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  • Inverness Airport Airspace Change Proposal: Call-in Window Open

    Following the publication of a redacted version of the Sponsor’s final proposal, any stakeholder may submit a ‘call-in’ requesting that the final decision about changes to the design of UK airspace is made by the Secretary of State for Transport rather than the CAA. Stakeholders can review the airport’s proposal to assess whether or not […]

  • Expired: Airspace infringement avoidance webinars

    GAsCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement. Monday 8 March; and Monday 22 March at 7pm. An hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. A perfect refresher to prepare for when COVID-19 restrictions can be lifted. Register now for free: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinars

  • Allowing UK national aeroplane and motorglider licence holders to fly UK Part 21 SEP aeroplanes and TMGs.

    The purpose of this exemption is to allow holders of UK national pilot licences to be able to fly UK Part 21 SEP aeroplanes and Touring Motorgliders (TMG) (formerly referred to as EASA aircraft), until the end of June 2021. All licence holders are requested to read the guidance supporting the exemption as there are […]

  • New infringement occurrence: Manchester CTA

    The latest Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence narrative looks at an Infringement of Class D – Manchester Control Area. The fifth in the series includes perspectives from the Manchester radar controller, the Barton FISO and the pilot. While we understand that many pilots are currently unable to fly due to COVID-19 restrictions we aim to continue […]

  • CAA airspace change guidance CAP 1616: fourth edition published

    We have published an updated fourth edition of CAP 1616 Airspace Change: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic, and on providing airspace information. This revised guidance can be downloaded at: www.caa.co.uk/cap1616. SW 2021/040

  • CAP 413 SI: Phraseology for RNP IAPs at aerodromes with AGCS

    On 18 Jan 2021 the CAA published CAP 413 SI 2021/01 to the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This Sl details changes being made to CAP 413 relating to the introduction of phraseology for Air/Ground Communications Service (AGCS) radio station operators and Aerodrome Flight Information Service Officers (AFISO) who operate at aerodromes with required navigation performance […]

  • CAP 797 FISO Manual Edition 4

    Edition 4 of the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797) was published on 26 February 2021, effective 26 March 2021. Published for use by FISOs it contains procedures, instructions and information pertaining to both aerodrome and area operations. It may also be of general interest to others associated with civil aviation. In addition […]

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Gatwick: consultation

    The CAA has published a statutory consultation under section 22(2) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 on its proposal to modify Gatwick Airport Limited’s (GAL) licence. Following a consultation on its proposed approach in October 2020, the proposed modifications will implement a new set of commitments as the basis of the economic regulation of GAL […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: 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 […]

  • AAIB investigation to Alauda Airspeeder Mk II

    We wanted to alert you to a report published today by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB): AAIB investigation to Alauda Airspeeder Mk II, (UAS, registration n/a) 040719 We have already made significant changes to our requirements and oversight following the incident. We have now received the final AAIB  report and will be looking to […]

  • UK Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database

    The CAA has published an amended version of its Wake Turbulence Categorisation Database.  The database should be used by ATC service providers in conjunction with the wake turbulence categories in Appendix B to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) to determine the required wake turbulence separation. Version 2 of the database includes a new tab […]

  • Gatwick Modified Route 5 (Runway 08 RNAV-1 Standard Instrument Departure Procedures) Post Implementation Review

    As part of the post implementation review of this airspace change, data received from Gatwick Airport Limited for the period 30 March 2017 to 30 September 2017 has been published along with this Guide to the PIR Data. Following the publication of this data an opportunity for feedback has been opened. Stakeholders have until 19 March […]

  • UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

    Individuals who started their theorical examinations with an EASA Member State and transfer to complete remaining examinations should note: • those who have taken examinations under ECQB06 and ECQB07 with an EASA Member State will take UKQB06; • those who have taken examinations under ECQB2020 will take UKQB2020, • individuals cannot change syllabus. We have […]

  • London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton airspace change decisions

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published its decision not to approve airspace change proposals made by London Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton. For full details on the decisions please see their respective decision documents: London Oxford Airport – Proposal for Revised Airspace and Instrument Flight Procedures RAF Brize Norton – 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 […]

  • Apply for reactivation of a UK issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence

    This application process allows the reactivation of the previously held UK licence now we have left the EU system. You must have previously held a UK issued Part 66 Licence which was subsequently transferred to an EU member state prior to the UK EU Exit date. Please see the CAA website for guidance on how […]

  • Apply for a UK Issued Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence with an EU Part 66 Licence

    This application process allows you to apply for a UK issued Part 66 Licence post the UK EU exit date where an individual can now hold a UK and EU issued licence concurrently. You will be required to hold a current EU issued Part 66 licence which has not been suspended or enforcement action taking […]

  • Publication of CAP403 Flying Displays Edition 18

    Following earlier consultation we have now published a new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays and Special Events. This focuses on organising and obtaining permissions for flying displays, including the roles and responsibilities of Flying Display Directors. To participate in a flying display, display pilots are required to obtain a Display Authorisation (DA). Details on obtaining […]

  • UK-EU Exit: changes to pilot licences and training

    We have updated our microsite to include changes to obtaining a UK pilot licence and training requirements under the new regulatory landscape post the UK leaving the EU. Additional information for pilot licences and pilot students has been can be found on our UK-EU Transition microsite. SW2021/023

  • Flying Display Director Initial Course

    With the ongoing COVID restrictions, the FDD Initial Accreditation course scheduled for 23- 24 March 2021 at the Defence Academy Shrivenham has been cancelled. The course will be rescheduled for later this year – further details will be promulgated on the CAA website.

  • 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: Consultation on Heathrow RAB readjustment

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published an update and final consultation following a request by Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) to change its approach to the calculation of HAL’s regulatory asset base (RAB): Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Response to its request for a covid-19 related RAB adjustment – Updated consultation

  • Remote pilot minimum age requirement changes

    With effect from 28 January 2021, the UK Government has now removed the minimum age requirement for remote pilots operating a UAS in the Open and Specific categories.  Please see the CAA website for details. SW2021/019

  • 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 […]

  • Co-sponsor assessment of Airspace Masterplan Iteration One (Southern UK)

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Department for Transport (DfT) have today published its co-sponsor assessment of the Airspace Masterplan Iteration One (Southern UK). Please note, this document was developed before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and meant it was not possible to publish this report in Spring 2020, as originally intended. […]

  • Airspace Classification update

    An update on the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s progress on in its procedure to review the classification of airspace has been published. More details on airspace classification can be found on our website.