Alerts: Commercial pilot helicopter

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.

Winter Operations 2019 / 2020

During Winter 2018 / 2019 de-icing MOR data showed primary error factors as 65% ramp services and 30% aerodrome. Of these errors 70% were detected by the pilot, 14% by ground crew, and 11% by cabin crew. Considerations when preparing for Winter operations: Sources of information to use, particularly for hold-over times Specific issues associated […]

SERA.5001 exemption remains in effect to March 2020

The general exemption from the requirements of SERA.5001 will remain in place until 25 March 2020. This means that until 25 March 2020 pilots can continue to fly VFR: at or below 3000 ft AMSL within Class D airspace; during day only; indicated airspeed of 140 kts or less; clear of cloud, with surface and: […]

Infringement update: Textbook application of listening squawk

New infringement report published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website shows how the textbook application of an Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) allowed the early resolution of an airspace infringement in a busy volume of airspace. SW2019/172

Avoiding airspace infringements

Think, plan, avoid and enjoy your flight. Key tips to help avoid airspace infringements produced in collaboration with the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.

Gatwick office becomes the official CAA Headquarters

Following the relocation of our central London office from Holborn to Canary Wharf, our official corporate headquarters is now Aviation House located just outside of Gatwick Airport. The official registered address is Aviation House, Beehive Ring Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH6 0YR. More information is available on our website.

Infringement update: Birmingham CTA/CTR

59% of reported Birmingham CTA/CTR infringements so far this year have been inside CTA2, the Control Area immediately to the south of the CTR. Main causal factors and a reminder of tips to avoid infringing CTA2 now published at airspacesafety.com

Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications

This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/75. Pilots should be aware that for some applications you are required to submit proof of identity (ID) to support your applications. A certified copy of a passport or photo driving licence will be accepted. Please refer to our website for more […]

New Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Regulations

From the 9th July 2019, new rules came into effect on the use of EFB for CAT, NCC, SPO and NCO operators. The CAA instigated a new approval process which can be found on the CAA website. CAT operators must seek prior approval, and complete the EFB compliance checklist found in SRG1849. NCC, SPO and […]

Using your National licence to fly G-reg EASA aircraft in the UK

Pilots that hold a LAPL may continue to fly a UK registered aeroplane or Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly. An exemption set out in ORS4 1293 has been replaced by derogation ORS4 1309. This continues to allow holders of an appropriate UK National licence to […]

Standards Document No. 29 Version 8

Standards Document No. 29 Version 8 – Guidance on the requirements for the training and testing of Human Factors for Flightcrew under EASA Part ORO and EASA Part FCL has now been published. You can access the new version here. SW2019/146

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 […]

Amended standards document 69 and standards document 41

Former standards document 69 – Instructions and Procedures for Senior Examiners – has been revised and renumbered as standards document 28 and is available as a full rewrite here. Standards Document 41 V4 – Instructions and procedures for type rating examiner aeroplane and helicopter and synthetic flight examiner aeroplane and helicopter standardisation course providers – […]

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

Small UAS flights below 400 ft will no longer be notified

Following recent updates to the Air Navigation Order for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) we have reviewed the process for the notification of SUAS flights. Subsequently we will no longer issue NOTAM for SUAS flights below 400ft AGL. This decision follows engagement with key stakeholders and the use of risk analysis tools and safety data. […]

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.

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  

Critical part awareness and training

We have published guidance for continuing airworthiness organisations managing and / or maintaining critical parts for additional training and raising awareness. This guidance supersedes IN 2016/026, broadens the scope of applicability to all rotorcraft and their operational types and provides further information relating to critical part management. This guidance on critical part awareness and training […]

Multi-Pilot Helicopter Type Ratings – prerequisite experience

To obtain a multi-pilot type rating for helicopters, an applicant for their first multi pilot type rating must have a minimum amount of MCC experience or have completed the required MCC training in helicopters at an ATO as part of, or prior to starting, a multi-pilot helicopter type rating course. Applicants who have completed an […]

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 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.

Acceptance of training at a registered training facility after 8 April 2019

All pilots and student pilots are reminded that since 8 April 2019 Registered Training Facilities (RTFs) cease to be valid entity for training. All NEW and FURTHER pilot training towards any EASA licence and associated ratings* training courses, including Theoretical Knowledge (TK), delivered by an RTF AFTER 8 April 2019 will not be recognised by […]

CHIRP Air Transport feedback Edition 130

In the latest issue of CHIRP (confidential and independent reporting): Exhaust fumes entering a helicopter cabin on start-up R/T calls to helicopters in critical stages of flight The priorities afforded to medical flights Training v Familiarisation Captains flying as First Officers Open reporting cultures The reporting of CPDLC status Apparent landings below approach minima Possible loss of separation […]

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/

SERA VMC Minima Consultation

The CAA is consulting on changes to VMC minima in class D airspace and the means to best mitigate these. We are proposing changes to Special VFR procedures in order to support UK compliance with SERA.5001. The change will mean that SERA.5001 will be adopted in full. The consultation provides more details of the proposed changes […]

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  

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 13 March 2019 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword. SW2019/066

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  

Helicopter Safety Seminar

The CAA is holding another helicopter safety seminar in collaboration with the British Helicopter Association (BHA) at The Stafford Cripps Building, Cranfield University  on 8 May 2019. The seminar will run from 10:00-16:00 with a light lunch provided. The event will include presentations on UAV and UTM, the CAA Onshore Safety Review, AAIB, and P […]

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

Expired: Registered Training Facilities (RTF) to cease after 8 April 2019

All Registered Training Facility (RTF) pilot training organisations are reminded that they must make the transition to either Declared Training Organisation (DTO) or Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status by 8th April 2019 if they wish to continue operating. This is the date when RTF’s cease to be recognised in law and after which RTF’s will […]

Multiple Luton infringements

On 5 March 2019, a pilot pleaded guilty to four infringements of Luton Controlled Airspace in 2018. The pilot was ordered to pay £7,576 in fines. Background, flight details and learning points now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/updates 

Expired: January infringement statistics now published

Airspace infringement statistics for January 2019 are now available: airspacesafety.com/facts-stats-and-incidents/ In January the Infringement Coordination Group provisionally suspended the licences of two pilots – one due to repeat infringements and one due to safety matters. An additional 21 pilots were referred to attend the Airspace Infringement Awareness Course.

Standardised European Rules of the Air Update

The CAA has updated its consolidation of Regulation (EU) 923/2012, supporting EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM), The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015, supporting CAA Permissions and Exemptions plus related elements of the Air Navigation Order 2016 to reflect publication of EASA’s ‘Easy Access’ consolidation of the regulation, AMC and […]

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 […]

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

Helicopter Special Events Briefing 2019

Following the positive response from industry to last year’s meeting, the British Helicopter Association with support from the Civil Aviation Authority will again be holding a Helicopter Special Events Briefing. The meeting will enable heliport operators to brief industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open exchange with industry with […]

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  

Airspace Modernisation Strategy

We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Find more information on […]

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.

Helicopter special events end of season review

Following requests from industry the British Helicopter Association, with support from the Civil Aviation Authority, will be hosting a meeting to review helicopter operations at major events during 2018. The intention is to facilitate an open exchange of views between all parties with the aim of ensuring that safe operations remain a fundamental objective at […]

Update to EU exit information – commercial pilots

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning commercial pilots in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. To enable the CAA time to complete its part in the licence transfer process, the CAA advises that application forms for State of Licence Issue transfers from the receiving EU National Aviation Authority need to be […]

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  

EU Regulation on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training

A draft Commission Implementing Regulation based on EASA Opinion 06/2017 amending Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 as regards upset prevention and recovery training was discussed at the EASA Committee meeting on 24-25 October.  The revision of the Aircrew regulation was adopted by consensus, so will be implemented into legislation shortly.   SW2018/237

Update to EU exit information – student pilots

We have updated the information on our microsite concerning student pilots in the event of a non-negotiated EU exit. This new page on the microsite can be found here: https://info.caa.co.uk/eu-exit/student-pilots/  SW2018/234

The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations

The fifth edition, amendment 28 September 2018 of CAP 393 The Air Navigation Order 2016 and Regulations has been published. Amendments to the Air Navigation Order are shown as explained in para 1.4 of the foreword.

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

Advice to the aviation industry on a no deal EU exit

We have developed a microsite at info.caa.co.uk/euexit to be a central source of information for the aviation and aerospace industries about the actions they would need to take to be prepared for a no deal withdrawal from the EU and no continued mutual recognition.