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Frequency Monitoring Codes: Updated squawk guidance
Updated Frequency Monitoring Code/Squawk guidance from the Airspace Infringement Working Group has been published on the Airspace & Safety Initiative website.
This new content covers the who, what, why and how – along with a downloadable Frequency Monitoring Code area map and squawk/frequency card.
Dated: April 2019


OJTI, STDI and Assessor Revalidation period
Revalidation of Air Traffic Control licence endorsements
The phased transition to EU2015/340 licences was completed at the end of 2016.
On-the-job training instructor (OJTI), Synthetic training device instructor (STDI) and Assessor licence endorsements are valid for 36 months.
Revalidation can be completed up to 90 days prior to the expiry date.
Licence holders must submit a completed SRG1415 form to protect the endorsement and must not engage in any OJTI, STDI or assessor privileges without the correct endorsements being current.
We are reminding Air Traffic Control licence holders of the revalidation period of these endorsements and the obligations of their licence.
For more information, see our licence endorsement webpage.
Dated: April 2019


Birmingham Airport VFR Pilot Guide
Birmingham Airport Air Traffic has created a dedicated website to help pilots identify the visual reference points (VRPs) around its airspace and help reduce airspace infringements. The website includes information on VRPs and guidance on how to fly safely near controlled airspace.
We’ve added a link to this resource on airspacesafety.com under Pre-flight planning: Birmingham Airport VFR Pilot Guide
Dated: April 2019


NATS have published the first in a series of controller’s stories
Amanda Rhodes, NATS air traffic controller at Swanwick Centre, talks about her experience with airspace infringements: Airspace Infringement Series: A controller’s story
Dated: April 2019


Change notification form SRG 1430
As a result of consultation with industry, issue 2 of change notification form SRG1430 has been published.
The guidance notes attached to the SRG1430 form and the associated information provided on the CAA page.  Change management and change notification process has also been amended to provide greater clarity on the use of the form.
Organisations are reminded to always use the latest versions of the all SRG forms.
Dated: August 2018


Recording of Rating Endorsements and Date of First Issue on ATCO licences
Page IX of the regulation 2015/340 ATCO licence contains space for recording Rating Endorsements and Date of First issue. Currently the CAA does not record all Rating Endorsements, only ADI (TWR).
It is now the intention to enter all Rating Endorsements. To facilitate this and to minimise the workload, the date of first issue for existing Rating Endorsements will be entered as the date of the next revalidation/renewal assessment.
The CAA will only endeavour to trace and enter the original Rating Endorsement Date of First Issue when specifically requested in relation to the exchange of a Member State licence.
Dated: July 2018


Reg (EU) 2017/373 – Air Traffic Management Common Requirements Implementing Regulation) updates
Our Regulation (EU) 2017/373 website content has been updated to reflect recent developments. While parts of the regulation remain under development (Parts ATS, AIS, FPD), we have updated Parts DAT and PERS content and the links to EASA material. This page will be updated regularly as we progress our work to implement the regulation.
Dated: June 2018


Identification requirement for licensing applications
Please note that you are required to submit a certified true copy of photographic ID (such as passport or driving licence) when applying for a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC).
For security and fraud prevention reasons, the UK CAA is no longer able to accept black and white copies of ID documents as of 14 May 2018. Any application submitted after this date requiring ID will be rejected if the ID documents are not in colour, leading to a delay in your application.
The ID document must also be certified. A CAA Authorised Examiner can act as a certifier, or an official body such as the post office or solicitor.
Dated: May 2018


ADQ implementation documents and oversight programme
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and National Air Traffic Services Ltd (NATS) are working collaboratively with all stakeholders to support the implementation of aeronautical data quality requirements in the United Kingdom by providing regulatory oversight of data chains from origination to publication by Aeronautical Information Services (AIS).
NATS AIS will send required formal arrangement templates to Accountable Managers and registered data sponsors by 1 May 2018.
Further information on formal arrangements, aerodrome oversight programme, additional survey guidance material and Data Originators Portal is available on the CAA website.
Dated: May 2018


Display and use of surveillance data from unapproved systems
Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are reminded that the use of any surveillance data to support the provision of an air traffic service with any of the surveillance services described in the MATS Part 1, or for the acquiring of traffic information in an ATC or aerodrome FISO environment will only be permitted following the submission of safety assurance documentation and with approval by the relevant ATM Regional Office.
Unapproved surveillance systems can only be used for tasks that are not safety-related.
Guidance on the use of surveillance data from unapproved systems is available on the CAA website.
Dated: April 2018


Access to Government Aerodromes Aeronautical Information
The CAA has been in dialogue with the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) regarding open access to all users wishing to acquire aeronautical information relating to government aerodromes.
Resulting from these discussions the MAA has now made available for download, free of charge, the latest version of the UK Military Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP).
This can be accessed at: https://www.aidu.mod.uk/Milflip/milAipLink.php. Please, note that no ”New User” sign up is necessary.
Please be aware that the CAA and MAA are currently in the process of reviewing the civil and military AIP to ensure the quality and consistency of the provided information. Once this activity is completed, the MIL AIP will be referenced on the NATS AIS portal as part of the State IAIP.
Dated: March 2018


Notification of ANSP, TO and ITO changes to the CAA
The CAA is implementing a formal process for the notification of changes to Air Navigational Service Provision and the training of Air Traffic Controllers.
The purpose is to ensure continued compliance with the current EU regulations 1035/2011 and 2015/340 and prepare in advance for the forthcoming regulation 2017/373. This process will also affect the way Supplementary Instructions and Temporary Operating Instructions are notified to the CAA.
More information about the new notification process is available on the CAA website. 
Please note that changes are to be notified to the CAA using this new process from the 9 April 2018.
Dated: March 2018


Voluntary Industry Resilience Group – final report published 
The Voluntary Industry Resilience Group (VIRG) was formed to improve the running of the UK’s aviation network, with the aim of:
Enhancing its day-to-day operating resilience.
Reducing delays.
Reducing (where possible) the associated costs to both industry and passengers.
Its final report, published in January 2018, proposes a list of recommended actions to alleviate problems in the South East, to be implemented mainly through the new Operational Directors Liaison Group.
Dated: January 2018


LED Aerodrome Lighting
Reports have been received from the USA of LED lighting being too bright, with some pilots having difficulty reading flight instruments; the airport operator was apparently prevented by FAA regulations from turning the lighting down. If your requests for reduced lighting intensity are rejected and you believe this to be a hazard, you should submit an ASR or, if necessary, an MOR.

Posted April 2015


Links to Updates on Olympics Airspace

http://olympics.airspacesafety.com/downloads

http://olympics.airspacesafety.com/charts

http://olympics.airspacesafety.com/downloads

Dated: November 2011


Heathrow Winter Resilience Programme – Updated September 2011

Heathrow Airport Ltd

Posted: October 2011


Preventing Landings without Clearance

Smartcockpit.com Version 01

Posted: March 2011


NATS use of BPS Data

Dated: January 2011


Hotspots and Incursions Maps – Stansted Airport

Dated: January 2011


Pilots Guide – Luton Airport

Dated: January 2011


Pilots Guide – London City

Dated: January 2011


CAA Winter Information Group – Evaluation of UK Winter Runway Assessment Trial

Trial Plan, ATC Briefing Notes, Aircrew Briefing Notes

Pilot Questionnaire

Dated: December 2010


Narrow Runways
Guidelines for Narrow Runway Operations – Boeing Presentation
Useful links:

Dated: December 2010


NATS will be implementing a Barometric Pressure Setting Advisory Tool with effect from 25 November. BPS Advisory Tool (BAT) warns ATC if an aircraft has an inappropriate altimeter sub scale setting during the arrival phase of flight.
Fact Sheet – Phase 1 – Heathrow/Northolt/City & Biggin Arrivals

Dated: November 2010


Information Paper 04 – Runway Safety Document

Operational Evaluation of Prototype Taxiway Rumble Features Document

Runway Incursion Prevention Air / Ground Communications Document
A Study of Runway Excursions from a European Perspective

Eurocontrol – Air Operations Team
Posted: July 2010


Runway Safety Poster

Posted: July 2010


Listening Squawks Card

Produced in association with Flyer Magazine

Posted: June 2010


GA Pilot’s Guide to Luton Airport

Dated: June 2010


The Proposed Changes to Reduce Longitudinal Separation Minimas on Oceanic Routes

NATS SPA

Dated: March 2010


The History and Current Arrangements for Operating in Oceanic Airspace

NATS SPA

Dated: March 2010


New Interactive Radiotelephony Guide For GA Pilots Launched
A new interactive guide to radio phraseology for General Aviation pilots has been launched today and is available on the CAA website.
Press Release Interactive Guide

Dated: October 2009


Mode S in a P-RNAV Environment Presentation
NATS-SPA

Dated: April 2008


P-RNAV SOP Responses Document

NATS-SPA
Dated: April 2008


Proposed Phraseology P-RNAV Arrival Transitions Presentation

NATS-SPA
Dated: April 2008


Draft AIC – Econ Descent Speeds into London TMA
NATS-SPA

Dated: April 2008


Short Briefing Note on “Oceanic “One Hour Club” Airprox
Dated: August 2002


How NATS responded to the day of terror
NATS

Dated: September 2001