Air Traffic Control

CAA SkyWise on Air Traffic Control


Identification requirement for ATS licensing applications
This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/76
Applicants for the Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC), are required to provide proof of identity (ID), when making their initial application. The provided documentation must be certified by an approved UK CAA Authorised Examiner, or an official body such as a UK post office or UK solicitor/notary.
The only identification documentation that will be accepted is a valid passport or photo driving licence, both must be certified as per above.
Dated: August 2019

Policy for the approval of Remote Aerodrome Air Traffic Services (ATS)
The CAA has published an initial update of its Policy concerning the approval of remote tower operations which revises a number of definitions and some technical content to align with the content of EASA ED 2019/004/R.
Dated: July 2019

Policy for the Establishment of Visual Reference Points (VRPs)
The CAA has published policy and guidance regarding the establishment and use of VRPs, and the process to be followed when establishing or disestablishing them. It replaces Aeronautical Information Circular Y 006/2013 dated 21 February 2013.
VRPs are to be established in accordance with the CAA’s Airspace Change Process (CAP 1616). VRPs are categorized as Level 0 airspace changes, so sponsors should follow the Level 0 process and provide the required VRP-specific information in their DAP1916 submissions.
Dated: July 2019

Small UAS flights below 400 ft will no longer be notified
Following recent updates to the Air Navigation Order for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) we have reviewed the process for the notification of SUAS flights.
Subsequently we will no longer issue NOTAM for SUAS flights below 400ft AGL. This decision follows engagement with key stakeholders and the use of risk analysis tools and safety data. It does not affect
– the requirements for UAS operators to follow the NATS NSF and ENSF process.
– the ability for aerodromes to promulgate NOTAM’s within their associated areas should they deem necessary.
Any SUAS operators with exemptions to operate higher than 400ft AGL will be required to inform the CAA, Airspace Regulation, to enable NOTAM to be published.
Pilots are reminded to remain vigilant whilst operating both inside and outside the London and City CTR due to the increase in UAS operations.
Dated: June 2019

Skyway Code: New edition now available
Our guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice has been updated. Version 2 is now online, with printed copies available to buy direct from aviation supplier AFE.
Condensing the must know information on UK GA flying into easy to navigate information and graphics, The SkyWay Code gives GA pilots a one stop shop for safety rules and advice.
Dated: June 2019

UK Airprox Board monthly review – April 2019
The UK Airprox Board (UKAB) has published its latest monthly review which focuses in detail on one particular airprox incident, to ensure that lessons can be learnt by pilots and air traffic controllers for the benefit of air safety in the future.
Dated: May 2019

ATCO licence grace period
Do you need to revalidate or renew your ATCO licence, ratings or endorsements?
Regulation 2015/340 states that the CAA MAY allow the privileges of a licence to be exercised for a period of eight weeks after successful completion of the applicable examination(s) and assessment(s), pending the issue of the licence, rating or endorsement. This is to allow the CAA to process licence applications.
If a valid licence is not received within 10 working days of the acknowledgement of their application, and this is preventing the applicant exercising the privileges of their licence, the applicant MUST contact their CAA Inspector ATS (Operations) to request permission to use the eight week grace period. Privileges may not be used after the eight week period unless in possession of a valid licence.
Dated: May 2019