Alerts: Drones

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.

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 […]

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 […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 86

GA FEEDBACK Edition 86 The latest edition includes a number of articles that remind us of the need to take care near controlled airspace, especially as winter approaches and we face a return to flying next year after an extended period of non-flying. Other topics cover transponder accuracy, passenger flying, and the need to keep […]

Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 9 – 20 November, Wales and SW England

Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones) Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge) Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1600 UTC and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM Systems relying on GNSS […]

Unmanned Aircraft: CAP 722 – UAS Guidance updated

Edition 8 of CAP 722 Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance has now been published. This document provides updated guidance to all involved with the operation of unmanned aircraft in the UK and its content reflects the effect of the new UAS regulations that become applicable from 31 December 2020.

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.

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day commemorations at Cenotaph, Whitehall, Central London on 8 November 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M081/2020 will refer at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

Stay in Control; Angle of Attack

The next chapter in our General Aviation Stay in Control safety campaign covers Angle of Attack. Airspeed and angle of attack is a topic often debated, sometimes hotly, around airfields or in the bar and some positions go like this: “If you have good airspeed you’ll be fine” — not necessarily… The campaign, launched in […]

Updated:UK approach to recreational general aviation safety: An independent review

This independent review was commissioned and funded by the Department for Transport (DfT)following a commitment to do so in the “Aviation 2050: The Future of Aviation” green paper which set out for public consultation a number of policy options to improve aviation safety. This update includes Ministerial endorsement and post consultation comments by the CAA.

UAS Master Glossary and Abbreviations

Our UAS Unit has now published ‘CAP 722D – UAS Operations in UK Airspace – Master Glossary and Abbreviations’ to support the complete CAP 722 series of documents for Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in the United Kingdom.

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 […]

Launch of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) rebate scheme

Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC. Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/ec SW/2020/215

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

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome, between 25 and 27 September 2020. Details of the displays by NOTAM. AIC M071/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Update: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, 17 – 20 Sep

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. This restriction will not be put in place as the event at Duxford has been cancelled.

Expired: Jamming trial date change: Salisbury Plain and New Forest

Jamming activity affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by […]

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: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 20 September

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. Details of daily display times by NOTAM. See AIC M066/2020 listed under ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)’, ‘AIC Mauve – Airspace Restrictions’ at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com for more details.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Jamming trial impacting Short Range Devices and UAS control (not GNSS): 7 – 18 Sep, Salisbury Plain and New Forest

Jamming activity will take place between 7 and 18 September 2020, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by the locations […]

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: English Channel Temporary Danger Area Complex – State Requirement

Due to a state requirement, the CAA have been required to implement new Temporary Danger Area (TDA) complex over the English Channel between 31 August and 30 September 2020. This complex replaces the previously notified areas. The Temporary Danger Areas will be utilised by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight. […]

Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 7 – 11 September, Wales and SW England

Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones) Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge) Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1800 BST and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM High Power jamming will […]

Guidance and policy: Rotary wing Swarm Operations

CAP 722E Rotary Wing Swarm Operations – Visual Line of Sight – Requirements, Guidance and Policy has now been published. The aim of this new document is to enable UAS operators to understand the requirements that must be met as part of an application for operational authorisations related to rotary wing UAS swarm operations in visual […]

Expired: CORRECTION: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 17 – 28 August, Wales and SW England

This is a corrected version of this alert. The original version had the wrong dates in the title: Jamming activity will take place 17 – 28 August 2020, affecting airspace above Wales and the SW of England. The activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones). […]

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: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M061/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. This notification replaces SW2020/148 SW2020/174

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – RAF Valley (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals will take place at Royal Air Force Valley on 13 August 2020. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full detail in AIS Briefing Note M065/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Silverstone and Turweston (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston, Northamptonshire, for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix between 6 and 9 August 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M048/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

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.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

This notification has been replaced by SW2020/174 Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M014/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Unmanned Aircraft – Responses to abnormal operations and in-flight failures

The purpose of this safety notice is to provide recommendations and guidance that will enable all remote pilots, UA operators and Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs) to act to reduce the likelihood of in-flight emergencies occurring and developing into incidents or accidents. The remote pilot’s ability to identify and respond correctly to unexpected in-flight emergencies, system […]

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, […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for fast jet display practice at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on 30 June 2020. Details of display times by NOTAM and on the AIS website (M047/2020) at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2020/134

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Hyde Park (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Hyde Park Demonstrations.  Airspace restrictions will apply to the airspace directly above EGR157 and to Helicopter Route H4 on 20 June 2020. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Unmanned Aircraft: EU UAS Regulations update

We have published a new edition of CAP 1789 The New European UAS Regulations: General Outline. This document has been updated following the delay to the European Union Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation which will now become applicable in the UK on 31 December 2020.

EU Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation delayed

The European Commission has delayed the applicability date of the European Union Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation 2019/947 until 31 December 2020. The Implementing Regulation will now become applicable in the UK on Thursday 31 December 2020. The EU UAS Regulatory Package – Outline (CAP 1789) will be updated to reflect the new applicability date […]

New number for Airspace Regulation Operations

The contact telephone number for Airspace Regulation Operations (AR Ops) and Airspace Regulation (Utilisation) (AR(U)) has changed to 01293 983 880. AR Ops and AR(U) can be contacted for the purposes of, but not limited to, notification and coordination of Unusual Aerial Activity and promulgation of NOTAMs. See UK AIP ENR 1 for references to […]

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 […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals at RAF Syerston on 3 June 2020. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full details in AIS Briefing Note at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com (listed under News as ‘Airspace Restrictions’ dated 28/05/2020). Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 84

GA FEEDBACK Edition 84 The latest edition of GA FEEDBACK includes reports about: the handling of alternator failures; the importance of thorough flight planning; not allowing yourself to be pressured into flying when backed into corner by events on the ground; the use of recording equipment in the cockpit; and the importance of thorough pre- […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 134

Air Transport FEEDBACK 134 is the first edition from our new Director Aviation, Steve Forward.  It contains reports about the handling of fuel priority calls; the importance of awareness of Minimum Safe Altitude versus Transition Level; fatigue management; go-arounds due to birds; unsafe engineering practices; and managing the long-term storage of aircraft.   These and many […]

COVID-19 – UAS guidance for BVLOS operations

The CAA’s UAS Unit has published ‘CAP1915 – UAS guidance for COVID-19 BVLOS Operations’, which enables UAS operators to apply for UAS BVLOS authorisations aimed at supporting the COVID-19 response more effectively and efficiently. It first describes the general factors relevant to the CAA when considering whether to grant an authorisation for UAS BVLOS operations […]

Solent corridor temporary danger area for unmanned aircraft operations

From 1 May 2020 through to 31 July 2020, a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will be operating out of Lee-on-Solent aerodrome to carry out trials and delivery flights to the Isle of Wight for the purposes of a government led COVID-19 response plan. As it will be operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight and […]

Expired: CAP 1789 – The EU UAS regulation package – April 2020 update

The CAA has published an updated version of CAP 1789 which provides updated guidance based on revised information and policy developments that have been provided since its original publication in June 2019. It provides a simple explanation of the general intent behind the regulations and also includes a section which aims to answer some of […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Glasgow (Temporary)

COVID-19 RESTRICTION: Restriction of Flying Regulations for NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, Scottish Event Centre, Glasgow.  Airspace restrictions will apply from 16 April 2020 to 14 July 2020. Details by NOTAM at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. For entry to the RA(T) contact Police Scotland at  OSDAviationSafety@scotland.pnn.police.uk or, if contact is urgent, […]

COVID-19 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Emergency Services Response

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. This General Exemption allows a more flexible, but controlled, use of a small unmanned aircraft in support of the Police response while enforcing the Government restrictions resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID-19 Pandemic – Emergency Services […]

Extension of UAS Operational Authorisations or Exemptions and Exemption for police response to COVID-19

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID 19 Pandemic – Emergency services Response Further […]

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Syerston, Nottinghamshire (Temporary)

Please note that this display has now been cancelled Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire on 25 and 27 March 2020. Subject to a successful display on 25 March the display on 27 March will be cancelled. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M023/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also […]

CAA charge proposal delay

As a consequence of the severity of the current COVID-19 outbreak and its impact worldwide, the CAA has decided to delay the implementation of its recently proposed charge increases for three months to assist the UK aviation industry in these difficult times. You can see more information at Schemes of Charges. The CAA currently intends […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

GA FEEDBACK Edition 83 Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they […]

Jamming trial to affect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

Jamming activity will take place 10 – 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas. This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (Spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. During the trials GPS moving maps […]

Helicopter special events briefing 2020

The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority are holding a pre-season helicopter special events briefing. This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open discussion with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for operations into […]

Small unmanned aircraft – water ingress and flight over uninvolved people

Following the AAIB’s investigations into a series of recent incidents involving the loss of control of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft, the CAA has issued two related Safety Notices: Safety Notice SN2020-001 – Water Ingress into a small unmanned aircraft in precipitation Safety Notice SN2020-002 – Guidance and best practice when considering flight over uninvolved people […]

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for state opening of Parliament, London, on 19 December from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Airspace classification review

On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give us a new requirement to review the classification of airspace. We are now beginning the first airspace classification review and we would like your help. Click here to […]

Consultation on CAA charges

We’re consulting on proposed amendments to our statutory charges, due to take effect from 1 April 2020. The online consultation will close on 7 February 2020.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Edinburgh (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for New Year’s events in Edinburgh during the period 30 December – 1 January. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M131/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/. Restrictions also apply to the operations of all drones.

Confidential drone safety reporting system now available

Drone users and enthusiasts can now report safety concerns and incidents online using a confidential drone reporting service. CHIRP, a charitable organisation that has been providing independent, confidential reporting facilities for the aviation since 1982, has extended its online reporting system to include drone-related incidents. The service is free to use, and CHIRP guarantees to […]

Guidance for the UAS Recognised Assessment Entity scheme

Requirements, administrative processes, instructions and guidance related to the operation of the Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) scheme within the United Kingdom have been updated.  Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – The UK Recognised Assessment Entity (CAP722B) is intended for organisations that are, or wish to be, approved as an RAE. This new edition […]