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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.

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.

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 for Special VFR Flight, Aerodrome Control in Claas D airspace and Approach Control for VFR Flights. 

CAP 493 Appendix B, effective date 5 May 2017, details Abbreviations and Definitions, Air Traffic Control Services, Classification of Airspace. Speed Limits, Visual Flight Rules, Special VFR Flight, Control of Traffic, Departure from ATC Clearance, Effect of Weather on Operations, Approach Control (VFR Flights) and Strayed and Unidentified Aircraft.

All Pilots, especially VFR only Pilots, should familiarise themselves with the revised content of CAP 493 Appdendices A & B.

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.

Exeter Airport - Airspace Change Proposal.

Changes to airspace rules around Exeter Airport are being proposed to take account of the airport’s continued growth.

Passenger numbers at the airport have increased by 20% in the last five years and total aircraft movements are forecast to grow.

The changes would re-design the airspace around Exeter Airport and introduce new rules, maintaining safety for all air users and allowing for more efficient handling of aircraft. This could help achieve more continuous descents and climbs for inbound and outbound commercial aircraft, for example, reducing noise, fuel consumption and emissions.

The airport has drawn up its proposals in consultation with a wide range of aviation users to take account of their varied needs, and is now consulting formally on the proposals. The consultation period ends on 9th June 2017.

Exeter Airport will consider making changes to its proposals once all responses have been analysed. It will then submit a final scheme for consideration by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Exeter Airport CAS Design Concept Showing Proposed Lateral and Vertical Extents of CTA Sectors :

The CAS design concept is not a final design and is subject to amendment.

A copy of the consultation document can be downloaded here: Exeter Airport Airspace Change Proposal Document

Exeter Airport wish to engage with all aviation stakeholders that might be affected by this ACP. Constructive feedback will inform the development of the ACP, ensuring that any positive impact is enhanced and negative impact is minimised.  The consultation period is 13 weeks incorporating the Easter and May Day Bank Holidays, during which all consultee responses received by Exeter will be recorded prior to consultation that closes on 9th June 2017.

For the consultation to be effective, it is essential for consultees to be able to express their relevant viewpoints; therefore, Exeter Airport Management kindly ask for responses to be submitted in a timely manner. For any clarification or queries, please make it clear that you are requesting further information in the email subject.

Email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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 of its programme to deliver operational improvements to aircraft flying VFR, FASVIG has been working with the CAA to publicise the availability and use of listening squawks and lower airspace radar services. In support of the airspace infringement seminar held in London last year, FASVIG analysed airspace infringement data from across the country and concluded that the use of listening squawks and radar services significantly reduced infringement risk. However, the availability of these services was not well understood and although details are listed in the AIP and in commercial flight guides there was no ready reference available. A leaflet published on the Airspace Safety Initiative (ASI) website was difficult to use and largely unknown to GA pilots.

Using material prepared by the CAA and approved by the Airspace Infringement Working Group, FASVIG has funded and published 30,000 copies of a reference card suitable for planning and in-flight use by GA pilots. A supply of these printed cards has been delivered to the 3 companies that distribute CAA charts in time for a copy to be included with the UK South chart which was effective on 4 March 2017. Copies will also be included with other new charts distributed over the coming year. Organisations that purchase charts in bulk should receive a similar number of cards for onward distribution to purchasers. A reserve supply of cards is available to organisations on request.

A copy of this reference card is also available from the downloads section of the ASI website http://airspacesafety.com/downloads/ That document prints on an A4 sheet that can be folded in half to form a back to back A5 card for in-cockpit use.

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Newcastle International Airport Arrival and Approach Procedure Consultation.

Newcastle International Airport (NIA) has commenced a twelve week consultation process, from 10 March to 2 June 2017, on the subject of arrival and approach procedures. The key aim of their proposal is to provide greater predictability for routes and introduce new technology.

AOPA have been invited to take part in the consultation and make the views of our members known.

You can read the full details of the proposals on the Newcastle Airport website, which are to implement Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Approaches and Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs). In implementing RNAV and STARs Newcastle Airport are looking to utilise the latest technology such as satellite-based navigation systems to ensure more accurate and predictable flight paths.

If you would like to contribute to AOPA's response please use this link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., answering, with appropriate details, these questions:

  • Do you support the proposal?
  • Do you have any concerns about the introduction of Standard Terminal Arrival Routes (STARs)?
  • Do you have any concerns about the introduction of PRNAV?

Please make any response to me by Friday 26 May 2017.

Martin Robinson

CEO AOPA UK

EUROCAE Annual Symposium & 54th General Assembly 2017.

EUROCAE have announced their Annual Symposium and 54th General Assemby wil be held in London on 27 & 28 April 2017.

EUROCAE is the European leader in the development of worldwide recognised industry standards for for the industry needs that:

  • Build upon the state of the art expertise of its members and adress the global aviation challenges
  • Are fit for purpose to be adopted internationally
  • Support the operational, development and regulatory processes

Programme:

DAY 1: Thursday, 27 April

Registration: 09:00 AM

Starting time: 10:30AM

Session 1: Performance based regulations
Session 2: General aviation
Session 3: UAS – regulatory perspective
Session 4: Performance Based Navigation (PBN)

54th EUROCAE General Assembly: starts at 17:30
Dinner followed by the Award Night: starts at 20:00

Venue: Royal Aeronautical Society - No.4 Hamilton Place, London (see directions here)

DAY 2:  Friday, 28 April

Session 5: Datalink services and technologies
Session 6: UAS – technology and operations
Session 7: Hydrogen fuel cells
Session 8: System Wide Information Management

For Registration and full details see the EUROCAE Website.

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 the Hawarden Frequency Monitoring Code (FMC) 4607 with Mode C as detailed in ENR 1.6 paragraph 2.6, UK  SSR Code Allocation Plan, and monitor Hawarden Radar (123.350 MHz) prior to entering and whilst inside the RMZ. Pilots must maintain a listening watch and establish two-way RTF communication, if directed, whilst operating inside the RMZ. Selection of the FMC does not imply receipt of an ATC service and pilots remain responsible for navigation, separation, terrain clearance, and are expected to remain outside of Controlled Airspace at all times. When a pilot leaves the RMZ they should deselect the FMC.

(c) Non-radio aircraft should contact Hawarden ATC by telephone (01244-522012) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) prior to commencing any planned flight that will enter or cross the RMZ, supplying aircraft registration, type, estimates and points of entry/exit, planned altitudes and duration/activity in the RMZ (if applicable). On receipt of this information an acknowledgement will be issued by ATC Hawarden.

(d) Conduct flight in accordance with valid Letter of Agreement with Hawarden ATC.

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