Alerts: Commercial pilot aeroplane

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.

Temporary flight crew certificate validity

Covid19 Outbreak ORS4 1466 which extends the standard scope and validity of validity period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the initial issue or renewal of pilot licence, rating and instructor or examiner certificates to 6 months, ends as of 31st May 2021. All temporary certificates issued under UK Part-ARA FCL.215(d) from 1st […]

Performance Based Navigation endorsement: Guidance for IR holders

The requirements regarding Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges will be changing from 26 April 2021. To provide guidance to all Instrument Rating (IR) holders, ATOs and Examiners the CAA has updated the website and published: Performance Based Navigation Endorsement – IR Holders (including guidance for IMC / IR(R) holders) (CAP2138).

Changes in application process – Professional Licence issue (CPL, CPL(A)/IR, CPL(H), CPL(H)/IR, and ATPL(A)/ATPL(H).

A new Professional Issue Online Application form for CPL,CPL IR and ATPL issue is now available to use for applicants who have not previously used our eLicensing system. Please note that from 10th May all applications for professional licence issue must be made using eLicensing system or this online application form. The paper versions of […]

Airspace Classification Review update

An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website. SW 2021/073

EASA-to-UK pilot licence conversion

The CAA has launched its EASA to UK conversion process for commercial pilot licences and medicals. This enables pilots to hold both a UK and EASA licence. The simplified process is available to pilots that transferred their licences to an EASA member state in preparation for the end of the transition period, as well as […]

CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace

On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), the CAA has identified and evaluated the impacts of the revised VMC minima on the safe and efficient operation of UK class D airspace.  Our analysis is recorded in CAP 2093 CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace. It represents a […]

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 […]

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 […]

UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

Individuals who started their theorical examinations with an EASA Member State and transfer to complete remaining examinations should note: • those who have taken examinations under ECQB06 and ECQB07 with an EASA Member State will take UKQB06; • those who have taken examinations under ECQB2020 will take UKQB2020, • individuals cannot change syllabus. We have […]

UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

We have updated our microsite to include changes to obtaining a UK pilot licence and training requirements under the new regulatory landscape post the UK leaving the EU. Additional information for pilot licences and pilot students has been can be found on our UK-EU Transition microsite. SW2021/023

Airspace Classification update

An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website.

UK to revert to previous rules for Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima for flying in visual meteorological conditions

From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

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 […]

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 […]

EU Transition: Microsite Updated

The CAA’s dedicated microsite for the UK-EU transition has been updated to reflect the regulatory changes that will take place for commercial entities at 23:00 this evening, 31 December 2020, as the EU transition period ends. Where significant changes have been made, these are marked “UPDATE” on the relevant question.   The CAA will continue […]

European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) – update

Following the UK exit from the European Union, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) will continue to be available for LPV operations, post 01 January 2021 and until further notice. This affects the use of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) at aerodromes with LPV lines of aerodrome operating minima displayed on their RNP Approach […]

EU to UK Flight crew licence process and update to microsite

From 1 April 2021, a new application process will be available to pilots, instructors and examiners who wish to obtain a UK Part-FCL licence based on a European Part-FCL licence. Further guidance regarding this process will be published in due course. A general validation, which will enable holders of EASA Part-FCL licences to continue to […]

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. […]

EU Exit: Flight Crew Licences

After the EU transition period ends, flight crew carrying a non-UK CAA licence, issued by an EASA Member State, who operate UK-registered aircraft must carry a ‘general validation’ with their licence. This is issued by the UK CAA. This is available here on our dedicated microsite to download. For flight crew with licences issued by […]

Enquiry into the Risk of Cognitive Impairment Due to G Forces

We have published our review into whether or not there is a risk to civil aviation safety from cognitive impairment in pilots experiencing low level G forces at levels, and for durations, likely to be experienced in commercial and recreational, civil air operations. It is available at www.caa.co.uk/cap1963

Final submission date for transfer applications

Due to the festive period, any paperwork relating to a licence or medical transfer, including the transfer request from the EU NAA, must be received by the CAA no later than 24 December in order to meet the transfer submission deadline. Please note that the recommended submission date for transfers as published by the CAA […]

New process for CPL and IR Skill test examiner designation

A new application form, SRG2153, is now available and enables CPL and IR bookings requests to be made online. As part of this change, card payment for the requested test will be required in order to submit the online form, and the flight test bookings team will no longer be able to accept payment via […]

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1 was published today (26 November 2020) as a future edition, effective 21 January 2021. This is a routine periodic update which includes changes relating to: ICAO PANS ATM Amendment 8 –  partial changes from the use of the term ‘radar’ to ‘ATS Surveillance Systems’ Editorial amendments to circuit procedures […]

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 […]

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 […]

CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

Jamming trial ended early: Luce Bay

Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers in and around Luce Bay has ended early. The activity was originally planned to run until 4 December 2020.

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 12 – 16 Oct, Scottish West Coast

Jamming activity will take place 12 -16 October (inclusive) affecting airspace in and around the Scottish West Coast near the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The activity may affect GNSS based navigation and timing devices.  Jamming may impact systems up to 40,000FT AMSL within a radius of up to 90NM of N 57° […]

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months to 30 June 2020 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

Validity dates for people using the ORS4 licensing Exemptions

If you have used one of the ORS4 licensing exemptions (1409, 1410, 1411 and 1412) please note that when revalidating the rating/class by proficiency check or check with instructor, the expiry date will be 12 months or 24 months (dependent on the rating/class) from the month when the check was taken. ORS4 extensions of validity […]

Ending of Certain Licensing and Medical Exemptions During November and December 2020

The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020.  To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students. […]

EU Exit: Medical transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

Medical certificate holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

EU Exit: FCL transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

Flightcrew licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

Expired: Infringement update: Luton Controlled Airspace

The latest hot-spot narrative highlights the risk of airspace infringements around Luton Control Areas (CTA) and Control Zone (CTR). Written by members of the Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) it includes guidance and suggestions to help reduce the risk.

COVID-19 – Ending of licensing exemptions, 22 November 2020

We have been working closely with the industry during the initial phase of COVID-19 to help aviation’s continuing operations and recovery. The initial set of COVID licence exemptions, that included extending licence validity dates, expire on 22 November 2020. Industry and licence holders are asked to make sure they will then comply with the standard […]

Infringement update: London and Scottish Information

The twenty third hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative features the service that London and Scottish Information provide service and assistance available to help avoid infringements.

Expired: Jamming trial date change: 14 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers will now take place 14 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM […]

Expired: Jamming trial impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers: 8 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

Jamming activity will take place 8 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM of 545020N 045548W (West Freugh). During the trials impacted systems may suffer […]

Expired: Infringement update: London Control Area

The latest hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative focuses on helping avoid infringements within the London Control Area (LTMA) – a volume of airspace made up of 24 different areas, approximately 100 NM from West to East and, in parts, 90 NM from North to South.

Ensure your licence is valid

All pilot licence holders are reminded that when they receive a new licence document it should be checked and immediately signed under Section VII on page 1 as the licence is only valid if signed. Examiners and instructors should always check for the licence holder’s signature before verifying the applicable requirements are being met. Unsigned […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Performance Based Navigation additional guidance

Any pilots seeking to achieve or maintain PBN privileges endorsed within their Instrument Rating, or examiners conducting such proficiency checks, are asked to continue to follow the process set out in our Information Notices 2017/026 and 2017/034. The exemption to extend the deadline for IR holders to achieve Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges to 25 […]

Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) and Short Range Devices: 8 September 2020, Gore Cross

Jamming activity will take place 8 September 2020, affecting airspace in and around Gore Cross (SN10). The activity may affect GNSS based navigation and timing devices, electronic situational awareness devices (including FLARM) and UAV control. Jamming may impact systems up to 40,000FT AMSL within a radius of 7NM of N51° 15’ 29”, W001° 57’ 48” […]

Expired: Infringement update: Gamston and Netherthorpe

This infringement update has been written by members of the Yorkshire Local Airspace Infringement Team including ATCSL at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool, and operators at Gamston and Netherthorpe. The twenty-first in the series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots in the UK highlights the Doncaster Sheffield Controlled Airspace to the south of the airport […]

COVID-19 – EASA Aeroplane and helicopter pilot licence exemptions

Pilot licence holders should be aware that the medical element has been updated in licensing exemptions that relate to validity. The remaining content of these licensing exemptions has not changed but the reference numbers have been updated: EASA medical is now: ORS4 No. 1408National medical exemption is now: ORS4 No. 1413Pilots within an EASA AOC […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 135

Air Transport FEEDBACK 135 covers a wide-ranging set of issues that were reported to CHIRP prior to the COVID-19 lockdown period. There are still many relevant lessons and topics of interest within that will be applicable as aviation starts its recovery to historic levels of activity. Topics include the effectiveness of reporting processes; fatigue in […]

New edition of CAP 746 – Requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes

A new edition of CAP 746, which contains the requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes, has been published. The main changes to its content are: > Changes resulting from the introduction of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373> Additional information concerning AUTO METAR> Addition of guidance on achieving Basic Meteorological Observing competency.

COVID-19 – Extension of six month test validity

Exemption ORS4 1386 applies to applicants for the issue of a UK licence, rating or certificate. It provides alleviation from the six month limit between the completion of a test or assessment and submission of an application for the appropriate licence, and is applicable for a UK-issued EASA licence, rating or certificate to those who […]

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 02/2020 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual ED 23 (Corr) was published on 14 July 2020, effective 10 September 2020. The advent of performance-based navigation (PBN) is having a major impact on all aspects of the aviation industry, with PBN routes and procedures being introduced more widely. As part of a continuing effort to […]

Infringement update: Southend

The latest infringement update has been written by the team at Southend Airport Air Traffic Control and sets out tips for avoiding Controlled Airspace infringements at Southend,

CAA charge proposal delay

The CAA recognises the enormous impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the aviation and aerospace industries. For this reason, we delayed the increase to our scheme of charges for an initial period of three months, to 30 June 2020. Having reviewed this decision in light of the ongoing challenges faced by the sector, […]

Infringement update: Controlled Airspace Deactivation NOTAM

This infringement update is the seventeenth in a series of narratives focusing on helping pilots avoid airspace infringements in the UK. It has been written by a number of industry partners to help pilots understand NOTAM relating to the deactivation of controlled airspace.

Amendments to the Aircrew Regulation (EU) 2011/1178

All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew regulation that comes into effect on 22 June 2020, affecting the acceptance of Third Country ICAO licences and certificates. CAP 1939 provides a summary of the main changes and can be downloaded from the CAA website.

Recommencement of CPL and IR tests

The CAA is now recommencing the designation of examiners for Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR) tests. Authorised Training Organisations (ATO) may contact CAA Flight Test Bookings to arrange dates and allocations of appropriate examiners. Before a test date is confirmed the allocated examiner will be completing a COVID-19 focussed risk assessment and […]

Radiotelephony Manual (CAP413): Revised edition

A new edition of CAP413 has been published today (8 June 2020) with an effective date of 17 August 2020. Edition 23 Corr (dated 8 June 2020), replaces Edition 23 (published 9 April 2020) in its entirety. www.caa.co.uk/CAP413

Preparing to prevent infringements: Focus on Stansted

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 we are continuing to publish information […]

Payment Plan for Annual Charges

We are constantly looking at ways to support the aviation sector in these unprecedented times. Our funding principles are underpinned by statute and legal obligation so we have not been able to waive any charges and are still required to issue invoices. But we are now able offer a payment plan to cover 2020/2021 annual […]

COVID-19 – Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging of biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. The replaces ORS4 No 1372. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1391) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website.

COVID-19 – Recency Exemption for Commercial Air Transport Line Training

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak: COVID-19 Outbreak: Recency Exemption for Line Training Personnel involved in Supervision of Line Flying – Commercial Air Transport Only (ORS4 No. 1390) This exemption is to assist an operator return aircrew to recency by using TRIs or TREs or line […]

Expired: Preparing to prevent infringements: Focus on Redhill

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 we are continuing to publish information […]