AOPA UK

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.

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 for the addition of PBN privileges before 25 August 2020 must ensure that the training satisfies the flight and theoretical knowledge requirements stated in the Regulations.
  • ATOs must submit their application and amended ATO Manual(s) including their proposed training syllabus for approval before they conduct the training. See section 7.
  • As reference material, the ATO should refer to EASA Learning Objectives (AMC7 FCL.615(b)). Also, ICAO Doc 9613 provides additional guidance for pilot knowledge and training.
  • All ATOs conducting training for the IR1 or the EIR must ensure that the IR training courses they offer are compliant with the requirements of Annex I (Part-FCL) if the courses are due to complete on or after 25 August 2020.
  • The Head of Training (HT) at the ATO is responsible for ensuring that all their instructors are trained and hold the PBN endorsement on their licenses before they provide PBN instruction.
  • A Course Completion Certificate that confirms the pilot has received the required technical knowledge and flight training, as applicable, must be presented to the examiner before the Skills Test or proficiency check is undertaken.

The UK CAA will issue further information on the impact of the PBN regulations on the Instrument Meteorological Conditions Rating (IMC)/Instrument Rating (Restricted)(IR(R)) and update Standards Document 25 later in the year.

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, if booked in advance, ILS approaches will cost just £5 (VAT included). However, there will be no discount for touch and goes.

James Dillon-Godfray, Director of Business Development at London Oxford Airport, says: “With these reduced costs and our cheap fuel prices, London Oxford offers excellent value for money in comparison to neighbouring airports. We pride ourselves on our accessible, user-friendly airspace which offers the most professional Air Traffic Control service of any private airport in the region.

“We look forward to welcoming many new GA flyers to the airport this summer,” Dillon-Godfray adds.

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:

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:


If you have any questions about the proposed DTO requirements, current ATO requirements or the proposed Part-ML requirements please e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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 below.

Note that AIC M 030/2017 has been published in respect of airspace restrictions for the event period. Note: If the AIC Link stops working please go to AIC Mauve List on the NATS website.
 

We are pleased to invite members to join us in our AOPA Marquee, kindly sponsored by Jeppesen, at AeroExpo UK from Thursday 1 June to Saturday 3 June 2017.

A Wi-Fi service should be available for members to use in the AOPA Marquee.

On Thursday and Friday, members are welcome to take a break in the Marquee, where we will have Tea and Coffee available all day and  finger food at lunchtime (first come first served).

Over all 3 days you will be able to take part in a surprise fun competition! The prize for the winner, to be announced on Saturday, will be a years Free AOPA Individual Membership worth £95 (this will be your next renewal year free at your current membership level. If you are a Student member it will be worth £75 to upgrade to a 1 Year Pilot membership.) plus a 1 Year subscription to Jeppesen Mobile Flitedeck VFR or IFR Single Install (mobile device not included).

SATURDAY

12:00 to 15:00 AOPA Members and Guests BBQ Party: Join us for another super BBQ party with a selection of beverages.
14:00 AOPA Awards - presented by George Done, Chairman AOPA UK
16:00 Competition Result
17:00 Close

Joining Offer:

INTRODUCE A FRIEND (or FRIENDS) to AOPA and we will offer them an event special rate to join. If they sign up for a new 2 Year Pilot or Instructor Membership, with Air Crew Photo Card, and pay by Direct Debit (DD) Mandate they will get a £50 discount off their first payment. If your friend/s are Student Pilots they can join for FREE, saving the £20 Admin Fee and will get their first full Pilot or Instructor membership discounted by £20.

ALL Members who introduce a Friend who joins at the Event will be put into a draw for a FREE years membership on next renewal. You will be entered into the draw for each Friend who joins at the event.
 

AOPA Netherlands - Enschede Fly-in July 8 2017

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.

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

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 pilots should adopt to avoid an airspace conflict, the campaign launches today with a new educational video animation.

UKAB data indicates that the frequency of GA Airprox incidents generally increases in spring and early summer, as better weather arrives and many pilots start flying again after the winter. As a result, many pilots may need to pay particular attention to their see and avoid techniques.

Launching the campaign, UKAB Director, Steve Forward, said: “While significant progress has been made over recent years to reduce the number of Airprox incidents involving commercial aircraft, the same cannot really be said of private flying. If GA is to enjoy similar safety gains then pilots need to concentrate on their airmanship skills, make sure they understand correct procedures, avoid distractions and keep a good look-out. Mid-air collisions are one of GA’s major safety risks and we at UKAB are absolutely focused on reducing the number of incidents.”

“It’s clear from studying Airprox incident reports over a number of years that look-out and prioritisation of cockpit tasks are the two key areas that GA pilots should be focussed on. There are also some effective and relatively inexpensive electronic systems now on the market that can help by cueing pilots to other similarly equipped aircraft, and these provide real gains in enhancing situational awareness.”

UKAB is calling on all GA pilots to follow six core actions to help reduce Airprox accidents:

  • Eyes – look-out and develop a robust scan technique.
  • Ears – communicate by talking on and listening to the radio, both to make your intentions clear and to maintain situational awareness of others.
  • Foresight – fly defensively, with vigilance, courtesy and consideration of others, also known as “airmanship”.
  • Insight – regularly review your understanding of ATC services, rules of the air, circuit patterns and procedures.
  • Advertise – make your presence known through conspicuity measures (electronic and visual).
  • Prioritise – time-share cockpit tasks and avoid distractions which may compromise your look-out.


The new animation is supported by a leaflet, the next UKAB magazine and further guidance. All are available on the UKAB website and packs of information sent to GA flying schools and clubs throughout the UK.

More information is available on the UKAB website.

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 to satisfy condition e) of the IN before flying back.

IN 2017/013 now contains the links to the relevant forms and have clarified condition e), which reads:

"Demonstrate to a Part-FCL examiner that they have an acquired theoretical knowledge of Part-FCL ‘Air law and ATC procedures’ at a level appropriate to the privileges of the licence and ratings privileges they intend to exercise."

ORS4 1221 has now been published s further clarification.

The CAA Press Office have released this statement:

NEW GUIDANCE ON THIRD COUNTRY LICENCES
 
FAA licence holders based in the UK need to self-declare that they comply with European requirements

 

  • Other third country licence holders are required to validate their licence and begin conversion process to an EASA licence
  • Pilots overseas who are yet to comply with these requirements can fly to the UK under a general exemption until Saturday 15 April

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today advised pilots holding ‘third country’ private pilot licences (PPL) who are yet to convert their licenses to meet European regulations of the steps they must take in order to continue to fly in the UK after 8 April 2017, following a decision by the Department for Transport. Third country licences are those issued by non-European countries, such as the United States, Canada and Australia.
 
A pilot with a third country PPL who flies for more than 28 days per calendar year in the UK needs to comply with the terms of Europe’s Part-FCL, Annex III. This will require the pilot to validate or convert their licence to an equivalent issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  Upon completion of the relevant form, pilots can obtain a validation for up to 24 months, which will allow them to continue flying while they arrange for conversion to an EASA PPL.
 
Under the terms of a pending bilateral agreement between the United States and the UK, holders of a licence issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be able to continue flying using their FAA licences provided that they meet certain requirements.  The UK has put an exemption in place allowing the continued use of FAA PPLs until the bilateral has been finalised.  In order to continue flying, holders of FAA licences must complete form SRG2140 and submit it to the CAA prior to their next flight.  However, affected pilots who are out of the UK this weekend (8/9 April 2017) do not need to take any action ahead of the 8 April 2017 implementation date. Under a general exemption implemented by the CAA, pilots will be allowed to complete these requirements on their return home, providing they have returned by Saturday 15 April 2017.
 
All other third country licence holders should aim to validate their licences at the earliest opportunity and complete form SRG 2141 or SRG 2139 prior to their next flight.

Original Post:

The CAA have published Official Record Series (ORS) 4 1220 which details the exemption from the Requirement for Holders of FAA Pilot Licences exercising Private Licence Privileges to Comply with the Conversion and Validation Requirements of Annex III to Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 as Amended until 8 April 2019, unless revoked prior to this date or it is superseded by any bi-lateral agreement with the USA.

ORS4 1220 states:

1) The  Civil  Aviation  Authority  (‘the  CAA’), on behalf of the United Kingdom and pursuant to article 14(4) of Regulation (EC) No. 216/2008 exempts all holders of FAA pilot licences operating aircraft subject to Article 4(1)(b) or (c) of that Regulation from the requirements of Annex III (A) paragraphs 1, 2, 4  and 5 to Regulation (EU) No.1178/2011, subject to the conditions stated at paragraph 2 and the terms stated at paragraph 3.

2) This exemption precludes the need for the holders of FAA certificates exercising private licence privileges to complete UK Part-FCL  conversion or validation of  their certificates in accordance with Regulation (EU) No.1178/2011, Annex III, as above, subject to the conditions stated at Annex 1 (which is at Appendix 1 of this document). These conditions reflect requirements that are expected to apply following conclusion of the bi-lateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) currently under negotiation between the EU and the USA.

3) This exemption is effective from 8 April 2017until 8 April 2019 or until superseded by any BASA concluded between the EU and the USA in the interim, unless revoked prior.

S P Baugh

for the Civil Aviation Authority

05 April 2017

Explanatory Note:

Whilst the BASA between the EU and the USA remains under negotiation, this exemption enables FAA pilot licence holders wishing to exercise private licence privileges to continue to operate in UK airspace without the need to comply with the full validation and conversion requirements stated in Annex III to Regulation (EU) No. 1178/2011 (The Aircrew Regulation). This will be subject to such licence holders satisfying criteria intended to provide the safety mitigation required by the use of exemptions under article 14(4) of Regulation (EU) 216/2008 (The Basic Regulation). The criteria used represent some of those contained in the terms of the draft proposed BASA and have been selected in order to ensure that the requirements both anticipate likely future requirements and may not be considered unduly onerous.

Appendix 1
Annex 1: FAA Exemption conditions

Text extracted from the draft BASA document

2.1 Conditions to be satisfied by holders of FAA pilot licences seeking to operate under the general exemption from the need to comply with Annex III of Regulation  (EU) 1178/2011 validation and conversion requirements.

2.1.1 Language proficiency

(a) An applicant must demonstrate or provide evidence that he/she has acquired language proficiency in accordance with  FCL.055 unless the  applicant holds an ‘English  proficient’  endorsement on his/her   FAA   pilot   certificate.  The ‘English proficient’ endorsement is deemed to be equal to English language proficiency level 4 according to Part-FCL.
(b) If the applicant wishes to have English language proficiency level 5 or 6 endorsed on his/her licence under  Part-FCL,  he/she needs to follow the method of language assessment established by the EU NAA in accordance with FCL.055.

2.1.2 Medical fitness

(a) The applicant shall  either  have a valid FAA Class 2 aircrew medical or meet the relevant EU medical  requirements as stipulated in Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011for the privileges  sought by the applicant and obtain a European medical certificate.  The medical certificate must be at least Class 2 and appropriate to the licence and ratings held.

2.1.3 Theoretical knowledge

The applicant must demonstrate to a Part-FCL examiner that he/she has acquired theoretical knowledge of Part-FCL ‘Air law and ATC procedures’ at a level appropriate to the privileges of the licence and ratings privileges they intend to exercise.

2.1.4 Licence Confirmation

(a) Upon receiving an application from an FAA certificate holder, the UK CAA must request and receive a licence confirmation from the FAA to ensure that the FAA licence is authentic, valid, and that there is no current investigation of the airman’s certificate, nor suspension or revocation of the certificate.  The request will be sent to Civil Aviation Registry (AFS-700).
(b) The applicant must provide proof of the existing FAA licence (or photocopy) to the UK CAA.

2.1.5 Verifying FAA pilot currency

(a) The applicant will provide a logbook(s) or other written documentation to the UK CAA to demonstrate his/her currency for the FAA pilot certificate which is held.
(b) If necessary, the UK CAA may delegate the task of confirmation of pilot currency.  In such cases the applicant is to be informed of the procedure to be followed. 
(c) If unable to verify an applicant’s currency through the documentation that is provided by the applicant, the UK CAA may consult FAA’s General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS- 800) via email or by phone.
(d) All FAA pilots are considered to have fulfilled U.S. currency requirements for a pilot certificate if the terms of 14 CFR §61.56  have  been  met. The documentation that will typically be provided will be one or multiple documents consisting of the following:

(i) A pilot logbook endorsement;
(ii) An FAA pilot certificate with a date of initial issuance within the previous 24 calendar months;
(iii) An FAA flight instructor certificate with a date of issuance (Block X on the pilot certificate) within the previous 24 calendar months (utilized for meeting the ground requirement only);
(iv) An employment record of an active FAA air carrier pilot;
(v) A record of a pilot proficiency check or practical test conducted by the U.S. Armed Forces for a certificate, rating or operational privilege. If needed, verification of such documentation may be obtained by contacting AFS-800.  
(vi) An employment record of an inactive FAA air carrier pilot within the previous 24 calendar months; or
(vii) A document stating that the applicant has satisfactorily accomplished one or more phases of an FAA-sponsored pilot proficiency award program (the FAA WINGS program) within the previous 24 calendar months.

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 read the full document here.

In response to a query raised with the CAA by Nick Wilcock, on behalf of AOPA UK, the CAA have advised that acceptance of training gained prior to 17 Sep 2012 towards a Part-FCL licence will end on 30 Sep 2017 - the associated Skill Test must have been completed before then. However, acceptance of training gained prior to 17 Sep 2012 will still be allowed towards an NPPL.  If the NPPL is gained before 8 Apr 2018, it may be converted to a LAPL or PPL at a later date.

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 interface to the Official UK Border Force system is operated by OnlineGAR Ltd , and use is subject to their Terms and Conditions.

These services have been developed and are operated without any financial support from the Home Office, but at a cost to AOPA. If you are not a member you are welcome to use this service, but pelase consider joining AOPA or leaving a Donation.

To access the basic FREE OnlineGAR option please click the "Online GAR" button on the Home Page.

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; the stakeholders they must engage at each stage and CAA expectations of that engagement; and how the CAA assesses the proposed change.

Teh CAA are inviting your views as to whether the guidance is appropriate – including your views on whether their description of the stages of the process are comprehensible, transparent and proportionate.

Full details can be found on the CAA website HERE. The consultation questions can answered online from the link on that website. The CAA are asking for comments before 30 June 2017. They cannot commit to taking into account comments received after this date.

If you have any particular concerns about the proposals that you would like to raise via AOPA UK please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 June 2017.

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