Alerts: Private pilot helicopter

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.

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,

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.

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 […]

Carbon monoxide in the cockpit

While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we continue to release safety education and awareness material to support the GA community and help promote longer-term safety awareness. To meet this aim we have published an InFocus special on the continued risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the […]

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 […]

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 […]

GA maintenance check flights during COVID-19

The Government’s guidance permits essential maintenance activity to take place during the current COVID-19 restrictions, and on this basis owners / operators of GA aircraft are permitted to conduct aircraft maintenance flights. The details of what is permitted is available on our website.

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, […]

COVID-19 – Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak: COVID-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for National Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Flight Crew (ORS4 No 1376) This exemption permits the extension of the validity of ratings and endorsements on licences issued under the ANO.

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.

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 […]

Exemption for UK EASA PPL & LAPL holders from requiring an EASA Part-MED to operate EASA aircraft

The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the Requirement for Holders of Part-FCL Private Pilot Licences and Light Aircraft Pilot Licences to hold an EASA Part-MED Medical Certificate when Operating EASA Aircraft  (ORS4 No 1370) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/074

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 […]

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.

CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-02

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-02 All-weather operations – Non-commercial operations with other than complex motor-powered aircraft. Read our response to the NPA 2020-02: CAA comments on NPA 2020-02. Read NPA 2020-02 on the EASA 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 […]

Expired: Kemble CAS(T) Airspace Trial: 22 February 2020

On 22 February 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will establish Controlled Airspace (Temporary) (CAS(T)) for a flight operating from Kemble Aerodrome (EGBP). Whilst CAS(T) has been established at Kemble in the past, the CAS(T) structure has been redesigned to help minimise the impact on other airspace users. This new design will be trialled this […]

Visual flight in Class D airspace

From 26 March 2020 the UK’s exemption from the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) covering visibility and distances from cloud in Class D airspace for pilots flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) will no longer apply. Read more: UK to revert to international rules on visual flight in Class D airspace after exemption […]

Preventing airspace infringements around Farnborough Controlled Airspace

This update has been written to provide a comprehensive guide to the Class D and Class E Farnborough controlled airspace which become effective on 27 February 2020. It follows the format of the other narratives that focus on identified ‘hot-spots’ to help prevent airspace infringements.

Jamming trial to affect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

Jamming activity will take place 10 – 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas. This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (Spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. During the trials GPS moving maps […]

Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 infringement ‘hot spot’

The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series sets out advice from the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team, Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control on how to avoid airspace infringements when flying around, or under, Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5.

Helicopter special events briefing 2020

The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority are holding a pre-season helicopter special events briefing. This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and also facilitate an open discussion with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for operations into […]

Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focuses on preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.

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 […]

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Barton ATZ

The Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ continues into 2020. The first of the new year focuses on preventing ATZ infringements at Manchester Barton Aerodrome. It has been written by the Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers at Manchester Barton Aerodrome who are members of the Northwest LAIT.

General Aviation Policy Framework update

The General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure we fulfil our statutory duties as we continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge. The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance […]

Airprox magazine

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.    The magazine can be downloaded from the UKAB website. […]

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

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for state opening of Parliament, London, on 19 December from 1000 hrs to 1230 hrs. Details by NOTAM. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

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 […]

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Hawarden RMZ

The sixth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements of the Hawarden Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ). It has been written by the air traffic control team at Hawarden aerodrome which is a key member of the Northwest LAIT.

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.

Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Edinburgh (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for New Year’s events in Edinburgh during the period 30 December – 1 January. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M131/2019 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/. Restrictions also apply to the operations of all drones.

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Sandtoft Aerodrome

The fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known ‘hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Sandtoft Aerodrome. This update has been written by members of the Yorkshire LAIT including ATCSL at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool, operators at Humberside, Yorkshire Aero Club and Sandtoft Aerodrome.

Expired: Alert for restricted airspace – London and vicinity of Watford (Temporary)

Restriction of flying regulations for the NATO summit and the associated visit by Heads of State to London and the vicinity of Watford between 2 and 4 December 2019. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at: http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com/public/index.php.html Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2019/226

ELA1 aircraft maintenance

Guidance for implementing Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes for use with ELA1 aircraft (CAP1454) has been updated. More information: https://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/Self-Declared-Maintenance-Programme/

Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Solent

The fourth in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK has been published. This update has been written by members of the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT), Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control.

Amendments to the Aircrew Regulation

All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew regulation that came into effect on 11 November 2019. CAP 1855 provides a summary of the main changes and can be downloaded from the CAA website. SW2019/217

Expired: 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.

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.

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. 

Night Rating completion time FCL.810

All training providers and applicants need 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 Night Rating (FCL.810) has been amended as below: ‘Applicants shall have completed a training course within a period of up to 6 months’ The […]

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 […]

Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment

The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to implement changes to radiotelephony phraseology contained within UK Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This is in support of amendments to class E airspace Air Traffic Service (ATS) procedure changes contained within the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

UK Airprox Board annual review 2018

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its annual statistical review of all airprox incidents it assessed in 2018. The review analyses incidents by type of operation and provides historical context in which to observe long-term trends.   It has also published its latest monthly review for October which focuses in detail on one particular airprox incident. UKAB […]

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 […]

Expired: 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

Helicopter special events end of season review

The British Helicopter Association and Civil Aviation Authority will be hosting a review of helicopter operations at major events during 2019. The intention is to facilitate an open exchange of views to ensure that safe operations remain a fundamental objective at future events. The meeting will be held in the Airport Terminal at Oxford Airport […]

CAA comment on NPA 2019-08 – Update of ORO.FC

The CAA has published comments on the EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2019-08 – Update of ORO.FC. Read our response to the NPA: CAA comments on NPA 2019-08 Read NPA 2019-08 on the EASA website  

Overflight of congested areas

The CAA has today issued ORS4 1315 which exempts certain categories of aircraft from their Permit to Fly Condition that prohibits them from overflight of ‘Settlements’. The aircraft concerned will still need to avoid Towns and Cities, but it is envisaged that this change will make flight planning easier for the operators of the aircraft […]

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.

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

GA Continuing Airworthiness Management Workshops

The General Aviation Unit (GAU) recognises the challenges faced by industry when introducing new or amended regulation and are keen to provide GA specific training relating to Continuing Airworthiness Management. As part of its collaborative approach to improve consistency across the industry, the GAU is planning to deliver Continuing Airworthiness Management workshops at locations throughout the […]

Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications

This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/75. Pilots should be aware that for some applications you are required to submit proof of identity (ID) to support your applications. A certified copy of a passport or photo driving licence will be accepted. Please refer to our website for more […]

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 […]

UK Airprox Board monthly review – July 2019

The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its latest monthly review which focuses in detail on one particular airprox incident. UKAB is dedicated to improving aviation safety and is keen to ensure lessons can be learnt by pilots and air traffic controllers from the publication of these monthly reviews. The latest version of UKAB’s App […]

Using your National licence to fly G-reg EASA aircraft in the UK

Pilots that hold a LAPL may continue to fly a UK registered aeroplane or Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly. An exemption set out in ORS4 1293 has been replaced by derogation ORS4 1309. This continues to allow holders of an appropriate UK National licence to […]

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

Expired: 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 […]