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  • Updated Helicopter Standards Documents

    Updated Standards Documents (H) are now available: Standards Document 01(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the Initial Instrument Rating Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 03(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the CPL Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document 21(H): Guidance for Applicants taking the Helicopter Examiners Assessment of Competence and Providers of […]

  • New Helicopter Flight Examiner Manual and updated Standards Documents

    The UK CAA Helicopter Examiners Manual is now available. The purpose of this new Flight Examiners Handbook is to provide UK helicopter examiners (FE, IRE, FIE, TRE, SFE, SE) with a convenient reference for the conduct of their examining tasks. Download: Flight Examiners Handbook (H): UK CAA Helicopter Flight Examiner Manual We have also updated: […]

  • Marking and Placarding of Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems on Single Seat Deregulated (SSDR) Aircraft

    The AAIB has previously raised concerns regarding the significant hazard to emergency services and first responders from non-deployed Ballistic Parachute Recovery Systems (BPRS) in crashed aircraft. In response to this the CAA introduced new requirements to BCAR Section S, Sub-Section K for the marking and placarding of BPRS to warn emergency services and first responders […]

  • Mid-air collisions and airspace infringements

    Some of you may have had trouble with the link we sent out to our most recent GA update which looked at the risks of mid-air collisions. www.caa.co.uk/CAP2150 will take you to this Clued Up special. Follow this link for the full list of Clued Ups. We have just published an updated version of Airspace […]

  • Expired: Clued Up: Mid Air Collision

    As many of you will have returned to the skies recently, we wanted to share with you this recent article on the risks of Mid Air Collision and steps you can take to keep yourselves safe in the air.

  • Loss of Safe Separation Webinar

    Join Blade 3, Mike Ling, of the Blades Aerobatic team to find out more about Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) and the steps you can take to stay safe whilst flying. Watch on YouTube: Loss of Safe Separation Webinar with Mike Ling This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of […]

  • The CAA’s GAU starts 2021 with a focus on returning to flying post COVID

    The first quarter of 2021 has seen the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) General Aviation Unit (GAU) focused on supporting the UK’s General Aviation (GA) community on a safe return to flying following the government’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Please read the full update via the CAA website

  • Expired: Infringement occurrence narrative and avoidance webinar

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and overflight of active winch-launch glider sites and includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D East Midlands Control Area 2 (CTA-2) and […]

  • Exemptions – changing the Pilot Medical Declaration for private pilots

    Following a safety review, CAA has published two exemptions. One exemption formalises the use of the alternative medical declaration criteria for licences issued under the ANO. The other exemption allows holders of UK Part-FCL LAPL, PPL and UK Part-BFCL BPL and UK Part-SFCL SPL licences to make a Pilot Medical Declaration to the alternative medical […]

  • Performance Based Navigation endorsement: Guidance for IR holders

    The requirements regarding Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges will be changing from 26 April 2021. To provide guidance to all Instrument Rating (IR) holders, ATOs and Examiners the CAA has updated the website and published: Performance Based Navigation Endorsement – IR Holders (including guidance for IMC / IR(R) holders) (CAP2138).

  • CAA Virtual Voyage 2021 playback video

    Thank you to the 1600 General Aviation community members who attended the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s Virtual Voyage 2021. For those of you that were unable to attend the events, please enjoy this playback video. We hope to run another Virtual Voyage event in the autumn and will publicise details of this later in the […]

  • Extension to alternative class rating revalidation requirements for UK Part-FCL and National pilot licence holders

    Due to the UK’s Covid pandemic restrictions, the CAA is extending the exemptions which allow pilots to take advantage of the alternative SSEA, SEP, Microlight, SLMG and TMG class rating revalidation requirements. The new expiry date of these alternative arrangements is 31 July 2021. COVID-19 – Alternative Revalidation Requirements for Single Engine Piston (SEP) and […]

  • GA Change Programme 2021/22

    The CAA had intended to release, CAP2146 UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – Consultation Response Document last week. Following the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the UK observed a period of National Mourning, which ended on Sunday 18 April 2021. During this period, the […]

  • 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 3 of the database is effective on publication. […]

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY) Windsor, Berkshire – 17 April 21

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Windsor, Berkshire valid from 0900 -1600 UTC (1000-1700 Local) only on 17 April 2021. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. The existing temporary Restriction of Flying Regulations at Windsor Castle forbidding drones from being flown without permission will be […]

  • ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems at Windsor Castle until 18 April 2021

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems due to national mourning for His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. Drones are therefore forbidden from being flown without permission and these restrictions will last until 1100 18 April 2021. Details by NOTAM and in briefing sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. SW 2021/076

  • Changes in application process – Professional Licence issue (CPL, CPL(A)/IR, CPL(H), CPL(H)/IR, and ATPL(A)/ATPL(H).

    A new Professional Issue Online Application form for CPL,CPL IR and ATPL issue is now available to use for applicants who have not previously used our eLicensing system. Please note that from 10th May all applications for professional licence issue must be made using eLicensing system or this online application form. The paper versions of […]

  • MATS Part 1 edition 9 withdrawn

    The Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) edition 9 has been withdrawn while errors are corrected. A SkyWise alert will be sent out as soon as a revised version of this future edition has been re-issued.

  • Airspace Classification Review 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. SW 2021/073

  • EASA-to-UK pilot licence conversion

    The CAA has launched its EASA to UK conversion process for commercial pilot licences and medicals. This enables pilots to hold both a UK and EASA licence. The simplified process is available to pilots that transferred their licences to an EASA member state in preparation for the end of the transition period, as well as […]

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority launches consultation on proposed changes to CAP 553 (BCAR Section A, A3-7 and A8-26)

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a consultation on proposed changes to the following chapters of CAP 553 (BCAR Section A): Chapter A3-7: Permit to Fly Aircraft – Initial and Continuing Airworthiness Chapter A8-26: Approval of Organisations Supporting Recreational Aviation We are inviting stakeholders to comment on the proposed amendments to CAP […]

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority launches consultation on proposed changes to CAP 553 (BCAR Section A, A8-21, A8-23 and A8-24)

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a consultation on proposed changes to the following chapters of CAP 553 (BCAR Section A): Chapter A8-21. Approval of Organisations Responsible for Design or Production Chapter A8-23: Approval of Organisations Responsible for Maintenance and Restoration of Non-Part-21 Aircraft Chapter A8-24: Approval of Organisations Responsible for Maintenance […]

  • Expired: New fixed-wing infringement occurrence narrative

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative covers a fixed-wing cross country PPL training flight with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

  • Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 05th – 09th April 2021 near Spadeadam, Cumbria

    Jamming activity will take place between the 05th – 09th April 2021 (0900-1700) affecting airspace around Spadeadam, Cumbria Jamming equipment will be located near to N55° 03.1’ W002° 33.3. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within 30NM (all directions) up to and above 40,000FT AMSL. During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure. […]

  • Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting short-range devices including UAS control (2.4, 5.8GHz) 31st March 2021

    Jamming activity will take place on 31 March between 0900-1700, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain.Jamming equipment will be located near 51.26033° N, -1.96249° W. Activity may affect Electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz within 1NM (All directions) During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total […]

  • NEW GA Safety Promotions Events webpage

    To support the safe return to flying now that COVID-19 national lockdown restrictions are easing, the UK CAA’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is now publicising GA Safety Promotion Events on the CAA website. If you are a General Aviation Membership organisation and would like the GAU to support your event please feel free to get […]