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  • Expired: New syllabus for private pilot helicopter training

    Continuing on from our work to reduce the regulatory burden on the general aviation sector, two new training syllabuses for private pilot training have been published, both of which aim to be more relevant to today’s flight training environment by including modern learning methods and skills appropriate to today’s complex aviation environment. This will affect […]

  • Expired: 60 day update on general aviation work, November

    Since the last update we have: – Allowed balloon and glider pilots to use some new types of handheld radios, – Endorsed more training organisations through PROUD, – Launched a consultation to review the UK Air Navigation Order, – Updated the EASA  PPL(H) and LAPL(H) theoretical knowledge syllabus, – And more, which you can see here.

  • Expired: Microlight weight checks to be scrapped

    The requirement for microlights to be re-weighed every five years is to be removed, following a joint proposal from the British Microlight Aircraft Association and the Light Aircraft Association. Having checked that all existing microlight manufacturers are weighing all aircraft at the point of initial production, we are now happy to remove these requirements in […]

  • Expired: Safety certification for offshore helidecks

    An enhanced certification process involving more legally binding safety standards aims to raise safety levels for the over 300 helidecks in UK waters. This will give organisations accredited and overseen by the CAA the power to stop flights to helidecks that fail to meet the minimum standards. The announcement is the latest move to improve offshore […]

  • Expired: New proposals to improve offshore helicopter safety

    The Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group has proposed a series of changes to improve the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 offshore installations in the North Sea. The new proposals are primarily aimed at preventing incidents from occuring in the first place, and initial proposals increase both safety and survivability, especially in terms of […]

  • Expired: Getting to the airport survey

    In 2014, 238 million passengers used UK airports, but how did they begin the journey? Our latest passenger survey report shows that significantly more people departing from the five London airports decide to make use of public transport, while those flying from other regional airports are much more likely to get there by private transport. […]

  • Urgent: Expired: Extended approval for handheld radios in gliders and balloons

    Handheld 8.33kHz channel spaced VHF radios can now be used in balloons, gliders, and dirigibles / non-rigid airships, and from the end of 2018 all aircraft radios must be able to use 8.33kHz channels. Check that any radio equipment conforms to the new requirements here.  

  • Expired: Reducing frequency of aerodrome emergency exercises

    The CAA intends to reduce the frequency of full-scale emergency plan exercises from three to every four years, coming into effect November 1st 2015. Modular tests should continue to be carried out alongside these. It is hoped these changes will improve the level of support that external emergency services are able to commit to aerodrome […]

  • Urgent: Expired: Managing cabin baggage during evacuations

    Significant numbers of passengers attempt to take hand baggage with them when evacuating an aircraft, despite instructions provided in pre-flight briefings and safety cards. This risks slowing evacuation, injuring others and damaging equipment. We must reduce the incidence of this, so operators are advised to seriously review both the methods they use to provide pre-flight safety […]

  • Urgent: Expired: Mandatory inspections of Boeing fuel shutoff valves

    The fuel shutoff valves on some Boeing aircraft have been deemed potentially unsafe, and may require regular testing or replacement. If you are the operator of any B737, B757, B767, B777, or B787 aircraft check the EASA airworthiness website for specifics on how to address this issue.

  • Expired: Launch of new aerodrome weather warning service

    The new Aerodrome Weather Warning Service will be launched on October 27th, 2015. Users and aerodromes can check the Met Office website for current warnings, or register to receive updates by email.

  • Expired: Avoiding wind turbine wake

    We commissioned the University of Liverpool to research the effect of wind turbine wake on aircraft operations. This new report will help general aviation and helicopter pilots understand the need to remain clear of wind turbine wake turbulence. It will also help safer planning of wind turbines near aviation related sites. CAP 764 sets out […]

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  • Expired: Final consultation on GA regulations launched

    A consultation to simplify many of the national regulations that affect UK General Aviation (GA) is now underway, following an earlier event in March. Responses to this have been extremely positive, so we will go ahead with detailed proposals on changes to rules surrounding pilot licensing, operations and airworthiness with a view to deregulating where […]

  • Expired: Ryanair faces legal action for breach of consumer law

    As part of our on-going campaign to safeguard the rights of UK air passengers, we are taking enforcement action against Ryanair following a review that found it is not complying fully with European consumer law designed to support passengers following flight disruption. We are not satisfied that Ryanair is dealing correctly with compensation claims, and […]

  • Expired: Official endorsement of Light Aircraft Association training

    The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has become the second recipient of our new training approval initiative as part of the Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development scheme (PROUD), set up to improve the general skill level of private pilots. The LAA’s Wings award scheme offers a series of activities to broaden pilots’ interests, creates […]

  • Expired: New independent panel on air show safety

    Experts have now been officially appointed to an independent challenge panel set up to guide our review of air show safety. This review aims to provide a robust evaluation of existing guidance, processes and regulations relating to civil air displays. To achieve this, we have brought in representatives of the flying display community, the Military […]

  • Expired: Policy changes to better support passengers

    Following an extensive review of airline policies, we became concerned that some airlines were not complying with UK regulations surrounding passenger compensation for delayed or cancelled flights. We are pleased to announce that these airlines will now offer passengers better support during disruption – agreeing to pay compensation for ordinary technical faults, process compensation claims […]

  • Expired: CAA protects holidaymakers after travel company collapse

    More than 2,000 holidaymakers are being assisted by the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing (ATOL) protection scheme following the collapse of Exclusive Escapes, a specialist travel company based out of Surrey. The company had around 500 people abroad at the time, so the CAA has been in touch with hotels and airlines to ensure all their […]

  • Expired: Restrictions to operation of vintage aircraft at flying displays

    Although the UK already has some of the highest safety standards in the world for major civil air displays, following the recent accident at Shoreham, we must take action to restrict the operation of vintage jet aircraft. Although investigations have not yet determined the cause of the accident, precautionary measures including temporarily grounding all Hawker […]

  • Expired: First organisation endorsed as ‘good training provider’

    The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has become the first organisation to be endorsed under our new good training provider scheme. Their established Wings award scheme has been judged as worthy of the Pilot Recognition for Operational Up-skilling and Development (PROUD) initiative. PROUD aims to improve the general skill level of pilots, so the […]

  • Expired: Simplified regulations for private pilots offering charity flights

    As long as private pilots meet certain basic requirements they will now be able to apply for blanket permission to offer flights for charity, rather than having to apply for each individual flight. These changes instead place more emphasis on pilots providing a thorough explanation of safety standards and potential risks to any passengers prior […]

  • Expired: Air travel experiencing record passenger numbers

    This year has seen the highest rolling 12 month passenger total since records began, with UK terminals handling the largest number of passengers in the first quarter since before the global financial crisis. These figures seem only to be growing, so to keep in the loop, check out our infographic.

  • Urgent: Expired: Drone users risk prosecution if not following ‘dronecode’

    We want to be able to embrace drone technology, but must ensure this is done with all airspace users in mind. Drone users need to understand that they are entering into one of the busiest areas of airspace in the world, a hugely complex system that requires them to be aware of the regulations that keep […]

  • Urgent: Expired: Information for examiners certified outside of the UK

    Holders of examiner certificates issued by European Aviation Safety Agency member state authorities other than the UK CAA must review and implement the written material supplied by the UK, which can be found in the EASA examiner differences document. Non-UK examiners must also notify the CAA in advance of each skill test, proficiency check, and assessment […]

  • Expired: ATOL protected bookings continue to rise

    The number of ATOL protected bookings has risen for the third consecutive year as consumer understanding of the scheme rises. In the last year, the scheme has helped to support over 8,000 holidaymakers who were affected by any of the 15 ATOL holding travel companies who ceased trading during the year.

  • Expired: Air travel concerns for disabled passengers

    Passengers with a disability or reduced mobility are significantly less likely to fly than those without dye to concerns about access, although those who have flown in the last 12 months consider themselves ‘confident flyers’ and are pleased with the level of special assistance they are provided. This research will help to inform our evidence-based […]