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 a great organisation and one which I was associated with as a Cadet and later on as a civilian instructor.  Please support this petition. Martin Robinson, CEO AOPA UK

The Petition can be found here.


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, which goes through our airspace change process.

The CAA is consulting on proposed improvements to this process, which is used to decide whether a change goes ahead. Our suggested changes are supported by an independent review carried out in 2015 by specialist consultants Helios.
The consultation

The consultation therefore details changes to the process a proposal goes through, which includes consultation with local communities, and also how it can be made more transparent.

One of a range of recommendations under consideration to achieve this is an online portal to provide a single access point for anyone to view, comment on and access documents for every UK airspace change proposal. The effectiveness of the process could also be improved by additional stages of scrutiny and validation.

The consultation is not about areas which are outside of the CAA’s airspace change process, such as Government policy, which the CAA’s process must follow. Government policy on issues, such as whether flight paths are concentrated along a narrow path or deliberately dispersed, whether flight paths are alternated to provide periodic respite from noise, and whether tranquil areas are avoided, are not part of the CAA consultation.

The consultation which is open to everyone is available until 15 June 2016 and can be accessed here.

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?



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

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 taught over a period of approximately 70 hours. The lecturer is Adam Winter, a highly qualified and experienced flying instructor who works for the Flyers Flying School at Elstree.


The programme for 2017:

Aircraft General Knowledge January 5, 10, 12, 17, 19
Principles of Flight January 24, 26, 31
Revision February 2
Exams February 7

Performance and Planning February 9, 14, 16, 21
Communications February 23, 28
Revision March 2
Exams March 7

Air Law March 9, 14, 16,21
Operations and Procedures March 23, 28
Human Performance and Limitations  March 30, April 4
Revision  April 6
Exams  April 11

Navigation April 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, May  2
Meteorology May 4, 9, 11, 16, 18
Revision May 23
Exams May 25

Aircraft General Knowledge May 30, June 1, 6, 8
Principles of Flight June 13, 15, 20
Revision June 22
Exams June 27

Performance & Planning June 29, July  4, 6
Communications July 11, 13
Revision July 18
Exams July 20

It is not necessary to attend the full course and candidates can select the individual subjects they wish to study from the published dates.  You do not have to be a member of AOPA to participate.

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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 would need to be introduced because of the pending major changes to the route structure and airspace management arrangements in the south-eastern part of the London Terminal Control Area (LTMA).  These changes were being developed by NATS in a major airspace project known as the London Area Management Programme (LAMP). 

At the time of the development of the LSA controlled airspace design (successfully implemented in 2015) the NATS-proposed LAMP airspace configuration and arrangements were not sufficiently developed.  Whilst NATS and LSA were working closely together on developing the future airspace arrangements in the LTMA for LSA arriving and departing traffic, the timetables for the two projects were not compatible to allow them to be implemented at the same time.  Instead, with the agreement of the CAA, it was concluded that, as an interim measure, the existing PDR’s from LSA that had been in place for many years should remain until the LAMP Phase 1a route structure within the LTMA had been finalised and an implementation schedule established. 

Accordingly, LSA is today launching this stage of the consultation process by publishing its Consultation Documents on the LSA website here.

The Consultation Documents detail why we believe SIDs are necessary, the design of the SIDs and their expected impact and the options that have been considered in reaching our conclusions.

The CAA specifies that the consultation should run for a minimum period of 12 weeks in order to allow time for you, or the organisation that you represent, to consider your response to the proposal.  In order to allow for the Easter holiday period and May Bank Holiday we are extending this to 13 weeks.  The consultation will therefore end on 27th May 2016.

You will find in the consultation document (Part C), details of how to submit your response to us, or how to contact us if you have any queries on the consultation document, or the consultation process itself.

Please note that even if you have no comment to make on the proposal we would appreciate a response to that effect.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Horne

Chief Operating Officer

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 (distributed 17 March 2016, effective 28 April 2016) however the SSR code will be available for use from 01 March 2016 and will therefore be activated by NOTAM.

CAA Information Notice IN-2016/017 refers.


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

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 organisation’s requirements apply.

You should read CAP1369 for full details.

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 permission charges contains these specific General Aviation Scheme proposed charges that are planned to be implemented with effect from 1 April 2016 so as to accommodate applications for the 2016 Air Display season. This consultation closes on 29 February 2016.

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 commercial importance. As the local newspaper we knew we could not just sit by and allow this to happen without a fight, so have launched a campaign spotlighting the many groups and individuals for whom this land plays a huge part in their lives. We accept that more housing is needed in this area, but is no land sacred? We believe it is."

The campaign started with two news items in the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald:

A campaign website has been set up and will be kept up to date. You may follow the campaign website here, or see the inset webpage below.

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 result of an air display in the UK since 1952, which made this accident all the more shocking.

The Shoreham accident remains the subject of ongoing Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and Sussex Police investigations and so it is not appropriate to speculate on the cause.

However, the CAA took a number of immediate steps, which related to the aircraft type involved and other ex-military jet aircraft but also included identifying enhanced risk assessment criteria for all future air displays.

The CAA frequently reviews all aspects of aviation safety, including safety at air displays. Our publication Flying displays and special events: A guide to safety and administrative arrangements has been updated many times since it was first published in 1973. The publication was extensively updated and rewritten in 2015 before the display season started.

But it is of course absolutely right that the CAA should now identify any opportunities for further improvements to public safety and has therefore established a further review to evaluate the current guidance, processes and regulations relating to UK civil air displays.

The aim is to assess whether it is possible to minimise further the risks associated with civil air displays in the UK. Last year we said that we would publish the review’s final report early in 2016 and we still intend to do that. However, it has become apparent that there are a number of enhancements that the CAA, air show organisers, and others should carry out before the start of the 2016 air display season. Accordingly, the CAA is publishing this action report. It is based on the same three core themes as the progress report:

  • air display location,
  • air display aircraft, and
  • air display people

The actions detailed in this report will give all those involved in the coming air display season advance notice of our intentions as we seek to enhance the safety provisions for UK air displays.

The restrictions the CAA put in place after the accident at Shoreham will remain until the AAIB publish its final report into the accident, at which point the CAA will review them based on the AAIB’s recommendations.

The full terms of reference for the review are at Annex A of this report and full details of the review, including the governance structure, are on the CAA website here.

In October 2015 the CAA published a brief progress report on the review. That report set out the progress made and explained the next steps that the CAA would be taking. A copy of that report can also be found by following the web link above.

CAP 1371 Summary:

Under the Air Navigation Order 2009, the organisers of any flying display must obtain permission from the CAA. The CAA considers a number of issues before
granting such permission, including details of the location and safety arrangements, information about the proposed display itself and proof of the competence of the Flying Display Director (FDD) and of display pilots.

To increase the safety of the public and further mitigate risks identified in the review, the CAA is either introducing additional requirements or formalising existing requirements covering:

  • the planning documentation that must be submitted to the CAA as part of a request for permission;
  • the competence and attitudes of FDDs;
  • the experience, skill and health of display pilots;
  • the role of Display Authorisation Examiners (DAEs).

Unless otherwise stated, these changes will take effect in time for the 2016 display season.

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.

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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