. Wednesday […]
The GA e-Exams system, which houses the Part-FCL PPL (A) & (H) theoretical knowledge exams, has now been updated to include the Part-BFCL BPL and Part-66L Aircraft Maintenance Licence exams which are now live. The GA e-Exams system replaces paper-based theoretical knowledge exams and as such all GA examinations for licences mentioned above must be […]
The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Strip Sense has been launched. This forms part of the popular Safety sense | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) which the CAA is currently updating.
The GASCo team will be joined by Amanda Rhodes, an Air Traffic Radar Controller for Luton and Stansted, to provide information on how to avoid an airspace infringement. The webinar will contain tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques. Monday 9 May (1900 hours to […]
We have now collated and reviewed the second quarter of trial data (December 2021-February 2022). We have also published an animation highlighting the importance of flying with an active carbon monoxide detector. The report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in General Aviation page of our website.
We are continuing with a number of projects including the Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CODE) project, publishing our Q1 summary report and seeking engagement opportunities including hosting Pre-Flying Display Season Symposium, meeting with LAA and working in partnership with the Department for Transport on a number of projects to support Historic Aircraft. For full details […]
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) have published Reach for the Sky, a joint, special magazine taking a closer look at the relationship between historic aviation and STEM; the importance of inspiring the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals . Historic Aviation | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2022/078
Analysis of reports from 2020 identified poor planning and threat and error management as a cause in 62% of infringements while 54% of pilots reported distraction as a factor. Read the full Report from the Airspace Infringement Working Group’s Causal Factors Working Group Latest infringement figures and past causal factor reports (from 2017) are available […]
Please note that following a notice of proposed variation earlier this year Ofcom has published a decision on their website regarding a variation of WT Act Licenses that impacts all aircraft and aircraft (transportable) licensees. The decision can be viewed on the Ofcom website. SW2022/066
The Spring Virtual Voyage General Aviation (GA) Summit 2022: Airworthiness is now ready for you to watch. Hosted by Sophie O’Sullivan, Head of the General Aviation (GA) & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) team, we have invited a number of our GA Airworthiness specialists to share their up-and-coming projects and take a closer look at […]
GAsCo present April’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 4 April (19:00). Register online for a free hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. Monthly figures for reported airspace infringements and Airspace Infringement Team decisions are regularly updated on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. March 2022 decisions are now published.
To coincide with the release of Edition 48 of the 1:500,000 Southern England & Wales VFR chart on 24 March 2022, the shading of that portion of the Manchester CTR designated as the Manchester Low Level Route has changed to better reflect its status as Class D airspace with special conditions for its use. Those […]
The CAA has published the revised 14 Schemes of Charges and the Consultation response document on the 17th March 2022 under CAA UK Official Record Series 5, that will be legally implemented with effect from the 1st April 2022. The current 14 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31st March 2022.
Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop with Chris, Matt and Steve Forward (Director Aviation at CHIRP) to discuss General Aviation (GA) reporting, as well as how you can report to help other pilots. They’ll provide some practical advice on the types of reports out there and how to complete them, before moving on […]
The FRTOL Examiner Manual (CAP2118) and Guidance for FRTOL Practical Test Candidates (CAP2325) have been published. They follow the Introduction of new Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) Practical Test format and FRTOL Examiner Qualification Procedures guidance published in February. Category: Air traffic control, Autogyros, Balloons, Flight crew licensing examiners, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter
Download the latest edition of CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK After a stop-start year last year, CHIRP is looking forward to more consistent and regular flying this year as Spring/Summer approaches. As part of getting back to flying, the need to consider contingencies and have a ‘Plan B’ is an important part of pre-flight planning and […]
Join GAsCo’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 7 March (19:00) for an hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. Register online for free: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar Monthly figures for reported airspace infringements and Airspace Infringement Team decisions are regularly updated on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. January and February […]
The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Fuel Handling and storage has been launched. This leaflet is intended to give practical guidance on the dispensing, handling and storage of fuel for use in GA aircraft. This forms part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating. SW2022/038
The Q-Code for Hang gliding/Paragliding activities is “WP” (parachute jumping exercise (PJE), paragliding and hang gliding). If a NOTAM relates to paragliding/hang gliding the use of “WP” can be misleading if taken to indicate a PJE instead of paragliding/hang gliding. The flight characteristics and risks associated with paragliding/hang gliding are closer to glider flying than […]
We have now collated and reviewed the first three months of trial data (September-November 2021). The trial report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in Genera Aviation page of our website. SW2022/036
Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop on STARTS//Return to Flying with guest Matt Lane discuss returning to flight and what you can do to give yourself the best start to the flying season after the winter months on 23 February at 19:30 GMT. Register online: Workshop: STARTS//Return to Flying AAC is a third-party supplier […]
Introduction of new Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) Practical Test format and FRTOL Examiner Qualification Procedures (CAP2117) has been published. This guidance is for existing Radiotelephony (RTF) Examiners, prospective FRTOL Examiners, FRTOL candidates, Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), Declared Training Organisations (DTOs) and Training Providers. Its content will be applicable from 14 March 2022.
We made significant progress in Q4 of 2021 on several tactical projects, including: the Air Worthiness Skyway Code (to be published in 2022); the Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CODE) project, on which a quarterly update will be published by March; reviewing our approach to how we might enable greater delegation to the BGA; examining the possibilities […]
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 […]
Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop on Human Factors, with guest Katy Lee on 26 January at 19:30 GMT. Register online: Workshop: Human Factors for General Aviation pilots AAC is a third-party supplier to the CAA, providing support on GA Safety promotion.
As part of our work to enable the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, the CAA has reviewed and amended its policies on radio and transponder mandatory zones (RMZ and TMZ). This has resulted in: # new acceptable means of compliance and guidance material to SERA.6005 Requirements for Communications and SSR Transponders adopted through ORS9 CAA Decision No […]
All RT Examiners whose certificate is valid on 31 December 2021 (or are in receipt of an extension email) may consider these examiner privileges extended until 31 May 2022. This extension will facilitate the introduction of a new training and testing process for the Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence (FRTOL).
The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Winter Flying has been launched. This form part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating. For further hints and tips check out the CAAs webpage on Winter flying | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2021/321
Infringement avoidance webinar: Monday 13 December (7pm) “Fantastic presentation and some really useful points and tips!” Last chance this year to join GASCo’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Weather forecast decision making workshop: Wednesday 15 December (7.30pm) “80% of respondents to a recent pulse survey highlighted uncertainties surrounding weather decisions as their top […]
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 […]
The second in the revised series of the popular General Aviation Safety Sense Leaflets covers VFR moving map devices. Download Safety Sense: VFR Moving Map Devices This quick guide covers the minimum levels of proficiency you should have when using a moving map and set out benefits and common issues.
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 […]
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) have published Flying Heritage, a joint, one-off special magazine taking a closer look at the role of the CAA and DfT in relation to the nation’s historic aircraft. Flying Heritage is available to read now. SW2021/297
New hot-spot narrative written by local pilots and the Air Traffic Service Unit at Aberdeen. Issued by the Airspace & Safety Initiative to provide pilots operating the area with useful information on airspace and infringement prevention practices. “Fantastic presentation and some really useful points!” GASCo’s infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 15 November at 7pm includes […]
Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) has produced a new article “actions on entry to inadvertent IMC” and is holding a supporting workshop on the subject on 17 November at 19:30 GMT Register now. AAC is a third-party supplier to the CAA, providing support on GA Safety promotion SW2021/291
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 CAA has published a revised package of acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). The AMC and GM package can be found on the UK Regulations website and incorporates the recent amendment to the AMC and GM to […]
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 […]
London Luton Airport have produced a VFR Operating Pack which is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This comprehensive guide includes pre-flight checklist, frequency reference cards, visual reference point details, arrival procedures and information on radio transmissions. “Great presentation, very informative with loads of reminders, and gotchas to look out for and […]
Hosted by Sophie O’Sullivan, Head of the General Aviation (GA) & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) team, our agenda is taking shape. Our agenda includes: Licensing and medical updates GA Consultation update UK-EU Transition impact on licensing An address from Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair, UK CAA Skywise Live Q&A Event 1: 6 October REGISTER 16:30 […]
Infringement narrative: RAF Syerston ATZ This Airspace and Safety Initiative latest update is the 30th in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK. It has been written by the Aerodrome Controlling Authority at RAF Syerston and members of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Team. Read Preventing infringements of the RAF Syerston […]
Today we are launching registration for our active carbon monoxide (CO) detector general aviation (GA) trial. Registration is open to any member of the UK GA community who flies with an active CO detector and is willing to commit to completing a short monthly survey, every month, over the next 12 months. SW2021/258
GAsCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement on Monday 20 September at 19:00. An hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. A perfect refresher to prepare for when COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted. Register now for free: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar Join Matt Lane, recent […]
A Pilots guide to the Manchester Low Level Route (LLR) has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. Read Pilots Guide to the Manchester Low Level Route (LLR) SW2021/248
Please join us for Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit, brought to you by the UK Civil Aviation Authority on 6, 7 and 11 October 2021. Here are full details of event dates, times and live Q&A details. SW2021/246
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 […]
To mark the attendance of Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of the CAA at the LAA Rally last Friday, please read his latest blog. My visit to the LAA Rally | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2021/241
Restricted Airspace (EG R106) has been established effective 9 September 2021 at Raymill House, Lacock, Wiltshire. Details are in UK Statutory Instrument 2021 No. 703 (The Air Navigation (Restriction of flying) Raymill House, Lacock) Regulations 2021 and AIC M064/21.
The Manchester Low-level Route (LLR) procedures in the UK AIP at EGCC AD 2.22.7 are being revised effective with AIRAC 9/2021 on 9 September 2021 so the Northwest LAIT has updated narrative number 2 to help pilots understand the changes and requirements of the LLR use. SW2021/235
The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Edinburgh Airport. It includes details on how using the Frequency Monitoring Code can be of great benefit to pilots and controllers as well as other tips to avoid infringements. Read more airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ SW2021/219
Today, 19 August 2021, the new 600kg Microlight classification has been incorporated into law. Please see the full details in CAP2163: Reforming the microlight aeroplane category: Implementation and key decisions and on the CAA website. SW2021/209
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 […]
Astral Aviation Consulting join Kanchana Gamage, founder of the Aviatrix Project, as she talks through Loss of Control, what it is, how it can happen, and what you can do to avoid it. Astral Aviation Consulting Ltd. are a UK based consultancy, and are contracted by the CAA to provide a bespoke, targeted safety campaign […]
Pre-flight planning guidance Pre-flight planning in a low-stress environment helps produce a safe strategy for the flight and reduces workload once airborne. Collaborative decision-making with ATC, weather services, and other pilots also helps size things up. The Airspace Infringement Working Group’s guidance, covering key aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning, is available on the […]
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 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 […]
The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of Stansted Control Area 2 with a comprehensive pilot report, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D Stansted Control Area 2 (CTA-2)
Airspace Infringements: review and actions (CAP1404) has been amended to highlight the CAA’s audit and safety assurance functions of the Infringement Co-ordination Group (ICG), and introduces the option for those provisionally suspended by the CAP1404 process to request a review of that decision. These changes take effect from publication of this amendment to CAP1404 on […]
Astral Aviation Consulting Ltd. are a UK based consultancy contracted by the CAA to provide a bespoke, targeted safety campaign for the General Aviation community. Check out their latest safety advice: Webinar: Loss of Control presented by Kanchana Gamage, founder of the Aviatrix Project. Landings Data on Loss of Control In flight accidents, both fatal […]
Summer is with us and we’ve had reports of tablets and mobiles overheating in the cockpit and shutting down leading to a rise in Airspace Infringements. We recommend that you have a back-up plan in place that works for you in case you lose your VFR Moving Map in flight. A second electronic device may succumb […]
The Airspace & Safety Initiative has updated the Farnborough hot-spot narrative: Read: Preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Farnborough Controlled Airspace Infringement avoidance Monday 19 July (1900 – 2030 hours) Places available for GASCo’s July webinar on how to avoid an airspace infringement. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinars (gasco.org.uk)
The hazards associated with carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in general aviation (GA) are well understood and we encourage you to read our recently published Clued Up article on the benefits of active carbon monoxide detectors. Active CO detectors that provide audible, visible and/or vibration warnings when pre-determined CO levels are exceeded are an important protection […]
The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative looks at an infringement of the Newcastle Control Area (CTA). It includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal and human factors and threat and error management analysis – as well as links to pre-flight planning resources. Read Infringement of the Class D Newcastle […]
GPS (or Required Navigation Performance) approaches in the UK change today (25 June) as the UK is leaving membership of the European EGNOS and Galileo programmes. Please view our Clued Up: GPS Approaches article that explains the changes and implications. SW2021/142