Alerts: Flight training commercial

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 including the reference number where possible e.g. SW2017/194.

Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting: Update

We have updated CAP2158, Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting, which highlights the importance of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting to improve safety. The new edition includes added information and links to cover reporting to the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). Download Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting

CAP 1781 – DVOR/DME/NDB Rationalisation

The CAA has published CAP 1781 and CAP 1781b as guidance in support of how airports might mitigate the effect of the removal of conventional navigation aids from December 2022. From this date, NATS plan to commence decommissioning of DVOR, DME and NDB sites. The two CAPs offer the use of RNAV Substitution as one […]

Professional Pilot Licence applications

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 16 June all applications for professional licence issue must […]

Onshore helicopter occurrence reporting

The Onshore Helicopter Review Report highlighted a need to promote occurrence reporting to the onshore helicopter community. In answer to this action, the CAA has published CAP2158, Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting, which highlights the importance of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting to improve safety. SW2021/120

Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

The VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace change today (20 May 2021). Further detail is contained in AIP ENR 1.2 and ENR 1.4 (published in AIRAC 05/2021) and, for ATS providers, within Supplementary Instructions to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) and the FISO Manual (CAP 797). The change to […]

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 […]

Updated Helicopter Standards Documents

Updated Standards Documents (H) are now available: Standards Document 01(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the Initial Instrument Rating Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 03(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the CPL Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 21(H): Guidance for Applicants taking the Helicopter Examiners Assessment of Competence and Providers of […]

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).

GA Change Programme 2021/22

The CAA had intended to release, CAP2146 UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – Consultation Response Document last week. Following the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the UK observed a period of National Mourning, which ended on Sunday 18 April 2021. During this period, the […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-08

The CAA has published comments on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-08, ‘Regular update of the Certification Specifications for Operational Suitability Data (OSD) Flight Crew Data (CS-FCD)’.   Read our response to the NPA 2020-08 Read NPA 2020-08 on the EASA website SW2020/266

Expired: EU Exit webinar for Approved Training Organisations

The CAA has added a new date to its webinar series for Approved Training Organisations, which will take place on 7 December 2020 between 13:00 and 14:00. The webinar will cover: • An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and its impact on UK flight crew licence holders and training organisations; […]

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 […]

Expired: Public Safety Zones consultation

The CAA along with support from the DfT is consulting on a proposal to change the establishment and maintenance of Public Safety Zones. The change is motivated by the latest accident data and flight performance of current commercial aircraft. You can read the full proposal and share your views on our consultation portal. The consultation […]

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.

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Changes to the application process for night ratings

A new online application form for night ratings (SRG1126) is now available and removes the requirement for applicants to submit their original logbooks unless specifically requested to do so. A new Night Rating Course Completion Certificate (CAA5017) is also available and should be completed by the ATO/DTO conducting the relevant training, then uploaded by applicants […]

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 […]