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  • Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Blackpool, Lancashire, 13-14 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Blackpool on 13 and 14 August 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M091/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Blackpool on 13 and 14 August 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M072/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com. Restrictions also apply to the […]

  • Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 8 – 10 August

    Jamming activity impacting licence exempt bands will take place between the 8 – 10 August 2022. Jammers located within 3km of 550307N 0023320W. Activity will take place between 0700-1800 UTC on each day. Activity will affect UAS control and situational awareness devices within a radius of 15NM. Frequencies are 432-446MHz, 863-870MHz, 900-928MHz, 2300-2800MHz and 5725-5875MHz. […]

  • Update to requirements for Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC) Holders

    Supplementary Amendment (SA) to CAP 452 – Aeronautical Radio Station Operator’s Guide published to inform Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC) holders of the urgent updated requirements following an investigation of an incident by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the subsequent discussions held between the AAIB and the CAA. Details contained in this […]

  • CAP 785B Volume II – Implementation and Safeguarding of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFPs) in the UK – updated link

    The CAA has published CAP 785B Volume II “Implementation and Safeguarding of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFPs) in the UK”.  The CAP provides clarification on the process to implement IFPs in the UK and clarification for the provision of IFP safeguarding. View CAP785B Volume II Implementation and Safeguarding of Instrument Flight Procedures (IFPs) in the UK. SW2022/204

  • Women’s World Gliding Championship 2022

    The United Kingdom is hosting the Women’s World Gliding Championships 2022 in August. We have issued an exemption that permits individuals registered for the competition to operate G registered Sailplanes on the basis of their Third County Licence during the practice and competition periods. ORS4 No. 1551 (caa.co.uk) SW2022/202

  • Airspace Infringement Avoidance

    GASCo webinar: Monday 1 August – 1900 hours GASCo Regional Safety Officers provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement. The webinar will include tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques. The GASCo panel will be joined by Amanda Rhodes. Amanda is an approach […]

  • Potential for airspace restrictions associated with uncontrolled re-entry of space debris

    The European Union Space Surveillance and Tracking consortium has been tracking a large space rocket (Chinese originating Long March 5B rocket) and estimate it will re-enter earth atmosphere between Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. The potential re-entry path does not bring any debris over the UK, but could impact flights planned through Bulgaria, France, […]

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority and US Federal Aviation Administration agree continuation of Maintenance Implementation Procedures beyond 2022

    The Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Aviation Administration have provided an update on the planned changes to the Maintenance Implementation Procedures. The existing procedures were agreed between the UK and the USA in January 2021, which allowed for the continuation of maintenance organisation approvals between the UK and the USA post-EU Exit until 31 […]

  • Expired: Planning to fly in the West Midlands?

    Check details of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games airspace restrictions: airspacesafety.com/birmingham-2022/ Expect increased traffic density in areas adjacent to Birmingham due to traffic avoiding the restricted areas between 28 July to 9 August 2022. Consider the potential knock-on effect when planning your flight – including aircraft routeing south of CTA-2 around the Daventry VOR / DME area. An […]

  • New Airspace Change Portal release

    As part of a new release for the Airspace Change Portal, we have added some new features and upgraded some of the existing functionality for both sponsors and the public. Full details of the changes can be read in a news article on the portal. SW2022/194

  • Space Launch and Orbit Group, July 2022

    The CAA has published new content from the Space Launch and Orbit Group sessions, held on the 7th and 8th July. Please see the CAA website for more information. SW2022/192

  • Active Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Trial Update

    We have now collated and reviewed the third quarter of trial data (March 2022- May 2022). The trial report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in General Aviation page of our website.  We featured an update on the CODE project in our new GA podcast: Airworthiness – Carbon monoxide – STEM – CAA on […]

  • Flying in Cloud

    A recent Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigation has highlighted the importance of being properly qualified to fly in cloud. Our new podcast and animation cover the safety guidance and resources that pilots should be aware of. Links to both are available on this page of our website: Flying in Cloud | Civil Aviation Authority

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Marham, Norfolk, 28 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at RAF Marham, Norfolk on 28 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/188

  • New And Updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Ditching

    The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Ditching has been launched. Designed to provide guidance on ditching light aircraft on water. Primarily focused on the aeroplane pilot; although much will be applicable to helicopters. Ditching is a deliberate emergency landing on water, it is not an uncontrolled impact. This forms part of the popular General Aviation […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham, 28 July – 8 August

    Restriction of Flying Regulations – XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022, between 28 July and 8 August 2022. Details by NOTAMs and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais.  Additional briefing material is at www.airspacesafety.com/Birmingham-2022 Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/186

  • Six weeks to apply for UK Part FCL Licence and/or Certificate paying only a £60 deposit

    There are now just six weeks left to apply for a UK Part FCL Licence and/or Certificate using our deposit scheme. We strongly recommend that anyone seeking a UK licence submits their application to the CAA by 31 August 2022. The CAA cannot guarantee that applications submitted after this date will be completed before 1 […]

  • Hot weather warning for drone pilots

    Excessive heat can cause component or battery failure, which can lead to a loss of control. When flying your drone in hotter than normal weather you should: > Check the maximum operating temperature for your drone.> Avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight of your drone and controller. > Be aware of the impact of the hot […]

  • Correct versions of CAA Forms – Part 21, Part 145, Part 147 and Part M (CAMO & CAO)

    For the purposes of clarification, the UK CAA have received numerous requests as to where to find the latest Form templates. These templates can be found on the CAA Regulations page under Forms, link attached. Please ensure this information is circulated within your organisations. See CAA Forms

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham, 22 – 28 July – DRONE ONLY

    Restriction of Flying Regulations DRONE ONLY – XXII Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022, between 22 and 28 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions apply to the operation of all drones. More information on the restrictions for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: […]

  • Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Exposition Guidance

    For the purposes of clarification, the UK CAA require all approval holders to supply a UK Exposition (Part 145 or Part 147), when requesting a variation or change to their approval that requires a revised approval certificate or change of nominated post holder. If there is no change to the approval then the UK Supplement remains […]

  • Expired: Birmingham Commonwealth Games Airspace Restrictions

    In the interests of public safety and security the UK Government has announced areas of restricted airspace for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Airspace users will not be allowed within these areas without the permission of West Midlands Police. The main restrictions will be from 28 July to 9 August. Drone restrictions start on the 22 July and run to […]

  • UK Civil Aviation Authority completes its review into the Cotswold Region’s airspace

    We have published our final report on our findings following our review of airspace in the Cotswold Region and have announced which volumes of airspace the process will seek to amend, as well as the other activities put in place to improve UK airspace as a result of our review. For more information, please see the Final Report or […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lossiemouth, Moray, 20 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrow display at Lossiemouth, Moray on 20  July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/176

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Royal Air Force Fairford, Gloucestershire, 13 – 18 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford and in vicinity of RAF Brize Norton between 13 and 18 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M062/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/174

  • Using a VFR Moving Map in hot weather?

    Will the screen be visible in bright light?Will the device overheat in the sun?Have a back-up plan in place that works for you. Last summer we had reports of tablets and mobiles overheating in the cockpit and shutting down, leading to a rise in Airspace Infringements. The hot weather is back, so make sure you […]

  • New Launch Collision Avoidance Analysis (LCOLA) annex note to industry

    The CAA has published a new annex note to industry regarding Launch Collision Avoidance Analysis (LCOLA). This note details what you need to do as an operator for launch collision avoidance and what the CAA needs from applicants before launch. Please see the CAA website for more information. SW2022/162

  • Aircraft Performance During Exceptionally Hot Weather

    This Skywise is to remind pilots of the effect of higher ambient temperatures on aircraft performance. The weather forecast for this weekend and next week shows that temperatures especially in the South and Midlands of the United Kingdom will be above 30°C. Safety Sense Leaflet No 7 and Chapter 4 of the Skyway Code, have sections on […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Farnborough International Airshow, 11 – 24 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Farnborough International Airshow between 11 and 24 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M059/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. More information on the restrictions for Farnborough International Airshow is available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website:  Farnborough International Airshow 2022 – […]

  • Consultation on BCAR – Section S – Small Light Aeroplanes

    The CAA has published a consultation on proposed changes to CAP482; BCAR – Section S – Small Light Aeroplanes. BCAR Section S is the main certification code for UK microlight aeroplanes up to 600 kg (650 kg for amphibian or floatplane) and specifies the initial airworthiness requirements as well as acceptable means of compliance. The proposed changes […]

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 11 – 12 July

    Jamming activity impacting licence exempt bands will take place between the 11th – 12th July 2022. Jammers located within 3km of 550307N 0023320W. Activity will take place between 0800-1800 UTC on each day. Activity will affect UAS control and situational awareness devices within a radius of 15NM. Frequencies are 432-446MHz, 863-870MHz, 900-928MHz, 2300-2800MHz and 5725-5875MHz. […]

  • Consultation – AMC & GM to UK Regulation (EU) 2019/947

    The CAA is consulting on the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to UK Regulation (EU) 2019/947 and would like your opinion. The purpose of this consultation is to provide input from a larger breadth of expertise and experience than contained within the CAA alone. There is also a legal requirement to consult when […]

  • New and Updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Loss of Control

    The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Loss of Control has been launched. This revised SSL supports a previous safety campaign on Loss of Control; Stay in Control | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) This forms part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating. 

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 11 – 29 July

    GNSS and licence exempt frequency jamming, impacting RPAS and electronic situational awareness devices, will affect areas around Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and Isle of Man. Jammers located within 3 miles of 545021N 0045549W. Activity expected 0830-1600 daily, as notified by NOTAM. GNSS (L1 & L2): 5000ft AMSL and below – Up to 7NM expected, 22NM […]

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/08: Alternative Departure Separations

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/08 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 5 July 2022, effective 5 July 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to update departure separation provisions to accommodate alternative departure separations approved within […]

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/07: Lasers, Searchlights and Fireworks Displays

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/07 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 5 July 2022, effective 5 July 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to update guidance on lasers, searchlights and fireworks displays. SW 2022/159

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/06: Royal Flights in fixed-wing aircraft

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/06 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 5 July 2022, effective 5 July 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to update information detailing Temporary Controlled Airspace (CAS-T) for Royal Flights in […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 6 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 6 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/157

  • London CTA Helicopter Forecast

    Airspace users are reminded that, the London CTA Helicopter Forecast is issued four times a day and provides a specific forecast of cloud base and visibility. It is available to view on the Met Office Aviation Briefing Service at Aviation Briefing Service – Guidance – Met Office Further Met information and resources are also available […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Southport Air Display, 7 – 10 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Southport Air Display, between 7 and 10 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M061/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows and Korean Black Eagles displays at Southport, Merseyside on 7, 8, 9 and 10 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC […]

  • Expired: Airspace infringement avoidance webinar – Monday 4 July

    When: Jul 4, 2022 07:00 PM London Topic: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EXYnMHwdRM2LOZrYDUWMMA Amanda Rhodes from NATS is GASCo’s guest panellist on this webinar. Amanda is an approach radar controller for Luton approach and Stansted radar (formerly Essex radar) based at Swanwick in Hampshire. She validated on Essex radar (as […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – MOD Boscombe Down, 4-5 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display practice at MOD Boscombe Down, Wiltshire between 4 and 5 July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M055/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/153

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 5th – 7th July 2022 – CANCELLED

    Jamming activity impacting licence exempt bands will take place between the 5th – 7th July 2022. Jammers located within 3km of 550307N 0023320W. Activity will take place between 0900-1800 UTC on each day. Activity will affect UAS control and situational awareness devices within a radius of 15NM. Frequencies are 432-446MHz, 863-870MHz, 900-928MHz, 2300-2800MHz and 5725-5875MHz. […]

  • Cap 1789A Update

    The CAA has updated CAP 1789A to reflect the changes made to UK Regulation (EU) 2019/947 in the Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022 . These updates remove certain applicability dates, for provisions that were not retained at the point that the UK left the EU.

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Swansea Bay, Wales, 1 -3 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Wales Air Show 2022 at Swansea Bay between 1 and 3 July. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M054/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais .  Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Swansea Bay on 2 and 3 July . Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Silverstone and Turweston, 1 – 3 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for British Grand Prix Silverstone and Turweston 1 -3 July Details by NOTAM and in Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Silverstone, Northamptonshire on 3 July. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 www.nats-uk.ead-it.com   Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/145

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Teignmouth, Devon, 2 July

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Teignmouth, Devon on 2nd July 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/144

  • Update: EU-UK personnel licence conversion

    The CAA has launched a simplified EU-UK conversion process for gaining a UK Part-FCL licence and UK Part-Med certificate, which can be held at the same time as an EASA Part-FCL licence/certificate. Licence holders will also be able to take advantage of a new deposit scheme when using our online form for the licence application […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Scarborough seafront, 25 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Scarborough Armed Forces Air Display seafront on 25 June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M044/2022 at  www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/140

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Cleethorpes, 25 – 26 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Cleethorpes Armed Forces Weekend Air Display, on 25 and 26 June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M047/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/136

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Weston-Super-Mare, 26 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Weston-Super-Mare on 26th June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/135

  • Helicopter flight in degraded visual conditions

    The purpose of this notice is to remind helicopter pilots, operators and training schools of the advice and guidance that is available to assist in the management of flight in a degraded visual environment, including its recognition and avoidance, appropriate training, flight planning and action in the event of encountering deteriorating conditions. AIC P 137/2019 […]

  • AAC Workshop: Workshop: Weather guide to day trip planning

    Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free weather workshop with Chris, Matt and Simon Keeling for a weather workshop on planning the perfect day trip. The trio will go through some of the planning and prep involved, as well as talking through a range of other considerations. There will be opportunities to interact throughout, as […]

  • Re-opening of Same Day Licensing Counter at Aviation House

    The same day counter service, which allows applicants to have their licence or certificate issued on the day, reopens at Aviation House on 4 July 2022. The booking line will be made available from 27 June 2022. Full details of the services offered can be found on our website. SW2022/132

  • Expired: Space Weather Advisories and Space Weather Webinar

    ICAO Space Weather Advisories are now being disseminated through the Aeronautical Fixed Service – further details can be found in CAP1428: Impacts of Space Weather on Aviation. For information on how to receive space weather advisories please contact NATS Data Services on DataServicesSupport@nats.co.uk Met Office Space Weather Webinar: Thursday 23 June 14:00-15:00 To learn more […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary – Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent, 24 – 26 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Headcorn Battle of Britain Airshow, at Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent on 24,25 and 26 June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M049/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/130

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Lashenden/Headcorn, 24 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a Red Arrows display at Lashenden/Headcorn, Kent on 24th June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/128

  • Open category Legacy and Transitional UAS provision

    Earlier this year we consulted on whether to extend the Legacy and Transitional UAS provisions in the Open category. We received a fantastic level of responses from the drone community and have now published our consultation response document. Our latest podcast explains the conclusions we’ve now come to and our recommendation to Government for taking […]

  • Automated Flight Crew Licensing application updates

    As part of improvements to our licensing services, applicants with a CAA portal account will now receive automated updates when the status of their Flight Crew Licensing application changes, providing visibility of their progress through the licensing process.  Updates will be sent for all Flight Crew Licensing applications, regardless of how the applicant has applied […]

  • The Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022

    The Aviation Safety (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022 No. 637) was laid in parliament on 10 June 2022 which amends: UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1976 (Sailplanes)UK Regulation (EU) 2018/395 (Balloons)UK Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 (Aircrew), andUK Regulation (EU) 2019/947 (Unmanned Aircraft) on 1 July 2022 and UK Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 (Basic Regulation) on 1 July 2022 […]

  • MATS Pt 1 SI: Wake Turbulence Separation Minima

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/05 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 13 June 2022, effective 13 June 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to remind air traffic controllers of the requirements relating to the application […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Newport, Isle of Wight, 17 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Newport, Isle of Wight on 17th June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/118

  • UK AIP and chart format changes – AIRAC 07/2022

    To comply with regulatory requirements changes will be made to the format of the UK AIP and Aeronautical Charts effective AIRAC 07/2022: • ENR 3 ATS Routes: Tables restructured. • ENR 5.5 Aerial Sporting/Recreational Activities: For easy reference all sites published in a single alphabetical list regardless of type. • AD 2 Aerodromes: New section […]

  • CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 92

    The summer flying season is upon us and now would be a good time to review lessons that might be relevant before we all launch into the air. This edition of CHIRP GA FEEDBACK looks back at the previous 12 months and also includes thoughts on camera and equipment mounts, how to check that you’ve […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Cosford, 10 – 12 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for the RAF Cosford Airshow, between 10 and 12 June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M041/2022 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 SW2022/114

  • Expired: Infringement Webinar and Military Civil Air Safety Day

    Airspace Infringement Avoidance Amanda Rhodes (Air Traffic Radar Controller for Luton and Stansted) joins the GASCo panel for tonight’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar which will include tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques. Monday 6 June (19:00 start) – register online https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j2or6hFBQR2qVaO_vxmCzQ Military Civil Air […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Teesside Airshow, 11 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at the Teesside Airshow on 11th June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/112

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 6 – 9 June 2022

    Jamming activity impacting licence exempt bands will take place between the 6th – 9th June 2022. Jammers located within 3km of 550307N 0023320W. Activity will take place between 0900-1800 UTC on each day. Activity will affect UAS control and situational awareness devices within a radius of 15NM. Frequencies are 432-446MHz, 863-870MHz, 900-928MHz, 2300-2800MHz and 5725-5875MHz. […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Paignton, Devon, 4 – 5 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at the English Riviera Airshow at Paignton, Devon on 4th and 5th June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M025/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/110

  • New guidance for spaceport and launch operator licence applicants

    The CAA has published new guidance to outline the approach the CAA with adopt in the consulting with stakeholders on AEE’s received as part of spaceport and launch operator applications. (CAP2352). Please see the CAA website for more information. SW2022/109

  • Update to Medical Requirements

    The Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey Civil Aviation Administration have no operational objection to flights of UK registered aircraft being conducted to, from and within the Channel Islands by holders of UK issued flight crew and pilot licences and who have made UK CAA Pilot Medical Declarations, subject to such flights being conducted in accordance […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Paignton Seafront, 3 – 5 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying displays will take place at Paignton Seafront between 3 and 5 June 2022. Daily display times published by NOTAM. Full detail in AIC M026/2022 at www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/106

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Midlands Air Festival, 2 – 4 June

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for flying display at Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall Warwickshire on 2,3 and 4 June 2022. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M027/2022 at www.nats.aero/ais.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/105

  • General Aviation Partnership – Meeting Minutes

    Please see the latest General Aviation Partnership (GAP) minutes and presentation from the last quarterly meeting on Thursday 5 May 2022. Meeting minutes (CAP 232002) Presentation (CAP 232002A) General Aviation Partnership (GAP) | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

  • Expired: RESTRICTED AIRSPACE (TEMPORARY) – Queen’s Jubilee Flypast – 02 June 2022

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for a flypast to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen on 02 June 2022. The flypast will start in the vicinity of The Wash, The North Sea and Southwold, Suffolk and Southend then route from the hold via Swaffham and Thetford and Colchester towards London to overfly Buckingham […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Queen’s Jubilee Flypast Rehearsal– 24, 26 and 27 May 2022

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for rehearsals for a flypast to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen will be held during the period 24, 26 and 27 May 2022 . The rehearsals will start in the vicinity of The Wash, The North Sea and Southwold, Suffolk and Southend then route via the overhead […]

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – Sennybridge, 23 – 27 May and 30 May – 3 June 2022

    Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P024/2022. Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS and licence exempt frequencies used for RPAS control and some electronic situational awareness devices may suffer intermittent or total failure. An associated […]

  • Notification of Jamming Trial – RAF Spadeadam, 23 – 27 May, 13 – 17 June, 13 – 22 July, 14 – 23 September, 19 – 28 October, 16 – 25 November 2022

    Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies will take place between the times and dates specified in AIC P034/2022. Please refer to AIC for more information. During the trials impacted systems utilising GNSS and licence exempt frequencies used for RPAS control and some electronic situational awareness devices may suffer intermittent or total failure. An associated […]

  • Upcoming changes to application form for instructor certificates

    As part of improvements to our licence application service, we are reducing the use of paper application forms.A new online application form (SRG2159) for the initial issue, variation, revalidation and renewal of instructor certificates has been created. This will soon replace paper (PDF) application forms: SRG1131, SRG1133, SRG1135, and SRG2106. SRG2159 can be used to […]

  • CAA launch General Aviation (GA) Podcast

    The first episode of our new CAA GA podcast is out now. It covers interviews and discussions on our recent Virtual Voyage for Airworthiness, the Carbon Monoxide Detector (CODE) Project and details of our latest Historic Aviation magazine, Reach for the Sky. Visit Airworthiness – Carbon monoxide – STEM – CAA on General Aviation (captivate.fm) […]

  • Working paper on review of Space based Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS-B) in the North Atlantic

    This working paper provides an update on progress on our work in relation to NERL’s licence obligation to conduct a review of Space Based Automatic Dependent Surveillance (SB ADS-B) costs and benefits committed to as part of the RP3 price control. It identifies some early conclusions from the information gathered so far and proposes next […]

  • CHIRP Drone/UAS FEEDBACK Edition 4

    This fourth edition of CHIRP’s Drone/UAS FEEDBACK newsletter continues to build on previous newsletters by bringing a number of Human Factors issues and thoughts to the attention of drone users.  Four reports are discussed within.  All of us can learn from events that happened to others, and CHIRP is the conduit for individuals to confidentially share […]

  • AAC Workshop: Emergency Handling

    Astral Aviation Consulting is holding a free workshop on their latest safety theme; emergency handling. They’ve just published a guest article from Steve Slater, CEO of the LAA, on his lessons learned from a forced landing. Steve will also be joining the Astral team as a guest presenter at their next Emergency Handling Workshop. Wednesday […]

  • GA e-Exams – Information for training organisations and candidates

    The GA e-Exams system, which houses the Part-FCL PPL (A) & (H) theoretical knowledge exams, has now been updated to include the Part-BFCL BPL and Part-66L Aircraft Maintenance Licence exams which are now live. The GA e-Exams system replaces paper-based theoretical knowledge exams and as such all GA examinations for licences mentioned above must be […]

  • New and Updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Strip Sense

    The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Strip Sense has been launched. This forms part of the popular Safety sense | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) which the CAA is currently updating. 

  • AIP High Intensity Radio Transmission Area (HIRTA) Updates

    Due to a recalculation of source data, HIRTA altitudes and ranges will change for the following locations in UK AIP ENR5.3: Colerne, Croughton, Madley, Pershore. The changes will occur in AIRAC 06 with publication date 5 May 2022 and effective date 16 June 2022. VFR charts will be updated in due course in line with […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 142

    As the post-COVID airline industry transitions from survival to recovery, CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 142 reviews some of the key issues from the last 12 months that have recently focused on commercial pressures and rostering versus available resources and manning.  There are also reports discussing UPRT training, Approach Bans, maintenance quality concerns, and lack […]

  • Expired: GASCo infringement avoidance webinar

    The GASCo team will be joined by Amanda Rhodes, an Air Traffic Radar Controller for Luton and Stansted, to provide information on how to avoid an airspace infringement. The webinar will contain tips and suggestions, quizzes and an example of airspace pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques. Monday 9 May (1900 hours to […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – London, 10 May

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for the State Opening of Parliament, London, on 10 May 2022. Details by NOTAM and AIS briefing sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. Helicopter route H4 and non-specific flight/enhanced non-specific flight clearances contained within area withdrawn for duration. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/082

  • Active Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Trial Update

    We have now collated and reviewed the second quarter of trial data (December 2021-February 2022). We have also published an animation highlighting the importance of flying with an active carbon monoxide detector. The report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in General Aviation page of our website. 

  • Update of activities from GA Q1 2022

    We are continuing with a number of projects including the Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CODE) project, publishing our Q1 summary report and seeking engagement opportunities including hosting Pre-Flying Display Season Symposium, meeting with LAA and working in partnership with the Department for Transport on a number of projects to support Historic Aircraft.   For full details […]

  • CAP1649 Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel Competence & Training – Second Issue

    Following publication of amendments to Regulation EU 2017/373 Annex XIII AMC & GM, prior to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, CAP1649 has been re-issued to reflect these changes. No changes have been made to any Regulatory Requirements. This re-issue also provides an opportunity to update and expand on CAA guidance & recommendations […]

  • Reach for the Sky: inspiring the next generation

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) have published Reach for the Sky, a joint, special magazine taking a closer look at the relationship between historic aviation and STEM; the importance of inspiring the next generation of aviation and aerospace professionals . Historic Aviation | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2022/078

  • Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 27 April

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 27 April 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at NATS UK | Briefing Sheets (ead-it.com) Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/076

  • Publication of UK Regulations

    We have published a new set of pages on our website that contain up to date versions of UK law (Regulations and Rules) that have been retained and/or amended since the UK left the EU (and EASA).  More regulations are now included, and they are easier to search for and open. Where applicable AMC/GM/CS continues […]

  • Legacy and Transitional category consultation

    We have launched a consultation for drone users on whether the UK should extend the Legacy and Transitional category UAS provisions in the Open category. Let us know your views at https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/legacy-and-transitional-provision/

  • Infringement update: Causal factor analysis

    Analysis of reports from 2020 identified poor planning and threat and error management as a cause in 62% of infringements while 54% of pilots reported distraction as a factor. Read the full Report from the Airspace Infringement Working Group’s Causal Factors Working Group Latest infringement figures and past causal factor reports (from 2017) are available […]

  • Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021 Part 1: Enforcement Guidance and Statement of Policy on Penalties

    Part 1 of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act gave the CAA new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to give a direction to “a person involved in airspace change” requiring them to progress or co-operate in an airspace change where doing so will assist in the delivery […]

  • Additional guidance for the purpose of spaceflight activities

    The Secretary of State recognises that the CAA is required to take account of environmental objectives as set out in the Civil Aviation Authority (Air Navigation) Directions 2017 (as amended) (“the 2017 Directions”). The Secretary of State has issued further guidance to the CAA to define how the 2017 Directions should be applied to airspace […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 20 April

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 20 April 2022.Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/aisRestrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.SW2022/070

  • Upcoming changes to application form for IMC/IR(R) ratings

    As part of improvements to our licence application service, we are reducing the use of paper application forms. A new online application form for the initial issue, revalidation and renewal of Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) ratings or Instrument Rating (Restricted) (IR(R)) ratings has been created. This will soon replace paper (PDF) application form SRG1125. A […]

  • Removal of references to Ground Based Navigation Aids for VRPs – Update

    In December 2021, the CAA outlined its intention to remove references to Ground Based Navigation from VRP tables in the UK AIP in AIC (W) 100/2021. There has been minimal objection from airspace users regarding this change and will now be progressed in accordance with AIC (W) 015/2022. SW2022/068

  • ATCO Licence Endorsements, Assessor, OJTI and STDI

    A new CAA web page has been published to clarify the process and requirements for the application, revalidation, and renewal of Assessor, On Job Training Instructor (OJTI) and Synthetic Training Device Instructor (STDI) licence endorsements. The web page also provides information on the administrative requirements and the use of the eight week grace period. SW2022/067

  • Expired: Ofcom decision to vary aircraft and aircraft (transportable) radiocommunications licences

    Please note that following a notice of proposed variation earlier this year Ofcom has published a decision on their website regarding a variation of WT Act Licenses that impacts all aircraft and aircraft (transportable) licensees. The decision can be viewed on the Ofcom website. SW2022/066

  • Air Navigation Service providers (ANSPs) and ATCO Training Organisations

    From the 1st June 2022 the CAA will be introducing a standardised way for ANSPs, TOs and ITOs to notify corrective actions for non-compliances and acceptance or rejection of observations raised during ongoing oversight audits. On completion of an audit an Audit Response Document (ARD) will be issued along with the Oversight Report. The ARD […]

  • Flying aircraft registered in an EASA state

    UK issued flight crew licence holders should be aware that since 1 January 2021, they have no privileges to operate aircraft on the register of an EASA Member State – including within UK airspace. Pilots require an EASA Part-FCL/Part-SFCL/Part-BFCL licence or can request a short-term validation of their UK licence, under Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) […]

  • Virtual Voyage GA Summit: Airworthiness

    The Spring Virtual Voyage General Aviation (GA) Summit 2022: Airworthiness is now ready for you to watch. Hosted by Sophie O’Sullivan, Head of the General Aviation (GA) & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) team, we have invited a number of our GA Airworthiness specialists to share their up-and-coming projects and take a closer look at […]

  • Expired: Infringement avoidance webinar and statistics update

    GAsCo present April’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 4 April (19:00). Register online for a free hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. Monthly figures for reported airspace infringements and Airspace Infringement Team decisions are regularly updated on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. March 2022 decisions are now published.

  • CAP1228a – CAA guidance on data collection under CAP1228

    The CAA has issued further guidance to airports on meeting requirements set under its accessibility airport framework. The guidance complements that already provided under CAP1228 by clarifying information on reporting and data collection requirements.

  • Change in shading of Manchester Low Level Route (Class D) on CAA VFR charts

    To coincide with the release of Edition 48 of the 1:500,000 Southern England & Wales VFR chart on 24 March 2022, the shading of that portion of the Manchester CTR designated as the Manchester Low Level Route has changed to better reflect its status as Class D airspace with special conditions for its use. Those […]

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Restriction of flying regulations HMS Queen Elizabeth Port visit – Liverpool, 24-28 March 2022 Unmanned only

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Liverpool from 24-28 March 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais SW 2022/058

  • The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022

    The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022 (SI No. 321) was laid in Parliament today, and comes into force on 13 April 2022, amending the Air Navigation Order 2016. The primary purpose of the Amending Order is to update references to the Basic Regulation, as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) pursuant to the European […]

  • Simplification of document certification requirements for personnel licensing

    The UK CAA have updated the requirements for providing certified documents in support of a personnel licensing application. These changes allow for:   · The option to provide a photo of yourself holding your ID (a ‘selfie’) as an alternative to obtaining a certified copy · The ability for non-aviation professionals to certify most licenses […]

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, Red Arrows out-of-season practice 28 March to 8 April

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for fast jet flying display rehearsals will take place at Royal Air Force Waddington between 28th March and 8th April 2022. Full detail in AIS Briefing Note at NATS UK | Briefing Sheets.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2022/055

  • Upcoming changes to application form to convert an Existing UK Flight Crew Licence to a UK Part-FCL licence (SRG1104)

    As part of improvements to our licence application service, we are reducing the use of paper application forms.   Online application form SRG1104, used to convert a UK national licence or expired UK JAR licence to a UK Part-FCL licence, has been updated and will soon replace the paper (PDF) application form.    There will […]

  • Expired: Reminder: Draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy Consultation

    Modernisation of UK airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, is long overdue. Don’t forget to give us your views on our draft Airspace Modernisation Strategy, which has been refreshed to: extend the strategy to 2040 focus on integrating all airspace users with simpler airspace design and supporting regulations introduce sustainability as an overarching principle […]

  • 22/23 CAA Scheme of Charges Publication

    The CAA has published the revised 14 Schemes of Charges and the Consultation response document on the 17th  March 2022 under CAA UK Official Record Series 5, that will be legally implemented with effect from the 1st April 2022. The current 14 Schemes of Charges will be effective to and including 31st March 2022.

  • AAC Workshop: GA reporting; Mythbusting workshop

    Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop with Chris, Matt and Steve Forward (Director Aviation at CHIRP) to discuss General Aviation (GA) reporting, as well as how you can report to help other pilots. They’ll provide some practical advice on the types of reports out there and how to complete them, before moving on […]

  • FRTOL Examiner Manual and Candidate Guidance

    The FRTOL Examiner Manual (CAP2118) and Guidance for FRTOL Practical Test Candidates (CAP2325) have been published. They follow the Introduction of new Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) Practical Test format and FRTOL Examiner Qualification Procedures  guidance published in February. Category: Air traffic control, Autogyros, Balloons, Flight crew licensing examiners, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter

  • Expired: AMS Support Fund: Call for applications

    The CAA again is inviting UK aviation industry organisations to submit funding proposals to the AMS Support Fund (ASF)  The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders or research will enable wider industry deployment.    The fund will be managed and administered by […]

  • Reminder to register for Flying Display Pre-Season Symposium

    The closing date to register for the Flying Display Pre-season Symposium is Wednesday 16th March 2022. Please use the online booking form Flying Display Symposium Booking Form (caa.co.uk) 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 […]

  • CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 91

    Download the latest edition of CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK After a stop-start year last year, CHIRP is looking forward to more consistent and regular flying this year as Spring/Summer approaches. As part of getting back to flying, the need to consider contingencies and have a ‘Plan B’ is an important part of pre-flight planning and […]

  • Flying Display Standards: Edition 4 published

    Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of Flying Display Standards Document (CAP1724). This CAP 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 […]

  • Expired: Airspace infringement avoidance webinar and statistics update

    Join GAsCo’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 7 March (19:00) for an hour and a half of information, tips, suggestions and quizzes. Register online for free: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Webinar Monthly figures for reported airspace infringements and Airspace Infringement Team decisions are regularly updated on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. January and February […]

  • Amendments to Pilot Common Project Regulation (716/2014)

    The Air Traffic Management (Regulation (EU) No 716/2014) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI No. 211) was laid in Parliament yesterday, 3 March 2022 and is expected to come into force on 24 March 2022.  SI 2022 No. 211 makes amendments to UK (EU) Regulation No 716/2014 (also known as the Pilot Common Project Regulation) These amendments […]

  • Deletion CAP670 Part D: Human Resources

    Following publication of CAA ORS9 decision 6 detailing additional AMC and GM on Air Traffic Controllers’ Rostering System(s), the CAA has issued a supplementary amendment that deletes Part D: Human Resources from CAP670 and amends Part B Section 1 APP04.8 with effect from 7 March 2022.

  • New and updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Fuel Handling and storage

    The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Fuel Handling and storage has been launched. This leaflet is intended to give practical guidance on the dispensing, handling and storage of fuel for use in GA aircraft. This forms part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating.  SW2022/038

  • NOTAM Q-Code change: Hang gliding and Paragliding

    The Q-Code for Hang gliding/Paragliding activities is “WP” (parachute jumping exercise (PJE), paragliding and hang gliding). If a NOTAM relates to paragliding/hang gliding the use of “WP” can be misleading if taken to indicate a PJE instead of paragliding/hang gliding. The flight characteristics and risks associated with paragliding/hang gliding are closer to glider flying than […]

  • Active Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Trial Update

    We have now collated and reviewed the first three months of trial data (September-November 2021). The trial report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in Genera Aviation page of our website. SW2022/036

  • Updated Airspace Policy – ATS Network Policy With Neighbouring States

    The CAA has revised the Route Network Policy With Neighbouring States in order to update references to organisations, documents and procedures. In addition, the title has changed to ATS Network Policy With Neighbouring States as this airspace environment now includes Free Route Airspace. This policy is effective 1st March 2022. SW2022/035

  • AAC Workshop: STARTS//Return to Flying

    Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop on STARTS//Return to Flying with guest Matt Lane discuss returning to flight and what you can do to give yourself the best start to the flying season after the winter months on 23 February at 19:30 GMT.  Register online: Workshop: STARTS//Return to Flying AAC is a third-party supplier […]

  • The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022

    This Skywise is to advise that The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2022 was published in draft on the 24 January 2022.  It is expected to come into force on 13 April 2022. The primary purpose of the Amending Order is to update references to the Basic Regulation, as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) […]

  • Changes to RTF Practical test and Examiner qualification

    Introduction of new Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) Practical Test format and FRTOL Examiner Qualification Procedures (CAP2117) has been published. This guidance is for existing Radiotelephony (RTF) Examiners, prospective FRTOL Examiners, FRTOL candidates, Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), Declared Training Organisations (DTOs) and Training Providers. Its content will be applicable from 14 March 2022.

  • CAP 1926- The use of RNAV Substitution

    The CAA has published CAP 1926 containing general requirements and guidance material for the use of RNAV Substitution on UK routes and procedures. The CAP acknowledges the use of FMS Coded Overlays as an operating technique in lieu of primary reference to conventional ground-based navigation aids and as such, permits use of the technique on […]

  • Regulation 2017/373 Compliance Matrix ANNEX IV Part ATS with the issue 5

    Issue 5 of Regulation 2017/373 Compliance Matrix ANNEX IV Part ATS has now been published. This version has been updated to include the AMC requirements published in ORS9. Decision 6 relating to ATCO Rostering, which become applicable from the 7th March 2022. As further amendments are pending relating to Statutory Instrument (SI) 2021 No. 1203, […]

  • Upcoming changes to application form for PPL(A/H), LAPL(A/H) and FRTOL

    As part of improvements to our licence application service, we are reducing the use of paper application forms. The online application form for the initial issue of a UK Part-FCL PPL(A), PPL(H), LAPL(A), LAPL(H) and/or an FRTOL has been updated and renamed SRG1105. This will soon replace paper (PDF) application forms SRG1105A and SRG1105H. From […]

  • Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act 2021: Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties

    The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Act became law in April 2021. The CAA has new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to direct “a person involved in airspace change” to progress or cooperate in an airspace change. In December 2021 we published our Enforcement Guidance (CAP 2280) in respect of […]

  • Corrected alert: FISO Manual (CAP 797) Edition 4

    This alert has been resent to correct an error to the SI reference in the final paragraph. Amendment 1 to Edition 4 of the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797) was published on 10 February 2022, effective 24 March 2022. The FISO Manual is published for use by FISOs and contains procedures, instructions […]

  • Publication of CAP403 Flying Displays Edition 19

    Following an earlier consultation, we have published a new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays & 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 […]

  • FISO Manual (CAP 797) Edition 4

    Amendment 1 to Edition 4 of the Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual (CAP 797) was published on 10 February 2022, effective 24 March 2022. The FISO Manual is published for use by FISOs and contains procedures, instructions and information pertaining to both aerodrome and area operations; it may also be of general interest to […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 141

    CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 141 focuses on fatigue and tiredness resulting from maximised duty times as companies ramp up operations now that international COVID restrictions have been relaxed.  There are also reports describing normalised deviance in the engineering and flight crew environments where people have routinely cut corners in an attempt to meet the […]

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/04: Re-designation of Airways below FL 245 to Control Areas (CTAs)

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/04 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 7 February 2022, effective 6 October 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to implement the re-designation of airways below FL 245 to control Areas […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 7 February

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 7 February 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at NATS UK | Briefing Sheets Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/022

  • Update of activities from GA Q4 2021

    We made significant progress in Q4 of 2021 on several tactical projects, including: the Air Worthiness Skyway Code (to be published in 2022); the Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CODE) project, on which a quarterly update will be published by March; reviewing our approach to how we might enable greater delegation to the BGA; examining the possibilities […]

  • Expired: Helicopter special events briefing – 24 February 2022

    The CAA and British Helicopter Association (BHA) are holding a helicopter special events briefing. Heliport operators will update the helicopter community on their plans for the coming season and be available to discuss any issues that may arise. The intention will be to promote a safe and successful series of events. A pilot briefing for […]

  • SIs amending a MATS Pt2 or a MAFIS documents

    Currently when making an amendment to Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 2 (MATS Pt2) or Manual of Flight Information Services (MAFIS) documents by use of a Supplementary Instruction (SI), the amendment is to be notified to the CAA by the submission of a SRG 1430 change notification form along with the SI. It is […]

  • Part-66L Engineer Licensing e-Exams – Coming Spring 2022

    For new prospective engineers and existing ones looking to upgrade their privileges, we are currently in the final stages of developing and rolling out a series of digital e-examination modules to meet the requirements set out in Appendix VII of the regulation. For more information see the CAA website. SW2022/017

  • Airspace Classification Review: Cotswold Region Report of our Draft Findings published for your views

    We have now published a report containing our draft findings of our review into the Cotswold Region and which contains our Initial Plan of volumes of airspace to take forward to the amend phase of the airspace classification review process.   We are asking you to comment on the report’s findings. The objective of this is […]

  • New edition of CAP 1054 Aeronautical Data Quality

    The CAA has published Edition 2 of CAP 1054 Aeronautical Data Quality providing guidance to UK industry on the means of achieving compliance with applicable national and international aeronautical data quality requirements for the provision and maintenance of aeronautical data and aeronautical information in UK Aeronautical Information Products.

  • Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2: Co-sponsor assessment and CAA acceptance decision

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published its decision to accept ACOG’s Airspace Change Masterplan Iteration 2 (CAP2312b) in the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. For more information, including the co-sponsors’ assessment and the CAA’s full decision in CAP2312A. SW2022/014

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/03: Use of levels by controllers

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/03 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 26 January 2022, effective 28 March 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) relating to aircraft operating at the lower or […]

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2021/04 Version 2: Operating at the lower or upper limit of controlled airspace

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2021/04 Version 2 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 26 January 2022, effective 27 January 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) relating to aircraft operating at the […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Drone/UAS FEEDBACK Edition 3

    This third edition of CHIRP’s Drone/UAS FEEDBACK newsletter continues to build on previous newsletters by bringing a number of Human Factors issues and thoughts to the attention of drone users. Four reports are discussed within: a collision with a tree; an incident with unexpected backwards flight after take-off; special use airspace vs geo-fencing; and unexpected loss […]

  • Expired: AAC workshop: Human Factors

    Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) is holding a free workshop on Human Factors, with guest Katy Lee on 26 January at 19:30 GMT. Register online: Workshop: Human Factors for General Aviation pilots AAC is a third-party supplier to the CAA, providing support on GA Safety promotion.

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 23 January

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 23 January 2022. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones SW2022/009

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2022/02: Sanctions issued by HM Government

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2022/01 to the Manal of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 20 January 2022, effective 24 March 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to update procedures detailing the withholding of an ATC clearance.

  • Expired: Flying Display Standards Consultation

    We are working on the new edition of CAP 1724 Flying Display Standards, aiming to publish in the first quarter of 2022. We welcome your comments by 15 February 2022. Access the consultation document and share your views online: CAP 1724 Flying Display Standards – Edition 4 Consultation

  • CAP 1781 – Your Questions Answered

    We have recently published CAP1781a, this document provides some additional guidance in response to questions received about CAP 1781 – Guidance for the use of RNAV Substitution. SW2022/006

  • Radio & Transponder Mandatory Zones

    As part of our work to enable the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, the CAA has reviewed and amended its policies on radio and transponder mandatory zones (RMZ and TMZ). This has resulted in: # new acceptable means of compliance and guidance material to SERA.6005 Requirements for Communications and SSR Transponders adopted through ORS9 CAA Decision No […]

  • 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 4 of the database is effective on publication.

  • CAA consultation on a draft of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy 2022–2040

    Modernisation of UK airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys, is long overdue. Today the CAA launches a consultation on a refreshed Airspace Modernisation Strategy to: extend the strategy to 2040 focus on integrating all airspace users with simpler airspace design and supporting regulations introduce sustainability as an overarching principle across all modernisation activities align […]

  • Expired: Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 10 January – 4 February 2022

    Activity impacting GNSS and licence exempt frequencies, impacting RPAS 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. Activity expected 0830-1600 daily. GNSS (L1 & L2):70m AMSL and below – Up to 22NM (Radius)5000ft AMSL and below – […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Cabin Crew FEEDBACK Edition 75

    Edition 75 focuses on safety management systems and fatigue. Under ‘just safety culture’ you should feel confident to highlight safety concerns/issues without fear of negative consequences. Because its experience and perception are so subjective, there is no universally accepted definition of tiredness/fatigue. Sw2022/001

  • Maintenance Standards Posters

    The CAA has published CAP2283, which contains a number of posters representing various sectors of industry, emphasising the responsibly of Certifying Staff when issuing a Certificate of Release to Service. Organisations may wish to use these to during their initial and continuation training and/or display within their organisations.

  • Heathrow Airport Limited: Notice of Licence Modifications

    Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited from January 2022: notice of licence modifications (CAP2305) The CAA gives notice under section 22(6) of the Civil Aviation Act 2012 (CAA12) of the CAA’s decision to modify Heathrow Airport Limited’s (HAL) Licence granted under section 15 CAA12 to set a new ‘holding price cap’ for 2022.

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2021/07: Changes to HM Coastguard nomenclature, D&D cell coverage and related procedures

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2021/07 Version 2 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 17 December 2021, effective 11 February 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to implement changes to HM Coastguard nomenclature, D&D cell coverage […]

  • Amended – Removal of references to Ground Based Navigation aids for VRPs

    The linked document below has been updated since this alert was originally issued. In order to provide consistency in published data in the UK AIP and to comply with the CAA VRP Policy references to Ground Based Navigation aids for the location of VRPs is to be removed.  Full details can be found at: EG_Circ_2021_W_100_en.pdf […]

  • Annual AMS Progress Report

    The CAA must report to the Secretary of State annually on the delivery of the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. Our report for 2021 provides an update on policy and regulatory process since the last progress report and a summary of current delivery plans. We also provide our assessment of progress towards completion of each initiative. You […]

  • Restricted Airspace (Permanent) Windsor Castle from 27 January 2022

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Windsor Castle (EG R156) come into force wef 27 January 2022.  Airspace restrictions will apply permanently. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M101/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais. Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/328

  • CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer Manual

    Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2021/04 to CAP 797 Flight Information Service Officer (FISO) Manual Edition 4 was published on 16 December 2021, effective 14 February 2022. The purpose of this SI is to implement changes to Maritime and Coastguard Agency related nomenclature and procedures. SW2021/327

  • Confirmation that General Exemption ORS4 No.1453 will expire 31 December 2021

    Previous UK CAA licence holders who obtained their EASA licence between 1 January 2021 and 31 March 2021 will no longer be able to operate on UK (G-registered) aircraft from 1 January 2022 unless they gain a UK Part-FCL licence or a UK validation of their EASA licence. Operators should ensure their crews have the […]

  • CAA decision on HAL’s holding price cap for 2022

    We have published a copy of our letter to Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) and airlines on HAL’s holding price cap for 2022. This confirms the £29.50 (in 2020 prices) cap that we consulted on in October 2021.

  • Flight Information Display (FID) systems guidance material

    Following trials of Flight Information Display (FID) systems at a number of AFISO units, the CAA has published guidance in CAP797 SI 2021/03, CAP1032 SI 2021/01, CAP670 SA 2021/02 and CAP774 detailing the process for their approval and use at AFISO units. Similar guidance material for the use of FIDs at ATC units will be […]

  • CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services

    CAP 774 UK Flight Information Services Edition 4 has been published and becomes effective on 15 December 2021. Aside from minor editorial changes within the foreword, Edition 4 includes amendments to ensure that the text of the document is gender neutral and to reflect the introduction of policy permitting the use, by aerodrome FISOs, of […]

  • Expired: Radio Telephony (RT) Examiner privileges extension

    All RT Examiners whose certificate is valid on 31 December 2021 (or are in receipt of an extension email) may consider these examiner privileges extended until 31 May 2022. This extension will facilitate the introduction of a new training and testing process for the Flight Radio Telephony Operator Licence (FRTOL).

  • New and updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Winter Flying

    The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on Winter Flying has been launched. This form part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating. For further hints and tips check out the CAAs webpage on Winter flying | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk) SW2021/321

  • Updated Consolidated version of UAS Implementing Regulation

    We have updated CAP1789A – Consolidated version of Regulation (EU) 2019/947 as retained (and amended in UK domestic law) under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to reflect a number of regulatory changes made this year.

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2021/07: Changes to HM Coastguard nomenclature, D&D cell coverage and related procedures

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2021/07 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 13 December 2021, effective 11 February 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) is to implement changes to HM Coastguard nomenclature, D&D cell coverage and related […]

  • Event and Obstacle Notification

    We have published new guidance on how to notify the CAA about events and obstacles in UK airspace.  We have also introduced a new online form for submitting notifications. Persons responsible for existing or proposed obstacles of 100 metres or more above ground level are to ensure that they comply with the mandatory requirement (Article […]

  • Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 Decision Document

    On 24 November 2021 the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved an airspace change including changes relating to London Luton Airport’s Standard Instrument Arrivals (STARs). We have now published the decision document and technical assessments, which set out the full reasons for the CAA’s decision, on the airspace change portal. SW2021/317

  • Expired: Two online events next week: Infringement avoidance and weather forecast decision making

    Infringement avoidance webinar: Monday 13 December (7pm) “Fantastic presentation and some really useful points and tips!”  Last chance this year to join GASCo’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Weather forecast decision making workshop: Wednesday 15 December (7.30pm) “80% of respondents to a recent pulse survey highlighted uncertainties surrounding weather decisions as their top […]

  • Change of Part 66 Aircraft Type Listing

    This SkyWise is to highlight a recent change to the Part 66 Aircraft Type rating listing on the CAA website. The listing has now been replaced with SRG1782 with associated hyperlinks within the CAA website now updated to this document. This should now be considered the master listing for all UK Part 66 Aircraft Types. […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Portsmouth Harbour, 09 December – DRONE ONLY

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for unmanned aircraft only for Portsmouth Harbour on 09 December 2021. This is in addition to the Restriction of Flying Regulations for Portsmouth Harbour on 10 December 2021 (Skywise alert number: SW2021/310) Details by NOTAM and in an AIS Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais. SW2021/313

  • ATUMA: Enforcement Guidance and Draft Statement of Policy on Penalties

    The Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft (ATMUA) Act in April 2021. As part of this, the CAA has new roles and powers in relation to the Secretary of State’s powers to direct “a person involved in airspace change” to progress or cooperate in an airspace change. We have now published our Enforcement Guidance covering […]

  • Expired: CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 90

    Hopefully, most of the GA community will have managed to get at least some flying in over the summer period and pilots were able to brush up on their flying skills.  There will undoubtedly have been many things that didn’t go quite as well as planned, and plenty of good saves when things started to […]

  • Consultation on cost sharing regulations for private pilots

    We have launched a consultation on proposed changes to the current cost sharing regulations for private pilots. We welcome your views. Responses can be submitted via our online consultation: UK Cost Shared Flights The consultation will close on 12 January 2022.

  • MATS Part 1: Supplementary Instructions published

    Two Supplementary Instructions to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 were published on 29 November 2021, effective 28 January 2022. MATS Pt 1 SI 2021/05: Reduction in longitudinal separation Supplementary Instruction SI 2021/05 introduces an amendment to note 3 to section 1, chapter 3, paragraph 8A.1, table 1 entitled longitudinal separation based […]

  • REMINDER: AMS Support Fund

    The call for submissions for the AMS Support Fund (ASF) will be closing at the end of 2021. The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders and or research will enable wider industry deployment.  The CAA is therefore inviting […]

  • New Safety Sense: VFR Moving Maps

    The second in the revised series of the popular General Aviation Safety Sense Leaflets covers VFR moving map devices. Download Safety Sense: VFR Moving Map Devices This quick guide covers the minimum levels of proficiency you should have when using a moving map and set out benefits and common issues.

  • Amendment to CAP632 Operation of Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft

    CAP632: Operation of Permit-to-Fly ex-military aircraft on the UK register This amendment has been published to reflect an alteration to the Official Record Series 9 Decision referred to in Chapter 5 and Appendix F. The red underlining from amendment 1 has been retained for clarity. Amendment 1 was published in September to reflect a revision […]

  • Expired: Statutory charges FY22/23: Consultation

    Our Statutory charges FY22/23 consultation has now been published and explains our proposals for revisions to the existing CAA Charges Schemes, due to take effect from 1 April 2022. 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 […]

  • The UK regulation (EU) 2015/340 (Air Traffic Controllers Licensing and Certification) Compliance Matrix.

    The UK regulation (EU) 2015/340 Compliance Matrix has been amended to include the requirements of Statutory Instrument 2019/645. The changes made do not significantly impact on the content of the regulation but manly relate changes from EU to UK terminology Issue 3 of the compliance matrix has now been published on the CAA web site […]

  • The UK regulation (EU) 376/2014 (Occurrence Reporting and Just Culture) Compliance Matrix.

    The UK regulation (EU) 376/2014 Compliance Matrix has been amended to include the requirements of Statutory Instrument 2019/645. The changes made do not significantly impact on the content of the regulation but manly relate changes from EU to UK terminology Issue 3 of the compliance matrix has now been published on the CAA web site […]

  • Swanwick Airspace Improvement Programme – Airspace Deployment 6 Approved

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today approved an airspace change including changes relating to London Luton Airport’s arrival routes. The revised airspace will become effective on 24 February 2022. Further information can be found on the CAA’s airspace change portal. Full reasons for the CAA’s decision, including technical assessment will shortly be available on the […]

  • Economic regulation of Heathrow: H7 Draft Licence Proposals

    This consultation sets out draft modifications to Heathrow Airport Limited’s (HAL) licence to show how the CAA proposes to implement the policy proposals in the October 2021 Initial Proposals for HAL’s H7 price control review. Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: H7 Initial Proposals – Draft Licence Modifications (CAP2275, November 2021)

  • Flying Heritage: A deep dive into historic aircraft

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) have published Flying Heritage, a joint, one-off special magazine taking a closer look at the role of the CAA and DfT in relation to the nation’s historic aircraft. Flying Heritage is available to read now. SW2021/297

  • REMINDER: FAA certificate holders permanently residing in the UK

    The exemption to provide additional time for FAA Airman Certificate holders who permanently reside in the UK using the declaration process, to be able to convert to a UK Part-FCL licence, expires on 21 December 2021 (midnight). No extension or change of legislation is expected. A UK Part-FCL licence or a short-term validation certificate (maximum of […]

  • Expired: Upcoming changes to Flight Crew Licensing rating application forms

    Please be advised the PDF (paper) versions of the following six Flight Crew Licensing rating application forms will be withdrawn on 13 January 2022 and replaced with a single online form: SRG1119ASRG1119BSRG1119CSRG1119ESRG1173SRG1161 We have also updated the following course / landing completion certificates SRG1107SRG1112SRG5011 Online application form SRG3108 is now live and can be used […]

  • Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: H7 Initial Proposals – Working paper on outcome based regulation

    This working paper follows on from the October 2021 Initial Proposals consultation and provides further details of the CAA’s proposed approach to implementing outcome based regulation (OBR) in the H7 price control for Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL). It sets out the CAA’s Initial Proposals on targets, rebates and bonuses and summarises the key proposed changes […]

  • Decision on NERL’s licence modifications for 2022

    We are issuing a decision on exceptional measures for the economic regulation of NATS (En Route) plc for the purpose of 2022 price control licence conditions. Exceptional measures for the economic regulation of NATS (En Route) plc: decision on licence modifications (CAP2279, November 2021)

  • Aberdeen hot-spot narrative and infringement avoidance seminar

    New hot-spot narrative written by local pilots and the Air Traffic Service Unit at Aberdeen. Issued by the Airspace & Safety Initiative to provide pilots operating the area with useful information on airspace and infringement prevention practices.  “Fantastic presentation and some really useful points!” GASCo’s infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 15 November at 7pm includes […]

  • AAC Workshop: Inadvertent IMC

    Astral Aviation Consulting (AAC) has produced a new article “actions on entry to inadvertent IMC” and is holding a supporting workshop on the subject on 17 November at 19:30 GMT Register now. AAC is a third-party supplier to the CAA, providing support on GA Safety promotion SW2021/291

  • ATCO Level 6 English language proficiency endorsements

    UK Regulation (EU) 2015/340 sets the validity period for level 6 English Language Proficiency (ELP) endorsement for ATCOs at 9 years.Level 6 licence endorsements currently held are from either the date of original ELP assessment, or the date of Regulation (EU) 2015/340 ATCO licence issue. To lessen the impact of revalidating a considerable number of […]

  • Deadline extension: Recognition of EASA Form 1

    Update to the CAA website to change the deadline date for accepting EASA Form 1. From 1 April 2022, UK owners/operators can only accept an EASA Form 1from an EU/EASA approved maintenance organisation that has applied for a UK approval by 31 March 2022. SW2021/289

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 9 November

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Sandringham and Windsor on 9 November 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/288

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Helicopter flight, 4 November

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Helicopter Flight between Windsor and Sandringham on 4 November 2021. Details by NOTAM and in a Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/286

  • MATS Pt 1 SI 2021/04: Operating at the lower or upper limit of controlled airspace

    Supplementary Instruction SI 2021/04 to the Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 was published on 29 October 2021, effective 27 January 2022. The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to detail changes made to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493) relating to aircraft operating at the lower or […]

  • CAP1616 Airspace Change Regulatory Guidance Review – Engagement

    The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today opened a public engagement exercise as part of its review into its airspace change process, known as CAP1616. We are inviting all stakeholders to share their views and experiences of the CAP1616 process and its guidance through our online survey. We are asking for comments before 30 November […]

  • Expired: Confidential Aviation Safety Reporting to be Extended to Cover Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Victimisation.

    From Wednesday 27th October, UK aviation’s Confidential Human factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) is to be extended to include reporting from commercial flight and cabin crews about bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation where the circumstances had, or could have had, a detrimental effect on flight safety. The CAA has provided funding for this extension to […]

  • New Aviation Safety Regulations published

    This Skywise is to advise that The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021, SI 2021 No. 1203 have been published, making amendments to retained EU regulations. A table setting out the various dates upon which the amendments made by this SI will come into force can be found here: Details of retained EU law […]

  • Military Aircrew Accreditation Scheme

    CAP2254 Military Aircrew Accreditation Scheme (MAAS) has been published. It replaces information formerly found within CAP804 concerning the Military Accreditation Scheme, and provides the latest information relevant to those individuals wishing to obtain a civil aircrew licence.  This now includes information concerning credits permitted for those individuals who have completed training with the University Air […]

  • Expired: CHIRP Air Transport FEEDBACK Edition 140

    Air Transport FEEDBACK 140 covers a wide-ranging set of issues reported to CHIRP during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic period.   The editorial focuses on the need to proactively report across the whole spectrum of safety concerns so that we can identify emerging themes before they become critical  – one such theme being the growing pressure […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – COP 26 Summit, 30 October – 13 November

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for COP 26 Summit 30 October – 13 November 2021.  Details by NOTAMs: B2597, J4277, J4278, J4282, J4292, J4293, J4294, and J4295.  AIC 091/2021 at www.nats.aero/ais also refers.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/279

  • Upcoming changes to Aviation safety law

    The CAA has updated its Safety Policy and Legislation tracker to include its Opinions to the Department for Transport on two further packages of changes to Aviation safety law. The Department for Transport has accepted these Opinions and is taking the steps necessary to implement changes to the relevant regulations via an upcoming Statutory Instrument. […]

  • New AMC & GM – UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 SERA

    The CAA has published a revised package of acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) to UK Reg (EU) No 923/2012 the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). The AMC and GM package can be found on the UK Regulations website and incorporates the recent amendment to the AMC and GM to […]

  • CAA Comment on NPA 2021-08 – ‘Enhanced mobility options and streamlined qualifications for air traffic controllers’

    The CAA has published a comment on EASA Notice of Proposed Amendment NPA 2021-08, ‘Enhanced mobility options and streamlined qualifications for air traffic controllers’.   Read our response to the NPA 2021-08: CAA comments on NPA 2021-08. Read NPA 2021-08 on the EASA website SW2021/275

  • The UKAB Annual report 2020

    The UK Airprox Board’s new annual report offers an historic overview of cases followed by a detailed breakdown of Airprox by sector, risk, altitude and airspace. Understanding Airprox and the factors behind them is a key step towards mitigating against mid-air collision and UKAB’s sole purpose is to share its work far and wide to […]

  • Expired: Economic regulation of Heathrow Airport Limited: H7 Initial Proposals

    This consultation sets out our Initial Proposals for the Heathrow airport’s H7 price control review. It discusses our overall approach to setting the price control and regulatory framework in light of the particularly challenging circumstances created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Portsmouth, 20 or 21 October

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for Red Arrows displays at Portsmouth on 20 or 21 October 2021. Date dependent on weather conditions. Details by NOTAM www.nats-uk.ead-it.com.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones. SW2021/272

  • Upcoming changes to Aviation safety law

    The CAA has updated its Safety Policy and Legislation tracker to include its Opinions to the Department for Transport on five packages of changes to Aviation safety law. The Department for Transport has accepted these Opinions and is taking the steps necessary to implement changes to the relevant regulations via an upcoming Statutory Instrument. We […]

  • Luton VFR guide and infringement avoidance webinar date

    London Luton Airport have produced a VFR Operating Pack which is now available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website. This comprehensive guide includes pre-flight checklist, frequency reference cards, visual reference point details, arrival procedures and information on radio transmissions. “Great presentation, very informative with loads of reminders, and gotchas to look out for and […]

  • Expired: Alert for Restricted Airspace (Temporary) – Restrictions of flying regulations Tottenham Hotspur football stadium, 10 and 17 October 2021 – DRONE ONLY

    Restriction of Flying Regulations for unmanned aircraft only for Tottenham Hotspur Football Stadium on 10 and 17 October 2021. Details by NOTAM and in an AIS Briefing Sheet at www.nats.aero/ais.  SW2021/267

  • Regulation UK (EU) 2017/373 ATS.OR.305 psychoactive substances policy and procedures

    Regulation UK (EU) 2017/373 ATS.OR.305 details the responsibilities of ATC service providers on the problematic use of psychoactive substances by air traffic controllers. UK guidance material on this subject is provided within Official Record Series 9 (ORS9) Decision 7. ATC ANSPs are to review their compliance with Regulation UK (EU) 2017/373 ATS.OR.305 using the GM […]

  • Last chance to register for Virtual Voyage 2021 General Aviation Summit

    Hosted by Sophie O’Sullivan, Head of the General Aviation (GA) & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) team, our agenda is taking shape. Our agenda includes:   Licensing and medical updates GA Consultation update UK-EU Transition impact on licensing An address from Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair, UK CAA Skywise Live Q&A Event 1: 6 October REGISTER 16:30 […]

  • Infringement narrative: RAF Syerston ATZ

    Infringement narrative: RAF Syerston ATZ This Airspace and Safety Initiative latest update is the 30th in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK. It has been written by the Aerodrome Controlling Authority at RAF Syerston and members of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Team. Read Preventing infringements of the RAF Syerston […]

  • AMS Support Fund: Call for applications

    The CAA is inviting UK aviation industry organisations to submit funding proposals to the AMS Support Fund (ASF)  The ASF, which is different from the FASI Grant, is intended to aid projects in support of the delivery of airspace modernisation where delivery benefits multiple stakeholders and or research will enable wider industry deployment.    The fund will be managed and administered by […]

  • Units of measurement in civil aviation

    The CAA has published information on the requirements and use of units of measurement in civil aviation air and ground operations in the UK. CAP 2264 complements and gives additional guidance to that contained in the UK Units of Measurement Regulation (1986) as amended. Please see CAP 2264 – Units of measurement in civil aviation […]

  • Post Display Season 2021 – Flying Display Symposium Cancellation

    The Post Display Season 2021 – Flying Display Symposium was scheduled for 2021 Post Season – 9/10 November 2021 at the Defence Academy Shrivenham, however, given the limited take up and ongoing COVID 19 mitigation factors the Symposium will now be an online event on 9 November 2021 between 1300 and 1600.  Registration for the […]

  • Amendment to CAP632 Ex-Military Aircraft to reflect new Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to SERA.6001 on flight above the airspace speed limit

    Today the CAA has published a Decision amending the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material to the Standardised European Rules of the Air on flight in excess of the airspace speed limit. We have also published a minor revision to CAP632: Operation of Permit-to-Fly Ex-Military aircraft on the UK register to reflect this, summarising […]

  • CAA Post Flying Display Season Safety Survey 2021

    Please take the time to complete this short survey on your experience of the 2021 Flying Display Season. The survey runs to 17 October and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support.

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: 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

  • Expired: 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

  • Expired: 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 […]

  • Expired: Restricted Airspace (Permanent) Raymill House, Lacock, Wiltshire – 9 September

    Restricted Airspace (EG R106) has been established effective 9 September 2021 at Raymill House, Lacock, Wiltshire. Details are in UK Statutory Instrument 2021 No. 703 (The Air Navigation (Restriction of flying) Raymill House, Lacock) Regulations 2021 and AIC M064/21.

  • 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 […]

  • Expired: 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 […]

  • Expired: 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 […]

  • Expired: 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/

  • Expired: 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 […]