Airline Operations

CAA SkyWise on Airline Operations


CAP 999 Revision 3 
CAP 999 Helicopter SAR Operator National Approval Guidance updated to Revision 3
Dated: March 2021

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 on State of Design responsibilities from EASA for products where the UK is State of Design. The CAA will be responsible for fulfilling the UK’s obligations as State of Design or Manufacture as specified in Annex 8 of the ICAO Convention on International Civil Aviation.
Section 1, Part 1 of CAP 747 provides new flowcharts to assist in identifying the applicable mandatory requirements for airworthiness relating to your product. The revision history in CAP 747 provides more details.
CAP 747 is available to download from the CAA website
Dated: December 2020

Requirements for Safety Managers Alternative Means of Compliance
The CAA has published Alternative AMC allowing Airline Safety Managers previously approved under the air operation rules (Regulation (EU) No 965/2012, as amended) to meet the qualification requirements of Part CAMO.
Dated: September 2020

Important Changes to Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 for approvals under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M)
Regulation (EU) 2020/270 amended Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 and introduced important changes to organisations approved under Subpart G of Annex I (Part-M). This Skywise has been raised to highlight some of those changes:
The competent authority will not issue a new Part-MG approval after 24 September 2020.
Variations to existing Part-MG approvals can still be made after this date.
All Part-MG approvals are now valid until 24 September 2021.
Organisations wishing to remain approved under Regulation (EU) 1321/2014 after 24 September 2021 will need to transition to a Part-CAMO or Part-CAO approval prior to this date.
Dated: September 2020

Payment Plan for Annual Charges
We are constantly looking at ways to support the aviation sector in these unprecedented times. Our funding principles are underpinned by statute and legal obligation so we have not been able to waive any charges and are still required to issue invoices.
But we are now able offer a payment plan to cover 2020/2021 annual charges and spread the payments between now and the end of the February 2021. More information has been published on our COVID-19 web page. Please email if you wish to apply.
Dated: June 2020

Part 147 Distance Learning Guidance
Guidance for approved Part 147 organisations wishing to conduct distance learning is available on the CAA website.
This new guidance material is intended to assist existing approved organisations under Part 147 who wish to incorporate new technologies and training methods for delivery of their approved courses. It defines the Authority’s expectations on how to meet the existing requirements of their training approval using revised training methodologies. This is only applicable for a defined period of 4 months, during the current restrictions encountered due to COVID-19 control measures.
Dated: May 2020

Part-CAMO application process
Following the introduction of Part CAMO under regulation EU 2019/1383 we have published guidance for all current Subpart G Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations about the transition process to Part CAMO.
This information will help organisations and personnel involved in managing complex motor-powered aircraft and Licenced Air Carriers to transition to the new requirements
Dated: May 2020

COVID-19 – Part 145.A.30(j)4 Pilot authorisation validity
In response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Civil Aviation Authority is providing this alternative AMC to Part 145.A.30(j)4 for wherever normal Pilot Authorisation procedures cannot be followed.
Please see the CAA website for more information about this alternative AMC and the conditions that must be followed.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19: Use of callsign suffix ‘ALPHA’
With immediate effect, search and rescue flights using the ‘RESCUE’ callsign may be flown as flight priority category ‘A’. The callsigns of such flights will include the suffix ‘ALPHA’.
All other flights undertaken by HM Coastguard Helicopters will continue to use the RESCUE callsign.
Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1 (CAP 493) Section 1, Chapter 4, para 10C ‘Flight Priority Categories’ refers.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19 – Validity of EASA Licences for pilots, instructors and examiners operating outside of AOC
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19 – Scope and validity period of Temporary Flight Crew Licensing Certificates
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19: EASA Guidance on Management of Crew Members
EASA has issued guidance on the management of crew during COVID-19.
EASA states that the guide is not mandatory, should not replace national policies and should be adapted to the operations taking place and the type of aircraft used.
The COVID-19 crisis is primarily a public health issue, therefore in the UK the directions provided by Public Health England (PHE) have primacy.
We will continue to work closely with operators so that they provide the appropriate level of protection for crew members.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19 – Exemption relating to packaging for biological substances, Category B, UN3373 samples
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19 – Installation of temporary separation barriers in aircraft used to transport key workers
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: April 2020

Quality system independent auditing during COVID-19
To enable organisations flexibility with regard to their internal Quality Audit plan, guidance has been provided to enable organisations to understand the various scenarios which exist when delaying any internal audit; its possible ramifications and where required seek CAA agreement.
Dated: April 2020

COVID-19 – Extension of validity periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Covid-19 Outbreak: Extension of Validity Periods for Licences, Ratings and Certificates of Aircrew, Instructors, Examiners, Aircraft Maintenance Licence Holders and Air Traffic Controllers (ORS4 No 1354)
Guidance for pilots and engineers about this exemption is available here.
Dated: March 2020

Carriage of potential COVID-19 patients
When carrying stretcher borne patients who are symptomatic of the virus there may be a benefit in installing a bio-containment system to protect the crews. We have put in place a specific process to enable operators to apply for the necessary airworthiness approval – the full details are available on our website.
Dated: March 2020

COVID-19 – Extension to BCAR Section L Licence Validity
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: March 2020

COVID-19 – Exemption: Requirement to carry original EASA ARC during all flights
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dated: March 2020

Update to CAP 747 – Mandatory requirements for Airworthiness
Issue 3, Amendment 2020/01 of CAP 747 “Mandatory Requirements for Airworthiness” has been published to update Generic Requirements (GR) No 15, GR No 17 and GR No 24 to align with the introduction of Part M Light (Part-ML) under Regulation (EU) 2019/1383, which became applicable on 24 March 2020.
In addition, changes have been made to parts of Section 1 and Section 2 including an update to various references to the EU Regulations and UK ANO Articles as applicable at the date of publication.
The revision history in CAP 747 provides more details.
Dated: March 2020

New contaminated runway reporting system
On 5th November 2020 a new system of reporting runway contamination comes into force. Called the ICAO Global Reporting Format (GRF), the ICAO Aerodrome SARPs are in Annex 14, with additional guidance in the PANS Aerodromes Doc 9981 and Circular 355.
The GRF allows cross functional (Aerodromes, ATM and Flight operations) harmonisation and standardized reporting. November 2020 may seem a long way off, however aerodrome operators may wish to run parallel trials this coming winter, please let your aerodrome inspector know so that any lessons learned can be exchanged.
Dated: January 2020

Dangerous Goods Radiation Protection Programme
The transport of radioactive material as cargo must be subject to a Radiation Protection Programme (RPP), which must consist of systematic arrangements aimed at providing adequate consideration of radiation protection measures.
Operators that hold a dangerous goods approval and permit the transport of radioactive material should identify their RPP document reference and location within their Operations Manual, Part A, Section 9. The specimen operations manual entries published on the CAA website have been updated to refer to the need for an RPP.

AOC holders should draft amendments to their operations manual to include a reference to their RPP and send to with a completed form SRG 1832.
Dated: October 2019

Part 145 – Applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components
We have published guidance on the applicability of AMC2 145.A.50(d) and Certification of Used Aircraft Components for Part 145 holders.
The purpose of this policy is to clarify the use of AMC2 145.A.50(d) so that the competent authority, installers and operators have confidence that used aircraft components have been satisfactorily removed from the aircraft, inspected, assessed and tested, as necessary, before being recertified and made eligible for installation on an aircraft registered in an EASA Member State.
Dated: August 2019

New Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Regulations
From the 9th July 2019, new rules came into effect on the use of EFB for CAT, NCC, SPO and NCO operators. The CAA instigated a new approval process which can be found on the CAA website. CAT operators must seek prior approval, and complete the EFB compliance checklist found in SRG1849.
NCC, SPO and NCO operators do not require approval but the SRG1849 will guide them to the appropriate regulations.
CAT operators already approved for EFB operations may continue to exercise this privilege but should complete the SRG1849 as a gap analysis to ensure compliance with the new regulations.
Dated: July 2019

Airlines and Foreign Carrier Permits
Football Charters
If you are intending to offer charter flights for the forthcoming Champions and Europa League finals in Madrid and Baku check you have, or can obtain, the necessary traffic rights first.
Dated: May 2019