Alerts: Gliders

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.

Lockable Gascolator Drain Valves on GA Aircraft

Following a number of incidents of power loss in GA aircraft caused by lockable gascolator fuel drain valves being inadvertently left latched open we are advising owners to check the gascolator drain valve before each flight and consider replacing lockable gascolator drain valves with non-lockable alternatives, which are often standard parts. Our safety notice SN-2021/005 […]

Occurrence update: Infringement of Gatwick Control Area and London Terminal Control Area

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 future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D […]

Pilot Medical Declarations: Clarification

Following a rapid review we can today confirm that the less than 2,000kg aircraft category, with its reduced list of disqualifying conditions within a Pilot Medical Declaration (PMD), is still an option for national pilot licence holders (subject to the specified operational conditions). Existing PMDs remain valid for the type of licence(s) and aircraft weight […]

Clued Up: Weight & Balance article

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 please enjoy our latest article on […]

Expired: Infringement update: Class A airspace occurrence

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 future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To help meet that aim a new infringement occurrence narrative has been added to […]

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 […]

Urgent: COVID-19 restrictions reminder

The CAA reminds all GA stakeholders of the importance of being familiar with, and adhering to, the latest government guidance on flying while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. If you are not able to fly at the moment, then please feel free to take some time out to read The Skyway Code

Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information

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 future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we are taking the opportunity to share the latest safety […]

Expired: Infringement update: New occurrence narrative

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 future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have just published the second Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence […]

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 […]

Expired: Infringement update: New series of narratives launched

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 future return to flying and continue to help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet that aim we have launched a new series of narratives focusing on […]

AME guidance for GA Pilots

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. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the re-imposition of a […]

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. […]

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 […]

GASCo ‘Return to flying’ online webinar

We would like to highlight the GASCo ‘Return to Flying’ online webinar. This is a FREE resource and we would encourage all pilots to run through this to help overcome skill fade due to the covid related challenges experienced by all this year and the impending winter season.

Follow up to CAA EU Exit Webinar: General Aviation

Thank you for attending the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s EU Exit webinar for the General Aviation sector. We hope you found the webinar useful and you were able to take away information that will help your organisation prepare for the end of the transition period. For those unable to attend, you can watch the webinar […]

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 […]

Clued Up Autumn 2020: Electronic Conspicuity

Following the launch of the Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices rebate scheme launched the CAA has published a Clued Up Special Edition magazine on all things EC. The rebate scheme is still open and if you are a drone pilot or a general aviation pilot in the UK you may be able to claim a rebate […]

REMINDER: UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) consultation into preparation for the end of the EU transition period,  UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation  closes on 18 December, two weeks today. If you are interested in helping to shape the direction of future general aviation regulation and how the Civil Aviation Authority […]

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 […]

Clued Up: Winter Special

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. Please enjoy this Clued UP: Winter Special article.

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 […]

EXTRA DATE ADDED:EU Exit webinar for General Aviation

Due to the overwhelming response we received we have scheduled an extra webinar. This will take place on Friday, 27 November at 1pm – 2pm, and will give those who were unable to register for the first date the opportunity to hear from our CAA experts: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 […]

Expired: 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 […]

Invitation to CAA EU Exit webinar: General Aviation

The webinar for the General Aviation sector will take place on 26 November 2020, 13:00 -14:00 where we will cover: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and what this means for General Aviation; The key changes affecting annex 1 aircraft and Part 21 licensing forms, and what actions organisations should […]

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: 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 […]

UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages the UK’s dynamic GA sector. In preparation for the end of the EU transition period, the CAA has launched UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation: This consultation is an opportunity for you to […]

New GA Podcast: Threat and Error Management

CAA On Air – Episode 6 – Talking TEM (Threat and Error Management)Our latest podcast covers threat and error management and features Amy Breckell and Neil Winbolt from the CAA’s General Aviation unit. Addition TEM information is included in Flight-crew human factors handbook (CAP737) and from the Airspace & Safety Initiative: Avoiding airspace infringements using […]

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.

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.

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 […]

Infringement update: Index and summary

Over the last twelve months Local Airspace Infringement Teams and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) have produced 25 narratives to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK. This final update sets out a simple ‘index’ of the narratives and a summary of the key points that may help pilots avoid infringing […]

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.

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.

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° […]

Pilot survey on the use of moving maps

Why do some pilots use moving maps and others don’t? The Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) has developed a new online survey to follow up on issues highlighted through causal factor analysis of reported airspace infringements. Please pass this link on to anyone who may wish to share their views on the use of moving […]

Infringement update: Farnborough CAS

The twenty-fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative’s hot-spot narrative series has been written by the team at Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.   It focusses on the Farnborough Controlled Airspace (CAS) structure to help pilots learn directly from factors identified in the 7 months since […]

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 […]

EASA Form 15c

Organisations and Certifying Staff are reminded that since 24 March 2020 it is only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML. An EASA Form 15b must not be issued. For further information please see the Part-ML guidance on the CAA website. SW2020/213

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. […]

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.

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 […]

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: Moving Map survey for private pilots

The Airspace Infringement Working Group has developed a survey for private pilots on the current use of moving maps and would welcome your views. You can complete the short survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ASImovingmapsurvey The Airspace Infringement Working Group is part of the Airspace & Safety Initiative, a collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, and MoD, […]

Removal of Warwick VRP: 10 September 2020

Following consultation with the Birmingham Local Airspace Infringement Team, the CAA, and a review of infringement data, Birmingham Airport have taken the decision to remove Warwick VRP (M40 Junction 15) as a notified Visual Reference Point. The change is effective from 10 September 2020, and will be reflected in the UK AIP and airspace charts.

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: 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.

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 […]

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: 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: 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 […]

Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition

A Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) document is now available to download. This example of a compliant CAE has been designed as a starting point for Part-CAO organisations considered as ‘small’. It can be used by existing Part-MG and Part-MF organisations as well as new applicants to either progress their transition or to apply for […]

GA Voices: Top Safety Tips

In our series of GA Voices videos we asked for thoughts on safe flying and the future of general aviation post COVID-19. We’ve now mixed highlights from all our subjects into a two minute Safety Tips edit to help think about a safe return to the sky after a longer than usual break from recreational […]

COVID-19 – Balloon and Sailplane pilot licence holder 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 the 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. 1413EASA Pilots is now: ORS4 […]

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.

Infringement Update: Prohibited and Restricted Airspace

The latest infringement update covers Prohibited and Restricted Airspace. The twentieth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots has been written by the airspace sponsors involved in the establishment of permanent and temporary prohibited and restricted airspace.

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.

Infringement update: Blackbushe Airport

The latest infringement update is focused on preventing infringements of Farnborough Controlled Airspace in the vicinity of Blackbushe Airport. It has been written by the team at Blackbushe Airport, Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.

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.

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 […]

Stay in Control: GA safety campaign

Loss of control (LOC) is one of the leading safety issues in general aviation. We have just released the first part of our Stay in Control safety campaign which focuses on Loss of Control in the Circuit. Everything we develop will be published at caa.co.uk/stay-in-control

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,

Reviewing airspace classification

On 1 December 2020 the CAA will introduce a new procedure to review and, where appropriate, amend the classification of airspace. The classification determines the flight rules that apply in that airspace and the procedures that must be followed. Give us your views on a draft of this new procedure by visiting our consultation website […]

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

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.

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.

Bringing sub-600kg aircraft into national regulation

In October-November 2019, we consulted on moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600kg from EASA certification to UK national regulations. We received over 1,350 responses to this consultation, one of the largest responses to a general aviation consultation in recent years. Having completed a detailed analysis and consulted key community representatives and the Department for […]

Helping to have the safest return to flying

While some elements of GA are still restricted by COVID requirements we know that much of the community has returned to flying. We have received many reports of how the sector has safely and thoughtfully started flying but also, unfortunately, we have been asked to investigate a larger than normal set of incidents. This includes […]

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

COVID-19: Government guidance for recreational flying

The Department for Transport has updated it’s COVID-19 guidance for recreational flying to include clarification of social distancing and link to Scottish Guidance. You can see the new guidance at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-recreational-general-aviation

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 […]

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- […]

CAA podcast shares tips for pilots preparing to return to GA flying post COVID-19

CAA On Air – Episode 4 – Safety advice and tips for pilots returning to GA flying post COVID-19 Jonathan Nicholson and David Pratt talk to Hannah Foskett and Neil Winbolt from the CAA’s General Aviation unit about about how to prepare to return to the air after a longer than usual break from recreational […]

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 […]

COVID 19 – Guidance for General Aviation Private Pilots

COVID 19 – Preparing to Return to Normal Flying Operations for General Aviation Private Pilots Guidance to help General Aviation private pilots return safely to normal operations in line with Government COVID-19 related restrictions on recreational flying. This document is intended to complement guidelines issued by HM Government, the Department for Transport and Public Health […]

Safety advice and tips for pilots returning to GA flying post COVID-19

To help pilots when they return to flying post COVID-19 restrictions we have put together some tips and advice to help return to the skies safely. You can view them at www.caa.co.uk/CAP1919 Wider Government COVID-19 advice is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Expired: Preparing to prevent infringements of Aerodrome Traffic Zones

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 […]

COVID-19 – Exemptions for Part-BFCL, Part-SFCL and National Balloon Licence holders

The two exemptions apply to UK CAA issued EASA LAPL(S) and (B), SPLand BPL and national Balloon licence holders.   They deal with the extension of validity and other time periods for licences, ratings, privileges, endorsements and certificates of Sailplane and Balloon pilots, instructors and examiners ORS 4 No. 1381 – Extension of Validity and […]

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: Preparing to prevent infringements in Liverpool Controlled Airspace

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 […]

COVID 19 – Changes to MET forecasts

The Met Office is currently prioritising activities so that it can continue to carry out urgent governmental work. To support the Met Office and in light of current restrictions on General Aviation, the CAA has sanctioned changes including: A suspension of GAMETs, Gatwick Take Off Forecasts, and aerodrome warnings for General Aviation airfields, and 9 […]

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, […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Use of callsign suffix ‘ALPHA’

With immediate effect, search and rescue flights using the ‘RESCUE’ callsign may be flown as flight priority category ‘A’.  The callsigns of such flights will include the suffix ‘ALPHA’.  All other flights undertaken by HM Coastguard Helicopters will continue to use the RESCUE callsign. Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 (CAP 493) Section 1, […]

Preparing to prevent infringements to the east of Manchester

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 […]

Radiotelephony Manual: New edition now published

The Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) has been updated. Edition 23 includes updates to: Foreword; Definitions; Military Callsigns and numerous editorial changes. It has been published today and has an effective date of 8 June 2020.

General Aviation pilot medical self-declaration exemption extended

The current exemption that allows General Aviation (GA) pilots to self-declare their medical fitness, that was due to expire on Wednesday 8 April 2020, has been extended to remain in place until 8 November 2020. Other exemptions to help alleviate COVID-19 issues for pilots and operators of aeroplanes, helicopters, balloons and sailplanes will be issued […]

Guidance on Sailplane Operations

Three Supplementary Instructions (SI) have been published to incorporate guidance material concerning sailplane operations into the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) and the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797). Associated radiotelephony procedures are incorporated into the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413). > CAP493 SI 2020-02 > CAP797 SI 2020-02> […]

Part-ML and Part-CAO forms now available

The application form for an Authorisation to Issue an Airworthiness Review Certificate for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML is now available on the CAA website. Applications for an independent certifying staff authorisation can made using Form SRG1015 Applications for Part-CAO transition will now be accepted an online application form which is also available on updated Part-ML […]

Coronavirus: Recreational General Aviation

Government guidance on coronavirus and General Aviation flying was published yesterday. It states that people should not take part in recreational flying during the current coronavirus outbreak. This is in line with government guidance to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

Manchester Low-Level Route Procedure Changes

At 2359 hours on 25 March 2020, the UK’s exemption from the SERA Class D visual meteorological conditions (VFR minima) below 3000 ft expires. To reflect this change, the procedures for the use of the Manchester Low-Level Route have been amended. With effect from 0001 hours on 26 March 2020, UK Aeronautical Information Publication EGCC […]

Standardised European Rules of the Air Update

The CAA has updated its consolidation of Regulation (EU) 923/2012, supporting EASA Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material, The Rules of the Air Regulations 2015, supporting CAA Permissions and Exemptions plus related elements of the Air Navigation Order 2016. These updates can be found at www.caa.co.uk/sera and reflect the imminent expiry of the UK’s […]

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 […]

Brize Norton infringement hot-spot

The latest infringement hot-spot narrative has been written by members of the Air Traffic Control Unit at Royal Air Force Brize Norton. Ten more hot-spot narratives can be found on the Local area information page on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.

Expired: Aeronautical chart review – chart questionnaires

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has a questionnaire regarding Aeronautical Charts for airlines and pilots. Providing feedback will help conduct a comprehensive analysis of the users’ requirements and expectations and to determine the suitability of current ICAO Annex 4 charts and the future of Aeronautical Charts that meet the needs of performance-based communication, navigation […]

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 […]