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.

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, […]

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.

Recommencement of CPL and IR tests

The CAA is now recommencing the designation of examiners for Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR) tests. Authorised Training Organisations (ATO) may contact CAA Flight Test Bookings to arrange dates and allocations of appropriate examiners. Before a test date is confirmed the allocated examiner will be completing a COVID-19 focussed risk assessment and […]

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 – Continuation training and human factor refresher training

Part 21, Part M, Part 145 and Part 147 organisations should look to carry out continuation training and human factor refresher training via online methods, in line with CAP 1742 due to COVID-19. CAP 1742 is available to download from the CAA website. SW2020/118

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 […]

COVID-19 – Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging of biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. The replaces ORS4 No 1372. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1391) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website.

COVID-19 – Recency Exemption for Commercial Air Transport Line Training

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak: COVID-19 Outbreak: Recency Exemption for Line Training Personnel involved in Supervision of Line Flying – Commercial Air Transport Only (ORS4 No. 1390) This exemption is to assist an operator return aircrew to recency by using TRIs or TREs or line […]

Part-CAMO application process

Following the introduction of Part CAMO under regulation EU 2019/1383 we have published guidance for all current Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations about the transition process to Part CAMO. This information will help organisations and personnel involved in managing complex motor-powered aircraft and Licenced Air Carriers to transition to the new requirements. Please see […]

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 134

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

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 […]

COVID-19 – Non Destructive Testing (NDT) re-qualification

The National Aerospace NDT Board Forum EU members, EASA, and the CAA have agreed to a temporary extension scheme for people with approvals that expire between March and June. For details see the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) website (documents AD014 and AD01_frm_A) The BINDT website also has guidance for PCN-Aero users. SW2020/091

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 […]

COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity

In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed. Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed. Further information regarding COVID-19 […]

COVID-19 – BCAR Section A A8-10 Welder Approval validity extension

BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis. For more information please […]

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, […]

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.

COVID-19 – Validity of EASA Licences for pilots, instructors and examiners operating outside of AOC

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Extension of validity and other time periods for EASA licences, ratings, privileges, endorsements and certificates of aeroplane and helicopter pilots, instructors and examiners conducting flying operations other than within an organisation holding a National Air Operator’s Certificate, […]

COVID-19 – Scope and validity period of Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificates

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 – Outbreak: Expansion of Scope and Extension of Validity Period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the Initial Issue or Renewal of a Pilot Licence, Rating and Instructor or Examiner Certificates  (ORS4 No 1373) Further information regarding […]

Expired: COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1372) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/070

COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Installation of a Temporary Separation Barrier between the Cockpit and Cabin area of Aircraft used to Transport Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic  (ORS4 No 1371) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/069

Carriage of potential COVID-19 patients

When carrying stretcher borne patients who are symptomatic of the virus there may be a benefit in installing a bio-containment system to protect the crews. We have put in place a specific process to enable operators to apply for the necessary airworthiness approval – the full details are available on our website.

COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354) Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available on the CAA website. […]

COVID-19 – Theoretical knowledge examination completion period

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period as required by Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended (ORS4 No.1353 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/059

COVID-19 – Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% attendance requirement

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% Attendance Requirement (ORS4 No.1352 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/058

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revalidation of Instrument Ratings and associated class and type ratings

A recent amendment to the EASA Aircrew Regulation has changed revalidation and renewal requirements of the Instrument Rating for both aeroplanes and helicopters. A further delay to the implementation has been published to give Examiners and Operators more time to adopt to the new requirements. When revalidating or renewing an IR(A) or IR(H), the licence […]

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/02 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air Navigation Services Common Requirements Regulation’. SW2019/241

Airspace classification review

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

Consultation on CAA charges

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

Engineer Licensing – Signing your licence

The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder. By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence […]

Changes to Flight Crew Licensing Legislation

All training providers and pilots should to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019. The Official Journal of the European Union and the legislation concerned are available to view here. 

CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 132

This edition returns to the subject of passengers boarding before flight crew with a well-written argument from a reader and a rap on the knuckles for CHIRP. Also, passengers boarding before security checks are complete and anti-smoking policies. Two reports from ATCOs: aircraft not achieving their ‘level by’ restrictions and the use of ‘overload’ and […]

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 […]

Dangerous Goods Radiation Protection Programme

The transport of radioactive material as cargo must be subject to a Radiation Protection Programme (RPP), which must consist of systematic arrangements aimed at providing adequate consideration of radiation protection measures. Operators that hold a dangerous goods approval and permit the transport of radioactive material should identify their RPP document reference and location within their […]

Airworthiness Seminar in Derby – 14 October

Following previous successful Airworthiness Seminars on Effective Problem Solving and Root Cause Identification in February 2019, the CAA is organising an identical event on 14 October 2019 in Derby. The seminar presents the opportunity for the CAA to communicate current thinking on this subject while providing a forum for Industry Stakeholders to share their experience […]

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.

Part 145 – Applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components

We have published guidance on the applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components for Part 145 holders. The purpose of this policy is to clarify the use of AMC2 145.A.50(d) so that the competent authority, installers and operators have confidence that used aircraft components have been satisfactorily removed from the aircraft, inspected, […]

New Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Regulations

From the 9th July 2019, new rules came into effect on the use of EFB for CAT, NCC, SPO and NCO operators. The CAA instigated a new approval process which can be found on the CAA website. CAT operators must seek prior approval, and complete the EFB compliance checklist found in SRG1849. NCC, SPO and […]

Component strip reports

We have published Safety Notice SN 2019/006 to advise owners and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMOs), responsible for an Aircraft Maintenance Programme (AMP), to request component strip reports from maintenance organisations and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) so that they can review the effectiveness of their AMP. A strip report is a common term used for […]