Alerts: Microlights

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.

Alert for restricted Airspace – Portsmouth (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for the first entry into Portsmouth Harbour by the aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales 16 November 2019 Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Note at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

Operating experimental aircraft under E conditions

Guidance and information for operating experimental aircraft under E conditions has been updated. Following a review, we have published a new edition of the guidance. This now includes requirements for ferry flight and A to B operations.

Highlighting infringement hotspots: Warwick

The third in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Warwick. This update has been written by members of the Midlands Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Limited, the Flight Information Service Officers at Coventry Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome.

Preventing airspace infringements around the Manchester low-level route

The second in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This infringement update has been written by members of the Northwest Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): NATS Manchester; ATCSL, Liverpool; Barton Aerodrome; and Ravenair, Liverpool Airport.

Consultation: Opting out of EASA regulation for 450-600kg light aircraft

We have opened a 6-week long consultation to seek views on the UK moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600 kg from pan-European EASA certification to national regulations. Stakeholders are invited to submit their views and respond to questions set out in the consultation document online: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/ga/450-600kg-regulation/ The closing date is 29 November 2019.

Designing a new NOTAM System: ICAO Questionnaire

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has launched a questionnaire on NOTAM and the NOTAM system and is asking for feedback from users. Your response will help design a new system. The online questionnaire remains open until 31 October 2019: https://forms.gle/pEvdLFUwT5AksbTp9 As advised by ICAO: In answering the questions think of the ideal NOTAM system […]

Alert for restricted airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for State Opening of Parliament, London, on 14 October from from 0930 hrs UTC to 1130 hrs UTC. Details by NOTAM at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Helicopter route H4 and non-specific flight / enhanced non-specific flight clearances contained within area withdrawn for duration. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/184

Microlight noise certificate exemption

The CAA, in cooperation with the Department for Transport, has today issued an exemption to remove the need for microlight aircraft to hold a noise certificate. This is in advance of a Government consultation on the issue. You can see the exemption at: ORS4 No.1313 – Noise Certificate for Microlight Aeroplanes

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.

CAA will be at the LAA Rally 2019 – 30 Aug – 1 Sept

The CAA, including the General Aviation Unit, will be at the LAA Rally 2019, taking place at Sywell Aerodrome, and will be in a marquee ready to answer your questions. The team will be covering the following areas: Licensing – general queries, including assistance in completing EASA conversions, certifying original documents and submission of flight […]

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

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 […]

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

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.

Plymouth – Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Plymouth, Devon on 29 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/128

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  

Skyway Code: New edition now available

Our guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated. Version 2 is now online, with printed copies available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE. Condensing the must know information on UK GA flying into easy to navigate information and graphics, The SkyWay Code gives GA pilots a one stop shop […]

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK

Edition 80 includes: Flight into controlled airspace; Go-around techniques; Drones operating near airfields; Loss of engine power; and Students’ preparedness for training.

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 Red Arrows display at an Airshow at RAF Cosford, Shropshire Torbay Airshow on 10 June 2019 and Dunsfold, (Surrey) Wings and Wheels Airshow on 15 and 16 June 2019. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/117

Alert for restricted Airspace (Temporary)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays for the Torbay Airshow at Paignton, Devon on 1 and 2 June 2019. Also, Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Portsmouth, Hampshire on 5 June 2019 . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2019 at https://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of […]

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

BMAA given approval to issue initial Permit to Fly certificates

The British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA) has been given approval to issue Initial Permit to Fly certificates by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Permit to Fly certificates are generally issued to ex-military, kit-built and microlight aircraft that meet the appropriate airworthiness standards. Following a change to the ANO in 2016, the CAA introduced a provision […]

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

Predannack Airfield ACP Decision

ACP Decision Letter approving the implementation of a new Danger Area at Predannack Airfield and another linking this to the South Coast Exercise Areas for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems have been published on the CAA website. SW2019/091

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.

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 […]

Summer 2019 English Channel airspace restrictions

Between 2 May and 30 August 2019 a number of airspace restrictions and a temporary danger area will be put in place over the English Channel to accommodate a large Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) conducting atmospheric research. Please visit our news alert for more information. SW2019/080

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

CANCELLED: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

The Red Arrows display at RAF Coningsby on 22 March 2019 has been cancelled and therefore there will be not be restricted airspace because of this. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. SW2019/065

Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows flying display rehearsal at RAF Linton-On-Ouse, North Yorkshire on 1 or 2 April 2019. Details by NOTAM at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all Drones.

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  

Electronic Conspicuity: Call for evidence

The UK Civil Aviation Authority is calling for evidence over Electronic Conspicuity (EC). EC has the potential to unlock safety benefits and save lives by reducing the likelihood of infringements and mid-air collisions. We would like you to consider the suggested approach and provide responses to six core questions: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/e-conspicuity-solutions/ SW2019/057  

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

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 

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 79

This edition includes reports about 2 issues that have the potential to cause problems across the aviation sectors: GPS navigation – a useful tool when used appropriately Weight and balance – are we giving this enough attention? There are also 3 reports relating to ATC. Two of these demonstrate a need for dialogue and understanding […]

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.

Training Com – Winter 2019

We have published Training Com Winter 2019 – news and advice for training professionals. This issue covers Part FCL vs FEH 3.23, Pre-Flight Preparation, Senior Examiner Certificates, Instructors’ Assessment of Competence, Refresher flight training with an instructor, Aeroplane PBN, PBN – IMCR & IR(R), Examiners and Instructors – Navigation Log Keeping, your Licence and Medical […]

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 […]

General Aviation Strategy 2018 – 2023

We have published CAP1754 – General Aviation Strategy 2018-23 on our website. The updated 5-year General Aviation strategy compliments and supports both government and wider CAA strategy and is aimed at supporting and championing General Aviation in the UK. Please click here to access the report. SW2019/14

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 […]

Airprox data and analysis

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual safety magazine for GA pilots and air traffic controllers. The magazine looks in depth at the factors leading to a serious loss of separation between aircraft, and how such incidents can be avoided in the future. UKAB has also published an in-depth statistical analysis of all […]

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

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  

Amendment to BCAR Section S (Small Light Aeroplanes)

New requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems. The CAA General Aviation Unit has published an amendment to British Civil Airworthiness Requirements (BCAR) Section S. Sub-Section K now includes requirements for microlight design to introduce the marking and placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems (BPRS) on small […]

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 […]

Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 78

The latest edition of CHIRP’s GA Feedback bulletin features the usual range of confidential reports from pilots. Poor pre-flight planning and preparation is a strong theme running through this edition, with weight and balance; flights over water; the proximity of controlled airspace; and NOTAMs all examples of where more attention was required. The misunderstanding of […]

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.

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