Pilot (Commercial/Private) & Flight Training (Commercial/Private)

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Amendments to the Aircrew Regulation
All training providers and applicants need to be aware of changes to the Aircrew regulation that came into effect on 11 November 2019.
CAP 1855 provides a summary of the main changes and can be downloaded from the CAA website.
Dated: November 2019


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


Training Com – Autumn 2019
We have published Training Com Autumn 2019 – news and advice for training professionals
Dated: November 2019


Night Rating completion time FCL.810 (Updated)
This notification updates the guidance previously sent as SW2019/205. Please see the last paragraph shown in bold for details.

All training providers and applicants need to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019.
The Night Rating (FCL.810) has been amended:
‘Applicants shall have completed a training course within a period of up to 6 months’
The 6 months starts from the first training flight.
Course providers need to review their courses operated after 11 November 2019, to reflect this amendment and ensure this time scale is met for all applicants.

For courses started before 11 November 2019 and completed in more than 6 months, candidates must ensure that the CAA receives their application by 31 March 2020.
Dated: November 2019


Changes to Flight Crew Licensing Legislation
All training providers and pilots should to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019.
The Official Journal of the European Union and the legislation concerned are available to view here.
Dated: November 2019


Night Rating completion time FCL.810
All training providers and applicants need to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019.
The Night Rating (FCL.810) has been amended:
‘Applicants shall have completed a training course within a period of up to 6 months’
The 6 months starts from the first training flight.
Course providers need to review their courses operated after 11 November 2019, to reflect this amendment and ensure this time scale is met for all applicants. Courses commenced prior to the 11 November 2019, will continued to be accepted prior to 31 March 2020.
Dated: November 2019


The Skyway Code
Version 2
Practical guidance for GA pilots, students and flight instructors on operational, safety and regulatory issues relevant to their flying.
Condensing the ‘must know’ information into easy to navigate information and graphics The Skyway Code gives GA pilots a one stop shop for safety rules and advice.
Printed copies available to purchase from AFE online: www.afeonline.com/shop/cap-1535-the-skyway-code
Download PDF copies at: www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode
Dated: September 2019


SERA.5001 exemption remains in effect to March 2020
The general exemption from the requirements of SERA.5001 will remain in place until 25 March 2020. This means that until 25 March 2020 pilots can continue to fly VFR:
at or below 3000 ft AMSL within Class D airspace;
during day only;
indicated airspeed of 140 kts or less;
clear of cloud, with surface and:
for aircraft other than helicopters, a flight visibility of at least 5 km;
for helicopters, a flight visibility of at least 1,500 m.
For more details pilots should read ORS4 No 1312
For further information concerning Standardised European Rules of the Air see www.caa.co.uk/sera
Dated: September 2019


Avoiding airspace infringements
Think, plan, avoid and enjoy your flight
Key tips to help avoid airspace infringements produced in collaboration with the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
Dated: August 2019


Identification requirement for flight crew licensing applications
This notification updates and replaces the information sent on 4 May 2018 as SW2018/75.
Pilots should be aware that for some applications you are required to submit proof of identity (ID) to support their applications. A certified copy or a passport or photo driving licence will be accepted. Please refer to our website for more information on who can certify your documents.
Dated: August 2019


Using your National licence to fly G-reg EASA aircraft in the UK
Pilots that hold a LAPL may continue to fly a UK registered aeroplane or Touring Motor Glider (TMG) with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness or EASA Permit to Fly.
An exemption set out in ORS4 1293 has been replaced by derogation ORS4 1309. This continues to allow holders of an appropriate UK National licence to exercise the privileges of a Part-FCL LAPL.
The derogation meets the requirements of relevant National legislation and will remain effective until 8 April 2020. Licencing arrangements beyond 2020 are not yet in place, but this is something we are working on.
Dated: July 2019


Operational rules for Sailplanes
EASA have published a Sailplane rule book for EASA Sailplanes.
These new rules come into effect on 9th July 2019.
It is important that pilots familiarise themselves and understand the rules, as all pilots must operate the Sailplanes in accordance with the requirements set out within.
For further information please see the CAA webpage.
Dated: July 2019


Licensing – IR PBN privileges on aircraft not certified to conduct RNP APCH
The latest guidance for examiners when conducting instrument rating (IR) revalidations or renewals to include performance based navigation (PBN) privileges when the aircraft type/class is not certified to conduct required navigation procedure approach (RNP APCH) is available on the CAA website.
Dated: June 2019


Multi-Pilot Helicopter Type Ratings – prerequisite experience
To obtain a multi-pilot type rating for helicopters, an applicant for their first multi pilot type rating must have a minimum amount of MCC experience or have completed the required MCC training in helicopters at an ATO as part of, or prior to starting, a multi-pilot helicopter type rating course.
Applicants who have completed an MCC Aeroplane course shall be exempted the 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises of the MCC Helicopter course requirements.
This credit provision is set out in FCL.735.H(d)
For further information refer to: https://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Pilot-licences/Applications/Ratings/Initial-issue-of-a-multi-pilot-helicopter-type-rating/
Dated: June 2019


Application inaccuracies leading to the incorrect issue of ratings
The CAA have observed that some applicants are failing to provide up to date information regarding ratings with their licensing application e.g. applicants are either providing an old copy of their licence with their application or are failing to inform us following an LPC.
If a licence has been issued with incorrect information, we will not automatically reissue the licence. You will be required to submit another application and pay the relevant fee (currently £93) to have your licence reissued. We will have to assess the new paperwork and update our records, this new application will be processed within our current turnaround time.
Dated: May 2019


Continuation of the IMC or IR(R) rating
With the implementation of Commission Implementing Regulation (amendment) 2019/430 revising Article 4(8) to the EASA Aircrew Regulations, the CAA will continue to endorse the Instrument Rating (Restricted) (IR(R)) rating on UK CAA issued EASA PPL(A), CPL(A), MPL(A) and ATPL(A) licences until 8 April 2021.
The IR(R) may not be endorsed on Part-FCL licences issued by other EASA Member States.
Details of the Flight Test for the rating is included in Standards Document 25.
Dated: May 2019