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PPL Ground School available in Central London

05-08-2017

PPL Ground School available in Central London

PPL Ground School available in Central London. Following the popularity of our courses, AOPA are pleased to advise that a further evening programme of PPL Ground School will be run at our Central London offices. Starting on 4 October 2016, AOPA will be running ground school for ab-initio pilots. The School will take place at the AOPA offices at 50a Cambridge Street in Victoria and will take place each Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 till 9pm on the dates shown below.  The AOPA office is just 5 minutes walk from Victoria Station. All 9 subjects required for the PPL (aeroplanes), will be...

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NATS Publish Informative Blog Articles

24-06-2017

NATS Publish Informative Blog Articles

NATS Publish Informative Blog Articles NATS are running a series of informative articles or blog posts over the summer period on various topics, such as LARS, FIR, TMZs etc. These are aimed at reducing airspace infringements. The first blog article written by Farnborough LARS, which can be found here: http://nats.aero/blog/2017/06/lower-airspace-radar-service/ Further articles will be published on a regular basis.

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GNSS Centre of Excellence publish new Video Series

22-06-2017

GNSS Centre of Excellence publish new Video Series

GNSS Centre of Excellence publish new Video Series for GPS Navigation The GNSS Centre of Excellence have published a further set of short educational videos about the use of GPS for IFR flight and approaches. These vidoes are designed to inform and educate, they are not substitutes for formal training. Any pilot considering using GNSS approaches should undertake formal training and, of course, hold a valid rating for such use. The full video series, both VFR use of GNSS for navigation and IFR use can be found here. The GNSS Centre of Excellence Facebook Page can be found here.

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Implementation of Performance Based Navigation

21-06-2017

Implementation of Performance Based Navigation

Implementation of Performance Based Navigation The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2017/026 which gives further information on the implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 2016/539 Performance Based Navigation (PBN) that amends Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation). The new PBN regulations will require the following: From 25 August 2018 pilots may only fly in accordance with PBN routes and procedures after they have been granted PBN privileges as an endorsement to their Instrument Rating; All pilots will need to have PBN privileges within their Instrument Rating (IR) or Enroute Instrument Rating (EIR) after 25 August 2020. All Approved Training Organisations (ATO) conducting training...

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London Oxford Airport entices GA market

05-06-2017

London Oxford Airport entices GA market

London Oxford Airport entices GA market London Oxford Airport is enticing private flyers of light general aviation aircraft to visit their airfield with a series of new incentives valid for six months from May to October 2017. Category A single-engined piston aircraft under 2.73 tonnes in weight (the largest type in this category being equivalent to a Piper Malibu or Meridian) can land for just £10 (including VAT) or FREE if they uplift 45 litres or more of Avgas. Furthermore, GA visitors to London Oxford Airport before November will also receive a special Grass Parking rate of £10 per day (including VAT) and...

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CAA Launches Skyway Code

02-06-2017

CAA Launches Skyway Code

CAA Launches Skyway Code The Skyway Code is designed to provide private pilots with easy, quick access to the key information they need and includes: Pilot responsibilities Pre flight checks and flight planning Airspace rules and regulations Using aerodromes  Risks and Emergencies Flying outside the UK Links to useful safety and regulatory resources As well as covering the regulations it includes examples of radio phraseology, tables to work out crosswind components and ground marshalling signals. The Skyway Code can be viewed online or downloaded for later use. The latest version will always be available here: The Skyway Code PDF for easy printing The Skyway Code PDF with easy navigation for on-screen use

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General Aviation Roadshows

27-05-2017

General Aviation Roadshows

General Aviation Roadshows The CAA’s General Aviation Unit ran a series of roadshows across the UK in late March and April 2017 to discuss regulatory developments. The roadshows covered: Implementation of Part-DTO (Declared Training Organisation), Update on the efforts to reduce Airspace Infringements, Implementation of Part-SPO (Special Operations) Implementation of Part-ML and Combined Airworthiness Organisation Invitations were sent out to all Flying Schools (RTFs and ATOs), Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations and associated Maintenance Providers in the UK. This audience was targeted in the belief that these organisations are best equipped to disseminate the information among the community at large. All presentations from the roadshow are available for download: Part-DTO Airspace...

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AOPA UK at AeroExpo UK 1 - 3 June Wycombe Air Park

26-05-2017

AOPA UK at AeroExpo UK 1 - 3 June Wycombe Air Park

AOPA UK at AeroExpo UK 1 - 3 June Wycombe Air Park Our big event of the year will be AeroExpo at Wycombe Air Park (EGTB) from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd June 2017. You are cordially invited to join in by visiting our Marquee, kindly sponsored by Jeppesen. You can help your Association by introducing non-member friends to AOPA, who can benefit from our Event joining offer. If they join at the Event you will also have the chance to "win" your next years subscription. Details of our schedule and new member joining offer  for the Event can be found...

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AOPA Netherlands - Enschede Fly-in July 8 2017

12-05-2017

AOPA Netherlands - Enschede Fly-in July 8 2017

AOPA Netherlands - Enschede Fly-in July 8 2017

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PLB's Now Accepted in Dutch Airspace

12-05-2017

PLB's Now Accepted in Dutch Airspace

PLB's Now Accepted in Dutch Airspace The Netherlands have issued a new AIC 01/2017 confirming that carriage of a PLB is an acceptable means of compliance in their airspace as allowed under Commission Regulation (EU) No 965/2012. Don't forget that you can update your PLB registration, if coded for UK, to indicate it is for use on an aircraft. From their AIC, it looks as though the Netherlands PLB Registration doesn't allow this link to be made, thus their reference to a PLB activation not being linked to an aircraft accident.

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Temporary Restricted Airspace Notices

09-05-2017

Temporary Restricted Airspace Notices

Temporary Restricted Airspace Notices As we approach the Summer flying display and fly-past season make yoursefl aware of the various temporary airspace restrictions. These can be found in the list of mauve  Aeronautical Information Circulars here.  These are the earliest restrictions notified: Torbay, Devon June 2 to 4 2017 Paignton, Devon June 3 and 4 2017 RAF Cosford 11 June 2017

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UK Airprox Board launches new Airprox prevention guide

14-04-2017

UK Airprox Board launches new Airprox prevention guide

UKAB launches new Airprox prevention guide. A new campaign to cut the number of Airprox incidents involving general aviation (GA) pilots is launched today by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) - the specialist body responsible for assessing airspace conflicts. While incidents involving commercial aviation have been steadily declining over the last decade, those involving GA have increased by over 50 per cent in the same period. To help pilots reduce the number of GA Airprox incidents, UKAB has developed comprehensive guidance for GA pilots, based on a thorough analysis of hundreds of incidents it has previously assessed. Focusing on six core actions...

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Exemption for Holders of FAA Pilot Licences - UPDATE To prevent being Grounded!

07-04-2017

Exemption for Holders of FAA Pilot Licences - UPDATE To prevent being Grounded!

Exemption for Holders of FAA Pilot Licences - UPDATE To prevent being Grounded! If you are flying on an FAA Pilot Licence you should be aware that to make use of this exemption you need to have completed the actions required by 7 April 2017 or risk being grounded. The CAA additonally published Information Notice 2017/013 late yesterday. Pilots affected need to make a declaration using the forms which will be available on the CAA website early this afternoon. Pilots can then fly back to UK and arrange the examiner check once back. The CAA have advsied that there is no need...

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Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012, Before Proceeding to a Skills Test

06-04-2017

Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012, Before Proceeding to a Skills Test

Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012, Before Proceeding to a Skills Test. The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2017/012 which explains the conditions for acceptance of training received prior to 17 September 2012 befoe proceeding to a Skills Test. The notice applies to student pilots who started their training under the requirement of JAR-FCL 1 and 2 for PPL(A) or PPL(H) and sets a new cessation date which will be 30 September 2017. Pilots who started training for commercial licences should contact the ATO that undertook their  training, if they require further information. If this concerns you then you should...

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AOPA Online GAR Service now works on all Browsers and Devices

05-04-2017

AOPA Online GAR Service now works on all Browsers and Devices

AOPA Online GAR Service now works on all Browsers and Devices AOPA, continuing to work for you, member or not, has continued an agreement with OnlineGAR.com to continue to offer a basic FREE online service. Folliowing an update to the system, the service should now operate on all browsers and on any device. You will not be able to save GAR details for re-use using the basic free service and it is limited to use by Private Pilots in single engined piston aircraft on private flights only. You may upgrade to any of the other paid OnlineGAR.com options when you are logged in. This...

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CAA consultation launched on airspace change process guidance

31-03-2017

CAA consultation launched on airspace change process guidance

CAA consultation launched on airspace change process guidance. The purpose of this consultation is for the CAA to learn your views on new guidance that they have drafted to support a new airspace change decision-making process. In March 2016 the CAA consulted on the principles of a new process that they were proposing. In October 2016 the CAA published their report on that consultation and set out the new process they are now introducing (CAP 1465, available online). The guidance that has been drafted defines what will happen in the new process, including each stage a sponsor of an airspace change must complete;...

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Responsibilities of Operators, CAMOs,MOs Pilots of Ex-Military Aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly

31-03-2017

Responsibilities of Operators, CAMOs,MOs Pilots of Ex-Military Aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly

Responsibilities of Operators, CAMOs,MOs Pilots of Ex-Military Aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly. The CAA have published Safety Notice SN-2017/002 to remind operators, Continuing Airworthiness Maintenance Organisations (CAMOs), Maintenance Organisations (MOs) and pilots of Ex-Military aircraft with a CAA Permit to Fly of their responsibilities with regard to correctly monitoring, on an ongoing basis, the airworthiness of these aircraft.

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CAP 493 SI 2017-02: Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)

29-03-2017

CAP 493 SI 2017-02: Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)

CAP 493 SI 2017-02: Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) Parts A & B) was incorporated into CAP 493 ‘Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1’ through Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2014/06. Supplementary Instruction (SI) CAP 493 MATS Part 1 2017/02 Standardised European Rules of the Air  (SERA) Part C Phase 1 Implementation has been published by the CAA and includes a number of amendments and clarifications, many as the result of queries rasied by AOPA UK. CAP 493 Appendix A,  effective date 24 April 2017, details Flight Rules...

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CAP 746: Requirements for Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes

28-03-2017

CAP 746: Requirements for Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes

CAP 746: Requirements for Meteorological Observations at Aerodromes CAP 746 contains procedures and information, which describe the provision of meteorological observations to civil aviation in the UK and the related regulatory requirements. The CAA have published Issue 4 of CAP 746, which makes several clarifications, adds new permitted recent weather codes, and removes the Gold Visibility Meter as a method for producing Human Observed RVR Conversion Tables.

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Minor modification approvals and standard changes and repairs for CAA regulated aircraft

17-03-2017

Minor modification approvals and standard changes and repairs for CAA regulated aircraft

Minor modification approvals and standard changes and repairs for CAA regulated aircraft. Minor modifications to CAA regulated aircraft can now be achieved in less time, for less money and with less paperwork involved, as the CAA has introduced a new process to effectively mirror the use of CS-STAN for UK registered non-EASA aircraft. Full guidance has been published as CAP 1419  which sets out how to support a minor modification application, and how to use standard changes and standard repairs of CS-STAN.   EASA is responsible for providing equivalent guidance (CS-STAN) for the approval of standard changes and standard repairs to EASA aircraft.

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Airway Q41 Base to be Raised and New Listening Squawk Card

14-03-2017

Airway Q41 Base to be Raised and New Listening Squawk Card

Airway Q41 Base to be Raised and Listening Squawk Card. The FASVIG Proposal to Raise the Base of Airway Q41 has been approved by CAA. Using the Release of Controlled and Segregated Airspace procedure, FASVIG conducted 3 rounds of consultation to achieve a design that was acceptable to all parties; the resulting proposal was approved by the CAA on 22 February. The base of Q41 between THRED and ORTAC will be raised from FL35 to FL55 on 25 May 2017. The liberated airspace becomes Class G, thus implementing a much needed safety improvement on this route. FASVIG Publishes New Listening Squawk Card As part...

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Hawarden Airport RMZ Approved from 30 March 2017

03-03-2017

Hawarden Airport RMZ Approved from 30 March 2017

Hawarden Airport RMZ Approved from 30 March 2017. The CAA have confimed that a Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) will be established for Hawarden with effect from 30 March 2017.  Full details can be found on the CAA website here. The RMZ will cover the area indicated in the diagram below: From 30 March 2017, for flight within the RMZ aircraft commanders must comply with one of the following: (a) Establish satisfactory two-way RTF communication with and pass pertinent flight details to Hawarden Radar (123.350 MHz) prior to entering the RMZ. Maintain two-way communication with Hawarden Radar whilst operating inside the RMZ, unless otherwise instructed. (b) Display...

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Improved Pilot Medical Declaration form

25-02-2017

Improved Pilot Medical Declaration form

Improved Pilot Medical Declaration form. The CAA have introduced a new, improved Pilot Medical Declaration process. If you have already declared you do not need to do so again. The new process is online only, so applications by post or email will not be accepted. Replacing the old PDF form means that the form will now work on all current browsers, as well as tablets and smartphones, that are able to support JavaScript. You will not be able to submit a form if your browser does not support JavaScript. Partial JavaScript support can also cause submission failure by blocking a critical form function, for instance...

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CAA Publish Claim Form for 8.33 kHz Funding

10-02-2017

CAA Publish Claim Form for 8.33 kHz Funding

CAA Publish Claim Form for 8.33 kHz Funding. The CAA have published the 8.33 kHz refund claim form here. This is the only way to claim funding towards the cost of eligible 8.33 kHz radio installations. All claims will be dealt with on a first come first serve basis until available funds are fully allocated. The eligibility period is from 16 February 2016 to 31 December 2017. Claim process Please read the eligibility criteria to determine whether you are able to claim. Complete the claim form electronically and submit to the CAA. The CAA will respond with an email that confirms receipt of your application...

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Handheld 8.33 kHz LA3 Radio Approval - Class D Airspace

07-02-2017

Handheld 8.33 kHz LA3 Radio Approval - Class D Airspace

Handheld 8.33 kHz LA3 Radio Approval - Class D Airspace. In the recent update of the LA3 equipment approval for 8.33KHz capable radios the changes inadvertently removed the ability to use these devices in class D airspace.  This was not the intention and so we have made an update to re-instate the permission. The latest LA301075 approval certificate is now on the CAA website at http://www.caa.co.uk/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=4294978578. 

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Pilot Fined for Breaching Restricted Glastonbury Airspace

03-02-2017

Pilot Fined for Breaching Restricted Glastonbury Airspace

Pilot Fined for Breaching Restricted Glastonbury Airspace. A pilot has been prosecuted for flying his helicopter into and out of the 2016 Glastonbury Festival without permission. On June 23 2016, Mark Matthews’ Robinson R44 helicopter was seen to have landed at the Love Fields. On the morning of 26 June 2016, the final day of the Somerset arts and music festival, the helicopter was then seen taking-off from the Love Fields. Festival staff took photos of the helicopter as it left the site. Photographs and a video also emerged on social media which showed the same helicopter, with a visible registration, at the site.  Airspace...

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Edinburgh Airport - Airspace Change Programme Consultation 2

31-01-2017

Edinburgh Airport - Airspace Change Programme Consultation 2

Edinburgh Airport - Airspace Change Programme Consultation 2 Edinburgh Airport have announced the start of a second consultation on their proposed Airspace Change Programme. Gordon Robertson, Director of Communications for Edinburgh Airport has written to AOPA UK as below: I’m writing to let you know that Edinburgh Airport has now launched the second consultation in our Airspace Change Programme. Over the summer months, we asked for your opinions on change and we have listened carefully to all that you’ve had to say. Your views have helped shape our thinking and have guided us in making our proposals. We’d now like to share these...

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EASA Part-SPO (Specialised Operations) Declaration Form

13-01-2017

EASA Part-SPO (Specialised Operations) Declaration Form

EASA Part-SPO (Specialised Operations) Declaration Form. The CAA have published IN-2017/002 to notify operators affected by the introduction of Part-SPO that the form for submitting declarations is now available to use The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Air Operations Regulation (EC) No. 965/2012 contains implementing rules for all aircraft operations which fall under European legislation. The Regulation already applies to those undertaking commercial air transport and non-commercial operations. The final set of implementing rules, those covering Specialised Operations (Part-SPO), will enter into force on 21 April 2017. CAA Information Notice IN-2016/092 provides further information to operators who will be conducting Part-SPO Operations. The implementing...

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CAP1038: CAA Check Flight Handbook

10-01-2017

CAP1038: CAA Check Flight Handbook

CAP1038: CAA Check Flight Handbook. The CAA have published CAP1038 CAA Check Flight Handbook to support Issue 8 of BCAR A. The handbook covers: The policy and background behind check flights The purpose of check flights When a check flight is necessary and who can perform it Eligibility of pilots to carry out check flights Insurance cover for check flights Use of schedules currently or formerly published by the UK CAA Procedural aspects and preparation for a check flight Conduct of check flights on light aircraft Conduct of check flights on vintage and ex-military aeroplanes Conduct of check flights on light gyroplanes Performance analysis fixed wing aircraft Post flight procedures and performance analysis: rotorcraft Post...

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Planning to fly to France?

04-01-2017

Planning to fly to France?

Planning to fly to France? In 2012, the French government removed many airfields from its list of designated points of entry from non-Schengen countries. Recently another 13 French airfields have lost customs status: Abbeville, Agen la Garenne, Amiens-Glisy, Annemasse, Besançon la Vèze, La Môle Saint-Tropez, Lannion, Le Castellet, La Roche sur Yon, Lognes Emerainville, Montbéliard Courcelles, Nevers Fouchambault, Vichy Charmeil. A petition regarding the latest cuts has been started in France by the Fédération Française Aéronautique and can be accessed at https://lc.cx/J4Ye Flight plan closure in France Closing your flight plan when arriving at a non-ATC airfield in France is important in order to save...

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CAA publishes criteria for 8.33 radio fund

23-12-2016

CAA publishes criteria for 8.33 radio fund

CAA publishes criteria for 8.33 radio fund. The CAA have now published the criteria for people to be able to see if they can claim for the 20% rebate for a new radio. As previously confirmed the CAA have received the EU funding for this. People can’t yet apply, as the application form is currently being developed, but the GA Unit hope to publish this early in the new year, The criteria has been published in CAP1501 and this web page has been updated with a link: http://www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/Aircraft-ownership-and-maintenance/8-33-kHz-radios/

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Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based IR in the UK

01-12-2016

Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based IR in the UK

Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based IR in the UK. The CAA have published Information Notice IN-–2016/102  which summarises how pilots may qualify for a Part-FCL Competency Based Instrument Rating (CBIR). This Information Notice supersedes IN–2016/011. Regulation EU 1178/2011 (The Aircrew Regulation) Annex 1, Appendix 6, Section Aa explains the training and testing required for issue of the CBIR. The CBIR applies only to non-high performance (non-HPA) aeroplanes and may be extended to HPAs only if additional technical knowledge training is undertaken.

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Easier access to an Instrument Rating (IR)

11-11-2016

Easier access to an Instrument Rating (IR)

Easier access to an Instrument Rating (IR). EASA have published Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2016-14 which aims to provide simpler, lighter and better rules for general aviation (GA) regarding flights under instrument flight rules (IFR). During the 2014 EASA Safety Conference on General Aviation, the topic of ‘easier access of GA pilots to IFR flying’ was identified by the GA community, with IAOPA in the forefront, as a high-priority measure that will improve the safety and utility of GA flying. Specifically, this NPA proposes a more proportionate set of requirements for GA pilots to gain an IFR flying qualification. This is one...

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FASVIG - Airway Q41 Consultation Final Feedback Report

29-10-2016

FASVIG - Airway Q41 Consultation Final Feedback Report

FASVIG - Airway Q41 Consultation Final Feedback Report. Having determined that the lower levels of Airway Q41 were underutilised, FASVIG consulted twice on proposals to make Airway Q41 accessible to VFR aircraft and aircraft which are unable to fly IFR in Class A airspace. There was widespread support for the proposals but technical difficulties were identified. The first consultation proposed reclassification to Class D to enable airspace sharing by all airspace users but objections from NATS made that untenable. The second consultation proposed to change Airway to Class G below FL75 but in addition to further objections from NATS there...

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Designated Area for the Carriage of Documents – Part -NCO and Part -SPO

24-10-2016

Designated Area for the Carriage of Documents – Part -NCO and Part -SPO

Designated Area for the Carriage of Documents – Part -NCO and Part -SPO. The CAA have determined that the London and Scottish Flight Information Regions (FIR) are the designated areas where certain documents may be retained at the aerodrome or operating site. For Pilots of EASA aircraft who are required to comply with Part-NCO or Part-SPO (applicable in the UK from 21 April 2017) certain documents, manuals and information must be carried on each flight. Information Notice IN-2016-093 sets out which documents must be carried on each flight and those which may be left at the aerodrome or operating site when  the...

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CAA - UK Airspace Change Process Consultation Response

22-10-2016

CAA - UK Airspace Change Process Consultation Response

CAA - UK Airspace Change Process Consultation Response. The CAA have published their response to the UK Airspace Change Process Consultation that closed in June 2016. The purpose of this consultation was for the CAA to learn your views on some changes they were considering making to their airspace change decision-making process. Their stated objective is to optimise their process to ensure that all stakeholders are adequately consulted as part of a transparent, proportionate process. The process should be impartial and evidence-based, and should take proper account of the needs and interests of all affected stakeholders. There were 110 formal responses to the...

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Medical Self-declaration Update

14-10-2016

Medical Self-declaration Update

Medical Self-declaration Update.   It is clear that there has been considerable negative reaction to the change from the NPPL Medical Declaration system to the CAA’s new ‘self-declaration’ system.  This is because existing NPPL holders with certain medical conditions, instead of seeing their familiar GP (who has their complete medical history) for revalidation of their medical declarations, would now have to see an AME and obtain a LAPL medical with restrictions.  However, the CAA have advised AOPA that there has been a significant change!  The new self-declaration form is at https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=form&id=7493 and the major change is in the following section, which applies...

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ORS4 No.1195: VMC Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima within Class D Airspace

30-09-2016

ORS4 No.1195:  VMC Visibility  and Distance from Cloud Minima within Class D Airspace

ORS4 No.1195: Standardised European Rules of the Air - Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) Visibility and Distance from Cloud Minima within Class D Airspace. The CAA have issued ORS4 No.1195 which exempts  any  aircraft being  flown  within  the  UK at or below 3,000 feet above mean sea level and within Class D airspace from the requirements of SERA.5001 (VMC visibility   and   distance   from   cloud   minima) Table S5-1 and SERA.5005(a)  (visual  flight  rules)  of  the  Annex  to  Commission  Implementing  Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 of 26 September 2012 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)) when it is flying in accordance with these conditions: the...

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FlyPlymouth launching new Crowdfunding to reopen Plymouth Airport

14-09-2016

FlyPlymouth launching new Crowdfunding to reopen Plymouth Airport

FlyPlymouth launching new Crowdfunding to reopen Plymouth Airport. Last year, FlyPlymouth launched a Crowdfunding exercise which raised around £22,000 in a few weeks. This funding allowed FlyPlymouth to develop a business plan for the future of Plymouth Airport and present it to both the local Council and the Department for Transport. That plan has now been included in the draft Plymouth Plan 4, which would protect Plymouth Airport for aviation use until 2031. Raoul Witherall explains in the video below that this is just the beginning in a long process to get Plymouth Airport open again to all aviation users. Further...

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Eligibility of Pilots to Conduct Airworthiness Check Flights

12-09-2016

Eligibility of Pilots to Conduct Airworthiness Check Flights

Eligibility of Pilots to Conduct Airworthiness Check Flights. The CAA have published Information Notice IN-2016/081 to advise that the CAA no longer provides briefings to pilots for conducting airworthiness check flights. The responsibility for deciding when a check flight should be performed as part of the continued airworthiness management of all aircraft belongs with the aircraft owner, maintainer or continuing airworthiness management organisation. Best practice dictates that when it has been determined that a check flight is necessary, a suitably qualified, and experienced pilot should be used. The CAA no longer briefs pilots for conducting airworthiness check flights. Consequently, when it has been...

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8.33 kHz radios

08-09-2016

8.33 kHz radios

8.33 kHz radios. From 1 January 2018 all aircraft operating in airspace that requires the carriage of a radio must have 8.33kHz-compatable equipment fitted and operational.  This means that all General Aviation (GA) aircraft must comply with this change to UK law to maintain safe communications with ground stations. Manufacturers, suppliers, maintenance organisations and licensed engineers may struggle to cope if there is a rush to buy and fit radios in late 2017. Consequently, the CAA is encouraging GA aircraft owners to purchase 8.33kHz radios early as we anticipate demand will be high as the deadline approaches.   The CAA GA Unit, along with...

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Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes

08-09-2016

Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes

Self-Declared Maintenance Programmes. An amendment to the EASA Part M Regulation introduced the Self-Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) and applies to ELA1 aircraft not involved in Commercial Operations. The transition to the EASA Regulations means that the generic UK Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP) will no longer be available from September 2016. Owners of ELA 1 aircraft currently using LAMP need to transfer to a Self-Declared Maintenance Programme (SDMP) at the next Airworthiness Review before September 2017. An ELA 1 Aircraft is: an aeroplane with an maximum take-off mass (MTOM) of 1,200 kg or less that is not classified as complex motor-powered aircraft; a sailplane or powered...

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Part NCC-OPS & PART-ORO Template Manuals

26-08-2016

Part NCC-OPS & PART-ORO Template Manuals

Part NCC-OPS & PART-ORO Template Manuals. IAOPA Europe is happy to finally make available a template for an NCC Operations Manual which is written from the ground up with the intent of fulfilling all relevant requirements in Part-NCC and Part-ORO in a simple way that is suitable for the very small NCC operator with maybe 2-3 persons involved in the flight operation.   Through an extensive use of references to relevant regulation and appendices the core Operations Manual is kept down to around 20 pages. Further, the most common variable items are all listed in the "Operator's Reference" section at the beginning of...

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Why airspace infringements have the potential to impact all of us

26-08-2016

Why airspace infringements have the potential to impact all of us

Why airspace infringements have the potential to impact all of us. In 2015 the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) received over 1100 infringement reports. Almost 650 of these infringements were reported by NATS, the remaining were from other ANSPs and Military units. Most involve flying into controlled airspace without permission – primarily Control Zones (CTRs) and Control Areas (CTAs) serving airports, Terminal Manoeuvring Areas (TMAs) and Airways. Those occurring outside controlled airspace tend to involve Aerodrome Traffic Zones (ATZs) and Danger Areas. If they detect an infringement, air traffic controllers assume that the pilot is lost, the flight path is unpredictable and establish a...

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The Air Navigation Order 2016

25-08-2016

The Air Navigation Order 2016

The Air Navigation Order 2016. The Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 has been published and will come into effect on 25 August 2016. You can find the full ANO here. Help us to Help You: There are many references to the ANO contained within items on this website which are provided to help you find the information you need without having to wade through the legislation. We will start to work our way through these and update references and associated information, where this has changed, as soon as we can. It is a thankless task and will take time. If you find any reference to...

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The Air Navigation Order 2016 now Live

25-08-2016

The Air Navigation Order 2016 now Live

New ANO live. PRESS NOTICE LIVE: http://www.caa.co.uk/News/Air-Navigation-Order-2016/?catid=4294967430   BLOG LIVE: http://www.caa.co.uk/Blog-Posts/The-revised-Air-Navigation-Order/?catid=4294967430   CAP 393 old and new are both available: www.caa.co.uk/CAP393  

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Dangers of Overflying Gliding Sites

08-08-2016

Dangers of Overflying Gliding Sites

Dangers of Overflying Gliding Sites. Following a number of recent incidents that have compromised safety when aircraft over-flying glider sites have come into close proximity with winch-launching gliders, the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) and the British Gliding Association (BGA) seek to remind pilots about the dangers of over-flying gliding sites, especially as the summer months mean much greater gliding activity is likely. Some recent Airprox incidents illustrate the risks: 2014013 – a glider aborted a winch launch at Tibenham, Norfolk when a PA28 overflew the site. 2014211 – an Augusta 109 helicopter came close to a glider winch launching at Dunstable, to the west...

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Requirement to convert UK and JAR flight crew licences

25-07-2016

Requirement to convert UK and JAR flight crew licences

Requirement to convert UK and JAR flight crew licences. The UK CAA have issued Information Notice IN-2016/066 highlights the requirement for holders of both UK and JAR flight crew licences to convert to Part-FCL licences by 8 April 2018. Applications must be submitted using Form SRG 1104. Delaying conversion closer to the deadline may result in processing delays with grounding after 8 April 2018, until handling of applications and re-issue of new-format Part-FCL licences has been completed.    

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IAOPA e-News July 2016

14-07-2016

IAOPA e-News July 2016

Welcome to the July 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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VFR Guide for Norway - 2016

12-07-2016

VFR Guide for Norway - 2016

VFR Guide for Norway - 2016 Edition. The CAA Norway has updated its VFR Guide. The booklet is made to assist you as a VFR pilot in your planning and conduct of flight within Norwegian airspace. Here you can download it for free.   The vast majority of the Norwegian land masses consist of mountainous terrain with countless valleys and deep fjords. You will enjoy a spectacular scenery and great fun while flying in these areas, but you should also bear in mind that the environment may suddenly “bite” you during unfavourable flight conditions. This booklet tries to raise the awareness of such unfavourable...

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Are You Ready for EASA Air Operations - 25 August 2016

05-07-2016

Are You Ready for EASA Air Operations - 25 August 2016

Are You Ready for the Implementation of EASA Air Operations - 25 August 2016? From 25 August 2016 EASA Air Operations Regulations come fully into effect. The Regulations (EU No 965/2012) already apply to Commercial Operations and from 25 August 2016 will be extended to cover Non Commercial Operations. Commission Regulation EU 800/2013 amending EU No 965/2012 and laying down the technical and administrative requirements can be found here. The implementing rules are referred to as Part-NCO and will apply to non-commercial operations using non-complex aircraft. The CAA have set up a website intended to provide useful information about these implementing rules...

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"BREXIT" and GA

05-07-2016

"BREXIT" and GA

"BREXIT" and GA. So the voters decided that leaving the European Union was the best thing to do for the future Britain but the exit process will not be done overnight.  Under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty the exiting State must, before pushing the exit button, follow national procedures which in our case is through an Act of Parliament, which could end up being vetoed. Personally, I have mixed views but, on balance, I think being in Europe and renegotiating how Europe should service its citizens would have been the correct thing to do. If you are not a Member of...

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NATS Launches new AFPEx Lite Service

22-06-2016

NATS Launches new AFPEx Lite Service

NATS launches new AFPEx Lite service for small GA Airfields The new service is designed for small airfields that want to send and receive up to 200 messages a month. AFPEx Lite offers elements of the full AFPEx service such as the ability to send and receive flight plans, as well as access to a help desk between 9am and 5pm seven days a week. The service will be offered at a price of £500 a year. The introduction of AFPEx Lite comes after the decision by NATS last year to begin charging users for the original AFPEx service following a review with...

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IAOPA e-News June 2016

16-06-2016

IAOPA e-News June 2016

Welcome to the June 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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New Director of Aviation at DfT

14-06-2016

New Director of Aviation at DfT

New Director of Aviation at DfT : The Department for Transport have announced that Dan Micklethwaite has been appointed as the new Director of Aviation at the Department for Transport.  He will start on Monday 25 July.   Dan joins the DfT from HM Treasury where he is currently Head of Transport, and responsible for advising the Chancellor of the Exchequer on all matters DfT-related since 2012.

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Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012

11-06-2016

Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012

Acceptance of Training Gained Prior to 17 September 2012, before Proceeding to a Skills Test : The CAA have provided further clarification to the information given to AOPA and published in the AOPA UK Enewsletter of May 2016, and to be published in the June edition of the Aircraft Owner & Pilot Magazine. Information Notice Number: IN–2016/053 applies to student pilots who started their training under the requirement of JAR-FCL 1 and 2 for PPL(A) or PPL(H). Pilots who started training for commercial licences should contact the ATO that undertook their training, if they require further information. Article 9, paragraph 1 of...

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Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation

08-06-2016

Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation

Edinburgh Airport flight path consultation - Edinburgh Airport has today launched a consultation seeking views on the potential impact of altering flight paths above Edinburgh and the surrounding areas to allow for maximum operational benefits and to minimise community impact. The airport is the busiest in Scotland and has experienced more growth the in the past three years than it did in the 10 years prior. Edinburghs' airspace was designed in the 1970s when the airport had around 1 million passengers per year. Regulations that cover modernising airspace means that Edinburgh are obliged to engage in an Airspace Change Programme (ACP). This ACP involves...

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CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

27-05-2016

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual

CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual : Edition 22 of CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual was published on 26 May 2016, to take effect on 23 June 2016. In  addition  to  editorial  and  administrative  corrections  amendments  to  the  following technical content have been incorporated: Foreword: Introduction of Supplementary Instructions (SI) to CAP 413. Definitions: Addition of (EU ) No. 923/2012 Attributions. Update  of  ‘Automatic  Terminal  Information  Service  (ATIS)’  in  line  with Regulation (EU) No. 923/2012 (Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)). Update of ‘Significant Point’ in line with Regulation (EU) No.923/2012. Aerodrome Phraseology: Use of Runway/Position Designators in clearances for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Emergency Phraseology: Retention of SSR Code setting.  Any  queries  or ...

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Licences to be provisionally suspended for infringing pilots

20-05-2016

Licences to be provisionally suspended for infringing pilots

Licences to be provisionally suspended for infringing pilots : Pilots who infringe controlled airspace could have their licences provisionally suspended while the incident is assessed, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced today. The decision is the latest attempt to try and reduce the number of infringements occurring in UK airspace - which remain worryingly high despite previous attempts by the CAA, air traffic service providers and General Aviation (GA) representative bodies to tackle this serious safety issue. In 2015 there were over 1000 infringements reported to the CAA. Under a new process, a pilot who is identified as having infringed...

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IAOPA e-News May 2016

18-05-2016

IAOPA e-News May 2016

Welcome to the May 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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Changes to UK Private Pilot Medical Requirements

10-05-2016

Changes to UK Private Pilot Medical Requirements

Changes to UK Private Pilot Medical Requirements : The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced today that medical requirements for some private pilots are to change in line with our top level principles for GA regulation. These changes do not apply to pilots with commercial licences or those displaying at airshows who will still need to be approved as fit to fly by a specialist aviation medical examiner. The move will lead to both cost and time savings for pilots and, in most cases, remove the need for General Practitioner (GP) or Authorised Medical Examiner involvement in the process. The change follows...

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EASA - Part M Light Aircraft Maintenance Opinion

16-04-2016

EASA - Part M Light Aircraft Maintenance Opinion

EASA - Part M Light Aircraft Maintenance Opinion 05/2016. Opinion 05/2016 from the Task force for the review of Part-M for General Aviation (PHASE II) proposes a ‘light Part-M’ (Part-ML) with requirements proportional to the much lower complexity and associated risks of the lighter end of the General Aviation (GA) community, and as clear and simple as possible in order to facilitate implementation. Part-ML proposes alleviations for aircraft maintenance programmes (AMPs), airworthiness reviews and deferment of defects, and applies to the following aircraft when not listed in the air operator certificate (AOC) of an air carrier licensed in accordance with Regulation (EC)...

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Non-Commercial Flights - 3rd Country Licenses & 3rd Country Registrations

12-04-2016

Non-Commercial Flights - 3rd Country Licenses & 3rd Country Registrations

Non-Commercial Flights - 3rd Country Licenses & 3rd Country Registrations. The CAA have published Information Notice IN 2016/036 which may be of interest to individuals using Third Country Licences for Non-Commercial Flights in Aircraft Registered in a Third Country and individuals using Third Country Licences for Non-Commercial Flights in Aircraft Registered in the United Kingdom. It is reproduce in full below. Please take note of paragraph 2.3. 1 Introduction 1.1 This IN is intended to notify publication of ORS4 No. 1163 “UK Licence Validation Requirements for Holders of ICAO Annex 1 Flight Crew Licences” which provides a general exemption from the requirements of Annex...

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Raising Base of Controlled Airspace Solent CTA-6

08-04-2016

Raising Base of Controlled Airspace Solent CTA-6

Release of Controlled and Segregated Airspace (RCSA): Raising Base of Controlled Airspace Solent CTA-6. The FAS VFR Implementation Group (FASVIG) has submitted a proposal to the CAA’s Safety and Airspace Regulation Group (SARG) for the disestablishment of a portion of controlled airspace within Solent CTA-6 in accordance with its policy for RCSA.  The purpose of this notice is to provide an overview of the roposal and SARG’s subsequent decision.   Solent CTA-6 comprises a triangular fillet of Class D controlled airspace on the eastern side of the Solent CTA complex between 2500 - 5500ft above mean sea level (amsl):   The FASVIG proposal involves the...

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IAOPA e-News April 2016

08-04-2016

IAOPA e-News April 2016

Welcome to the April 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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GA Light Aircraft paid a high price for making an Emergency landing at London Luton Airport

29-03-2016

GA Light Aircraft paid a high price for making an Emergency landing at London Luton Airport

A Piper Warrior had to pay £1047.36, for making an Emergency landing at London Luton Airport. On the 19th January 2016 an instructor and a student set of from Elstree aerodrome, in a Piper Warrior151 (weight 2,325lbs.), on a night flight for his night rating course. On the take-off run a loud thump was heard. The controller at Elstree said the lighting was poor for a low pass for an undercarriage inspection and a decision was made to fly to Northolt instead. They were unable to accept them and recommended an Emergency be declared and to divert to Luton. This they did...

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Consultation: Rules of the air - increased fines for infringements

22-03-2016

Consultation: Rules of the air - increased fines for infringements

Consultation: Rules of the air - increased fines for infringements. Seeks views on increasing the maximum fine level applied to persons contravening the Standardised European Rules of the Air. These changes apply exclusively to the regulations on: communicating with air traffic control flight plans position reporting The proposal will change the maximum fine from level 4, £2,500, to level 5, unlimited, in England and Wales. Unlimited fine levels can only be made under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).  As LASPO does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland the maximum fines in these areas would increase to £5,000 instead. The consultation...

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AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition - Government Response

22-03-2016

AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition - Government Response

AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition - Government Response. With almost 16,000 signatories so far the Government have made thier first response to the petition: The MOD has confirmed plans to relaunch Air Cadet Aviation to ensure cadet flying opportunities are available whilst delivering value for money. Air Cadet Gliding had to be paused in 2014 due to safety concerns with our aircraft. A full inspection programme was initiated with a view to recovering all of the aircraft. However after substantial operational, technical and commercial negotiations with a range of leading aerospace companies, for most of the Vigilant aircraft and a few of...

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CAA - Air show fees decision

18-03-2016

CAA - Air show fees decision

CAA - Air show fees decision - The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced the outcome of its consultation on charges for air displays.  The regulator has reaffirmed its commitment to the air show industry and highlighted the importance of new safety enhancements being introduced. The CAA is not funded by the tax payer and therefore these charges must be met by the industry.  However, the CAA has recognised the possible and immediate impact these increased charges could have on air show organisers and has therefore implemented a phased introduction of the new fees over the next three years.   An extensive...

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AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition

15-03-2016

AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition

AIR LEAGUE- Volunteer Gliding Squadrons Petition. Recently the UK Government has decided to axe 15 of the 25 Volunteer Gliding Squadrons across the UK. The following petition has been set up in an attempt to retrain the  units scheduled for disbandment. We would appreciate any support you can give us. The aim is to preserve air cadet gliding as we know it today to ensure the youth generation for air cadets can have the same opportunities as older generations to begin their careers in aviation. The Air Cadet movement is about the air mindedness of the youth in the UK. It is...

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CAA - Major Consultation; UK Airspace Change Process

15-03-2016

CAA - Major Consultation; UK Airspace Change Process

MAJOR CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON IMPROVEMENTS TO UK AIRSPACE CHANGE PROCESS. The CAA today launched a major consultation on how decisions are made on proposed changes to the UK’s airspace structure. It seeks views from stakeholders, ranging from the aviation industry and general aviation to people affected by aircraft noise, on a series of proposals aimed at making the airspace change process more transparent and giving the CAA a more hands-on role.      The airspace change process If someone, usually an airport or air traffic control body, wants to request a permanent change to the UK airspace structure they must submit a proposal to the CAA...

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Loss of Control in Flight

08-03-2016

Loss of Control in Flight

Loss of Control in Flight. Loss of Control In-flight is the most frequent and most deadly type of accident in GA. There are approximately 37 fatal LOC-I accidents per year in Europe leading to 67 persons on average losing their lives every year due to LOC-I (for fixed-wing aircraft only), and take-off and landing phase are particularly risky. For more information, including advice on preventing Loss of Control Accidents,  visit the EASA website here. Why not add recovery procedures to your next rating revalidation and/or learn new skills with an AOPA Aerobatics Certificate or an Instrument Rating?  

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IAOPA e-News March 2016

08-03-2016

IAOPA e-News March 2016

Welcome to the March 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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Proposal to Introduce SID Procedures at London Southend Airport

26-02-2016

Proposal to Introduce SID Procedures at London Southend Airport

Proposal to Introduce SID Procedures at London Southend Airport. London Southend Airport (LSA) is proposing to submit an Airspace Change Proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for the introduction of Standard Instrument Departures (SID’s) to replace the current Preferred Departure Routes (PDR’s).  The introduction of SID procedures is necessary to reflect current CAA Policy and because of the introduction of controlled airspace in the vicinity of LSA. The change from PDR’s to SID procedures brings LSA into line with other airports connected to busy airspace. In the previous consultation we were unable to include comprehensive details of the formal SID’s that...

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Oxford Airport Frequency Monitoring SSR Code 4517

11-02-2016

Oxford Airport Frequency Monitoring SSR Code 4517

Oxford Airport Frequency Monitoring SSR Code 4517. Following successful implementation in other parts of the country, Oxford Airport has sought permission from the CAA to utilise a Frequency Monitoring SSR Code. The SSR Code 4517 is already allocated to Oxford but the airport has confirmed that it can be assigned as the SSR Frequency Monitoring Code. The frequency utilised will be 127.750 MHz (Oxford Approach/Oxford Radar) and the code may be used out to a range of 20nm from Oxford Aerodrome outside controlled airspace during the hours 0800 - 1800 (local time). The UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) will be updated under AIRAC 05/2016...

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IAOPA e-News February 2016

03-02-2016

IAOPA e-News February 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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CAA Policy and guidance on mounting cameras on aircraft

02-02-2016

CAA Policy and guidance on mounting cameras on aircraft

Policy and guidance on mounting cameras on aircraft. The CAA have published CAP1369 which details the policy and provides guidance for mounting cameras on aircraft. If you wish to attach a small camera (such as a GoPro) to a non EASA certified GA aircraft then the attachment needs to be inspected by a Part66 licensed aircraft engineer or via the CAA as a minor modification to the aircraft. To approve any installation the engineer will need to complete a maintenance release checklist and complete the aircraft logbook entry. For aircraft overseen by the British Microlight Aircraft Association or Light Aircraft Association those...

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CAA statutory charges 2016/17 Consultations

02-02-2016

CAA statutory charges 2016/17 Consultations

CAA statutory charges 2016/17 Consultations. Although the CAA Statutory Charges 2016/17 Consultation was planned to go live on 21 January, further discussion on the air display proposed charges ensued.  However, the CAA have now announced that the two Charges Consultations are now live on the CAA web site.   The first entitled CAA Statutory Charges contains all proposed charges for planned implementation as from 1 June 2016 and excludes those proposed charges for air displays and low flying permissions with reference to the General Aviation Scheme of Charges. This consultation closes on 4 April 2016.   The consultation entitled Statutory air display and low flying...

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Save Wellesbourne Airfield Campaign

26-01-2016

Save Wellesbourne Airfield Campaign

Stratford-upon-Avon Herald: Save Wellesbourne Airfield Campaign. The Stratford-upon-Avon Herald has started a campaign to help save Wellesbourne Airfield from closure and development for housing. Airfield businesses have been served with notice to cease trading by 24 December 2016. This story will also be covered in the February 2016 issue of the Aircraft Owner and Pilot magazine, and future issues as the campaign develops. Stratford-upon-Avon Herald editor Amanda Chalmers said: "After news of the eviction notices reached us, the significance of this story very quickly became apparent. Wellesbourne airfield is no less than an institution to locals for both its historic relevance and...

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CAP 1371 UK Civil Air Display Review

26-01-2016

CAP 1371 UK Civil Air Display Review

CAP 1371 UK Civil Air Display Review: Actions that impact on UK civil air displays in 2016. The CAA have published CAP 1371 Civil Air Display Review which details the actions that impact on civil air displays in 2016.  CAP 1371 Introduction: Up until the tragic accident at Shoreham last summer, the UK had an excellent record of protecting the public through safe air displays, and the approach used in the UK is emulated in many countries around the world. The accident at Shoreham last summer was the first of its kind – no members of the public have lost their lives as a...

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Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based Instrument Rating in the UK

21-01-2016

Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based Instrument Rating in the UK

Introduction of the Part-FCL Competency-Based Instrument Rating in the UK. The second 2014 amendment to the Aircrew Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1178/2011 as amended) has introduced an alternative route to obtaining an Instrument Rating (IR) that is often referred to as the “Competency Based Instrument Rating” (CBIR). Information Notice IN-2016/011 sets out the means by which the holders of UK-issued Part-FCL licences may qualify for an IR via this route. This Information Notice supersedes IN–2014/129.

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Introduction of the Part-FCL En-Route Instrument Rating in the UK

21-01-2016

Introduction of the Part-FCL En-Route Instrument Rating in the UK

Introduction of the Part-FCL En-Route Instrument Rating in the UK. The third amendment to the Aircrew Regulation (Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 as amended), has introduced a new rating for flight in accordance with the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in aeroplanes. It is called the En-route Instrument Rating (EIR). Information Notice IN-2016/010 sets out the means by which the holders of UK-issued Part-FCL licences may qualify for an EIR. (Part-FCL is Annex I to the Aircrew Regulation). This IN supersedes IN-2014/169.

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Designation of UK Examiners for Skill Tests for Initial Issue of Licences, Ratings and Certificates

20-01-2016

Designation of UK Examiners for Skill Tests for Initial Issue of Licences, Ratings and Certificates

Designation of UK Examiners for Skill Tests for Initial Issue of Licences, Ratings and Certificates. ARA.FCL.205(c) requires the UK CAA to have procedures to designate examiners for the conduct of skill tests on holders of UK issued licences or applicants for UK issued licences. These procedures do not apply to proficiency checks or assessments of competence, as the designation of examiners is not required for those activities. Examiners intending to conduct skill tests for pilots who hold (or will hold) licences issued by European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) States other than the UK must be designated according to the procedures of those States...

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EASA INSTRUMENT FLYING SURVEY

13-01-2016

EASA INSTRUMENT FLYING SURVEY

EASA INSTRUMENT FLYING SURVEY. As part of rulemaking task RMT.0677 concerning the Basic Instrument Rating, EASA has launched a simple online survey which we strongly recommend all those interested in instrument flying should complete by 01 March 2016.  The link to the survey is https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/IRRatingforGA2015 . The link to the RMT.0677 Concept Paper is: http://easa.europa.eu/system/files/dfu/ToR%20%28%2B%20Concept%20Paper%29%20RMT.0677%20Issue%202.pdf In order that EASA receives clear information concerning the level of interest in the current UK IR(R) / IMCR, we recommend that pilots should answer the survey questions as follows: Pilots who hold an IR(R) / IMCR: Question 2 - answer 'YES' Question 2a - leave blank Question 2b - answer 'National...

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IAOPA e-News January 2016

03-01-2016

IAOPA e-News January 2016

Welcome to the January 2016 Enews of IAOPA Europe, which goes out to 23,000 aircraft owners and pilots in 27 countries across the continent. Newsletter now available on the IAOPA EU website

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CAA Launches SkyWise alerting system

16-12-2015

CAA Launches SkyWise alerting system

CAA Launches SkyWise alerting system. The CAA has recently launched SkyWise, a new alerting system that will be used to keep stakeholders up-to-date with news, safety alerts, consultations, rule changes, airspace amendments and more from the CAA.  It replaces our previous information and safety notices with a more instant, tailored service as there are numerous categories to which you can subscribe.  The associated alerts are kept short and to the point, providing a top level overview and a link to further information where appropriate.  It is our intention to utilise SkyWise to distribute information concerning airspace related developments ('Airspace Change' is one of many...

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Balloon Pilot Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

12-12-2015

Balloon Pilot Sentenced for Insurance Fraud

Balloon Pilot Sentenced for Insurance Fraud. A commercial hot air balloon pilot, who repeatedly submitted false insurance documents to the CAA, has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay more than £20,000 costs.  Allan Nimmo, owner of Eagle Balloons, provided the CAA with false insurance certificates for each of his seven hot air balloons on three occasions, in January 2013, July 2013 and May 2014. A minimum level of insurance is required by law for an aircraft to be officially registered and for an owner to obtain an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC), which enables an operator to carry fee-paying passengers. The...

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PPR at Biggin Hill from 1st January 2016

11-12-2015

PPR at Biggin Hill from 1st January 2016

PPR at Biggin Hill from 1st January 2016: London Biggin Hill Airport will be introducing a requirement from 1st January 2016 next year that  all non-flight planned aircraft movements be pre-notified to Air Traffic Control. Peter Mirams, the airport’s Air Traffic Services Manager explains the background to the new arrangement; “The need to introduce a permanent PPR status has been brought about by the increasingly complex task of integrating general aviation flights with corporate and business arrivals and departures.  The benefit of PPR will be that ATC is able to pre-plan for busy periods of demand and this will result in fewer delays...

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FITA: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate – The General Aviation Story

11-12-2015

FITA: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate – The General Aviation Story

FITA: Aviate,Navigate, Communicate – The General Aviation Story: Learning to fly is not just for the able-bodied or for the wealthy. As with most other sports, flying enthusiasts come from all walks of life. #YouHaveControl Anne Wafula-Strike, MBE, who experienced her first flying lesson at Freedom in the Air (FITA), said: "I’ve always wanted to do this, I’ve always wanted to get the Freedom you know, the freedom of being in the air, and to me Freedom means so much ” FITA has spent the last seven months filming with Tony Rapson. Tony is the boss of the Civil Aviation Authority’s General Aviation (GA) Unit, the department responsible...

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General Aviation no gold plating consultation: CAA response.

04-12-2015

General Aviation no gold plating consultation: CAA response.

General Aviation no gold plating consultation: CAA response. In September 2014 the CAA published an open letter to the aviation community from Andrew Haines, our Chief Executive and Martin Robinson, Chief Executive of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) reaffirming our commitment not to gold-plate European aviation regulations, and to act quickly and efficiently to remove gold-plating that already exists. Andrew and Martin’s letter invited the GA community to identify where they perceived gold-plating had taken place through additional regulation or through the information and guidance published, detailing how we may have gold-plated and how the issue could be rectified. All the responses...

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CAA extends pilot training on permit aircraft

28-11-2015

CAA extends pilot training on permit aircraft

CAA extends pilot training on permit aircraft. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that initial pilot training will now be possible in aircraft with national permit to fly certification if the pilot being trained is the owner, or a joint owner, of the aircraft being used. Today’s announcement builds on previous exemptions from the UK Air Navigation Order to allow aircraft on a permit to fly to be used for flight training. Under the changes the pilot being trained must be at least a part owner of the aircraft (the current rules allow for a maximum of 20 owners of an...

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CAA Brief Aircraft Owners On New Maintenance Rules

25-11-2015

CAA Brief Aircraft Owners On New Maintenance Rules

CAA Brief Aircraft Owners On New Maintenance Rules. The CAA has begun advising owners of General Aviation aircraft certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of changes to maintenance rules. In the future owners of these aircraft not being flown commercially will have a number of maintenance options. The existing UK Light Aircraft Maintenance Programme (LAMP) will be phased out as it does not comply with EASA requirements. The initial phase out of LAMP, covering EASA certificated aeroplanes with a maximum take off mass of 1,200kg or less, will begin in 2016. Owners have a choice of moving to: EASA Part M...

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Listening Squawks - November 2015

24-11-2015

Listening Squawks - November 2015

Listening Squawks - November 2015. Frequency Monitoring SSR Codes (also known as Squawk Codes) are in use for aircraft flying in the vicinity of: Belfast Aldergrove; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Leeds Bradford; Doncaster Sheffield; Manchester; East Midlands; Birmingham; Farnborough; Luton and Stansted; Gatwick and London City; Southampton and Bournemouth. For details of the correct squawk and frequency as at November 2015 see below : © Seager Publishing 2015 This guide can be downloaded for printing here. Further details are available at AIP ENR 1.6.2.5 SSR Operating Procedures – Monitoring Codes. Points to remember ■ Enter the appropriate listening squawk for the area, with Mode C if you have...

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Biggin Hill Airport Consultation - Proposed new IAP Runway 03

19-11-2015

Biggin Hill Airport Consultation - Proposed new IAP Runway 03

Biggin Hill Airport Consultation - Proposed new IAP Runway 03. At present, all flights approach the airport from the north-east using the airport’s precision guidance system but, in certain weather conditions (approximately 30% of the time), aircraft then have to circle the airport in order to land from the south-west. The planned installation will avoid that circuit and permit aircraft arriving from the south-west to make a more direct approach, reducing the number of homes overflown and improving environmental performance by reducing the number of track miles flown. Biggin Hill Airport are conducting a wide-ranging consultation with our neighbours, MPs, local government...

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Experimental Aircraft

13-11-2015

Experimental Aircraft

Experimental Aircraft. The CAA have published ORS4 No.1142 Experimental Aircraft. This provides new simple requirements from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for approving the initial testing of small experimental aircraft in the UK.E Conditions will benefit small-scale aircraft designers and manufacturers by reducing the red tape and financial burdens associated with securing airworthiness and operational approval for new light aircraft designs (less than 2,000Kg MTOM), encouraging the growth of new design concepts. See also the E Conditions Competition being run by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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Royal Aeronautical Society E-Conditions Competition

07-11-2015

Royal Aeronautical Society E-Conditions Competition

RAeS E-Conditions Competition 2015 - 2016 The CAA have published CAP1220 ,  Operation of experimental aircraft under ‘E’ Conditions. See ORS4 No. 1142 Experimental Aircraft.To mark the introduction of the E-Conditions the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) have launched an annual competition to raise awareness of this category and explore its boundaries. The overall aims of the competition are: To raise awareness of the creation of ‘E’ Conditions; To stimulate interest in the use of ‘E’ Conditions for innovative aerospace design and To  provide  a  fun  and  rewarding  opportunity  for  those  with  an  interest  in  the  field  to  have their ideas scrutinised by experts. The scope of...

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Pilot fined for entering controlled airspace around London Heathrow Airport

29-10-2015

Pilot fined for entering controlled airspace around London Heathrow Airport

Pilot fined for entering controlled airspace around London Heathrow Airport. The aircraft flew southwest and up to two miles inside controlled airspace, descending to 300ft. The aircraft disappeared from radar at 1.06pm and departures at the airport were allowed to resume. Kiley told the CAA he had been to Wycombe for a flight test, before deciding to fly to Cliveden House for lunch. He explained he had been given directions to Cliveden House, but did not have co-ordinates. In addition he said he had been listening to air traffic control but it was extremely busy and, as the landing area was in...

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Business aircraft operators briefed on new regulation

16-09-2015

Business aircraft operators briefed on new regulation

Business aircraft operators briefed on new regulation. Operators of business jets and helicopters are being targeted in a new drive to raise awareness of changes to the way the sector is regulated. With just under a year until new Europe-wide regulations come into force, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is engaging with owners and operators of ‘non-commercial complex aircraft’ (NCC) to ensure they understand the implications. Under the new rules, business aircraft operators will need to have an applicable operations manual and management system in place. Operators will also have to submit details of their aircraft type(s) and operational and maintenance...

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Civil sanctions for the Civil Aviation Authority

07-09-2015

Civil sanctions for the Civil Aviation Authority

Civil sanctions for the Civil Aviation Authority - Consultation. The Department for Transport (DfT) has opened a consultation about giving the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) access to the civil sanction powers in the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008. This would provide the CAA with a greater range of enforcement options across the UK, so it can regulate more flexibly, proportionately, and cost-effectively. The DfT are seeking your views on: which offences it is appropriate to have civil sanctions available which of the possible civil sanctions should be made available to the CAA for each offence Your participation will help us to create a properly...

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Plymouth Airport - end in sight to saga of Jodel emergency landing

27-08-2015

Plymouth Airport - end in sight to saga of Jodel emergency landing

Plymouth Airport - end in sight to saga of Jodel emergency landing. Subject to a satisfactory final inspection of the condition of the Jodel aircraft on Thursday 27 August 2015, SHH Holdings, leaseholders of the former Plymouth Airport site, have agreed to allow the aircraft to be flown out on Friday 28 August. Hopefully the weather will be suitable. The aircraft made the landing in rapidly deteriorating weather conditions on Sunday 9th August and the pilot, an experienced flight instructor, made the sensible decision to make an emergency landing on the nearest suitable ground, the former Plymouth Airport. No-one has questioned this...

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