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.

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

Acceptance of parts for certain aircraft produced in Australia and New Zealand

EASA is now accepting new aircraft products, parts and appliances produced by certain manufacturers located in Australia and New Zealand, namely for Kavanagh Balloons, the GippsAero GA8, Pacific Aerospace 750XL and Alpha Aviation R2000 Series. The following guidance is available on the EASA website Kavanagh Balloons, the GippsAero GA8 Pacific Aerospace 750XL and Alpha Aviation […]

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Cranwell, 16 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire on 16 July 2018. Details by NOTAM only at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Due to late addition, this does not appear in the Mauve AIC list. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/143

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Scotland, 13-15 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Prestwick and Ayrshire 13-15 July 2018 for visiting Head of State. Details by NOTAM and more information on NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/134

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – South England, 12-13 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at London and multiple locations to Essex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire 12-13 July 2018 for visiting Head of State. Details by NOTAM and more information on NATS website. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/133

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – Silverstone, 6-8 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Silverstone and Turweston for British Grand Prix between 6 and 8 July 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/128

Expired: Restricted airspace (temporary) – RAF Fairford, 10 – 16 July 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, between 10 and 16 July 2017. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M050/2018 and AIC M051/2018. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/122

Restricted airspace (temporary) – Llandudno, 30 June 2018

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Llandudno, North Wales on 30 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/111

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

A series of airspace restrictions will be in place between 3-6 July and 10 July for a flypast commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Details by NOTAM and in AICs M043/2018, M049/2018 and M051/2015. Restrictions apply to all airspace users including drones. SW2018/105

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire, on 20 and 21 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M026/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/98

Revised Human Factors strategy published

Our strategy sets out how we propose to contribute to the development of greater understanding and application of Human Factors (HF) knowledge to support Human Performance (HP) in the operational environment. It builds on previous versions; sets out what we want to achieve; lays out our strategic objectives; and describes the expected benefits and outcomes. […]

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations in Central London 9 June 2018 for Trooping the Colour. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M035/2018. Restrictions of flying also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/95

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations over Suffolk, Essex, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire on 9 June 2018 for HM The Queen’s Birthday Flypast. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/94

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Air Force Cosford Air Show and rehearsals between 7 and 10 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M024/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be communicated separately. SW2018/93

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 76

CHIRP’s latest edition of GA FEEDBACK highlights two themes – supervision in training and fitness to fly. Plus covers the use of the SAFETYCOM frequency, managing portable electronic devices and much more. Read the latest issue here. SW2018/091

Expired: New funding round for 8.33 kHz radio switchover

We have opened a new funding period to help general aviation pilots who still need to buy an 8.33 kHz radio for their aircraft. Applications can now be accepted to 30 September 2018. Forms and guidance available on the CAA website SW 2018/090

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Great Yarmouth Air on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M029/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restriction may be put in place for jet Formation Display Teams. SW2018/89

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Torbay Air Show, Paignton, Devon, on 1, 2 and 3 June 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M017/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/88

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Patrouille de France (French Air Force Jet Display Team) at Duxford Aerodrome Cambridgeshire on 24 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/87

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 16 and 17 June 2018. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/83

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Air Festival, Cambridgeshire, on 26 and 27 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M018/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2018/81

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Manchester on 22 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M040/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/80

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Midlands Air Festival, Alcester, Warwickshire, on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/79

Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications

Pilots are required to submit certified copies of their ID (such as passport or driving licence) for certain Flight Crew Licensing applications. For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents. Any applications submitted on or after 14 May 2018 which require […]

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Abingdon Air and Country Show Flying Display at Abingdon Aerodrome, Oxfordshire on 5 and 6 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M008/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/72

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle on 19 and 20 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M021/2018 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/70

Alert for restricted airspace (temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations at Isle of Islay on 4 May 2018. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2018/68