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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 and 5.8GHz may also be affected within 1NM (All directions)
During the trials impacted systems may suffer intermittent or total failure.  An associated NOTAM has been raised.
For further information or feedback on this activity contact spectrum@caa.co.uk
Emergency cease jamming contact: 07785370911
Dated: March 2021


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 (RNP) instrument approach procedures (IAPs).
Dated: February 2021


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 promotion animation from EUROCONTROL which focuses on the importance of checking the latest aeronautical information so as to avoid unintentional airspace infringement.
Airspace Infringement and Aeronautical Information (SKYclip)
You’l find more resources and information via links to related SKYbrary content
Dated: January 2021


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 from the control tower due to its size, shape and colour.
Please consider painting your towbar in bright colours. Brighter is better and will give airport agencies and other aircraft a better chance of seeing a towbar if left on operational surfaces such as taxiways and runways.
Dated: December 2020


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 on our YouTube channel here. Please also visit our microsite for more information relating to the UK/EU future relationship and a Q&A following the sessions.
If you are interested in how the general aviation community will be affected after the UK leaves EASA then you may be interested in UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – a consultation.  The consultation provides an opportunity to share your views on the direction of future regulation and shape how we work more effectively with you and the UK General Aviation community. The consultation can be completed here and closes at 2359 on the 18 December 2020.
Dated: December 2020


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 from happening to you?
Please consider painting your towbar in bright colours. Brighter is better and will give airport agencies and other aircraft a better chance of seeing a towbar if left on operational surfaces such as taxiways and runways.
Dated: December 2020


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 for 50% off purchases for new Electronic Conspicuity devices, up to the value of £250.
Full details on those eligible to apply, EC devices and how to claim a rebate are available on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/ec
Dated: December 2020


Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS):  9 – 20 November, Wales and SW England
Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones)
Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge)
Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1600 UTC and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM
Systems relying on GNSS reception may suffer intermittent or total failure.
Further information see AIP Briefing Note (linked via the heading NOTIFICATION OF GNSS JAMMING TRIALS under News) on the NATS AIS homepage or contact spectrum@caa.co.uk
Emergency cease jamming: 01874 635599
Dated: November 2020


Stay in Control; Angle of Attack
The next chapter in our General Aviation Stay in Control safety campaign covers Angle of Attack.
Airspeed and angle of attack is a topic often debated, sometimes hotly, around airfields or in the bar and some positions go like this: “If you have good airspeed you’ll be fine” — not necessarily…
The campaign, launched in July, examines how loss of control events occur and how pilots can avoid them. More key loss of control issues will be covered over the coming months.
All campaign material will be posted on the dedicated Stay in Control webpage
Dated: October 2020


Updated: UK approach to recreational general aviation safety: An independent review
This independent review was commissioned and funded by the Department for Transport (DfT)following a commitment to do so in the “Aviation 2050: The Future of Aviation” green paper which set out for public consultation a number of policy options to improve aviation safety.
This update includes Ministerial endorsement and post consultation comments by the CAA.
Dated: October 2020


The status of equity and non-equity aircraft ownership groups with respect to Part M and Part ML
The CAA website has been updated with information related to equity and non-equity ownership group schemes and the continuing airworthiness management responsibilities under Part M/Part ML, as applicable.
Dated: October 2020


Using UK National Permit to Fly aeroplanes and amateur-built microlights for initial pilot training
Earlier this year we opened two consultations on proposals to extend paid-for initial (Ab initio) pilot training to be conducted using certain aeroplanes which hold a UK national Permit to Fly (PtF) and amateur-built microlights, to trainees that are not owners of the aircraft.
Having completed a detailed analysis we have now published the results of these consultations and summarised our next steps.
UK National Permit to Fly Aeroplanes: Consultation response
Amateur-built UK National Permit to Fly Microlights: Consultation response
Dated: October 2020


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


Ending of certain licensing and medical exemptions during November and December 2020
The CAA recognises the significant and sudden impact that Covid-19 has had on the UK General Aviation (GA) sector during 2020. To support the sector through this most challenging period, the CAA has provided a suite of temporary alleviation exemptions to provide maximum flexibility, whilst maintaining safety assurance to support organisations, operators, pilots and students.
Some of the CAA’s current licensing exemptions for Aircraft Maintenance, Air Traffic, Flight Crew licence holders and Cabin Crew are due to expire on 22 November 2020 with Medical Certificate exemptions continuing until 31 December 2020.
Please see the CAA website for details.
Dated: September 2020


Jamming trial impacting GNSS (GPS): 7 – 11 September, Wales and SW England
Activity may affect GNSS navigation and precision timing devices including electronic situational awareness devices and UAV’s (drones)
Jamming activity within 5KM of N52° 00’ 53”, W003° 38’ 31” (Sennybridge)
Low Power jamming will take place between 0900-1800 BST and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 63NM
High Power jamming will take place between 1200-1800 BST and may impact GNSS signals up to and above 40,000FT AMSL within 122NM in certain directions
Systems relying on GNSS reception may suffer intermittent or total failure.
Further information see AIC P057/2020 (linked via the heading NOTIFICATION OF GNSS JAMMING TRIALS under News on the NAT AIS home page) or contact spectrum@caa.co.uk
Emergency cease jamming: 01874 635599
Dated: August 2020


Updated Government guidance for GA ahead of the restart of dual and instructional flights
The Department for Transport has published updated GA guidance on gov.uk ahead of the restart of dual and instructional flights, and the new social distancing guidelines that will apply in England from 4 July.
Dated: June 2020


Bringing sub-600kg aircraft into national regulation
In October-November 2019, we consulted on moving new designs of light aircraft 450-600kg from EASA certification to UK national regulations.
We received over 1,350 responses to this consultation, one of the largest responses to a general aviation consultation in recent years. Having completed a detailed analysis and consulted key community representatives and the Department for Transport, this document sets out the results of this consultation and summarises our next steps.
Dated: June 2020


COVID 19 – Changes to MET forecasts
The Met Office is currently prioritising activities so that it can continue to carry out urgent governmental work. To support the Met Office and in light of current restrictions on General Aviation, the CAA has sanctioned changes including:
A suspension of GAMETs, Gatwick Take Off Forecasts, and aerodrome warnings for General Aviation airfields, and
9 hour TAFs produced every 6 hours instead of every 3 hours.
CAA will keep these temporary changes under review and will advise the Met Office when to resume normal services.
Changes will take effect from midday on 23 April 2020.
Further information is available on the Met Office website
Dated: April 2020


GA maintenance check flights during COVID-19
The Government’s guidance permits essential maintenance activity to take place during the current COVID-19 restrictions, and on this basis owners / operators of GA aircraft are permitted to conduct aircraft maintenance flights.
The details of what is permitted is available on our website.
Dated: April 2020


General Aviation pilot medical self-declaration exemption extended
The current exemption that allows General Aviation (GA) pilots to self-declare their medical fitness, that was due to expire on Wednesday 8 April 2020, has been extended to remain in place until 8 November 2020. Other exemptions to help alleviate COVID-19 issues for pilots and operators of aeroplanes, helicopters, balloons and sailplanes will be issued shortly and more information is available here, and the new exemption can be found on our website.
Dated: April 2020


Jamming trial to effect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL
Jamming activity will take place 10 – 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas.
This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL.
During the trials GPS moving maps and WiFi devices (including UAS systems) may suffer intermittent or total failure. GNSS jamming will also take place as part of this activity.
For further information contact: spectrum@caa.co.uk
In an Emergency or to cease jamming contact: 01697 747321 extensions 6386, 6375 or 6388.
Dated: February 2020


General Aviation Policy Framework update
The General Aviation Unit has reviewed and updated its GA Policy Framework. This provides guidelines to help ensure we fulfil our statutory duties as we continue to deregulate, delegate and introduce proportionate regulation, further to the Government’s Red Tape Challenge.
The Framework was first introduced in 2014. Minor revisions have been made to reflect guidance and regulation that has been published since then.
Dated: January 2020