Alerts: Offshore helicopters

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.

Helicopter flight in degraded visual conditions

The purpose of this notice is to remind helicopter pilots, operators and training schools of the advice and guidance that is available to assist in the management of flight in a degraded visual environment, including its recognition and avoidance, appropriate training, flight planning and action in the event of encountering deteriorating conditions. AIC P 137/2019 […]

Re-opening of Same Day Licensing Counter at Aviation House

The same day counter service, which allows applicants to have their licence or certificate issued on the day, reopens at Aviation House on 4 July 2022. The booking line will be made available from 27 June 2022. Full details of the services offered can be found on our website. SW2022/132

UK AIP and chart format changes – AIRAC 07/2022

To comply with regulatory requirements changes will be made to the format of the UK AIP and Aeronautical Charts effective AIRAC 07/2022: • ENR 3 ATS Routes: Tables restructured. • ENR 5.5 Aerial Sporting/Recreational Activities: For easy reference all sites published in a single alphabetical list regardless of type. • AD 2 Aerodromes: New section […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 6 – 9 June 2022

Jamming activity impacting licence exempt bands will take place between the 6th – 9th June 2022. Jammers located within 3km of 550307N 0023320W. Activity will take place between 0900-1800 UTC on each day. Activity will affect UAS control and situational awareness devices within a radius of 15NM. Frequencies are 432-446MHz, 863-870MHz, 900-928MHz, 2300-2800MHz and 5725-5875MHz. […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – Sennybridge, 23 – 27 May and 30 May – 3 June 2022

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P024/2022. Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS and licence exempt frequencies used for RPAS control and some electronic situational awareness devices may suffer intermittent or total failure. An associated […]

Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 23 – 27 May, 13 – 17 June, 13 – 22 July, 14 – 23 September, 19 – 28 October, 16 – 25 November 2022

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P034/2022. Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS and licence exempt frequencies used for RPAS control and some electronic situational awareness devices may suffer intermittent or total failure. An associated […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 142

As the post-COVID airline industry transitions from survival to recovery, CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 142 reviews some of the key issues from the last 12 months that have recently focused on commercial pressures and rostering versus available resources and manning.  There are also reports discussing UPRT training, Approach Bans, maintenance quality concerns, and lack […]

Expired: Ofcom decision to vary aircraft and aircraft (transportable) radiocommunications licences

Please note that following a notice of proposed variation earlier this year Ofcom has published a decision on their website regarding a variation of WT Act Licenses that impacts all aircraft and aircraft (transportable) licensees. The decision can be viewed on the Ofcom website. SW2022/066

Flying aircraft registered in an EASA state

UK issued flight crew licence holders should be aware that since 1 January 2021, they have no privileges to operate aircraft on the register of an EASA Member State – including within UK airspace. Pilots require an EASA Part-FCL/Part-SFCL/Part-BFCL licence or can request a short-term validation of their UK licence, under Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) […]

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022 (SI No. 321) was laid in Parliament today, and comes into force on 13 April 2022, amending the Air Navigation Order 2016. The primary purpose of the Amending Order is to update references to the Basic Regulation, as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) pursuant to the European […]

22/23 CAA Scheme of Charges Publication

The CAA has published the revised 14 Schemes of Charges and the Consultation response document on the 17th  March 2022 under CAA UK Official Record Series 5, that will be legally implemented with effect from the 1st April 2022. The current 14 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31st March 2022.

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022

This Skywise is to advise that The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022 was published in draft on the 24 January 2022.  It is expected to come into force on 13 April 2022. The primary purpose of the Amending Order is to update references to the Basic Regulation, as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 141

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 141 focuses on fatigue and tiredness resulting from maximised duty times as companies ramp up operations now that international COVID restrictions have been relaxed.  There are also reports describing normalised deviance in the engineering and flight crew environments where people have routinely cut corners in an attempt to meet the […]

Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2: Co-sponsor assessment and CAA acceptance decision

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its decision to accept ACOG’s Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2 (CAP2312b) in the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. For more information, including the co-sponsors’ assessment and the CAA’s full decision in CAP2312A. SW2022/014

Radio & Transponder Mandatory Zones

As part of our work to enable the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, the CAA has reviewed and amended its policies on radio and transponder mandatory zones (RMZ and TMZ). This has resulted in: # new acceptable means of compliance and guidance material to SERA.6005 Requirements for Communications and SSR Transponders adopted through ORS9 CAA Decision No […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 10 January – 4 February 2022

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting RPAS and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W. Activity expected 0830-1600 daily. GNSS (L1 & L2):70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius)5000ft AMSL and below – […]

Maintenance Standards Posters

The CAA has published CAP2283, which contains a number of posters representing various sectors of industry, emphasising the responsibly of Certifying Staff when issuing a Certificate of Release to Service. Organisations may wish to use these to during their initial and continuation training and/or display within their organisations.

Confirmation that General Exemption ORS4 No.1453 will expire 31 December 2021

Previous UK CAA licence holders who obtained their EASA licence between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 will no longer be able to operate on UK (G-registered) aircraft from 1 January 2022 unless they gain a UK Part-FCL licence or a UK validation of their EASA licence. Operators should ensure their crews have the […]

Expired: Radio Telephony (RT) Examiner privileges extension

All RT Examiners whose certificate is valid on 31 December 2021 (or are in receipt of an extension email) may consider these examiner privileges extended until 31 May 2022. This extension will facilitate the introduction of a new training and testing process for the Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence (FRTOL).

Expired: Statutory charges FY22/23: Consultation

Our Statutory charges FY22/23 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2022. 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 […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 140

Air Transport FEEDBACK 140 covers a wide-ranging set of issues reported to CHIRP during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic period.   The editorial focuses on the need to proactively report across the whole spectrum of safety concerns so that we can identify emerging themes before they become critical  – one such theme being the growing pressure […]

New AMC & GM – UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 SERA

The CAA has published a revised package of acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). The AMC and GM package can be found on the UK Regulations website and incorporates the recent amendment to the AMC and GM to […]

The UKAB Annual report 2020

The UK Airprox Board’s new annual report offers an historic overview of cases followed by a detailed breakdown of Airprox by sector, risk, altitude and airspace. Understanding Airprox and the factors behind them is a key step towards mitigating against mid-air collision and UKAB’s sole purpose is to share its work far and wide to […]

Extension of Part M Subpart G approval validity

Exemption E5500 (Official Record Series 4, No.1499) was introduced to assist organisations transitioning from a Part-MG approval to a Part-CAMO approval. It applies to the holders of Subpart G approvals once an application has been submitted to the CAA for an approval certificate in accordance with the requirements of Annex Vc (Part-CAMO) by 24th September […]

Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 139

Air Transport FEEDBACK 139 includes comments on themes from recent reports to CHIRP, many of which have focused on company/workforce relations, culture and trust.  Also mentioned is the need to make sure that recent publications that have been issued when many people and/or departments have been furloughed are properly understood and incorporated in return to […]

Expired: Notification of jamming trial – MOD West Freugh, 6 September – 4 October

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting common RPAS control and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W. GNSS (L1 & L2) impact as follows: 70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius) 5000ft […]

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK.

The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK. The process involves coordinated activity between the CAA and the DfT and will be used in the development of aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material. Information about […]

NATS AIS Internet Briefing System (IBS)

NATS will replace the AIS IBS with a new system on Thursday, 12th August 2021. The new system provides an improved user interface and enhanced functionality – Full details of changes are available via the NATS news item at www.nats.aero/ais including a new User Manual. Note: Users with existing Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB) accounts will […]

Dangerous Goods Templates Updated

The latest ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air were effective from 1 January 2021 and introduced changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published on […]

Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas – updated

Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas (CAP437) has been updated. This new amendment reflects current best practice in light of revisions to regulations and guidance resulting from experience within the wider aviation fueling community. In addition, a sub-group of the Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST) has addressed specific ground handling and dangerous good risks.

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 19 July – 13 August

Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting common RPAS control and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W.GNSS (L1 & L2) impact as follows:70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius)5000ft AMSL and below […]

Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – Wales and South West England, 19-30 July

Jamming activity will take place between the 19 – 30 July affecting Wales and South West England. Activity impacting GNSS (GPS) will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P056/2021. Please refer to the AIC for more information at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer intermittent or total […]

Radio Operators Certificate of Competence update

The Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) certificate has been updated to include the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 and Ofcom requirements. Previously issued ROCC certificates will remain valid and holders do not require re-issue of this certificate unless it has been lost, (for which a fee will be incurred). There will be new procedures coming […]