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  • New guidance for space licence applicants

    The CAA has published new guidance to support launch, range and spaceport licence applicants in developing a training manual (CAP2259C), safety operations manual (CAP2259B) and launch operator safety case (CAP2259A). Please see the CAA website for more information. SW2021/259

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority launch Active Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Trial

    Today we are launching registration for our active carbon monoxide (CO) detector general aviation  (GA) trial. Registration is open to any member of the UK GA community who flies with an active CO detector and is willing to commit to completing a short monthly survey, every month, over the next 12 months. SW2021/258

  • The Regulation UK (EU) 2017/373 and 2015/340 SRG 1430 change notification form has been amended and Issue 5 is now published on the CAA web site

    The SRG 1430 form and its attach guidance notes are amended to: Reference UK regulations. Allow Interoperability documents related to a notified change to be provided post notification when any impact is determined. Allow more flexibility on the development of cyber risk assessments at the time of change notification and provide e mail address for […]

  • Non-Part 21 Amateur-Built Balloon and Airship Operational Limitations

    Over the past six years, the CAA has noted a significant increase in the number of amateur-built balloons on the UK register and there are now several large envelopes, capable of carrying at least four people. Unlike other amateur-built types capable of carrying multiple people, amateur-built balloons and airships are not currently regulated with respect […]

  • Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Leicester Aerodrome, 25 – 26 September – CANCELLED

    As of 21/09 this event has been cancelled. Restriction of Flying Regulations for an AERO CLUB RACE at Leicester Aerodrome on 25th and 26th September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M070/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/254

  • Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Alerts

    After considering feedback, from today (20 September) any SkyWise alerts for temporary restricted airspace will only be sent to the category ‘Airspace alerts’. Any restrictions including the use of drones will also be sent to the category ‘drones’. To continue receiving these alerts, please ensure that you are subscribed to the ‘Airspace Alerts’ and/or ‘Drones’ […]

  • CAP 2248: Carriage of Dangerous Goods by RPAS

    The CAA Innovation Hub has published CAP 2248, which provides guidance to RPAS operators on the requirements and application process to gain approval from the CAA to carry dangerous goods in the UK, including a case study on dangerous goods related to COVID-19 relief efforts. The CAA is currently refining its approach for assessing dangerous […]

  • Safety Events

    GAsCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement on Monday 20 September at 19:00. 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 Webinar Join Matt Lane, recent […]

  • CAA launch autumn Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit

    Please join us for Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit, brought to you by the UK Civil Aviation Authority on 6, 7 and 11 October 2021. Here are full details of event dates, times and live Q&A details. SW2021/246

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 19 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire on 17,18 and 19 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/245

  • CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 89

    GA FEEDBACK 89 includes a number of topics that will have relevance to the GA community as we return to flying over the summer period.  Having suffered from an extended period of not flying due to COVID-19 restrictions, the key messages are to take care to follow procedures and check lists properly, beware task-fixation and […]

  • Sir Stephen attends LAA Rally

    To mark the attendance of Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair of the CAA at the LAA Rally last Friday, please read his latest blog. My visit to the LAA Rally | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2021/241

  • CHIRP Drone/UAS FEEDBACK Edition 2

    Drone/UAS FEEDBACK – Edition 2. As many of you will know, CHIRP is developing a confidential reporting programme for Human Factors “HF” and Just Culture occurrences arising from the operation of Drones, UAS or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The aim is for what are, in some cases, relatively new members to the world of […]

  • Extension of Part M Subpart G approval validity

    Exemption E5500 (Official Record Series 4, No.1499) was introduced to assist organisations transitioning from a Part-MG approval to a Part-CAMO approval. It applies to the holders of Subpart G approvals once an application has been submitted to the CAA for an approval certificate in accordance with the requirements of Annex Vc (Part-CAMO) by 24th September […]

  • CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 139

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 139 includes comments on themes from recent reports to CHIRP, many of which have focused on company/workforce relations, culture and trust.  Also mentioned is the need to make sure that recent publications that have been issued when many people and/or departments have been furloughed are properly understood and incorporated in return to […]

  • CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 74

    This edition focuses on crew returning to flying during the pandemic, it’s important to start focusing back on the role, refamiliarise yourself. Crew understandably may be feeling nervous or apprehensive about returning to flying. It is therefore important that you prepare for this and refresh your knowledge before returning. CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK edition 74 […]

  • Infringement narrative: Manchester Low Level Route procedures

    The Manchester Low-level Route (LLR) procedures in the UK AIP at EGCC AD 2.22.7 are being revised effective with AIRAC 9/2021 on 9 September 2021 so the Northwest LAIT has updated narrative number 2 to help pilots understand the changes and requirements of the LLR use. SW2021/235

  • Definition of Category D for Minimum Standards for Noise Modelling

    The CAA has published its decision on defining Category D for our Minimum Noise Modelling Requirements. This follows its consultation on this issue which was published in January 2021. This document should be read in conjunction with the consultation document and our interim assessment of the consultation responses to CAP 1875, and our Policy on […]

  • (UK) ATM/ANS IR New AMC & GM

    The CAA has published ORS9 CAA Decisions to promulgate new and revised AMC and GM to Annex Annex I ‘Definitions’ and Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to the (UK) ATM/ANS IR. The new AMC and GM relate to ATS.OR.305 ‘Responsibilities of air traffic control service providers with regard to the problematic use of psychoactive substances by air […]

  • Notification of jamming trial – MOD West Freugh, 6 September – 4 October

    Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting common RPAS control and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W. GNSS (L1 & L2) impact as follows: 70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius) 5000ft […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 5 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/226

  • Publication of CAA noise databases

    Following UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the CAA has published 6 databases of CAA approved noise certification levels. These databases include noise levels approved by EASA up to and including 31 December 2020, and additionally, any new or amended records approved by the UK CAA since. Periodic updates to the databases will be published. These […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 3 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a helicopter flight between Balmoral and Edinburgh on 3 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a briefing sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/225

  • Policy for the approval of remote aerodrome air traffic services V4.0

    Version 4.0 of the policy for the approval of remote air traffic services expands on previous policy to include the evolution of the concept into Multiple mode of operation and provision of remote aerodrome ATS from multiple aerodromes both sequentially and simultaneously.  It also includes technical updates in Appendix B and ATC training requirements in […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, 5 – 17 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for tethered unlit balloons exercise at Topcliffe, North Yorkshire from 5 September to 17 September 2021. Full details in AIS Briefing Note at www.nats.aero/ais and associated NOTAM.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/223

  • Criteria for accepting the airspace change masterplan

    The airspace change masterplan is a single coordinated implementation plan of interdependent airspace change proposals modernising airspace out to 2040. To ensure the masterplan is consistent with government policy and CAA statutory functions, the CAA must ‘accept’ it into our Airspace Modernisation Strategy.  Today we publish the criteria that must be met for acceptance as […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Bournemouth Air Festival, 1 – 5 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Bournemouth Air Show between 1 and 5 September 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M073/2021 at  www.nats.aero/ais  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. Additional restrictions for a Jet Formation Display Team will be promulgated separately. SW2021/220

  • Infringement hot-spot: Edinburgh

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Edinburgh Airport. It includes details on how using the Frequency Monitoring Code can be of great benefit to pilots and controllers as well as other tips to avoid infringements. Read more airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ SW2021/219

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Clacton, Essex, 26 and 27 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Clacton, Essex on 26 and 27 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/217

  • Public evidence session – Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 (ACP-2018-65)

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will be holding a Public evidence session on the airspace change proposal (ACP) Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 (ACP-2018-65). This ACP affects London Luton Airport’s arrival routes. To register to speak at the Public evidence session, please complete the form found on the Airspace Change Portal. […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Sidmouth, Devon, 27 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Sidmouth, Devon 27 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/215

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Wyton, Cambridgeshire, 26 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Wyton, Cambridgeshire on 26 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/213

  • CAA assessment of the criteria for call-in by the Secretary of State of Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6

    The CAA has received a request for the final decision on the Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 to be called-in. This document reports CAA’s assessment of the criteria for call-in by the Secretary of State. SW2021/212

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Creamfields Music Festival, Cheshire, 26-30 August – DRONE ONLY

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Creamfields Music Festival, Daresbury, Cheshire between 26 and 30 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in an AIS Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions only apply to the operation of drones. SW2021/211

  • New 600kg Microlight Aeroplane classification becomes Law

    Today, 19 August 2021, the new 600kg Microlight classification has been incorporated into law. Please see the full details in CAP2163: Reforming the microlight aeroplane category: Implementation and key decisions and on the CAA website. SW2021/209

  • CAP 722F – Model Aircraft Operations Policy and Guidance

    The CAA has published CAP 722F – Model Aircraft Operations Policy and Guidance as part of the CAP 722 suite of RPAS documents, on the operation of model aircraft. CAP 722F sets out the applicable regulatory requirements and introduces the new Article 16 authorisation scheme. SW2021/206

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Marham, Norfolk, 25 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at RAF Marham, Norfolk on 25 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/205

  • CAP 1789A Update – Consolidated version of US IR

    The CAA has updated CAP 1789A- (Consolidated version of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018) with the removal of some parts of the regulation that were not applicable at the time of EU exit, and therefore not carried across into UK domestic law. […]

  • The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK.

    The CAA has published the process that will be used in developing aviation policy and legislation in the UK. The process involves coordinated activity between the CAA and the DfT and will be used in the development of aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material. Information about […]

  • Loss of Control: What you need to know

    Astral Aviation Consulting join Kanchana Gamage, founder of the Aviatrix Project, as she talks through Loss of Control, what it is, how it can happen, and what you can do to avoid it. Astral Aviation Consulting Ltd. are a UK based consultancy, and are contracted by the CAA to provide a bespoke, targeted safety campaign […]

  • Flying display symposium, display authorisation evaluator seminar and flying display director dates for 2021/2022

    Dates for the Flying Display Season Symposiums and Flying Director Courses (FDD) for 2021/2022 as follows: Symposiums at Defence Academy Shrivenham: 2021 Post Season – 9/10 November 2021 2022 Pre-Season – 15/16 March 2022 2022 Post-Season – 11/12 Oct 2022 Further details available at: Display symposia events | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) Flying Display […]

  • Planning resources and infringement avoidance

    Pre-flight planning guidance Pre-flight planning in a low-stress environment helps produce a safe strategy for the flight and reduces workload once airborne. Collaborative decision-making with ATC, weather services, and other pilots also helps size things up. The Airspace Infringement Working Group’s guidance, covering key aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning, is available on the […]

  • Updated guidance letter on the recognition of EASA Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has issued an update to its guidance letter for Continued Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMO) with an EASA Part M Subpart G approval to manage UK registered aircraft and issue or extend the validity of their Airworthiness Review Certificates. The guidance applies to CAMOs which have their principal place of business […]

  • RPAS Loss of Control – propeller detachment recommendations

    The CAA has issued a number of recommendations to reduce the likelihood of RPAS propeller detachment.   This guidance can be found on the CAA website, and will be added to CAP 722 in due course .   UAS Operators and remote pilots in the Open and Specific category of operation should familiarise themselves with this […]

  • Airspace Classification Review – Cotswold Report 2021

    As part of the Airspace Classification Review procedure, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has published a report that provides a factual overview of the intelligence we have gathered to date on the Cotswold Region and are now inviting those stakeholders familiar with this region to provide feedback on our initial findings through an online survey […]

  • NATS AIS Internet Briefing System (IBS)

    NATS will replace the AIS IBS with a new system on Thursday, 12th August 2021. The new system provides an improved user interface and enhanced functionality – Full details of changes are available via the NATS news item at www.nats.aero/ais including a new User Manual. Note: Users with existing Pre-flight Information Bulletin (PIB) accounts will […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Falmouth, Cornwall, 11 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Falmouth, Cornwall on 11 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/193

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Womens Open Golf Championships, Carnoustie, Angus, 15-23 August. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/192

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Odiham, Hampshire, 14 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Odiham, Hampshire on 14 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/191

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 14 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 14 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/190

  • New infringement occurrence: Stansted CTA-2

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of Stansted Control Area 2 with a comprehensive pilot report, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D Stansted Control Area 2 (CTA-2)

  • Operation of non-Part 21 UK registered aircraft in France

    The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) has agreed that UK-registered non-Part 21 aircraft (e.g. microlights, amateur built, historic*) may be flown VFR in French airspace, for periods not exceeding 28 consecutive days, by pilots holding valid UK-issued licences which include such privileges. This includes pilots holding a valid Pilot Medical Declaration. * Annex I aircraft […]

  • Dangerous Goods Templates Updated

    The latest ICAO Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air were effective from 1 January 2021 and introduced changes to both cargo and passenger operations. Operators must provide instructions concerning dangerous goods in their operations manuals and maintain dangerous goods training programmes. Specimen manual entries reflecting the changes are published on […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Valley, Anglesey, 12 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at RAF Valley, Anglesey on 12 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/185

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Folkestone, Kent, 8 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Folkestone, Kent on 8 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M065/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/184

  • Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas – updated

    Standards for offshore helicopter landing areas (CAP437) has been updated. This new amendment reflects current best practice in light of revisions to regulations and guidance resulting from experience within the wider aviation fueling community. In addition, a sub-group of the Ground Handling Operations Safety Team (GHOST) has addressed specific ground handling and dangerous good risks.

  • Airspace Infringements: review and actions update

    Airspace Infringements: review and actions (CAP1404) has been amended to highlight the CAA’s audit and safety assurance functions of the Infringement Co-ordination Group (ICG), and introduces the option for those provisionally suspended by the CAP1404 process to request a review of that decision. These changes take effect from publication of this amendment to CAP1404 on […]

  • The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021

    This SkyWise is to advise that The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) will come into force on 19 August 2021, except for the en-route obstacles provisions which will enter into force on 6 September 2021. For full details see The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (SI 2021 No. 879) which identifies […]

  • SkyGuardian Summer 2021 operations and TDAs

    The CAA has approved Airspace Change ACP-2020-100 to facilitate SkyGuardian operating from RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth this summer. The Temporary Danger Areas, known as TDAs, will be notified in AIC Yellow 068/2021 which is due to be published in July’s aeronautical information cycle.   The TDAs will be activated by NOTAM.   The CAA […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 1 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 1 August 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/176

  • GA Safety Promotions round up – July

    Astral Aviation Consulting Ltd. are a UK based consultancy contracted by the CAA to provide a bespoke, targeted safety campaign for the General Aviation community. Check out their latest safety advice: Webinar: Loss of Control presented by Kanchana Gamage, founder of the Aviatrix Project. Landings Data on Loss of Control In flight accidents, both fatal […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Coningsby, Lincolnshire, 23 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire on 23 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/170

  • Using a VFR Moving Map?

    Summer is with us and we’ve had reports of tablets and mobiles overheating in the cockpit and shutting down leading to a rise in Airspace Infringements. We recommend that you have a back-up plan in place that works for you in case you lose your VFR Moving Map in flight. A second electronic device may succumb […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Peterhead Aberdeenshire, 21 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, on 21 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/165

  • New updated Safety Sense Leaflets for GA pilots

    A new and updated series of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets has been launched with the first, covering flying with passengers. Download Safety Sense: Care of passengers in General Aviation As COVID restrictions are further lifted it increases the chance for GA pilots to share their flying with a wider group of […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 19 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 19 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/163

  • Farnborough hot-spot update and avoidance webinar

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative has updated the Farnborough hot-spot narrative: Read: Preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Farnborough Controlled Airspace Infringement avoidance Monday 19 July (1900 – 2030 hours) Places available for GASCo’s July webinar on how to avoid an airspace infringement. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinars (gasco.org.uk)

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 19 July – 13 August

    Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting common RPAS control and electronic situational awareness devices will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers will be located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045550W.GNSS (L1 & L2) impact as follows:70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius)5000ft AMSL and below […]

  • Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting: Update

    We have updated CAP2158, Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting, which highlights the importance of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting to improve safety. The new edition includes added information and links to cover reporting to the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). Download Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting

  • Flying with Active Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    The hazards associated with carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in general aviation (GA) are well understood and  we encourage you to read our recently published Clued Up article on the benefits of active carbon monoxide detectors. Active CO detectors that provide audible, visible and/or vibration warnings when pre-determined CO levels are exceeded are an important protection […]

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – Wales and South West England, 19-30 July

    Jamming activity will take place between the 19 – 30 July affecting Wales and South West England. Activity impacting GNSS (GPS) will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P056/2021. Please refer to the AIC for more information at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer intermittent or total […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight – 15 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 15 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/157

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 17 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 17 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/155

  • Notification of Jamming Trial, Wales and South West England, 12-16 July

    Jamming activity will take place between the 12-16 July affecting Wales and South West England Activity impacting GNSS (GPS) will take place between the times and dates specified. An associated AIS briefing sheet will be released containing additional details (see ‘News’ on the NATS AIS website) During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer […]

  • The Air Traffic Services

    The Air Traffic Services (ATS) licensing application forms have been updated with a host of improvements and to provide greater guidance for applicants. Following a four-week transition period, the latest versions must be used from 09 August 2021; older forms submitted after this date will be rejected. The following forms have been amended and published […]

  • CAP 1781 – DVOR/DME/NDB Rationalisation

    The CAA has published CAP 1781 and CAP 1781b as guidance in support of how airports might mitigate the effect of the removal of conventional navigation aids from December 2022. From this date, NATS plan to commence decommissioning of DVOR, DME and NDB sites. The two CAPs offer the use of RNAV Substitution as one […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 4 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 4 July 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/149

  • CAA Comment on NPA 2021-07 – Regular update of CS-ETSO

    The CAA has published a comment on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2021-07, ‘Regular update of CS-ETSO’.   Read our response to the NPA 2021-07: CAA comments on NPA 2021-07. Read NPA 2021-07 on the EASA website SW2021/148

  • New infringement narrative: Newcastle CTA

    The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative looks at an infringement of the Newcastle Control Area (CTA). It includes air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal and human factors and threat and error management analysis – as well as links to pre-flight planning resources. Read Infringement of the Class D Newcastle […]

  • Radio Operators Certificate of Competence update

    The Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) certificate has been updated to include the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 and Ofcom requirements. Previously issued ROCC certificates will remain valid and holders do not require re-issue of this certificate unless it has been lost, (for which a fee will be incurred). There will be new procedures coming […]

  • (UK) Part-MG Approved Organisations transitioning to a (UK) Part-CAMO approval

    The UK CAA will release an exemption, pursuant to Article 71(1) of UK Reg (EU) No. 2018/1139 as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, applicable to CAMO’s currently approved under (UK)Part-MG who have submitted their application to the CAA for a (UK)Part-CAMO approval by 24 September 2021. […]

  • Type responsibility agreement surrenders

    Two organisations have surrendered their Type Responsibility Agreements (TRAs). The aircraft that were covered by these TRAs will be unable to maintain their Certificate of Airworthiness (CofA) unless a new TRA is agreed.   The aircraft types affected are: Miles aircraftAuster and Beagle aircraft (not Pup)   The CAA will assess an individual or organisation […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) Helicopter flight, 29 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Edinburgh and Stirling on 29 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in Briefing sheet at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/143

  • Clued Up Update: GPS Approaches

    GPS (or Required Navigation Performance) approaches in the UK change today (25 June) as the UK is leaving membership of the European EGNOS and Galileo programmes. Please view our Clued Up: GPS Approaches article that explains the changes and implications. SW2021/142

  • Update to CAP 747 – Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness

    Issue 4 of CAP 747 Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness has been amended to include CAA ADs G-2021-0001 R1, G-2021-0002 R1, G-2021-0003 and G-2021-0004 in Section 2, Part 1 and to include the Decision not to Adopt FAA AD 2020-26-16 in Section 2, Part 2. Section 1, Part 1 of CAP 747 provides flowcharts to assist […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Headcorn Aerodrome, 25,25 and 27 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain Airshow, at Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent on 25,26 and 27 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M034/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/137

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 25 and 27 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Lashenden/Headcorn, Kent on 25 and 27 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M042/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/136

  • The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021

    This SkyWise is to advise that The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021 No. 614) came into force on 16th July 2021. SI 2021 No. 614 makes amendments to: UK Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 (Air operations); UK Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/723 (Acceptance of third country certification of pilots); and UK Regulation (EU) […]

  • Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, Wiltshire on 20 and 21 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and a Briefing Sheet at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Licences issued in accordance with the ANO flying UK Part 21 aeroplanes

    This SkyWise is to highlight a change to the UK (EU) Aircrew Regulations so that pilots with a licence issued under the Air Navigation Order and who hold a valid SEP, SLMG, SSEA or TMG Class Rating(s) can now fly UK (G) registered Part 21 aeroplanes. Holders of a licence with a SEP Class Rating […]

  • Professional Pilot Licence applications

    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 16 June all applications for professional licence issue must […]

  • Aeronautical Data Policy 5.0

    The Aeronautical Data Policy and associated Aeronautical Data Template have been updated (release 5.0). Read Aeronautical Data Policy Minor clarifications have been added to the policy document whilst numerous improvements to the data template should assist the completion process. Originators are advised to use the new format immediately, but projects already in the older sheet […]

  • Aircraft pitot blockages

    Following a number of recent events at Heathrow where aircraft have experienced pitot blockages after a period of inactivity, we have issued advice to industry on aircraft checks and crew awareness. See Safety Notices:SN-2021/014SN-2020/013SN-2021/012 SW2021/130

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 19 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 19 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/129

  • Pre-flight planning – What happens when it all goes wrong?

    Added guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group covers more aspects of successful pre-flight preparation and planning: Contingency planning, UK FIS and incorporating Frequency Monitoring Codes. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety

  • Infringement hot-spot: RAF Halton ATZ

    The Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team and RAF Halton and have written a new hot-spot narrative to help prevent infringements of the RAF Halton ATZ. Read more: airspacesafety.com/hot-spot-narratives/ The Flight Hub Join Rachael Caston (head of the Airprox board) and GA pilots Matt Lane and Ellie Carter for an online panel discussion on Wednesday 16 […]

  • Economic regulation of NATS En Route plc: further update

    We have published Economic regulation of NATS (En Route) plc: further update on approach to the next price control review (NR23) (CAP2160). This document follows on from the December 2020 Consultation (CAP1944) and March 2021 Update (CAP2119) and provides further details in relation to the next NERL price control review (NR23), including: our current view on the timetable; guidance for NERL […]

  • PPL e-Exams Flight Planning (A) Workbook

    PPL e-Exams Flight Planning and Performance (Aeroplanes) Workbook Revision 2 will be available in the PPL e-Exams system ‘Documents tab’ under ‘Workbooks’ from AM Thursday 10 June 2021. Rationale for minor changes to Workbook: Part of continuous improvement and stakeholder feedback. Makes performance graphs easier to use by changing their page orientation/size to provide more […]

  • Infringement narrative: London City CTA

    The latest infringement occurrence narrative from the Airspace and Safety Initiative covers an infringement of the London City Control Area (CTA) with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, findings and casual factor analysis. Read Infringement of the Class D London City Control Area (CTA) The next GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance webinar will be on Monday […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Midlands Air Festival, 4,5 & 6 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall Warwickshire on 4, 5 and 6 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M020/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/121

  • Onshore helicopter occurrence reporting

    The Onshore Helicopter Review Report highlighted a need to promote occurrence reporting to the onshore helicopter community. In answer to this action, the CAA has published CAP2158, Onshore Helicopter Occurrence Reporting, which highlights the importance of Mandatory Occurrence Reporting to improve safety. SW2021/120

  • Launch of new VHF Low Level Common Frequency trial

    Today, 1 June 2021 marks the launch of a 1-year trial of ‘VHF LL Common’ an information service on the VHF Frequency 130.490. The aim is to reduce the risk of Mid-Air Collision between aircraft operating at or below 2000’ Above Ground Level. It is available for use by all aircrew, military and civilian, operating […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 6 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 6 June 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2021/118

  • Expired: Manchester Low Level Route procedure changes

    Procedures for the use of the Manchester Low Level Route have been amended to reflect changes in VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace. The briefing document at NATS AIS Home Page (listed as EGCC LOW LEVEL ROUTE CHANGES under News at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com and notified by NOTAM) sets out new and […]

  • Wireless Telegraphy Act licence renewal

    An update to CAP670 COM02.19 is introduced to draw a distinction between a delayed renewal of a Wireless Telegraphy Act radio licence and a formal revocation of the licence by Ofcom. SW 2021/115

  • Movement area surface condition reporting

    On 18 February 2021, the CAA issued Supplementary Instructions (SIs) to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493), the FISO Manual (CAP 797) and the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) relating to the implementation of ICAO’s Global Reporting Format methodology for assessing and reporting surface conditions on the aerodrome movement area. Industry feedback on these SIs has […]

  • FAA certificate holders permanently residing in the UK

    The provisions of Article 12(4) of the Aircrew Regulation (UK Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011) which permitted ICAO licence holders who only fly for pleasure, to fly in UK airspace with their ICAO licence, ceases to apply from 20 June 2021. The CAA has today issued an exemption to provide additional time for FAA Airman Certificate […]

  • Infringement avoidance webinar & Channel Island hot-spot

    There will be a GASCo Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar on Monday 24th May 2021 at 19:00. Register for this free 90 minute webinar online: Webinar Registration The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest hot-spot narrative looks at preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of the Channel Islands Control Zone – includes VRP details, standard routes and […]

  • Revised Visibility & Distance from Cloud Minima

    The VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace change today (20 May 2021). Further detail is contained in AIP ENR 1.2 and ENR 1.4 (published in AIRAC 05/2021) and, for ATS providers, within Supplementary Instructions to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) and the FISO Manual (CAP 797). The change to […]

  • Flying Display Standards (CAP1724) Amendment

    This amendment to CAP1724 Edition 3 reflects changes to formation requirements in paragraph 1.12 and 1.13.  No other changes have been introduced. Download Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724)

  • Flight Crew and Cabin Crew- Before you go flying again

    As aviation builds up again we’re all aware that this summer will be very different. Even if you personally have remained operational during COVID-19 many of your colleagues and fellow professional across the industry won’t have been. This will impact us in many different ways, but most important is to be able to recognise any […]

  • Expired: Notification of jamming impacting GNSS (GPS) 19-20 and 25-27 May

    Significant jamming activity will take place between the 19-20 and 25-27 May affecting Wales, North West England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Activity impacting GNSS will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P024/2021.  Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS may suffer intermittent or total […]

  • UK CAA and EASA sign Technical Implementation Procedures on aerospace production and design

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have concluded have concluded negotiations on the Technical Implementation Procedures (the TIP), which was signed today. The signing of the TIP, which sets out the measures the aerospace sector must take in order to design and produce new aerospace parts moving between […]

  • Helicopter special events briefing 2021

    The CAA and British Helicopter Association (BHA) are holding a helicopter special events summer briefing.This will enable heliport operators to update industry on their plans for the coming season and facilitate an open exchange with the aim of promoting a safe and successful series of events. The pilots’ briefing for Royal Ascot, Silverstone F1 GP […]

  • Expired: Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) RAF Spadeadam, 17-28 May 2021

    Jamming activity will take place between the 17 and 28 May 2021. Jamming equipment will be located within 3 KM of 550306N 0023318W. Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a radius of 30NM. Please refer to AIC P022/2021for more information. Activity may also affect common licence exempt frequencies used for UAS control and electronic situational […]

  • LoSS: What you need to know

    Join Mike Ling to find out more about what Loss of Safe Separation (LoSS) is, as well as the steps you can take to avoid a Mid-Air Collision or an Airprox. Watch on Youtube: LoSS: What you need to know – YouTube This webinar is brought to you by Astral Aviation Consulting on behalf of the CAA. […]

  • New pre-flight planning guidance

    The second set of guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This new content covers route planning and preparation with two views of threat and error management in action – looking at planning not to infringe and weather. Read more https://airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/

  • Temporary flight crew certificate validity

    Covid19 Outbreak ORS4 1466 which extends the standard scope and validity of validity period of a Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificate for the initial issue or renewal of pilot licence, rating and instructor or examiner certificates to 6 months, ends as of 31st May 2021. All temporary certificates issued under UK Part-ARA FCL.215(d) from 1st […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Beccles Aerodrome, 22 and 23 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Beccles Aerodrome on 22nd and 23rd May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M019/2021 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/100  

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 15 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Saturday 15th May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW 2021/099

  • New infringement occurrence narrative: London TMA

    The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s latest infringement occurrence narrative looks at an infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area with air traffic control and pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of the Class A London Terminal Control Area

  • Economic regulation of Gatwick: Final decision

    The CAA has published a notice under section 22(6) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 of its decision to modify Gatwick Airport Limited’s (“GAL”) licence. Following consultations in October 2020 and February 2021, the modifications will implement a new set of commitments as the basis of the economic regulation of GAL for the four year […]

  • Planning a flight?

    New guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) includes a refresher on the importance of planning, a reminder to check your own fitness to fly, and a detailed piece on how to plan your weather briefing. Read Pre-flight planning – Airspace Safety More aspects of successful pre-flight prep and planning will be covered over […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Old Warden, 2 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Old Warden Aerodrome on Sunday 2 May 2021. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M012/2021 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Updated Helicopter Standards Documents

    We have updated Standards Documents 19(H). This document sets out the guidance for applicants taking the Skill Test for the grant of a UK Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) Helicopter or a UK Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) Helicopter. Standards Document 19(H): Notes for the Guidance of Applicants taking the PPL Skill Test (Helicopters) Standards Document […]

  • 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 […]

  • CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace

    On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), the CAA has identified and evaluated the impacts of the revised VMC minima on the safe and efficient operation of UK class D airspace.  Our analysis is recorded in CAP 2093 CAA Impact Analysis – Changes to VMC Minima in UK Class D Airspace. It represents a […]

  • Clued Up: Return to Flying

    With national lockdown restrictions easing on 29 March we have produced a special magazine Clued Up: Return to Flying with articles and resources to support your safe return to flying.  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 […]

  • Urgent: Deferment of the requirement to hold Balloon Pilot Licence (BPL) and Sailplane Pilot Licence (SPL)

    Due to the national Covid pandemic restrictions, the affected GA community pilots, organisations, and the CAA need more time to complete the licence conversion process. The CAA has published an exemption deferring the date that balloon and glider pilots have to hold a UK Part-BFCL BPL and UK Part-SFCL SPL. The new date is 8 […]

  • GA Roadmap Out of Lockdown – Resumption of Flying and Access to Instructional Flights

    This SkyWise is to highlight the publication of Safety Notice SN-2021/009. The purpose of the Safety Notice is to highlight and provide guidance to GA pilots on the issue of the two-week gap between the date on which non-professional GA pilots are permitted to resume flying, and when they will have the ability to fly […]

  • Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) 22 – 31 March 2021

    Jamming activity will take place between the 22 and 31 March 2021 Jamming equipment will be located within a 250m radius of 520828N 0043415W.  Activity may affect GNSS equipment within a range of distances as specified in the associated AIP Briefing Note.  During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure.  An associated […]

  • Notification of jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) and Short-Range Devices including UAS control (2.4, 5.8GHz), 22 – 26 March 2021

    Jamming activity will take place on 22, 25 (0900-1700) and 23, 26 (0900-1500) March, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain. Jamming equipment will be located within 4NM radius of 511530N 0015748W.  Activity may affect GNSS equipment within 10NM (all directions) up to 40,000FT AMSL. Electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 2.4GHz […]

  • FASI Programme Funding Support Package

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has received confirmation of funding from the Department for Transport to support the airspace design change initiatives that are a core element of our Airspace Modernisation Strategy. The funding will be administered via grants to help the airspace change sponsors involved in the masterplan progress their airspace design changes. A […]

  • Economic regulation of NATS (En Route) plc: Price control review update

    We have published Economic regulation of NATS (En Route) plc: Update on approach to the next price control review (CAP2119). This document provides an update on our thinking regarding our approach to the next NATS (En Route) plc (NERL) price controls, following our December 2020 consultation (CAP1994). It covers traffic risk sharing arrangements and the […]

  • Expired: New infringement occurrence narrative

    The latest infringement occurrence from the Airspace & Safety Initiative follows a solo helicopter flight with ATC, pilot perspectives, causal factors and analysis. Read Infringement of Class D – Birmingham Control Area

  • Expired: Survey for aviation sponsors who engage with CAA Airspace Regulation Operations

    As part of our work the CAA provides a number of notifications, permission, restriction and exemption services. We are looking to improve the service we provide to sponsors of applications. If you have engaged with this service, we would really appreciate your input. We have put together a short online survey – it should take […]

  • Expired: Small Helicopter Safety webinar: Thursday 18 March 7.30pm

    Kurt Robinson (President of the Robinson Helicopter Company), Tim Tucker (Robinson’s Chief Instructor) and Captain Rick Newson (Civil Aviation Authority) look at the common causes and the prevention of accidents and incidents involving smaller helicopters. Kurt Robinson will give his thoughts and ideas on improving General Aviation helicopter safety across the industry followed by Tim […]

  • Expired: Safety Evening: Wednesday 17 March

    An hour and a half packed full of information and advice on how to avoid accidents and prepare for that first flight when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  The visiting speaker for this event is Gerry Humphreys, an expert on Upset Prevention and Recovery Training, who will provide advice on avoiding situations that lead to […]

  • CAA 2021/22 Statutory Schemes of Charges

    We have published today under CAA UK Official Record Series 5 our revised 13 Schemes of Charges that will be legally implemented with effect from 1 April 2021. The current 13 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31 March 2021. Following the waiving of the proposed charge increase in 2020/21, the CAA […]

  • SkyWay Code Version 3 published

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published version 3 of the Skyway Code. Designed to provide General Aviation pilots with quick and easy access to key information relevant to their flying. Version 3 brings the publication up to date with changes to reflect the UK’s departure from the European Union, as well as […]

  • New Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) published

    Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724). This provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluations; and contains regulatory guidance material to enable those people to perform their […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Amendment to the transitional competency requirements for remote pilots

    The transitional remote pilot competency requirements that are set out in Annex B of CAP 722, in relation to remote pilots operating under permissions or exemptions that have been issued prior to 31 December 2020 have been amended slightly due to an unforeseen technical issue. For the amended text, please refer to the Latest updates […]

  • GASCo ‘Return to flying’ online webinar

    We would like to highlight the GASCo ‘Return to Flying’ online webinar. This is a FREE resource and we would encourage all pilots to run through this to help overcome skill fade due to the covid related challenges experienced by all this year and the impending winter season.

  • Follow up to CAA EU Exit Webinar: General Aviation

    Thank you for attending the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s EU Exit webinar for the General Aviation sector. We hope you found the webinar useful and you were able to take away information that will help your organisation prepare for the end of the transition period. For those unable to attend, you can watch the webinar […]

  • AAIB Investigation report: Ran over a towbar on landing dropped by Cessna P210N

    In August 2019, the 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 from the control tower due to its size, shape and colour. How can you prevent this event […]

  • Clued Up Autumn 2020: Electronic Conspicuity

    Following the launch of the Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices rebate scheme launched the CAA has published a Clued Up Special Edition magazine on all things EC. The rebate scheme is still open and if you are a drone pilot or a general aviation pilot in the UK you may be able to claim a rebate […]

  • UAS Airspace Restrictions Guidance and Policy

    The CAA has published CAP 722C – UAS Airspace Restrictions Guidance and Policy. This CAP describes the policy and guidance for organisations or individuals who wish to restrict or facilitate UAS operations with an airspace restriction.

  • Enquiry into the Risk of Cognitive Impairment Due to G Forces

    We have published our review into whether or not there is a risk to civil aviation safety from cognitive impairment in pilots experiencing low level G forces at levels, and for durations, likely to be experienced in commercial and recreational, civil air operations. It is available at www.caa.co.uk/cap1963

  • PPL e-Exams weekend phone support ending

    PPL e-Exams WEEKEND telephone support will end after Sunday 20 December 2020. Utilisation data since introduction shows a low volume of service users (average 1.8 calls per weekend).

  • REMINDER: UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) consultation into preparation for the end of the EU transition period,  UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation  closes on 18 December, two weeks today. If you are interested in helping to shape the direction of future general aviation regulation and how the Civil Aviation Authority […]

  • Final submission date for transfer applications

    Due to the festive period, any paperwork relating to a licence or medical transfer, including the transfer request from the EU NAA, must be received by the CAA no later than 24 December in order to meet the transfer submission deadline. Please note that the recommended submission date for transfers as published by the CAA […]

  • CAA comment on EASA NPA 2020-08

    The CAA has published comments on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2020-08, ‘Regular update of the Certification Specifications for Operational Suitability Data (OSD) Flight Crew Data (CS-FCD)’.   Read our response to the NPA 2020-08 Read NPA 2020-08 on the EASA website SW2020/266

  • PPL e-Exams and Paper based TK Exams

    The PPL e-Exams exception that permits continued use of certain paper-based TK exams under exceptional circumstances will end on 5 January 2021. This affects the 9 core subjects for PPL and LAPL aeroplane and helicopter TK Exams for initial licence issue. After this date any affected paper-based TK exams taken will NOT count towards licensing […]

  • Expired: EU Exit webinar for Approved Training Organisations

    The CAA has added a new date to its webinar series for Approved Training Organisations, which will take place on 7 December 2020 between 13:00 and 14:00. The webinar will cover: • An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and its impact on UK flight crew licence holders and training organisations; […]

  • Update to EU exit information – Services to the EU

    We have updated the information on our microsite concerning UK airlines and AOC holders on EU exit. This includes information about the approvals that may be required to undertake a commercial service to the EU by UK operators. Please see the UK – EU transition microsite for details SW2020/263

  • Expired: The Airfield Development Advisory Fund is still open

    We wanted to remind you that the Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF) is open and we’re still accepting applications. The ADAF will provide funded access to professional advisory services available to both UK general aviation airports and businesses linked to them in order to help protect and expand their activities. ADAF can help with: Accounting […]

  • New process for CPL and IR Skill test examiner designation

    A new application form, SRG2153, is now available and enables CPL and IR bookings requests to be made online. As part of this change, card payment for the requested test will be required in order to submit the online form, and the flight test bookings team will no longer be able to accept payment via […]

  • Clued Up: Winter Special

    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. Please enjoy this Clued UP: Winter Special article.

  • Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1

    Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413) Edition 23 Amendment 1 was published today (26 November 2020) as a future edition, effective 21 January 2021. This is a routine periodic update which includes changes relating to: ICAO PANS ATM Amendment 8 –  partial changes from the use of the term ‘radar’ to ‘ATS Surveillance Systems’ Editorial amendments to circuit procedures […]

  • Expired: Statutory charges FY21/22: Consultation

    Our Statutory charges FY21/22 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2021. We look forward to receiving feedback on these proposals, in particular from those we regulate. We welcome comments on all aspects of the proposals, including the charges structure […]

  • EXTRA DATE ADDED:EU Exit webinar for General Aviation

    Due to the overwhelming response we received we have scheduled an extra webinar. This will take place on Friday, 27 November at 1pm – 2pm, and will give those who were unable to register for the first date the opportunity to hear from our CAA experts: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 […]

  • Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 86

    GA FEEDBACK Edition 86 The latest edition includes a number of articles that remind us of the need to take care near controlled airspace, especially as winter approaches and we face a return to flying next year after an extended period of non-flying. Other topics cover transponder accuracy, passenger flying, and the need to keep […]

  • Two Supplementary Instructions to MATS Part 1 (CAP 493) now published

    Two Supplementary Instructions (SIs) to the Manual of Air Traffic Service (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) have been published: Supplementary Instruction 2020/05 is to permit (subject to local safety assessment) flexibility around the use of the IDENT feature with conspicuityand special purpose SSR codes. Supplementary Instruction 2020/06 is to insert a flexibility provision into the […]

  • Expired: PPL e-Exams not available 20-22 November Inc.

    PPL e-Exams will not be available between 1800 on Friday 20 November 2020 until approximately 1200 Sunday 22 November 2020 due to essential maintenance work on the power supply and associated infrastructure at CAA Aviation House.  During this period a Maintenance page will be presented to system users.

  • Invitation to CAA EU Exit webinar: General Aviation

    The webinar for the General Aviation sector will take place on 26 November 2020, 13:00 -14:00 where we will cover: An outline of the new regulatory landscape from 1 January 2021 and what this means for General Aviation; The key changes affecting annex 1 aircraft and Part 21 licensing forms, and what actions organisations should […]

  • COVID-19 General Exemptions

    The CAA has issued a significant number of exemptions to help aviation cope with the impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions. Currently, we don’t plan to issue any wide-ranging exemptions for the current lockdown when the current set end on 22 November. Under the current lockdown restrictions the Department for Transport has confirmed that engine […]

  • Expired: Public Safety Zones consultation

    The CAA along with support from the DfT is consulting on a proposal to change the establishment and maintenance of Public Safety Zones. The change is motivated by the latest accident data and flight performance of current commercial aircraft. You can read the full proposal and share your views on our consultation portal. The consultation […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 9 – 20 November, Wales and SW England

    Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones) Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge) Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1600 UTC and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM Systems relying on GNSS […]

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority launches UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA consultation

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation Unit (GAU) is dedicated to effective regulation that supports and encourages the UK’s dynamic GA sector. In preparation for the end of the EU transition period, the CAA has launched UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation: This consultation is an opportunity for you to […]

  • Unmanned Aircraft: CAP 722 – UAS Guidance updated

    Edition 8 of CAP 722 Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – Guidance has now been published. This document provides updated guidance to all involved with the operation of unmanned aircraft in the UK and its content reflects the effect of the new UAS regulations that become applicable from 31 December 2020.

  • New GA Podcast: Threat and Error Management

    CAA On Air – Episode 6 – Talking TEM (Threat and Error Management)Our latest podcast covers threat and error management and features Amy Breckell and Neil Winbolt from the CAA’s General Aviation unit. Addition TEM information is included in Flight-crew human factors handbook (CAP737) and from the Airspace & Safety Initiative: Avoiding airspace infringements using […]

  • Airspace modernisation update – October 2020

    The CAA has published a further update relating to work on airspace modernisation. This update is in relation to Sponsors restarting a ‘paused’ ACP and how we intend to assure that ACPs in the FASI-S programme that are progressing to a CAP1616 Stage 2 Gateway assessment do not constrain the optimisation of the wider network.

  • Airfield Development Advisory Fund goes live

    The Airfield Development Advisory Fund, supported by the Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority is now live. UK airfields and associated businesses are now able to apply for access to Government funded professional and business advice on a range of topics, aimed at supporting future airfield development.

  • Airfield Development Advisory Fund goes live

    The Airfield Development Advisory Fund, supported by the Department for Transport and the UK Civil Aviation Authority is now live. UK airfields and associated businesses are now able to apply for access to Government funded professional and business advice on a range of topics, aimed at supporting future airfield development.

  • CAP1428 – Impacts of space weather on aviation

    CAP1428 has been revised to include details relating to ICAO Space Weather Advisories and Met Office Space Weather Products and Services. The updates also provide guidance on Safety Risk Assessments for industry when considering the threat of a severe space weather event.

  • Edition 3 of CAP 738 Aerodrome Safeguarding

    A new edition of CAP 738 has been published and includes information on Heliport safeguarding; information on safeguarding IFPs; the latest planning procedures and the new crane notification areas. CAP 738 is available for download from the CAA website. SW2020/240

  • Expired: ALERT FOR RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Remembrance Day commemorations at Cenotaph, Whitehall, Central London on 8 November 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M081/2020 will refer at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones

  • Stay in Control; Angle of Attack

    The next chapter in our General Aviation Stay in Control safety campaign covers Angle of Attack. Airspeed and angle of attack is a topic often debated, sometimes hotly, around airfields or in the bar and some positions go like this: “If you have good airspeed you’ll be fine” — not necessarily… The campaign, launched in […]

  • Infringement update: Index and summary

    Over the last twelve months Local Airspace Infringement Teams and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) have produced 25 narratives to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK. This final update sets out a simple ‘index’ of the narratives and a summary of the key points that may help pilots avoid infringing […]

  • Updated:UK approach to recreational general aviation safety: An independent review

    This independent review was commissioned and funded by the Department for Transport (DfT)following a commitment to do so in the “Aviation 2050: The Future of Aviation” green paper which set out for public consultation a number of policy options to improve aviation safety. This update includes Ministerial endorsement and post consultation comments by the CAA.

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Gatwick: consultation on new commitments

    We have published a consultation seeking stakeholders’ views on its proposed approach to updating the economic regulation of Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL). Its current regulation is based on a set of commitments that expire on 31 March 2021, and GAL finalised a set of new proposed commitments earlier this year.

  • UAS Master Glossary and Abbreviations

    Our UAS Unit has now published ‘CAP 722D – UAS Operations in UK Airspace – Master Glossary and Abbreviations’ to support the complete CAP 722 series of documents for Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in the United Kingdom.

  • Jamming trial ended early: Luce Bay

    Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers in and around Luce Bay has ended early. The activity was originally planned to run until 4 December 2020.

  • Runway maintenance – equipment control

    A recent incident at a UK aerodrome led to maintenance equipment being left on the runway. This incident is currently subject to AAIB investigation. It has become apparent that a lack of tool control, and security of equipment carried on aerodrome vehicles were contributory factors. Aerodrome operators should ensure that: procedures for both routine maintenance […]

  • Withdrawal of CAP 624 Air Traffic Controller – Performance objectives

    We will shortly be withdrawing the CAP 624 series of documents. The elements covering ratings (ADV, ADI, APP, APS, ACS) will be reviewed with the aim to republish at a later date. In the meantime Air Navigation Service Providers and ATC training organisations are advised to retain those references in their training documentation and, if […]

  • CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 136

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 136 was produced during the COVID-19 summer period, which saw a reduction in reporting to CHIRP as a result of decreased flying rates.  Operating under stress because of redundancy fears was one of the frequently reported issues, and this is mentioned in two of the articles, one about flying and one about […]

  • Operation of ‘Permit-to-Fly’ Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register (Edition 8, 2020)

    CAP 632: Operation of ‘Permit-to-Fly’ Ex-Military Aircraft on the UK Register specifies the operational requirements that an applicant for the issue of a Permit-to-Fly for an ex-military aircraft is required to meet. The maintenance requirements are set out in BCAR Chapters A8-23 and A8-25. This new edition updates requirements and expands guidance for operators of […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 12 – 16 Oct, Scottish West Coast

    Jamming activity will take place 12 -16 October (inclusive) affecting airspace in and around the Scottish West Coast near the Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides. The activity may affect GNSS based navigation and timing devices.  Jamming may impact systems up to 40,000FT AMSL within a radius of up to 90NM of N 57° […]

  • Farnborough Airport Airspace Change Post Implementation Review

    While it had been expected that Stage 7 PIR of the Farnborough Airport airspace change would begin in the latter part of 2020, the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the activity levels of both IFR Commercial Air Transport and General Aviation. It has been agreed by the CAA, sponsor and GA stakeholders […]

  • Pilot survey on the use of moving maps

    Why do some pilots use moving maps and others don’t? The Airspace Infringement Working Group (AIWG) has developed a new online survey to follow up on issues highlighted through causal factor analysis of reported airspace infringements. Please pass this link on to anyone who may wish to share their views on the use of moving […]

  • Infringement update: Farnborough CAS

    The twenty-fifth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative’s hot-spot narrative series has been written by the team at Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.   It focusses on the Farnborough Controlled Airspace (CAS) structure to help pilots learn directly from factors identified in the 7 months since […]

  • Expired: Heathrow Airport Limited’s request for RAB readjustment

    This consultation document has been published response to the request made by Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) in July 2020 for the CAA to change its approach to the calculation of its regulatory asset base (RAB) to take account of the actual and expected impact of the covid-19 pandemic on its revenues in 2020 and 2021. […]

  • 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 and a further 3 months to 30 Sep 2020. Having reviewed this decision in […]

  • Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training

    Earlier this year we opened two consultations on proposals to extend paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Having completed a detailed analysis we have now published the results […]

  • Distance Learning & Virtual Reality

    Guidance for use of Web based training, Distance Learning, Simulation and Virtual Reality (CAP1933) now published. This document provides guidance on Distance Learning within UK Part 147 Organisations with respect to AMC 147.A.130(a) Training procedures and quality system (Annex IV to ED Decision 2020/002/R).

  • Launch of Electronic Conspicuity (EC) rebate scheme

    Rebates of up to £250 for new Electronic Conspicuity (EC) devices are now available thanks to funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) aimed at encouraging more adoption of EC. Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/ec SW/2020/215

  • EASA Form 15c

    Organisations and Certifying Staff are reminded that since 24 March 2020 it is only possible to issue an EASA Form 15c for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML. An EASA Form 15b must not be issued. For further information please see the Part-ML guidance on the CAA website. SW2020/213

  • Validity dates for people using the ORS4 licensing Exemptions

    If you have used one of the ORS4 licensing exemptions (1409, 1410, 1411 and 1412) please note that when revalidating the rating/class by proficiency check or check with instructor, the expiry date will be 12 months or 24 months (dependent on the rating/class) from the month when the check was taken. ORS4 extensions of validity […]

  • CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 72

    CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 72 focuses on the changes in the aviation industry as an effect of COVID-19. As stress and anxiety levels soar, it’s important to support one another and to work together as a team. Looking out for one another has never been so important. SW2020/211

  • Updated guidance for crane users (CAP 1096)

    Update to CAP 1096 – new applicability date. Revised CAP 1096 provides guidance to crane users on the new crane notification process and lighting and marking requirements applicable to cranes. The guidance should be considered relevant to users of all cranes exceeding a height of 10 m above ground level (AGL) or that of the […]

  • Ending of Certain Licensing and Medical Exemptions During November and December 2020

    The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020.  To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students. […]

  • EU Exit: Medical transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Medical certificate holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • EU Exit: FCL transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Flightcrew licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020).  Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis. However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • EU Exit: Part-66 transfer application recommended submission by 1st October

    Part-66 licence holders who are considering transferring their licence to another EASA Member State are reminded of the advice to apply at least 3 months prior to the end of the transition period (31 December 2020). Applications received after October 1st will be processed on a best endeavours basis.  However, there may be insufficient time […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: Luton Controlled Airspace

    The latest hot-spot narrative highlights the risk of airspace infringements around Luton Control Areas (CTA) and Control Zone (CTR). Written by members of the Luton Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) it includes guidance and suggestions to help reduce the risk.

  • Readiness for Brexit

    For an update on the CAA’s readiness for the end of the UK-EU ‘transition period’, please go to: https://www.caa.co.uk/Blog-Posts/Readiness-for-Brexit/

  • COVID-19 – Ending of licensing exemptions, 22 November 2020

    We have been working closely with the industry during the initial phase of COVID-19 to help aviation’s continuing operations and recovery. The initial set of COVID licence exemptions, that included extending licence validity dates, expire on 22 November 2020. Industry and licence holders are asked to make sure they will then comply with the standard […]

  • CAP 493 SI 2020/04 – Wake Turbulence

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) to implement the wake turbulence related aspects of Amendment 9 to ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM, and to amend aspects of existing MATS Part 1 wake turbulence content following a review by the […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 25 – 27 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Lashenden/Headcorn Aerodrome, between 25 and 27 September 2020. Details of the displays by NOTAM. AIC M071/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • New Standards Document 22

    New Standards Document 22 (version 4) Policy and Guidance for Senior Examiners of Single Pilot Aircraft (excluding single pilot high performance complex aircraft) has now been published.

  • Expired: Update: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, 17 – 20 Sep

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. This restriction will not be put in place as the event at Duxford has been cancelled.

  • Isle of Man/Antrim Post Implementation Review

    The CAA’s Post Implementation Review assessment for the Isle of Man/Antrim sectors systemisation and introduction of RNAV1 route structure Future Airspace Strategy Implementation (North) (formally Prestwick Lower Airspace Systemisation) airspace change proposal has been published.

  • Expired: Jamming trial date change: Salisbury Plain and New Forest

    Jamming activity affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by […]

  • Infringement update: London and Scottish Information

    The twenty third hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative features the service that London and Scottish Information provide service and assistance available to help avoid infringements.

  • Expired: Jamming trial date change: 14 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

    Jamming activity impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers will now take place 14 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM […]

  • Important Changes to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 for approvals under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M)

    Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amended Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and introduced important changes to organisations approved under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M). This Skywise has been raised to highlight some of those changes: The competent authority will not issue a new Part-MG approval after 24 September 2020. Variations to existing Part-MG approvals can still be made […]

  • Expired: Moving Map survey for private pilots

    The Airspace Infringement Working Group has developed a survey for private pilots on the current use of moving maps and would welcome your views. You can complete the short survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ASImovingmapsurvey The Airspace Infringement Working Group is part of the Airspace & Safety Initiative, a collaboration between the Civil Aviation Authority, NATS, and MoD, […]

  • Removal of Warwick VRP: 10 September 2020

    Following consultation with the Birmingham Local Airspace Infringement Team, the CAA, and a review of infringement data, Birmingham Airport have taken the decision to remove Warwick VRP (M40 Junction 15) as a notified Visual Reference Point. The change is effective from 10 September 2020, and will be reflected in the UK AIP and airspace charts.

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 17 – 20 September

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Battle of Britain flying displays at Duxford Aerodrome, Cambridgeshire, between 17 and 20 September 2020. Details of daily display times by NOTAM. See AIC M066/2020 listed under ‘Aeronautical Information Circulars (AIC)’, ‘AIC Mauve – Airspace Restrictions’ at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com for more details.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting Short Range Devices and UAS control (not GNSS): 7 – 18 Sep, Salisbury Plain and New Forest

    Jamming activity will take place between 7 and 18 September 2020, affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest. The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bounded by the locations […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting electronic situational awareness devices, UAS command systems and GNSS receivers: 8 Sep – 4 Dec, Luce Bay

    Jamming activity will take place 8 September – 4 December 2020 in and around Luce Bay. The activity may affect GNSS receivers along with UAS and cockpit devices operating on 433, 868, 915, 2400, 5800 MHz operating up to 40,000FT AMSL within 55NM of 545020N 045548W (West Freugh). During the trials impacted systems may suffer […]

  • Expired: English Channel Temporary Danger Area Complex – State Requirement

    Due to a state requirement, the CAA have been required to implement new Temporary Danger Area (TDA) complex over the English Channel between 31 August and 30 September 2020. This complex replaces the previously notified areas. The Temporary Danger Areas will be utilised by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight. […]

  • Expired: Infringement update: London Control Area

    The latest hot-spot narrative from the Airspace & Safety Initiative focuses on helping avoid infringements within the London Control Area (LTMA) – a volume of airspace made up of 24 different areas, approximately 100 NM from West to East and, in parts, 90 NM from North to South.

  • Airspace Change Process for GNSS Instrument Approach Procedures without an Approach Control Service

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority published its procedure for considering proposals involving the implementation of a GNSS approach to an aerodrome without an approach control service on 28 August 2020. The purpose of this document is to set out the Civil Aviation Authority’s policy and guidance relating to the Airspace Change Process for a permanent […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 7 – 11 September, Wales and SW England

    Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones) Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge) Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1800 BST and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM High Power jamming will […]

  • Guidance and policy: Rotary wing Swarm Operations

    CAP 722E Rotary Wing Swarm Operations – Visual Line of Sight – Requirements, Guidance and Policy has now been published. The aim of this new document is to enable UAS operators to understand the requirements that must be met as part of an application for operational authorisations related to rotary wing UAS swarm operations in visual […]

  • Ensure your licence is valid

    All pilot licence holders are reminded that when they receive a new licence document it should be checked and immediately signed under Section VII on page 1 as the licence is only valid if signed. Examiners and instructors should always check for the licence holder’s signature before verifying the applicable requirements are being met. Unsigned […]

  • Expired: COVID-19 – Performance Based Navigation additional guidance

    Any pilots seeking to achieve or maintain PBN privileges endorsed within their Instrument Rating, or examiners conducting such proficiency checks, are asked to continue to follow the process set out in our Information Notices 2017/026 and 2017/034. The exemption to extend the deadline for IR holders to achieve Performance Based Navigation (PBN) privileges to 25 […]

  • Changes to the application process for night ratings

    A new online application form for night ratings (SRG1126) is now available and removes the requirement for applicants to submit their original logbooks unless specifically requested to do so. A new Night Rating Course Completion Certificate (CAA5017) is also available and should be completed by the ATO/DTO conducting the relevant training, then uploaded by applicants […]

  • CAP493 SI: ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8 and Vectoring to Final (V2)

    Version 2 of CAP493 SI2020-03 has now been published. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduced by ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8, and to introduce amendments to vectoring to final practices.  Version 2 corrects a typographical […]

  • Expired: CORRECTION: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 17 – 28 August, Wales and SW England

    This is a corrected version of this alert. The original version had the wrong dates in the title: Jamming activity will take place 17 – 28 August 2020, affecting airspace above Wales and the SW of England. The activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones). […]

  • Expired: Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS) and Short Range Devices: 8 September 2020, Gore Cross

    Jamming activity will take place 8 September 2020, affecting airspace in and around Gore Cross (SN10). The activity may affect GNSS based navigation and timing devices, electronic situational awareness devices (including FLARM) and UAV control. Jamming may impact systems up to 40,000FT AMSL within a radius of 7NM of N51° 15’ 29”, W001° 57’ 48” […]

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M061/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. This notification replaces SW2020/148 SW2020/174

  • Covid-19 Exemption: Revalidation of Class Ratings endorsed on UK Flight Crew Licences

    ORS4 No. 1417 applies to UK CAA issued national pilot licences for aeroplanes. This COVID-19 recovery phase exemption amends the SEP, TMG, SSEA, SLMG and Microlight class rating(s) endorsed in a UK national pilots licence revalidation by experience requirements. Exemption Guidance for ORS4 No. 1417 (CAP1953)

  • Expired: Infringement update: Gamston and Netherthorpe

    This infringement update has been written by members of the Yorkshire Local Airspace Infringement Team including ATCSL at Doncaster Sheffield and Liverpool, and operators at Gamston and Netherthorpe. The twenty-first in the series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots in the UK highlights the Doncaster Sheffield Controlled Airspace to the south of the airport […]

  • Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition

    A Part-CAO Combined Airworthiness Exposition (CAE) document is now available to download. This example of a compliant CAE has been designed as a starting point for Part-CAO organisations considered as ‘small’. It can be used by existing Part-MG and Part-MF organisations as well as new applicants to either progress their transition or to apply for […]

  • COVID-19 Exemption: Amending Class Rating revalidation requirements

    This exemption is applicable to all holders of a UK CAA issued EASA pilot licence with a SEP or TMG class rating. ORS4 No. 1416 allows flexibility on the flight experience required to revalidate the class rating due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Exemption Guidance for ORS4 No. 1416 (CAP1946)

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: working paper on capital expenditure efficiency incentives

    This working paper follows on from the June 2020 Consultation (CAP1940) and provides further details of our proposed approach to capital efficiency incentives for Heathrow Airport Limited. We welcome views on any of the issues raised in this working paper. The consultation will close on 9 October 2020.

  • GA Voices: Top Safety Tips

    In our series of GA Voices videos we asked for thoughts on safe flying and the future of general aviation post COVID-19. We’ve now mixed highlights from all our subjects into a two minute Safety Tips edit to help think about a safe return to the sky after a longer than usual break from recreational […]

  • Expired: Newcastle International Airport SIDs PIR feedback window open

    Following the publication of updated data and corrections to previous data a new opportunity for feedback has been opened. >Newcastle International Airport SIDs PIR Stakeholders have until 0900 4 September 2020 to submit any evidence or views on the updated data and corrections that they want the CAA to take into account. Submission by email […]

  • GA Safety: Landing issues

    Advice on safe landings for general aviation pilots following an extended break from flying: GA Safety – Landing issues

  • Updated Guidance to crane users (CAP 1096)

    A new edition of CAP 1096 has been published. Guidance to crane users on the crane notification process and obstacle lighting and marking (CAP 1096) provides guidance to crane users on the new crane notification process and lighting and marking requirements applicable to cranes. The guidance is relevant to users of all cranes exceeding a […]

  • COVID-19 – EASA licence holders within Aircraft Maintenance Organisations

    Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) holders should be aware that the exemption relating to validity has been amended, as the medical element for pilots and ATCOs have been removed. The exemption as applied to AMLs remains unchanged but the reference number has been updated: Licensing is now: ORS4 No. 1410 For more information refer to: COVID […]

  • COVID-19 – Balloon and Sailplane pilot licence holder exemptions

    Pilot licence holders should be aware that the medical element has been updated in licensing exemptions that relate to validity. The remaining content of the licensing exemptions has not changed but the reference numbers have been updated: EASA medical is now: ORS4 No. 1408National medical exemption is now: ORS4 No. 1413EASA Pilots is now: ORS4 […]

  • COVID-19 – EASA licence holders within Air Navigation Service Providers

    Air Traffic Control licence holders should be aware that the medical element has been updated in licensing exemptions that relate to validity. The remaining content of the licensing exemptions has not changed but the reference numbers have been updated: EASA medical is now: ORS4 No. 1408Licensing is now: ORS4 No. 1410 For more information refer […]

  • COVID-19 – EASA Aeroplane and helicopter pilot licence exemptions

    Pilot licence holders should be aware that the medical element has been updated in licensing exemptions that relate to validity. The remaining content of these licensing exemptions has not changed but the reference numbers have been updated: EASA medical is now: ORS4 No. 1408National medical exemption is now: ORS4 No. 1413Pilots within an EASA AOC […]

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – RAF Valley (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals will take place at Royal Air Force Valley on 13 August 2020. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full detail in AIS Briefing Note M065/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Silverstone and Turweston (Temporary)

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Silverstone and Turweston, Northamptonshire, for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix between 6 and 9 August 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M048/2020 at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/07 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 4 August 2020, effective 3 December 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to amendment 8 to ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM and to reflect changes made to the UK’s SSR Code […]

  • CAP493 SI: ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM amendment 8 and vectoring to final

    CAP493 SI2020-03 has now been published. This Supplementary Instruction details changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) introduced by ICAO Doc 4444 PANS-ATM Amendment 8, and introduces amendments to vectoring to final practices.

  • Infringement Update: Prohibited and Restricted Airspace

    The latest infringement update covers Prohibited and Restricted Airspace. The twentieth in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series of narratives focusing on identified infringement hot-spots has been written by the airspace sponsors involved in the establishment of permanent and temporary prohibited and restricted airspace.

  • Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797)

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/06 to CAP 797 was published on 28 July 2020, effective 3 December 2020. A review of wake turbulence arrangements at AFIS aerodromes identified opportunities to reduce complexity and improve the quality of the guidance. This SI details changes made to the CAP 797 relating to warnings of wake turbulence provided by […]

  • Expired: Consultation: Safety Standards Acknowledgment & Consent

    We are consulting on a new edition of CAP1395 ‘Safety Standards Acknowledgment & Consent (SSAC)’. This is the guidance document for SSAC that contains information on how to prepare your application if applying to operate paid recreational flights. The current edition was published in March 2016 and since then we have had a new Air […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 135

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 135 covers a wide-ranging set of issues that were reported to CHIRP prior to the COVID-19 lockdown period. There are still many relevant lessons and topics of interest within that will be applicable as aviation starts its recovery to historic levels of activity. Topics include the effectiveness of reporting processes; fatigue in […]

  • Policy for Permanently Established Danger Areas and Temporary Danger Areas

    Policy for Permanently Established Danger Areas and Temporary Danger Areas was published on 21 July 2020 and replaces ‘DAP Policy: SARG Danger Areas’. This updated policy includes requirements for the establishment, notification and activation of permanent danger areas (DA) and temporary danger areas (TDA). 

  • New edition of CAP 746 – Requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes

    A new edition of CAP 746, which contains the requirements for meteorological observations at aerodromes, has been published. The main changes to its content are: > Changes resulting from the introduction of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/373> Additional information concerning AUTO METAR> Addition of guidance on achieving Basic Meteorological Observing competency.

  • Infringement update: Blackbushe Airport

    The latest infringement update is focused on preventing infringements of Farnborough Controlled Airspace in the vicinity of Blackbushe Airport. It has been written by the team at Blackbushe Airport, Farnborough Air Traffic Service Unit and members of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team.

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace – Old Warden Aerodrome (Temporary)

    This notification has been replaced by SW2020/174 Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays at Old Warden Aerodrome between 18 July and 18 October 2020. Details of each event by NOTAM. AIC M014/2020 refers at http://www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.

  • CAP 797 FISO Manual Supplementary Instruction

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/05 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 16 July 2020, effective 14 September 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to a FISOs authority to permit the movement of aircrafton the manoeuvring area of an uncontrolled aerodrome.

  • COVID-19 – Extension of six month test validity

    Exemption ORS4 1386 applies to applicants for the issue of a UK licence, rating or certificate. It provides alleviation from the six month limit between the completion of a test or assessment and submission of an application for the appropriate licence, and is applicable for a UK-issued EASA licence, rating or certificate to those who […]

  • CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 02/2020 to CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual ED 23 (Corr) was published on 14 July 2020, effective 10 September 2020. The advent of performance-based navigation (PBN) is having a major impact on all aspects of the aviation industry, with PBN routes and procedures being introduced more widely. As part of a continuing effort to […]

  • CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/04 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 14 July 2020, effective 10 September 2020. ICAO has introduced measures to align the performance-based navigation (PBN) procedure approach chart identification with the designation of the navigation specification, transitioning from the RNAV(GNSS) Runway XX naming convention, to […]

  • Unmanned Aircraft – Responses to abnormal operations and in-flight failures

    The purpose of this safety notice is to provide recommendations and guidance that will enable all remote pilots, UA operators and Recognised Assessment Entities (RAEs) to act to reduce the likelihood of in-flight emergencies occurring and developing into incidents or accidents. The remote pilot’s ability to identify and respond correctly to unexpected in-flight emergencies, system […]

  • 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

  • Policy for ATS Provision within Controlled Airspace by Units not Notified as the Controlling Authority

    The CAA publishes airspace policy statements on a variety of topics; one of these details requirements and provides guidance regarding the approval of air traffic services (ATS) units (ATSUs) seeking to provide ATS within controlled airspace (CAS), where such units are not notified as the controlling authority for such airspace. The CAA’s triennial review of […]

  • 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,

  • Reviewing airspace classification

    On 1 December 2020 the CAA will introduce a new procedure to review and, where appropriate, amend the classification of airspace. The classification determines the flight rules that apply in that airspace and the procedures that must be followed. Give us your views on a draft of this new procedure by visiting our consultation website […]

  • 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

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Policy update and consultation

    This consultation document deals with the following main issues: > the responses we received to the April 2020 Update and our approach to protecting the interests of consumers;> requirements for HAL’s revised business plan (“RBP”), which it is due to publish in the autumn of 2020;> improving the efficiency incentives and capital expenditure governance arrangements […]

  • 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.

  • Recommencement of CPL and IR tests

    The CAA is now recommencing the designation of examiners for Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Instrument Rating (IR) tests. Authorised Training Organisations (ATO) may contact CAA Flight Test Bookings to arrange dates and allocations of appropriate examiners. Before a test date is confirmed the allocated examiner will be completing a COVID-19 focussed risk assessment and […]

  • Expired: Isle of Man/Antrim Post Implementation Review

    Future Airspace Strategy Implementation (North) (formerly Prestwick Lower Airspace Systemisation) – Isle of Man/Antrim sectors systemisation and introduction of RNAV1 route structure The Post Implementation Review Sponsor’s Report has now been published. This opens a 28 day window for any feedback which should be sent to: airspace.policy@caa.co.uk This airspace change proposal is being conducted under […]

  • 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 […]

  • Unmanned Aircraft: EU UAS Regulations update

    We have published a new edition of CAP 1789 The New European UAS Regulations: General Outline. This document has been updated following the delay to the European Union Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation which will now become applicable in the UK on 31 December 2020.

  • Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797)

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2020/03 to CAP 797 was published on 9 June 2020 and will become effective on 8 July 2020. This SI details changes made to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797) Edition 3, to update Chapter 21 Aeronautical Information Service and Appendix D Directory.

  • 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

  • EU Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation delayed

    The European Commission has delayed the applicability date of the European Union Unmanned Aircraft Systems Implementing Regulation 2019/947 until 31 December 2020. The Implementing Regulation will now become applicable in the UK on Thursday 31 December 2020. The EU UAS Regulatory Package – Outline (CAP 1789) will be updated to reflect the new applicability date […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: Corrected issue of CAP 413

    Stakeholder feedback concerning Edition 23 of CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual has highlighted the need to address a number of issues. As a result CAP 413 ED 23 will be withdrawn on 8 June 2020 and replaced with a corrected edition, ED 23 Corr, to take effect 17 August 2020. 

  • COVID-19 – Continuation training and human factor refresher training

    Part 21, Part M, Part 145 and Part 147 organisations should look to carry out continuation training and human factor refresher training via online methods, in line with CAP 1742 due to COVID-19. CAP 1742 is available to download from the CAA website. SW2020/118

  • 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 […]

  • Part 147 Distance Learning Guidance

    Guidance for approved Part 147 organisations wishing to conduct distance learning is available on the CAA website. This new guidance material is intended to assist existing approved organisations under Part 147 who wish to incorporate new technologies and training methods for delivery of their approved courses. It defines the Authority’s expectations on how to meet […]

  • COVID-19 – Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging of biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. The replaces ORS4 No 1372. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1391) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website.

  • TrainingCom – Spring 2020

    News and advice for the training professional: TrainingCom – Spring 2020 This TrainingCom comes to you at what we know to be an unprecedented time for UK flight training organisations. This packed edition includes an appendix covering Aeroplane ATO and DTO Guidance.

  • 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.

  • Expired: 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- […]

  • COVID-19 – Recency Exemption for Commercial Air Transport Line Training

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak: COVID-19 Outbreak: Recency Exemption for Line Training Personnel involved in Supervision of Line Flying – Commercial Air Transport Only (ORS4 No. 1390) This exemption is to assist an operator return aircrew to recency by using TRIs or TREs or line […]

  • 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 […]

  • Part-CAMO application process

    Following the introduction of Part CAMO under regulation EU 2019/1383 we have published guidance for all current Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations about the transition process to Part CAMO. This information will help organisations and personnel involved in managing complex motor-powered aircraft and Licenced Air Carriers to transition to the new requirements. Please see […]

  • 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 […]

  • COVID 19 – Guidance for Flying Clubs and Schools

    COVID 19 – Preparing to Return to Normal Flying Operations for General Aviation Pilot Training Organisations (‘Flying Clubs and Schools’) Guidance to help General Aviation pilot training organisations and private pilots prepare to return safely to normal operations when allowed under Government COVID-19 related restrictions on recreational flying. This document is intended to complement guidelines […]

  • CAA’s new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy

    The CAA has published a new Bowtie Risk Model Strategy (CAP1329) which identifies how the models can be best used as an effective and proactive safety risk assessment tool. The overall aim is to inform and improve decision making so that the right actions can be taken to achieve the best safety outcomes for the […]

  • 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

  • CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 134

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 134 is the first edition from our new Director Aviation, Steve Forward.  It contains reports about the handling of fuel priority calls; the importance of awareness of Minimum Safe Altitude versus Transition Level; fatigue management; go-arounds due to birds; unsafe engineering practices; and managing the long-term storage of aircraft.   These and many […]

  • COVID 19 – Display Pilot Authorisations, Display Authorisation Evaluators and Flying Display Directors currency requirements

    To assist the air display community during and post COVID-19 we have extended the currency requirements detailed in CAP 403 and CAP 1724 for Display Pilot Authorisations (‘DAs’), Display Authorisation Evaluators (‘DAEs’) and Flying Display Directors (‘FDDs’). Further information is available on our website.

  • COVID-19 – Preservation considerations

    In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the CAA is providing guidance, primarily for the assistance of organisations unfamiliar with the storage and preservation of aircraft, by reminding them of the appropriate measures and sources of information available so that when aircraft are returned to operational service they can do so […]

  • Further Deadline Extension: Public Engagement on Accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has made the decision to further extend the deadline of our public engagement on the proposed criteria that the Civil Aviation Authority will use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan. This will continue to allow stakeholders a greater opportunity to input into the engagement exercise despite the […]

  • 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 […]

  • COVID-19 – Exemptions for Part-BFCL, Part-SFCL and National Balloon Licence holders

    The two exemptions apply to UK CAA issued EASA LAPL(S) and (B), SPLand BPL and national Balloon licence holders.   They deal with the extension of validity and other time periods for licences, ratings, privileges, endorsements and certificates of Sailplane and Balloon pilots, instructors and examiners ORS 4 No. 1381 – Extension of Validity and […]

  • Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Gatwick Airport Limited’s Route 4 RNAV-1 SID Airspace Change Proposal

    Following the analysis of the feedback received in the feedback exercise at the beginning of this year, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now published the final version of it post implementation review (PIR) of Gatwick Airport Limited’s Route 4 RNAV-1 SID Airspace Change Proposal. As a result of our analysis, the CAA has […]

  • COVID-19 – UAS guidance for BVLOS operations

    The CAA’s UAS Unit has published ‘CAP1915 – UAS guidance for COVID-19 BVLOS Operations’, which enables UAS operators to apply for UAS BVLOS authorisations aimed at supporting the COVID-19 response more effectively and efficiently. It first describes the general factors relevant to the CAA when considering whether to grant an authorisation for UAS BVLOS operations […]

  • 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 […]

  • Economic regulation of Heathrow: Programme update

    This document (CAP1914) provides an update on our programme for the development of the economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) in the light of the uncertainties brought about by: > the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; > the Court of Appeal’s decision on the Airports National Policy Statement; and >HAL’s decision to pause its […]

  • Expired: Consultation on new edition of CAP632 ‘Ex-Military Aircraft’

    While we absolutely appreciate that much of the UK’s aviation community is being severely affected by COVID-19, we do need to prepare for a safe return for aviation and develop future rules and regulations. To meet that aim our consultation on a new edition of ‘Operation of Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft on the UK register’ (CAP623) […]

  • Suspension of all initial CPL and IR Test Bookings

    In line with Government restrictions, all initial CPL and IR tests are currently cancelled. Whilst the lockdown period continues, no flight test bookings will be accepted by the CAA, as these are deemed to be non-essential activities. The CAA has a duty of care to the examiners who carry out these tests on its behalf, […]

  • COVID-19 – Non Destructive Testing (NDT) re-qualification

    The National Aerospace NDT Board Forum EU members, EASA, and the CAA have agreed to a temporary extension scheme for people with approvals that expire between March and June. For details see the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) website (documents AD014 and AD01_frm_A) The BINDT website also has guidance for PCN-Aero users. SW2020/091

  • Expired: CAP 1789 – The EU UAS regulation package – April 2020 update

    The CAA has published an updated version of CAP 1789 which provides updated guidance based on revised information and policy developments that have been provided since its original publication in June 2019. It provides a simple explanation of the general intent behind the regulations and also includes a section which aims to answer some of […]

  • 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 […]

  • CAP 794 Air Traffic Controllers – Initial Training Objectives: New edition published

    This alert is to inform UK certificated TO/ITOs that Edition 2 of CAP 794 – Air Traffic Controllers – Initial Training Objectives, has been published. The content has had major review, due to numerous documentary changes. One significant addition is the inclusion of UK Initial Training Terminal Objectives which, due to an error, were not […]

  • 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.

  • 2020 Flying Display Season Update

    An update on the Regulatory and Administrative arrangements to support 2020 Flying Display Season are available on the CAA website on the Flying displays and special events page.

  • Expired: 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.

  • COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity

    In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed. Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed. Further information regarding COVID-19 […]

  • COVID-19 – BCAR Section A A8-10 Welder Approval validity extension

    BCAR Section A, A8-10 Approval of Welders require each Welder Approval Holder to renew this approval on a 12 month basis via completion of check examinations. In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), has varied these requirements on a temporary basis. For more information please […]

  • 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 – Small Unmanned Aircraft Emergency Services Response

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. This General Exemption allows a more flexible, but controlled, use of a small unmanned aircraft in support of the Police response while enforcing the Government restrictions resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID-19 Pandemic – Emergency Services […]

  • 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 […]

  • COVID-19: EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members

    EASA has issued guidance on the management of crew during COVID-19. EASA states that the guide is not mandatory, should not replace national policies and should be adapted to the operations taking place and the type of aircraft used. The COVID-19 crisis is primarily a public health issue, therefore in the UK the directions provided […]

  • Guidance on Sailplane Operations

    Three Supplementary Instructions (SI) have been published to incorporate guidance material concerning sailplane operations into the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) and the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797). Associated radiotelephony procedures are incorporated into the Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413). > CAP493 SI 2020-02 > CAP797 SI 2020-02> […]

  • Expired: COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Exemption from the requirement for rigid outer packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples (ORS4 No 1372) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/070

  • COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Installation of a Temporary Separation Barrier between the Cockpit and Cabin area of Aircraft used to Transport Key Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic  (ORS4 No 1371) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/069

  • Quality system independent auditing during COVID-19

    To enable organisations flexibility with regard to their internal Quality Audit plan, guidance has been provided to enable organisations to understand the various scenarios which exist when delaying any internal audit; its possible ramifications and where required seek CAA agreement. Please see the CAA website for details. SW2020/068

  • Part-ML and Part-CAO forms now available

    The application form for an Authorisation to Issue an Airworthiness Review Certificate for aircraft within the scope of Part-ML is now available on the CAA website. Applications for an independent certifying staff authorisation can made using Form SRG1015 Applications for Part-CAO transition will now be accepted an online application form which is also available on updated Part-ML […]

  • Using suitably qualified engineers to perform physical aircraft surveys during airworthiness reviews

    In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to M.A.901(m) for wherever normal airworthiness review procedures cannot be followed. This alternative AMC allows for the use of a suitably qualified engineer to perform the aircraft survey as part of the airworthiness review when […]

  • Carriage of potential COVID-19 patients

    When carrying stretcher borne patients who are symptomatic of the virus there may be a benefit in installing a bio-containment system to protect the crews. We have put in place a specific process to enable operators to apply for the necessary airworthiness approval – the full details are available on our website.

  • 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.

  • COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354) Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available on the CAA website. […]

  • Extension of UAS Operational Authorisations or Exemptions and Exemption for police response to COVID-19

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft – COVID 19 Pandemic – Emergency services Response Further […]

  • COVID-19 – Extension to BCAR Section L Licence Validity

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1356 BCAR Section L Licence Validity Extension Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

  • COVID-19 – Exemption: Requirement to carry original EASA ARC during all flights

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 No. 1355 COVID-19 Outbreak: Exemption in Respect of the Requirement to Carry the Original EASA Airworthiness Review Certificate onboard the Aircraft during all flights. Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19

  • COVID-19 – Theoretical knowledge examination completion period

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Theoretical Knowledge Examination Completion Period as required by Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011 as amended (ORS4 No.1353 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/059

  • COVID-19 – Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% attendance requirement

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Part 147 Exemption for Basic Training Schools against the 90% Attendance Requirement (ORS4 No.1352 ) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/058

  • COVID-19 – Cabin crew proficiency checks

    The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Cabin Crew Proficiency Checks as required by Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012 of 5 October 2012 (ORS4 No 1349) Further information regarding COVID-19 is available on the CAA website. SW2020/057

  • Acceptance of certified copies for Part-66 licence applications

    To help ensure the continuity of Part-66 licensing over the coming weeks due to COVID-19, the UK CAA will accept a certified true copy of a Part-66 licence (EASA Form 26) to support applications made to renew, vary or amend the holder’s licencing privileges without need for the original licence to be submitted to the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expiry of ORS4 General Exemption No. 1312 – 25 March 2020

    Air traffic service providers are reminded that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 will expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020, reference to the Exemption will be removed from the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493), and the requirements of SERA.5001 Table S5-1 […]

  • Update to CAP 747 -Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness

    Issue 3, Amendment 2020/01 of CAP 747 “Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness” has been published to update Generic Requirements (GR) No 15, GR No 17 and GR No 24 to align with the introduction of Part M Light (Part-ML) under Regulation (EU) 2019/1383, which became applicable on 24 March 2020. In addition, changes have been made […]

  • Expired: Deadline extension: Public engagement on accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has made the decision to extend the deadline of our public engagement on the proposed criteria that the Civil Aviation Authority will use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan. This will allow stakeholders a greater opportunity to input into the engagement exercise despite the disruption caused by […]

  • CAP660 Parachuting Edition 5 (2020)

    All parachute dropping carried out from civil registered aircraft over the UK is regulated by the CAA and must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Air Navigation Order. CAP 660 Parachuting is a comprehensive source of information containing rules, including regulations and guidance on legal requirements, parachuting operations and displays. This publication follows a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Military Aviation Authority (MAA) – Flying displays, display flying, role demonstrations and flypasts

    MAA Regulatory Article 2335 Issue 10 – Flying Displays, Display Flying, Role Demonstrations and Flypasts was released on Notice of Proposed Amendment (MAA/NPA/20/04) on 11 March 2020. You are invited to review the revised document and its associated forms and provide comment to the MAA Regulatory Publications Team by 8 April 2020.

  • 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.

  • Expired: Cessation of the ability for non-EASA pilot licences to operate an aircraft with an EASA CofA from 8 April

    UK national private pilot licence holders are not able to fly an aeroplane with an EASA certificate of airworthiness from 8 April 2020 due to a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) derogation expiring on 7 April and not being renewed.  The change does not affect balloons or sailplanes including powered sailplanes. This change arises as […]

  • Authorisation of Balloon and Airship Examiners

    A new version of Standards Document 40, Authorisation of Balloon and Airship Examiners, is now available. Standards Document 40 has been produced in association with the British Balloon and Airship Club. It defines policy and means of oversight, and includes procedures and guidance for UK examiners.

  • 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

  • CAP 1814 Accreditation of apprenticeships

    CAP 1814 provides guidance for the of accreditation National Qualifications toward the issue of Part 66 licences by Further and Higher Education Training Establishments in England. Th document provides guidance to organisations wishing to accredit qualifications gained in their apprenticeships. The scope includes EASA / UK Part 66 Syllabus, equivalent aerospace qualifications within design, manufacturing, […]

  • 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: Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

    As part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan […]

  • New edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) now published

    A new edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) has been published to ensure that the process of display pilot evaluation is standardised as far as is possible . It has been updated following consultation and provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: Reminder to register for the 2020 Pre-season Symposium

    The closing date to register for the Flying Display Pre-season Symposium is 28 February 2020. Please use the online booking form to register to attend. The two-day symposium is for all those involved in display flying or the planning or execution of Flying Displays. This year’s event will be held on 17 and 18 March at […]

  • 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.

  • Expiry of SERA exemption covering VFR flights in Class D airspace

    A Supplementary Instruction (SI) has been published to remind air traffic service providers that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 is planned to expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020 the requirements of SERA.5001 Table S5-1 and SERA.5005(a) will apply without variation and reference to ORS4 No […]

  • Changes to Flying Display, Special Event or unusual aerial activity notification application

    We have changed the application process for displays. Separate applications can now be made for flying displays under ANO 86 or a private flying display and 250kts speed limitation. Some applications will need extra attached information as detailed in CAP 403. The application form and guidance on how to apply is available on the CAA […]

  • 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 […]

  • Post Implementation Review of Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes airspace change proposal

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now completed a thorough review of changes made in 2015 to Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes. We have assessed these changes against the original objectives of the airspace change proposal. This review concludes that the airspace change has been implemented and is operating as expected. This report […]

  • Publication of CAP 403 Flying Displays Edition 17

    Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of CAP 403 Flying Displays & Special Events. This focuses on organising andobtaining 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Brexit update – transition period

    Following exit from the EU, the UK is entering a transition period scheduled to continue until December 31, 2020. In this period, the UK will continue to be party to the EU Air Services Regulation and mutual recognition provisions under the EASA Basic Regulation. Existing agreements between the EU and third countries, such as on […]

  • CAP 797 Flight information service officer manual

    A review of Royal Flight procedures by the CAA has resulted in a requirement to make subsequent amendments to the Flight Information Service Officer Manual (CAP 797). Whilst the change is relatively minor, ATS personnel should note that the procedure concerning Selected Helicopter Flights and the requirement for the diversion of Royal aircraft of No 32 […]

  • 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 […]

  • CAP 1616 guidance: 3rd edition published

    On 22 January 2020, the CAA published an updated third 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. The third edition is available on our website. It incorporates: a new decision-making process for […]

  • Ex-military multi engine aircraft now added to exemption scheme for fare paying passengers

    The CAA has extended its Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) scheme to allow General Aviation operators to apply to take fee paying passengers in ex-military multi-engine piston aeroplanes. For more information or to apply please see the CAA website. SW2020/018

  • Small unmanned aircraft – water ingress and flight over uninvolved people

    Following the AAIB’s investigations into a series of recent incidents involving the loss of control of multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft, the CAA has issued two related Safety Notices: Safety Notice SN2020-001 – Water Ingress into a small unmanned aircraft in precipitation Safety Notice SN2020-002 – Guidance and best practice when considering flight over uninvolved people […]

  • 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 […]

  • Instructors providing training within the scope of their privileges

    There have been several instances where instructors have conducted training for which they do not have the instructor privileges stated in “XII – Ratings, Certificates and Privileges” page of their licence. This is especially prevalent with Instructors who hold a “LAPL only” remark endorsed on their Flight Instructor certificate. FIs with this endorsement are reminded […]

  • Submission of revalidation and renewal documentation

    All Examiners and those Instructors with FCL.945 privileges are reminded of the importance that it is their responsibility to submit documents relevant to the revalidation or renewal of an individual’s rating privileges within 14 days of a proficiency check or revalidation check flight. CAA records are required to be kept fully up to date, failure […]

  • New contaminated runway reporting system

    On 5th November 2020 a new system of reporting runway contamination comes into force. Called the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF), the ICAO Aerodrome SARPs are in Annex 14, with additional guidance in the PANS Aerodromes Doc 9981 and Circular 355. The GRF allows cross functional (Aerodromes, ATM and Flight operations) harmonisation and standardized reporting. […]

  • Amendment to Royal Flights procedure and the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure – MATS Pt 1 (CAP 493) SI 2019/08

    The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to introduce changes to the Royal Flights procedure and to notify the withdrawal of the Selected Helicopter Flights procedure. 

  • Expired: Heathrow price control consultation

    This document follows on from our March 2019 Consultation on the regulatory framework for Heathrow Airport Limited and sets out our evolving thinking on regulatory framework and financial issues for capacity expansion at Heathrow airport and in particular the next price control period, that is expected to run between 2022 and the opening of the […]

  • Amendment to ATM Change notification form (SRG 1430)

    The ATM change notification form (SRG 1430) has been amended to reflect implementation of ATM/ANS Regulation (EU) 2017/373 and its replacement of Regulations 1034/2011 and 1035/2011. The form no longer requires the results of the risk assessment of the notified change to be included. Risk assessments of changes must still be carried out as part […]

  • Expired: Consultation: Minimum Requirements for Noise Modelling

    We believe that it is appropriate to specify the minimum acceptable level of sophistication of noise modelling required for us to carry out our duties, to provide clarity to sponsors and stakeholders about the methodology they should use and therefore reduce ambiguity, and to provide consistency across different groups of airports. We are now seeking […]

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (Gyroplanes)

    The CAA has launched the approval system for Training Organisations / Persons who wish to offer courses for the Commercial Pilot Licence and Flying Instructor Certificates for Gyroplanes. Guidance on the approval system can be found on the CAA website. SW2020/005

  • Expired: Update on the Gatwick Route 4 PIR

    We have now published a draft report of our Post Implementation Review (PIR) of Gatwick Airport Limited’s Route 4 RNAV-1 SID Airspace Change Proposal.  We are now asking you to comment on the draft report’s findings. The objective of this is to ensure that we have not missed, misunderstood or misinterpreted any relevant matters. See […]

  • Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training

    We have launched two consultations, to propose extending paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to those trainees that are not owners of the aircraft. Access our Aeroplane Consultation Access our Microlight Consultation

  • 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.

  • Update to Annex IV Part-ATS Human Factors Requirements for ATC Providers

    The CAA has reviewed CAP 670 Air Traffic Services Safety Requirements Part D Human Resources. While these requirements are the responsibility of service providers to comply with, the CAA has determined that if measures in place satisfy CAP 670 Part D, these will be regarded as being compliant with the regulation. The CAA will provide […]

  • Expired: Consultation for next edition of Parachuting (CAP 660)

    Parachuting (CAP 660) is a comprehensive source of information including rules, regulations and guidance on legal requirements for parachuting operations and displays. It was last published in 2008 and we are now consulting on a revised and updated edition. This new edition will be published in 2020 and includes some major changes to reflect new legislation and […]

  • 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. […]

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: Policy update and consultation on the early costs of capacity expansion

    This consultation document provides further information on costs that Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) expects to incur in advance of receiving a development consent order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 for the expansion of Heathrow airport. It outlines the approach to this early spending that we consider is in the best interest of consumers and […]

  • Outcome of our consultation on a decision-making process for PPR proposals

    In May 2019 we sought views on a new decision-making process for PPR proposals – air traffic control operational procedure changes that give rise to a planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic. We have now published a document explaining how we have taken consultation responses into account in refining the process that we will […]

  • CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/01 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 3 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the FISO Manual (CAP 797), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

  • CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Service Part 1

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/07 to CAP 493 Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 19 December 2019, effective 2 January 2020. This SI details changes made to the MATS Part 1 (CAP 493), relating to the implementation of ATS.TR.100 within Annex IV ‘Part-ATS’ to Reg (EU) No 2017/373 the ‘Air Traffic Management)/Air […]

  • 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

  • Encouraging new skills with PROUD

    We are now accepting applications from organisations and flying schools who would like to offer post-PPL safety training courses under our flagship recognition scheme to promote further flight training within the GA community. Pilot Recognition and Operational Up-Skilling and Development (PROUD) aims to support organisations to help increase pilot skills through the achievement of defined […]

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: Consultation open for next edition of Flying Display Standards

    Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724) was first published earlier this year alongside Flying Displays and Special Events (CAP403). It provides a single point of access to guidance for Display Authorised pilots (DAs) and Display Authorisation Evaluators (DAEs) in areas such as preparation, standardisation and evaluation. Following the 2019 display season, we are working on a new edition […]

  • 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.

  • Doncaster Sheffield Airport ACP decision

    The Civil Aviation Authority has published its decision document approving Doncaster Sheffield Airport’s proposal to introduce RNAV Standard Instrument Departure and Instrument Approach Procedures: Doncaster Sheffield Airport DSA – RNAV SIDs, IAPs

  • 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.

  • CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 70

    Information for cabin crew on where to send roster related concerns within a company and an explanation of how CHIRP handles reported concerns.  Six reports are included in this edition of CCFB; subjects include safety concerns about cabin crew disarming doors during taxi, whether de-icing should be completed after passengers board the aircraft and take-off […]

  • Confidential drone safety reporting system now available

    Drone users and enthusiasts can now report safety concerns and incidents online using a confidential drone reporting service. CHIRP, a charitable organisation that has been providing independent, confidential reporting facilities for the aviation since 1982, has extended its online reporting system to include drone-related incidents. The service is free to use, and CHIRP guarantees to […]

  • Guidance for the UAS Recognised Assessment Entity scheme

    Requirements, administrative processes, instructions and guidance related to the operation of the Recognised Assessment Entity (RAE) scheme within the United Kingdom have been updated.  Unmanned Aircraft System Operations in UK Airspace – The UK Recognised Assessment Entity (CAP722B) is intended for organisations that are, or wish to be, approved as an RAE. This new edition […]

  • Expired: Temporary Danger Areas: English Channel, 2 December 2019 – 31 March 2020

    A Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will carry out operational flights in the area of the English Channel between 2 December 2019 and 31 March 2020. As the aircraft will be operating Beyond Visual Line of Sight and has no Detect and Avoid capability a number of Temporary Dangers Areas (TDA) will be established. Required […]

  • 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

  • UK Airspace Management Policy update

    UK Airspace Management Policy (CAP 740) has been updated. This minor amendment removes reference to Regulation (EU) 691/2010 which is no longer in force, and includes textual changes and references to Regulation (EU) 2017/373.

  • 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/

  • Flying Display Director Accreditation – 2020

    The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) have developed a joint Flying Display Director (FDD) accreditation course for both civilian and military flying displays. To obtain or revalidate their FDD accreditation, applicants are required to demonstrate their experience in a number of competences and attend an FDD accreditation course. For 2020 […]

  • TrainingCom Update – Autumn 2019

    This TrainingCom Update update highlight’s details of recent changes to Part-FCL and includes a comprehensive guide covering the content of refresher flight training exercises. It also sets out an amendment to an item presented in the recent Autumn 2019 issue.

  • Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent: Post implementation review published

    The CAA has completed the post implementation review (PIR) of the Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent airspace change proposal. As a result of our analysis, the CAA has concluded that the Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent PIR does show that the proposal has been implemented and operated […]

  • 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

  • Amendment to Flight Instructor privileges and conditions

    All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew Regulation that into force on 11 November 2019. FI privileges (FCL.905.FI) have been amended and renumbered but your licence does not have to be re-issued. Please see CAP 1854 for details. SW2019/216

  • 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.

  • Engineer Licensing – Signing your licence

    The CAA has recently been in receipt of licence renewal and variation applications where the original licence returned to the CAA was not signed by the licence holder. By not signing the licence, the privileges of the licence cannot be exercised. Any maintenance and associated Certificate to Release to Service issued using an unsigned licence […]

  • Operating experimental aircraft under E conditions

    Guidance and information for operating experimental aircraft under E conditions has been updated. Following a review, we have published a new edition of the guidance. This now includes requirements for ferry flight and A to B operations.

  • CAA Heathrow interim price control

    CAP1852 gives notice under section 22(6) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 (CAA12) of our decision to modify Heathrow Airport Limited’s Licence granted under section 15 CAA12. These modifications are to: extend the current price control by a two year interim period, up to 31 December 2021, taking account of the commercial arrangements between HAL […]

  • Drone and model aircraft registration

    The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme is now live at Register-drones.caa.co.uk The requirements for registration and education become law on 30 November 2019. Also launched today is the new drones reunited service for lost drones at dronesreunited.uk

  • Expired: Consultation opens for next edition of CAP403

    We are working on the new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays & Special Events. We aim to publish this as edition 17 early in the new year. The consultation and online response form is now available: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/ga/cap403-flying-displays-and-special-events/ We welcome your comments by Friday 29 November.

  • 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