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Airspace safety: Birmingham and East Midlands
The Airspace & Safety Initiative’s latest content includes a new occurrence narrative covering an infringement of Birmingham CTA-1 and an updated hot-spot narrative to help prevent infringements of East Midlands CTA-2.
Related resources include distraction and interruption safety sense, radio telephony planning and Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) area guides for Birmingham and East Midlands.
Dated: May 2024


Airspace Safety: Flying in the Stansted area
There is trend in infringements of Stansted airspace. Working with the Stansted Local Airspace Infringement Team we have produced hot-spot narratives and easy-access guidance including everything you need to know to navigate the Stansted Transponder Mandatory Zones (TMZ):
Fly SAFE Stansted – Stansted TMZ
Stansted Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) Area Guide 
This information for pilots is available on a new section of the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: Flying in the Stansted area.
Dated: February 2024


Call for Volunteers: Electronic Conspicuity User Study
The UK Civil Aviation Authority, in partnership with Baringa and QinetiQ, is hosting virtual workshops in February to discuss Electronic Conspicuity (EC) device use. The sessions will look at how EC is used to detect airborne threats and how decisions are made to avoid airborne collisions.
We are looking for volunteers who are operationally qualified users from the following categories:
Specific and Certified Category RPAS Operators
Air Traffic Service Controllers
Commercial fixed and rotary wing flight crews
GA fixed and rotary wing flight crews
GA crews not routinely in receipt of air traffic services during flight, e.g., gliding, paragliding, hang gliding, ballooning
Participants cannot not have any connection to an EC manufacturer.
If you are interested in attending a workshop please email your name, contact details and which of the categories you fall under to: [email protected]
Dated: January 2024


GA Podcast: Winter Flying
The latest episode of our General Aviation podcast has been released.
As the temperatures drop in the winter months, there are a number of challenges that come with flying in cold and unpredictable conditions.
For this episode, we’re joined by Joe Hadley and Richard Crockett from the CAA General Aviation Unit to cover the intricacies of winter flying.
Dated: December 2023


New Safety Sense Leaflet: Occurrence Reporting for General Aviation
We have published a new Safety Sense Leaflet providing guidance on reporting safety occurrences in general aviation operations and related activity.
Reporting occurrences helps us continue to improve aviation safety and forms part of the popular Safety Sense project which we are currently updating.
Dated: December 2023


Version 4 of the Skyway Code published
Version 4 of the Skyway Code has been published.
The code is designed to provide General Aviation pilots with quick and easy access to key information relevant to their flying.
The key updates to this version are:
Key retained EU law for aviation
Updates to aeronautical information, including UK Flight Information Service (FIS) frequencies and Frequency Monitoring Codes
Updated operational guidance, including fuel management and crossing controlled airspace.
Dated: November 2024


New Report on Human Factors and Electronic Conspicuity
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has published a pivotal study, carried out by GASCo and Jarvis Bagshaw, on how human factors affect the use of Electronic Conspicuity (EC).
Check out the full report and study and the accompanying informational video to learn more.
Dated: November 2023


Infringement hot-spot: Restricted Area (Temporary) 
Restricted Area (Temporary) hot-spots is the latest airspace safety narrative to be published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
This new guidance sets out why a RA(T) may be established and how it may be notified. It also covers where to find details of the restrictions and includes tips on how to avoid the risk of an airspace infringement.
Dated: July 2023


GA Carbon Monoxide 12 month study report
This report presents the findings from a 12-month study investigating how low-cost, commercial off-the-shelf, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors with attention-getting capabilities performed in a variety of general aviation (GA) aircraft and operating conditions.
The findings of this study has prompted SN-2020/003: Carbon Monoxide Contamination Minimisation & Detection in General Aviation Aircraft to be updated.
If you have not done so already, please can you complete our latest survey on the use of active carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in order to gather feedback on how to shape the future use of these devices and how they could be used in piston engine aircraft.
Further information on this project can be found on our website: Carbon monoxide in general aviation | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
Dated: July 2023


Infringement team podcast and resources for pilots flying in the Solent area
How Local Airspace Infringement Teams work, our latest General Aviation podcast, looks at the work of the Wessex Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT) to help reduce infringements.
For pilots planning to fly in the area we’ve published new resources from the team, including a new hot-spot narrative and local Frequency Monitoring Code guide on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/solent
There are 12 LAITs across the UK. Each covers an infringement hot-spot and is focussed on helping to reduce airspace infringements through local initiatives and targeted actions.
Dated: July 2023


New Stansted airspace hot-spot: Hunsdon Microlight Site
The latest airspace safety hot-spot narrative covers Hunsdon Microlight Site to help pilots visiting Hunsdon prevent airspace infringements. It includes a summary of site details and guidance for pilots operating into and out of Hunsdon either with or without a transponder.
Analysis has highlighted a trend in infringements of Stansted airspace. This hot-spot narrative is the first in a series covering satellite airfields around Stansted controlled airspace.
Date: July 2023


New hot-spot narrative: RAF Topcliffe Aerodrome Traffic Zone
Preventing ATZ infringements of the RAF Topcliffe Aerodrome Traffic Zone has been written by the Aerodrome Controlling Authority at RAF Topcliffe and members of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Team.
The latest airspace safety hot-spot covers Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. Home of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and 645 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, the aerodrome has six runways and is notified as a winch launch glider site with both aero tow and winch launching within the ATZ. As well NOTAM, chart and ATZ detail, the narrative highlights the risks of overflying a winch launch site along with guidance and information to help prevent an infringement.
Dated: June 2023


Talking Radio Telephony
The latest in our General Aviation podcast series is a special episode focussing on Radio Telephony.
We speak with David Woodward and Anthony Hatch whose original idea for this podcast came from their work with Local Airspace Infringement Teams.
With flight instructor, RT examiner, aerodrome FISO and NATS ATCO experience between them, we talk through some of the general issues surrounding the use of RT. Looking at both pilot and controller perspectives, with some practical guidance and a request to let us know what you might like to hear covered in the future.
Dated: May 2023


GA Pilot Licensing & Training Simplification Phase 1 Consultation Response Document
Following CAP2335 – GA Pilot Licensing & Training Simplification Phase 1 Consultation, we have now published our formal Consultation Response Document CAP2532. This summarises the responses we received to the consultation and the next steps for Phase 2.
Dated: April 2023


Ofcom has launched new online aircraft radio licensing platform
The new aircraft radio licensing platform has now launched enabling self-service for new applicants and existing licensees to apply for and manage Wireless Telegraphy Act Aircraft licences, which are required to operate radio equipment on board an aircraft.
The service will enable new licence applications to be built, variations to existing licences, surrender of licences, payment of licences and management of contact details.
To access the new system you will need to be a registered user.  Please visit the Ofcom licensing portal for aircraft, amateur and ships radio page for more details or Ofcoms Aeronautical licensing page for more information on aircraft radio licences.
For further information or feedback contact [email protected].
Dated: April 2023


New guide to avoid infringements near Newcastle
Preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Newcastle Airport has been written by the Air Traffic Service Unit to include details of the airspace and practical advice to help avoid an infringement.
In 2022, the airspace was infringed 12 times: nine by microlights, three by military aircraft, twice by single engine propeller aircraft and once by a helicopter.
There are now 33 narratives on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website produced by Local Airspace Infringement Teams, ANSPs and the MAA. As well as helping to identify specific hot-spots they cover guidance and information to help pilots prevent airspace infringements
Dated: January 2023


EU exit GA aircraft maintenance webinar video
The playback video for the end of EU transition for GA aircraft maintenance webinar which took place on 14 December 2022, is now available to watch.
The webinar was intended for GA maintenance organisations and pilot owners of Part 21 aircraft and addressed the acceptance of aircraft parts for use in general aviation after the end of the EU transition period on 31 December 2022.
Dated: December 2022


RAF Syerston ATZ and TDA update
An updated hot-spot narrative has been published to inform pilots that a Temporary Danger Area (TDA) will be established at Syerston Aerodrome from 9 January 2023 to 7 April 2023 for Royal Air Force aerobatics team display rehearsals.
Written by the Aerodrome Controlling Authority at RAF Syerston and members of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Team it has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website following the issue of the AIC Y 115/2022 on 15 December 2022.
Dated: December 2022


The End of EU Transition for GA Aircraft Maintenance Webinar
We would like to invite you to a webinar on Wednesday 14 December from 13:30-15:00 addressing the acceptance of aircraft parts for use in general aviation after the end of the EU transition period on 31/12/22. The main topics of discussion are:
Acceptance of new and maintained parts from states (countries) where there is a bilateral arrangement
Acceptance of maintained parts from the USA by organisations not approved under the UK/US Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA)
Acceptance of maintained parts from the EU with an EASA Form 1
Acceptance of maintained parts from other countries where there is no bilateral agreement in place
Forthcoming changes to regulations that will reduce the number of parts requiring a CAA Form 1 or equivalent
This event is intended for GA maintenance organisations and pilot owners of Part 21 aircraft. Please register your attendance.
Dated: November 2022


New Pendine hot-spot narrative and avoidance webinar
Preventing ATZ infringements of the Pendine Danger Area has been written by the Military Aviation Authority and members of the CAA’s Airspace Infringement Team following a number of occurrences.
This new hot-spot narrative is latest in the series by Local Airspace Infringement Teams, Air Navigation Service Providers and the Military Aviation Authority to help pilots avoid infringing airspace at known hot-spots around the UK.
GASCo’s next infringement avoidance webinar on Monday 5 December will introduce new material and the planning exercise will be based on a transit of the Manchester Low level Route and airspace in the vicinity of the West Midlands and Manchester. Register online: Airspace Infringement Avoidance Monday 5 December 1900 – 2030 hours
Dated: November 2022


New Occurrence report case study
Just Culture is an essential element of a broader safety culture, promoting continuous learning and encouraging pilots to openly share essential safety related information. Here is the first in our new series of Occurrence Reports looking at real-life MOR case studies.
Read our new Occurrence report case study
Dated: November 2022


Just Culture discussion and Infringement avoidance webinar
Just Culture is an essential element of a broader safety culture, promoting continuous learning and encouraging pilots to openly share essential safety related information. We joined the Astral team with Dr Sarah Flaherty and Flyer magazine’s Ian Seager to discuss Just Culture and how it fits into General Aviation in the UK.
> Watch Just Culture in UK General Aviation

Airspace Infringement Avoidance
Monday 7 November – 7pm – online
GASCo Regional Safety Officers will be joined by Amanda Rhodes, an Air Traffic Radar Controller for Luton and Stansted, to provide information on how to avoid having an airspace infringement. The hour and half long webinar will include tips, quizzes and an example of pre-flight planning using Threat & Error Management techniques.
The webinar is free but please register in advance online.
Dated: November 2022


GA pilot licensing and training podcast

In this new episode of our podcast series CAA on General Aviation we speak with Laurence Baxter from our General Aviation Unit: Help simplify private pilot licensing and training in the UK (podcast)
Our General Aviation (GA) pilot licensing and training consultation closes on 16 December 2022.
Dated: October 2022


Active Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector Trial Update
We have now collated and reviewed the fourth and final quarter of trial data (June 2022 – August 2022). The trial report for this period is available on the Carbon Monoxide in General Aviation page of our website.
Dated: October 2022


New And Updated Safety Sense Leaflet: Visual Fight Rules
The latest new and updated Safety Sense Leaflet on VFR has been launched. Intended to provide guidance to general aviation pilots planning and flying under VFR rules.
This forms part of the popular General Aviation (GA) Safety Sense Leaflets series which the CAA is currently updating.
Dated: October 2022


New Blackpool Airport guide 
The Air Traffic Control team at Blackpool Airport have created a guide to flying into Blackpool, now published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
Mandatory information for Flight Crew flying in to Blackpool
Dated: October 2022


New Airworthiness Code for General Aviation published
The new Airworthiness Code designed to provide practical guidance on key airworthiness topics such as the Airworthiness System and the Part-ML maintenance programme has today been published by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
Dated: October 2022


Southend CAS change and GASCo Infringement Avoidance webinar
The Airspace & Safety Initiative‘s Southend hot-spot narrative has been updated by the team at Southend Airport Air Traffic Control. The new version has been published ahead of AIRAC 09/2022 which becomes effective on 8 September 2022 and results in a lateral expansion of CTA-10
The Southend Controlled Airspace (CAS) complex includes 3 Control Zones (CTR) and 10 Control Areas. All are Class D airspace. There have been 55 reported infringements of the Southend Control Zone and Control Areas since 2019. A large percentage of infringements were by aircraft that made a late request for a transit whilst very close to, or already having crossed, the boundary.
You can read the updated narrative on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website before the change comes into effect: Preventing infringements in the vicinity of Southend
Airspace Infringement Avoidance webinar
You can now register online for GASCo’s September 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 5 September (1900 hours to 2030): Register online
Dated: August 2022


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 electronic conspicuity device can give greater situational awareness to supplement your lookout.
Obtain a service from one of the LARS units in the area. If they don’t have capacity to provide a service make use of the Birmingham FMC (0010 / 123.980 MHz).
More details on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
Dated: July 2022


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 9 August.
More information about the restrictions, flight planning, entry requests and specific procedures for Birmingham Airport and Coventry aerodrome is available on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website: airspacesafety.com/birmingham-2022/
This short video from West Midlands Police covers restrictions in place for drone users.
Dated: July 2022


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 via the new online system to be valid for licence issue.
For further information please visit GA Theoretical Knowledge e-exams | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
Dated: May 2022


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 2030): Register online
“Very useful bringing up things that I need to look at, after very limited flying during Covid, even though I have a large number of flying hours.”
Feedback from April’s airspace infringement avoidance webinar
Dated: May 2022


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 the topics affecting GA with a special focus on airworthiness.
This update includes:
The Airworthiness Code: A maintenance guide for light aircraft
The Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO) Roadshow
GA B3 Licence
A presentation on: Have you ever had an experience you wished you had shared.
Dated: April 2022


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.
Dated: March 2022


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 safety concern”
Astral Aviation Consulting and Simon Keeling deliver a weather forecast decision making workshop to provide practical advice on making sound weather planning decisions.
Register online: Weather forecast decision making workshop
Dated: December 2021


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.
Dated: December 2021


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)
Dated: August 2021


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 2 August 2021.
As well as this new review process we are continuing to assess other options for stakeholders to have certain CAA decisions reviewed, in line with our new regulatory principles.
Read more on airspace infringements: Airspace infringements | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
Dated: August 2021


GA Safety Promotions round up – July
This notification is being send to correct the SkyWise reference number.
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 and non-fatal, indicate that the second highest number of accidents occur during approach and landing. So what can you do to avoid this happening to you?
Wheel Spats Are they a part of your pre-flight checks?
Stalling When was the last time you practiced your stall recovery?
Further information here.
Dated: July 2021


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 into place, at that point those still operating with the old version will need to be re-issued the new format.
Further guidance will be provided and communicated nearer the time, changes will be implemented in 2025.
Dated: June 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 aircraft
Auster and Beagle aircraft (not Pup)
The CAA will assess an individual or organisation application to take the responsibilities. If none is found, the aircraft will no longer be eligible for a CofA.
Parties interested in the TRA for any or all of the above aircraft, fulfilling BCAR A5-1 Para 4, should contact the CAA at [email protected].
Dated: June 2021


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 June at 7.30pm. Register online: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Dated: June 2021


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 21 June at 19:00. Register for free online: Webinar Registration – Zoom
Dated: June 2021


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 more https://airspacesafety.com/pre-flight-planning/
Dated: June 2021


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 in the UK Low Flying System.
The CAA is supporting the military led trial of a VHF Low-Level (LL) Common frequency to be used across the UK. More information is available on the CAA website.
Dated: June 2021


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 revised information including transponder operating procedures, wake turbulence warnings and SVFR procedures.
At 0001 hours on 20 May 2021 the UK implemented an amendment to SERA5001 Table S5-1 that modifies the VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in Class D airspace.
Dated: June 2021


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 Infringements: review and actions (CAP 1404) along with two supporting documents to bust popular myths and set out more details of how incidents are reviewed.
Read more on airspace infringements: Airspace infringements | UK Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
Dated: May 2021


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 overall principle for Government communications, including our own, is that only essential immediate risk to life public-facing activity should be undertaken.

We therefore have today published how our General Aviation Unit is moving forward with our GA Change Programme for 2021/22 to take advantage of opportunities for change now that the UK has left the EASA system. This takes into account the views you gave us on our consultation in November 2020 (CAP 1985).

Full details have been published in our response document: CAP2146 UK General Aviation opportunities after leaving EASA – Consultation Response Document
Dated: April 2021


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
Dated: April 2021


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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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