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.

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 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.

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.

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, preventing a user from providing mandatory data.

Forms have been tested on a variety of different browsers. This application supports the following browsers (major versions, current and minus one): Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Your user experience will be enhanced if you use the latest version of your selected browser. If you have any issues completing the form, please let the CAA know.

The CAA say that they have over 2,500 successful declarations so far, and hope this change will make the process even easier.

This information was issued by the CAA via their Skywise service, To subscribe to Skywise visit the Skywise website.

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

  1. Please read the eligibility criteria to determine whether you are able to claim.
  2. Complete the claim form electronically and submit to the CAA.
  3. The CAA will respond with an email that confirms receipt of your application and your reference number.
  4. Reply to that email with electronic copies of all your supporting documentation attached to it within 14 calendar days.
  5. Depending on the volume of claims, the CAA aim to contact you within 21 days of receipt of all your information.

Read more on the CAA Website.

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

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 around the festival is restricted to protect the public and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) was informed of the flights and subsequently launched an investigation.      

Enquiries showed Mr Matthews’ helicopter did not have the required permission from the police to fly into or out of the restricted airspace.

Appearing at Bath Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 31 January 2017, Mr Matthews, of Moonsbrook, Radstock, Somerset, admitted two offences of flying within the Glastonbury temporary restricted airspace.

He was fined a total of £4,000 and also ordered to pay £1,000 costs to the CAA, which had brought the prosecution.

Stuart Lindsey, Manager Airspace Regulation at the CAA, said: “An area of restricted airspace has been set up at every Glastonbury Festival since 1998 and is put in place to protect the public.

“By not obtaining permission to enter the airspace and by landing at the festival, this pilot posed a risk, not only to the public, but to other aircraft, which had the correct permissions.

“Every pilot should know and abide by the rules of the air at all times, and the CAA is determined to take action whenever necessary to protect members of the public, including prosecuting those responsible for flying into restricted airspace.”

This is the second year in a row the CAA has prosecuted a pilot for breaching airspace around the Glastonbury festival. In 2015 a paramotor aircraft made an unauthorised flight into the site, breaching the event’s restricted airspace. The paramotor pilot was subsequently fined by magistrates.

Every year that there has been a Glastonbury Festival since 1998, regulations have been made prohibiting aircraft from flying below 3,100ft above mean sea level within a 2.5 nautical radius centred upon Glastonbury.

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 proposals with you and ask for your feedback.

We’ve worked hard to create the best solution for all – one that meets our regulatory requirements, accommodates our necessary growth and minimises the impact on the people who live in our neighbouring communities.

This is a very detailed process and as someone who may get questions, I want to make sure that you have all the information you need to understand our programme. I have attached a copy of the Consultation Book for you, this includes information on our proposals and our process. We have also developed an interactive website, which allows consultees to input a postcode and see how the airspace change proposals may affect them.

This consultation is being run in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority’s CAP725 Airspace Change Guidance. To give you confidence, we have also commissioned a Quality Assurance of our consultation process by the Consultation Institute (  Over the next 13 weeks, there will be advertising campaigns and a mailbox drop to all EH, KY and FK postcodes pointing people to the website to provide their feedback. We have also created a Freepost address for those who prefer to communicate or provide their feedback by hand.

I invite all with an interest in our preferred flight path options to give us their views on our proposals.

Please let me know if there is any information you’d like from me that would help you during this programme.

Yours sincerely



Gordon Robertson

Director of Communications


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 rules applicable to those conducting such operations contain a requirement for  operators established in the UK  to make a declaration to the  CAA.  There is a further requirement that operators conducting ‘High Risk’ SPO operations must additionally obtain an authorisation from the CAA.

The purpose of this Information Notice (IN) is to highlight that the declaration process is now in place and the High Risk Authorisation process will be in place by 23 January 2017. It is applicable to all Operators, Owners and pilots who will be undertaking Specialised Operations or High Risk Specialised Operations after 21 April 2017.

‘Specialised  operation’  means  any operation,  other than  commercial  air  transport,  where  the aircraft is used for specialised activities  such as agriculture, construction, photography, surveying, observation and patrol or aerial advertisement.

‘High  risk  commercial  specialised  operation’ means any commercial specialised aircraft  operation carried out over an area where the safety of third parties on the ground is likely to be endangered in the event of an emergency or, as determined by the competent authority of the  place  where  the  operation  is  conducted,  any  commercial  specialised  aircraft  operation  that, due to its specific nature and the local environment in which it is conducted, poses a high risk, in particular to third parties on the ground. 

Declaring a Specialised Operation to the UK CAA

Operators who are required to declare a Specialised Operation to the UK CAA are able to do so using the online form provided on the CAA website at .

High Risk Authorisations

Operators who will need to apply for a High Risk Authorisation will be able to do so using the application form available on the CAA Website at from 23 January 2017.

Further information on the activities the UK CAA deems to be a High Risk activity, alongside information on whether an authorisation is required and how to apply for an authorisation  is  also available at


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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 flight reporting
  • Guidelines on the experience requirements for pilots to be eligible for conducting check flights

However, it is not a stand-alone training document.



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

Flight plan closure in France

Closing your flight plan when arriving at a non-ATC airfield in France is important in order to save the unnecessary implementation of SAR action by the French authorities. If you've previously used the 0810 IFR VFR number ( 0810 437 837 ), please make a note that was changed on the 10th November to  +33 (0)1 56 301 301.

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:

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