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  • Expired: East Anglia Military Training Area: Post Implementation Review

    The Sponsor’s Report for the Amendment to East Anglia Military Training Area Post Implementation Review has been published. This airspace change proposal is being conducted under CAP 725 but for transparency the publishing of this sponsor’s report opens a 28 day window for feedback. Any feedback should be sent to to airspace.policy@caa.co.uk.

  • UK to revert to previous rules for Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima for flying in visual meteorological conditions

    From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

  • Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

    From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.  The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in class D airspace provided that they are flying […]

  • Urgent: COVID-19 restrictions reminder

    The CAA reminds all GA stakeholders of the importance of being familiar with, and adhering to, the latest government guidance on flying while COVID-19 restrictions are in place. If you are not able to fly at the moment, then please feel free to take some time out to read The Skyway Code

  • CAA Policy on Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today published its new policy on Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling. We are now also seeking views on a revised proposed definition of minimum standards for noise modelling for Category D airports. See our consultation website for more information and how to respond. The consultation is open until 9 March […]

  • UK Airspace Management Policy: Minor amendment

    Amendment 2 to Issue 7 of CAP 740 UK Airspace Management Policy has been published. This updated edition incorporates the newly formed Military Airspace Management Cell, a combination of the former Military Airspace Booking Coordination Cell and Low Flying Operations Flight.

  • Ex-Military Aircraft: Design, restoration and continuing airworthiness approval

    Updated guidance for those who are seeking to obtain a CAA Airworthiness approval for an ex-military aircraft, or who wish to restore, maintain and operate such an aircraft on the UK Civil register. This guidance material, over and above that provided in the statutory requirements, is based on experience gained from past approvals. A summary […]

  • Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information

    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 meet that aim we are taking the opportunity to share the latest safety […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: New occurrence narrative

    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 meet that aim we have just published the second Airspace Safety Initiative occurrence […]

  • Consultation on CAP 1724 – Flying Display Standards

    CAP 1724 was first published in February 2019 alongside CAP 403 Flying Displays and Special Events, the aim being to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is practicable. The CAP provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) […]

  • New aviation reporting portal

    The aviation reporting portal relaunched for the UK on 5 January 2021. At this time UK reporters do not need to register for an account to submit MOR reports to the UK CAA and those wishing to use this portal should do so by selecting the ‘report an occurrence without registration’ option. The UK working […]

  • Safety Standards Acknowledgement & Consent (SSAC)

    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 guidance material to support the future return to flying. Following last year’s consultation, we have now published a new edition of CAP1395 Safety Standards Acknowledgement & Consent (SSAC). This new edition […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: New series of narratives launched

    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 meet that aim we have launched a new series of narratives focusing on […]

  • UK CAA Examinations update

    In line with the recent government announcement of a National lockdown, along with the restrictions in Scotland, the UK CAA senior management team have concluded that all scheduled commercial examinations to be sat will be cancelled from next week until the end of February 2021. Commercial pilot (aeroplane and helicopter) examinations Aircraft Maintenance Engineers examinations […]

  • AME guidance for GA Pilots

    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. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the re-imposition of a […]

  • EU Transition: Microsite Updated

    The CAA’s dedicated microsite for the UK-EU transition has been updated to reflect the regulatory changes that will take place for commercial entities at 23:00 this evening, 31 December 2020, as the EU transition period ends. Where significant changes have been made, these are marked “UPDATE” on the relevant question.   The CAA will continue […]

  • European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) – update

    Following the UK exit from the European Union, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) will continue to be available for LPV operations, post 01 January 2021 and until further notice. This affects the use of Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) at aerodromes with LPV lines of aerodrome operating minima displayed on their RNP Approach […]

  • European Risk Classification scheme – update

    As you may be aware, from 1 January 2021 the European Risk Classification Scheme (ERCS) will become part of the occurrence reporting regulation for National Aviation Authorities in EU Member States. The UK CAA will be implementing ERCS internally after that date. For industry and individual reporters this is not a mandatory requirement and you […]

  • Update to CAP 747 ‘Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness’

    Issue 4 of CAP 747 ‘Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness’ has been published to reflect the fact that the UK leaves the European Union aviation system at 23.00 on 31 December 2020 and the CAA will no longer be a member of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As a result, the CAA will take […]

  • EU to UK Flight crew licence process and update to microsite

    From 1 April 2021, a new application process will be available to pilots, instructors and examiners who wish to obtain a UK Part-FCL licence based on a European Part-FCL licence. Further guidance regarding this process will be published in due course. A general validation, which will enable holders of EASA Part-FCL licences to continue to […]

  • UK-EU trade agreement

    EU Exit: the UK and EU have reached agreement over future trading relationships, including those involving aviation. We are studying the detail of the agreements relating to air transport and aviation safety and will update relevant pages of the UK-EU transition microsite as information becomes clearer about how the new arrangements will work in practice. […]

  • EU Exit: Airworthiness Certificates

    The CAA will continue to accept references, including EASA form numbers, to any EU regulation which are cited on documents carried by UK-registered aircraft. This includes Certificates of Airworthiness (CofA), Airworthiness Review Certificates (ARC) and Noise Certificates. These will remain valid until they are renewed, whereby they will be replaced with CAA references and form […]

  • EU Exit: Managing and releasing UK aircraft

    The CAA has provided guidance in a letter for Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations with an EASA Part M Subpart G approval, which have their principal place of business located outside the UK, to manage UK registered aircraft and to issue or extend the validity of their Airworthiness Review Certificates, as if their privileges and approvals […]

  • EU Exit: Flight Crew Licences

    After the EU transition period ends, flight crew carrying a non-UK CAA licence, issued by an EASA Member State, who operate UK-registered aircraft must carry a ‘general validation’ with their licence. This is issued by the UK CAA. This is available here on our dedicated microsite to download. For flight crew with licences issued by […]

  • Updated: Security Management Systems Frequently Asked Questions

    Security Management Systems (SeMS) Frequently Asked Questions (CAP1297) has been update to provide information and guidance for organisations implementing, or considering  implementing, a SeMS. Re-issued to correct error in link to document.

  • ECCAIRS Community Portal – update on new portal

    We recently informed you that the ECCAIRS community portal is being phased out to be replaced by a new one from 1 January 2021. Once the new system is live, UK reporters who have an ECCAIRS community portal account will be able to register for a new account. There will be no changes to how […]

  • Cyber Security Alert: SolarWinds Orion

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Department for Transport (DfT) has asked us to make sure the aviation industry is aware of the recent SolarWinds Orion network cyber security breach. The NCSC has published information and guidance on their website. The NCSC advises that even if an organisation does not use this system that […]

  • Unmanned Aircraft: CAP 2013 – ANO amendment guidance

    This document covers the unmanned aircraft related articles within the Air Navigation Order that will remain relevant after the 31 December 2020 amendment.   It provides an outline of the revised regulations as they now appear in law and supplements the information provided in CAP 722 regarding the new UAS regulation package that becomes applicable […]

  • Clued Up: Towbars

    Please enjoy this Clued Up article on Towbars following the release of the AAIB report following an investigation into how a towbar from a Cessna 210 was left on the runway at London Southend Airport and subsequently ran over by a landing Embraer 145. ATC reported that it was not possible to see the towbar […]