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.

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 […]

Upcoming changes to Aviation safety law

The CAA has updated its Safety Policy and Legislation tracker to include its Opinions to the Department for Transport on five packages of changes to Aviation safety law. The Department for Transport has accepted these Opinions and is taking the steps necessary to implement changes to the relevant regulations via an upcoming Statutory Instrument. We […]

Luton VFR guide and infringement avoidance webinar date

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 […]

Last chance to register for Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit

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

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 […]

Non-Part 21 Amateur-Built Balloon and Airship Operational Limitations

Over the past six years, the CAA has noted a significant increase in the number of amateur-built balloons on the UK register and there are now several large envelopes, capable of carrying at least four people. Unlike other amateur-built types capable of carrying multiple people, amateur-built balloons and airships are not currently regulated with respect […]

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Alerts

After considering feedback, from today (20 September) any SkyWise alerts for temporary restricted airspace will only be sent to the category ‘Airspace alerts’. Any restrictions including the use of drones will also be sent to the category ‘drones’. To continue receiving these alerts, please ensure that you are subscribed to the ‘Airspace Alerts’ and/or ‘Drones’ […]

Safety Events

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 […]

CAA launch autumn Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit

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

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 19 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire on 17,18 and 19 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/245

Sir Stephen attends LAA Rally

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

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Permanent) Raymill House, Lacock, Wiltshire – 9 September

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.

Infringement narrative: Manchester Low Level Route procedures

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

Expired: Notification of jamming trial – MOD West Freugh, 6 September – 4 October

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 […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 5 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/226

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 3 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a helicopter flight between Balmoral and Edinburgh on 3 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/225

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, 5 – 17 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for tethered unlit balloons exercise at Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 5 September to 17 September 2021. Full details in AIS Briefing Note at www.nats.aero/ais and associated NOTAM.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/223

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth Air Festival, 1 – 5 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Show between 1 and 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M073/2021 at  www.nats.aero/ais  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2021/220

Infringement hot-spot: Edinburgh

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

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Clacton, Essex, 26 and 27 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Clacton, Essex on 26 and 27 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/217

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Sidmouth, Devon, 27 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Sidmouth, Devon 27 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/215

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wyton, Cambridgeshire, 26 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Wyton, Cambridgeshire on 26 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/213

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Creamfields Music Festival, Cheshire, 26-30 August – DRONE ONLY

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Creamfields Music Festival, Daresbury, Cheshire between 26 and 30 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in an AIS Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions only apply to the operation of drones. SW2021/211

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Marham, Norfolk, 25 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at RAF Marham, Norfolk on 25 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/205

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 […]

Planning resources and infringement avoidance

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 […]

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 […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Falmouth, Cornwall, 11 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Falmouth, Cornwall on 11 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/193

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Womens Open Golf Championships, Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/192

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Odiham, Hampshire, 14 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Odiham, Hampshire on 14 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/191

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 14 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 14 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/190

New infringement occurrence: Stansted CTA-2

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)

Operation of non-Part 21 UK registered aircraft in France

The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has agreed that UK-registered non-Part 21 aircraft (e.g. microlights, amateur built, historic*) may be flown VFR in French airspace, for periods not exceeding 28 consecutive days, by pilots holding valid UK-issued licences which include such privileges. This includes pilots holding a valid Pilot Medical Declaration. * Annex I aircraft […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Valley, Anglesey, 12 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at RAF Valley, Anglesey on 12 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/185

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Folkestone, Kent, 8 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Folkestone, Kent on 8 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/184

Airspace Infringements: review and actions update

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 […]

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021

This SkyWise is to advise that The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) will come into force on 19 August 2021, except for the en-route obstacles provisions which will enter into force on 6 September 2021. For full details see The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) which identifies […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 1 August

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 1 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/176

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Coningsby, Lincolnshire, 23 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire on 23 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/170

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Peterhead Aberdeenshire, 21 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on 21 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/165

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 19 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 19 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/163

Farnborough hot-spot update and avoidance webinar

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)

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 […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – Wales and South West England, 19-30 July

Jamming activity will take place between the 19 – 30 July affecting Wales and South West England. Activity impacting GNSS (GPS) will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P056/2021. Please refer to the AIC for more information at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer intermittent or total […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight – 15 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 15 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/157

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 17 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 17 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/155

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 4 July

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 4 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/149

New infringement narrative: Newcastle CTA

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 […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight, 29 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Edinburgh and Stirling on 29 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in Briefing sheet at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/143

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Headcorn Aerodrome, 25,25 and 27 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain Airshow, at Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent on 25,26 and 27 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M034/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/137

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 25 and 27 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Lashenden/Headcorn, Kent on 25 and 27 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/136

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on 20 and 21 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and a Briefing Sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 19 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 19 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/129

Pre-flight planning – What happens when it all goes wrong?

Added guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group covers more aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning: Contingency planning, UK FIS and incorporating Frequency Monitoring Codes. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety

Infringement hot-spot: RAF Halton ATZ

The Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team and RAF Halton and have written a new hot-spot narrative to help prevent infringements of the RAF Halton ATZ. Read more: airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ The Flight Hub Join Rachael Caston (head of the Airprox board) and GA pilots Matt Lane and Ellie Carter for an online panel discussion on Wednesday 16 […]

Infringement narrative: London City CTA

The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace and Safety Initiative covers an infringement of the London City Control Area (CTA) with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, findings and casual factor analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D London City Control Area (CTA) The next GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance webinar will be on Monday […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Midlands Air Festival, 4,5 & 6 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall Warwickshire on 4, 5 and 6 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M020/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/121

Launch of new VHF Low Level Common Frequency trial

Today, 1 June 2021 marks the launch of a 1-year trial of ‘VHF LL Common’ an information service on the VHF Frequency 130.490. The aim is to reduce the risk of Mid-Air Collision between aircraft operating at or below 2000’ Above Ground Level. It is available for use by all aircrew, military and civilian, operating […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 6 June

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 6 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/118

Infringement avoidance webinar & Channel Island hot-spot

There will be a GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar on Monday 24th May 2021 at 19:00. Register for this free 90 minute webinar online: Webinar Registration The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of the Channel Islands Control Zone – includes VRP details, standard routes and […]

Expired: Notification of jamming impacting GNSS (GPS) 19-20 and 25-27 May

Significant jamming activity will take place between the 19-20 and 25-27 May affecting Wales, North West England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Activity impacting GNSS will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P024/2021.  Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer intermittent or total […]

Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) RAF Spadeadam, 17-28 May 2021

Jamming activity will take place between the 17 and 28 May 2021. Jamming equipment will be located within 3 KM of 550306N 0023318W. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a radius of 30NM. Please refer to AIC P022/2021for more information. Activity may also affect common licence exempt frequencies used for UAS control and electronic situational […]

LoSS: What you need to know

Join Mike Ling to find out more about what Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) is, as well as the steps you can take to avoid a Mid-Air Collision or an Airprox. Watch on Youtube: LoSS: What you need to know – YouTube This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of the CAA. […]

New pre-flight planning guidance

The second set of guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers route planning and preparation with two views of threat and error management in action – looking at planning not to infringe and weather. Read more https://airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Beccles Aerodrome, 22 and 23 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Beccles Aerodrome on 22nd and 23rd May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2021 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/100  

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 15 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 15th May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/099

New infringement occurrence narrative: London TMA

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area

Planning a flight?

New guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) includes a refresher on the importance of planning, a reminder to check your own fitness to fly, and a detailed piece on how to plan your weather briefing. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety More aspects of successful pre-flight prep and planning will be covered over […]

Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 2 May

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 2 May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Mid-air collisions and airspace infringements

Some of you may have had trouble with the link we sent out to our most recent GA update which looked at the risks of mid-air collisions. www.caa.co.uk/CAP2150 will take you to this Clued Up special. Follow this link for the full list of Clued Ups. We have just published an updated version of Airspace […]

Expired: Clued Up: Mid Air Collision

As many of you will have returned to the skies recently, we wanted to share with you this recent article on the risks of Mid Air Collision and steps you can take to keep yourselves safe in the air.

Loss of Safe Separation Webinar

Join Blade 3, Mike Ling, of the Blades Aerobatic team to find out more about Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) and the steps you can take to stay safe whilst flying. Watch on YouTube: Loss of Safe Separation Webinar with Mike Ling This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of […]

The CAA’s GAU starts 2021 with a focus on returning to flying post COVID

The first quarter of 2021 has seen the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) General Aviation Unit (GAU) focused on supporting the UK’s General Aviation (GA) community on a safe return to flying following the government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Please read the full update via the CAA website

Expired: Infringement occurrence narrative and avoidance webinar

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and overflight of active winch-launch glider sites and includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and […]

Exemptions – changing the Pilot Medical Declaration for private pilots

Following a safety review, CAA has published two exemptions. One exemption formalises the use of the alternative medical declaration criteria for licences issued under the ANO. The other exemption allows holders of UK Part-FCL LAPL, PPL and UK Part-BFCL BPL and UK Part-SFCL SPL licences to make a Pilot Medical Declaration to the alternative medical […]

CAA Virtual Voyage 2021 playback video

Thank you to the 1600 General Aviation community members who attended the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Virtual Voyage 2021. For those of you that were unable to attend the events, please enjoy this playback video. We hope to run another Virtual Voyage event in the autumn and will publicise details of this later in the […]

Expired: New fixed-wing infringement occurrence narrative

The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative covers a fixed-wing cross country PPL training flight with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 05th – 09th April 2021 near Spadeadam, Cumbria

Jamming activity will take place between the 05th – 09th April 2021 (0900-1700) affecting airspace around Spadeadam, Cumbria Jamming equipment will be located near to N55° 03.1’ W002° 33.3. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within 30NM (all directions) up to and above 40,000FT AMSL. During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure. […]

Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting short-range devices including UAS control (2.4, 5.8GHz) 31st March 2021

Jamming activity will take place on 31 March between 0900-1700, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain.Jamming equipment will be located near 51.26033° N, -1.96249° W. Activity may affect Electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz within 1NM (All directions) During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total […]

NEW GA Safety Promotions Events webpage

To support the safe return to flying now that COVID-19 national lockdown restrictions are easing, the UK CAA’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is now publicising GA Safety Promotion Events on the CAA website. If you are a General Aviation Membership organisation and would like the GAU to support your event please feel free to get […]

Clued Up: Return to Flying

With national lockdown restrictions easing on 29 March we have produced a special magazine Clued Up: Return to Flying with articles and resources to support your safe return to flying.  While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness […]

Urgent: Deferment of the requirement to hold Balloon Pilot Licence (BPL) and Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL)

Due to the national Covid pandemic restrictions, the affected GA community pilots, organisations, and the CAA need more time to complete the licence conversion process. The CAA has published an exemption deferring the date that balloon and glider pilots have to hold a UK Part-BFCL BPL and UK Part-SFCL SPL. The new date is 8 […]

GA Roadmap Out of Lockdown – Resumption of Flying and Access to Instructional Flights

This SkyWise is to highlight the publication of Safety Notice SN-2021/009. The purpose of the Safety Notice is to highlight and provide guidance to GA pilots on the issue of the two-week gap between the date on which non-professional GA pilots are permitted to resume flying, and when they will have the ability to fly […]

Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 22 – 31 March 2021

Jamming activity will take place between the 22 and 31 March 2021 Jamming equipment will be located within a 250m radius of 520828N 0043415W.  Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a range of distances as specified in the associated AIP Briefing Note.  During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure.  An associated […]

Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) and Short-Range Devices including UAS control (2.4, 5.8GHz), 22 – 26 March 2021

Jamming activity will take place on 22, 25 (0900-1700) and 23, 26 (0900-1500) March, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain. Jamming equipment will be located within 4NM radius of 511530N 0015748W.  Activity may affect GNSS equipment within 10NM (all directions) up to 40,000FT AMSL. Electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 2.4GHz […]

Expired: New infringement occurrence narrative

The latest infringement occurrence from the Airspace & Safety Initiative follows a solo helicopter flight with ATC, pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

Expired: Survey for aviation sponsors who engage with CAA Airspace Regulation Operations

As part of our work the CAA provides a number of notifications, permission, restriction and exemption services. We are looking to improve the service we provide to sponsors of applications. If you have engaged with this service, we would really appreciate your input. We have put together a short online survey – it should take […]

CAA 2021/22 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 2021. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2021. Following the waiving of the proposed charge increase in 2020/21, the CAA […]

SkyWay Code Version 3 published

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published version 3 of the Skyway Code. Designed to provide General Aviation pilots with quick and easy access to key information relevant to their flying. Version 3 brings the publication up to date with changes to reflect the UK’s departure from the European Union, as well as […]

Expired: Airspace infringement avoidance webinars

GAsCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement. Monday 8 March; and Monday 22 March at 7pm. 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 Webinars

Allowing UK national aeroplane and motorglider licence holders to fly UK Part 21 SEP aeroplanes and TMGs.

The purpose of this exemption is to allow holders of UK national pilot licences to be able to fly UK Part 21 SEP aeroplanes and Touring Motorgliders (TMG) (formerly referred to as EASA aircraft), until the end of June 2021. All licence holders are requested to read the guidance supporting the exemption as there are […]

New infringement occurrence: Manchester CTA

The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D – Manchester Control Area. The fifth in the series includes perspectives from the Manchester radar controller, the Barton FISO and the pilot. While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue […]

CAP 413 SI: Phraseology for RNP IAPs at aerodromes with AGCS

On 18 Jan 2021 the CAA published CAP 413 SI 2021/01 to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This Sl details changes being made to CAP 413 relating to the introduction of phraseology for Air/Ground Communications Service (AGCS) radio station operators and Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISO) who operate at aerodromes with required navigation performance […]

Expired: Occurrence update: Infringement of Gatwick Control Area and London Terminal Control Area

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D […]

Pilot Medical Declarations: Clarification

Following a rapid review we can today confirm that the less than 2,000kg aircraft category, with its reduced list of disqualifying conditions within a Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD), is still an option for national pilot licence holders (subject to the specified operational conditions). Existing PMDs remain valid for the type of licence(s) and aircraft weight […]

Clued Up: Weight & Balance article

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim please enjoy our latest article on […]

Expired: Infringement update: Class A airspace occurrence

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To help meet that aim a new infringement occurrence narrative has been added to […]

Urgent: COVID-19 restrictions reminder

The CAA reminds all GA stakeholders of the importance of being familiar with, and adhering to, the latest government guidance on flying while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. If you are not able to fly at the moment, then please feel free to take some time out to read The Skyway Code

Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are taking the opportunity to share the latest safety […]

Expired: Infringement update: New occurrence narrative

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have just published the second Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence […]

New aviation reporting portal

The aviation reporting portal relaunched for the UK on 5 January 2021. At this time UK reporters do not need to register for an account to submit MOR reports to the UK CAA and those wishing to use this portal should do so by selecting the ‘report an occurrence without registration’ option. The UK working […]

Expired: Infringement update: New series of narratives launched

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have launched a new series of narratives focusing on […]

UK CAA Examinations update

In line with the recent government announcement of a National lockdown, along with the restrictions in Scotland, the UK CAA senior management team have concluded that all scheduled commercial examinations to be sat will be cancelled from next week until the end of February 2021. Commercial pilot (aeroplane and helicopter) examinations Aircraft Maintenance Engineers examinations […]

AME guidance for GA Pilots

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the re-imposition of a […]

UK-EU trade agreement

EU Exit: the UK and EU have reached agreement over future trading relationships, including those involving aviation. We are studying the detail of the agreements relating to air transport and aviation safety and will update relevant pages of the UK-EU transition microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. […]

Clued Up: Towbars

Please enjoy this Clued Up article on Towbars following the release of the AAIB report following an investigation into how a towbar from a Cessna 210 was left on the runway at London Southend Airport and subsequently ran over by a landing Embraer 145. ATC reported that it was not possible to see the towbar […]

GASCo ‘Return to flying’ online webinar

We would like to highlight the GASCo ‘Return to Flying’ online webinar. This is a FREE resource and we would encourage all pilots to run through this to help overcome skill fade due to the covid related challenges experienced by all this year and the impending winter season.

Follow up to CAA EU Exit Webinar: General Aviation

Thank you for attending the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s EU Exit webinar for the General Aviation sector. We hope you found the webinar useful and you were able to take away information that will help your organisation prepare for the end of the transition period. For those unable to attend, you can watch the webinar […]

AAIB Investigation report: Ran over a towbar on landing dropped by Cessna P210N

In August 2019, the towbar from a Cessna 210 was left on the runway at London Southend Airport and subsequently ran over by a landing Embraer 145. ATC reported that it was not possible to see the towbar from the control tower due to its size, shape and colour. How can you prevent this event […]

Clued Up Autumn 2020: Electronic Conspicuity

Following the launch of the Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices rebate scheme launched the CAA has published a Clued Up Special Edition magazine on all things EC. The rebate scheme is still open and if you are a drone pilot or a general aviation pilot in the UK you may be able to claim a rebate […]

REMINDER: UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) consultation into preparation for the end of the EU transition period,  UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation  closes on 18 December, two weeks today. If you are interested in helping to shape the direction of future general aviation regulation and how the Civil Aviation Authority […]

Expired: The Airfield Development Advisory Fund is still open

We wanted to remind you that the Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF) is open and we’re still accepting applications. The ADAF will provide funded access to professional advisory services available to both UK general aviation airports and businesses linked to them in order to help protect and expand their activities. ADAF can help with: Accounting […]

Clued Up: Winter Special

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community with the future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. Please enjoy this Clued UP: Winter Special article.

Expired: Statutory charges FY21/22: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY21/22 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2021. 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 charges structure […]

EXTRA DATE ADDED:EU Exit webinar for General Aviation

Due to the overwhelming response we received we have scheduled an extra webinar. This will take place on Friday, 27 November at 1pm – 2pm, and will give those who were unable to register for the first date the opportunity to hear from our CAA experts: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 […]

Invitation to CAA EU Exit webinar: General Aviation

The webinar for the General Aviation sector will take place on 26 November 2020, 13:00 -14:00 where we will cover: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and what this means for General Aviation; The key changes affecting annex 1 aircraft and Part 21 licensing forms, and what actions organisations should […]

COVID-19 General Exemptions

The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November. Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine […]

UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages the UK’s dynamic GA sector. In preparation for the end of the EU transition period, the CAA has launched UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation: This consultation is an opportunity for you to […]

New GA Podcast: Threat and Error Management

CAA On Air – Episode 6 – Talking TEM (Threat and Error Management)Our latest podcast covers threat and error management and features Amy Breckell and Neil Winbolt from the CAA’s General Aviation unit. Addition TEM information is included in Flight-crew human factors handbook (CAP737) and from the Airspace & Safety Initiative: Avoiding airspace infringements using […]

Airfield Development Advisory Fund goes live

The Airfield Development Advisory Fund, supported by the Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority is now live. UK airfields and associated businesses are now able to apply for access to Government funded professional and business advice on a range of topics, aimed at supporting future airfield development.