Alerts: Balloons

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.

Infringement update: RAF Syerston ATZ infringement

On 3 July 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to an airspace infringement of the RAF Syerston Aerodrome Traffic Zone in November 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay over £3,200 in fines. Background, flight details and learning points now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/updates SW2019/143

Alert for restricted Airspace – Fairford, Brize Norton and Old Warden (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and in vicinity of RAF Brize Norton between 17 and 22 July 2019 and for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 20 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M064/2019 and AIC M019/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all […]

Alert for restricted Airspace – RAF Fairford (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for mixed-formation Flypast over RAF Fairford via Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire on 20 and 21 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/134

Infringement Coordination Group decisions

The CAA has published decisions from the Infringement Coordination Group’s review of infringement Mandatory Occurrence Reports under CAP1404, the review and actions process for airspace infringements. Course of action, number and a short summary will be published monthly. Reported infringements from May are also available in the 2019 table.

Plymouth – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Plymouth, Devon on 29 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/128

Silverstone and Turweston – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix between 12 and 14 July 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M084/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/127  

Skyway Code: New edition now available

Our guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated. Version 2 is now online, with printed copies available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE. Condensing the must know information on UK GA flying into easy to navigate information and graphics, The SkyWay Code gives GA pilots a one stop shop […]

Airspace infringements: April figures and moving map tips

Figures for reported infringements in April are now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ Follow @airspacesafety on twitter for tips and guidance on best use of a moving map.  

Expired: Temporary Restricted Airspace for Head of State visit: 3 – 5 June 2019

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the visit of a Head of State between 3 and 5 June 2019. Restrictions established along Lea Valley, in Central and SW London, on a route between London and Southsea Common (Hants) and then to Southampton Airport. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the […]

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at an Airshow at RAF Cosford, Shropshire Torbay Airshow on 10 June 2019 and Dunsfold, (Surrey) Wings and Wheels Airshow on 15 and 16 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/117

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays for the Torbay Airshow at Paignton, Devon on 1 and 2 June 2019. Also, Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Portsmouth, Hampshire on 5 June 2019 . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at https://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of […]

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a large formation of aircraft routing from Duxford to France via Sudbury, Colchester, Southend, Maidstone and Eastbourne on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event in Normandy. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M037/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/103

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations in the vicinity of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on 5 June 2019 for D-Day 75 anniversary event and associated Flypast . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M057/2019 and AIC M058/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/102

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 […]

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 May 2019 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/094

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival 2019 between 17 and 19 in the vicinity of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. You can find details here. SW2019/090          

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones We have received some reports of links to the NATS page being broken. We apologise for the inconvenience. The full link is: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php%3Foption=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=162&Itemid=59.html SW2019/089

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on 18 May 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2019 here.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2019/089

Frequency Monitoring Codes: Updated squawk guidance

Updated Frequency Monitoring Code/Squawk guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers the who, what, why and how – along with a downloadable Frequency Monitoring Code area map and squawk code/frequency card.

Airspace infringements: March figures and pre-flight planning

A breakdown of reported infringements in March is now available on the Airspace & Safety Iniative website: airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ Updated resources on preparing R/T transmissions for transit and flying within an ATZ have also been added under Pre-flight planning: airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/

Summer 2019 English Channel airspace restrictions

Between 2 May and 30 August 2019 a number of airspace restrictions and a temporary danger area will be put in place over the English Channel to accommodate a large Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) conducting atmospheric research. Please visit our news alert for more information. SW2019/080

Birmingham Airport VFR Pilot Guide

Birmingham Airport Air Traffic has created a dedicated website to help pilots identify the visual reference points (VRPs) around its airspace and help reduce airspace infringements. The website includes information on VRPs and guidance on how to fly safely near controlled airspace. We’ve added a link to this resource on airspacesafety.com under Pre-flight planning: Birmingham […]

Airspace infringements: February figures and controller’s stories

February saw 78 reported airspace infringements. A breakdown of figures is now available: Airspace & Safety Initiative – Facts, stats and incidents NATS have published the first in a series of controller’s stories. Amanda Rhodes, NATS air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre, talks about her experience with airspace infringements: Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story  

CANCELLED: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

The Red Arrows display at RAF Coningsby on 22 March 2019 has been cancelled and therefore there will be not be restricted airspace because of this. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. SW2019/065

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows flying display rehearsal at RAF Linton-On-Ouse, North Yorkshire on 1 or 2 April 2019. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

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  

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 […]

Electronic Conspicuity: Call for evidence

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is calling for evidence over Electronic Conspicuity (EC). EC has the potential to unlock safety benefits and save lives by reducing the likelihood of infringements and mid-air collisions. We would like you to consider the suggested approach and provide responses to six core questions: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/e-conspicuity-solutions/ SW2019/057  

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

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 79

This edition includes reports about 2 issues that have the potential to cause problems across the aviation sectors: GPS navigation – a useful tool when used appropriately Weight and balance – are we giving this enough attention? There are also 3 reports relating to ATC. Two of these demonstrate a need for dialogue and understanding […]

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 […]

Infringement update: Causal factor analysis

Analysis of airspace infringement reports from 2017 has shown that that correct use of a moving map could have helped avoid 85% of airspace infringements. Occurrence reports from private pilots were assessed against four key measures that could have helped prevent the infringement or reduced its impact on other air traffic or controllers. The report […]

Airprox data and analysis

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future. UKAB has also published an in-depth statistical analysis of all […]

Alert for Airspace Department Location Change

The UK Civil Aviation Authority Airspace Regulation Department has moved from CAA House in London to Aviation House near Gatwick Airport. If you require to contact the Airspace Regulation Utilisation Department they have moved to a new phone number of 01293 768202. Their email remains AROps@caa.co.uk. SW2019/06

ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Edinburgh on 30 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M100/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/263  

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 78

The latest edition of CHIRP’s GA Feedback bulletin features the usual range of confidential reports from pilots. Poor pre-flight planning and preparation is a strong theme running through this edition, with weight and balance; flights over water; the proximity of controlled airspace; and NOTAMs all examples of where more attention was required. The misunderstanding of […]

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.

Airspace infringement statistics update

Latest infringement statistics plus details of Barton ATZ Infringements and how to avoid them now available at https://airspacesafety.com/. Latest infringement statistics Barton ATZ infringments and how to avoid them  

Alert for airspace infringement statistics

Statistics of reported annual airspace infringements as of 30 September 2018 are now available at: https://airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ SW2018/226

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Central London, 11 November 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for national ceremony to mark Remembrance Sunday at The Cenotaph, Central London on 11 November 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M095/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/210

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Hampshire, 6-10 October 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Stokes Bay, Hampshire due to intended mooring of US Aircraft Carrier on the grounds of safety and security between 6 and 10 October 2018. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/207

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Duxford, 22-23 September 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain air show, Cambridgeshire, on 22 and 23 September 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M090/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/198

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

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Whitby, North Yorkshire, 12 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the Red Arrows display at Whitby, North Yorkshire, on 12 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M071/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/171

Sustained high temperatures and flying weather Safety Alert

Attention all Balloon Operators and Balloon Pilots We have received several whistleblower reports and MOR submissions that would seem to indicate during this period of prolonged good weather, Commercial Pilots are breaching Flight Time Limitations (FTL). Please communicate to all Pilots the need to comply with FTL, and to ensure that appropriate rest periods are […]

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Kent, 18-19 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Biggin Hill Air Show, Kent, on 18 and 19 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M070/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/168

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Eastbourne, 15-19 August 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Eastbourne for Airbourne 2018 Airshow between 15 and 19 August 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions of different dimensions will apply for displays by the Red Arrows on certain days. SW2018/167