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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.

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. Where any UK examiner intends to conduct a skill test (for initial issue of a licence or rating) for a UK pilot licence holder or for any applicant wishing to apply for a UK issued pilot licence or rating, Information Notice IN-2016/004 applies.

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 IR' with the relevant date option
Questions 5 and 6 refer to IR and EIR instructors / examiners, so IR(R) / IMCR instructors / examiners should answer 'NO' (unless, of course, they also hold IR instructor or examiner privileges) as that will then enable them to answer supplementary questions 5a and 6a.

Under 'Any other comments', enter as applicable:

My replies to Question 2 refer to the UK Instrument Rating (Restricted).

(If applicable)  I also hold instructor and examiner privileges for the UK IR(R).

(If applicable)  Provided that the requirements are proportionate, I fully intend to upgrade to the Basic IR as outlined in the RMT.0677 Concept Paper.

(If applicable)  I intend to upgrade to the CB IR using credit for the IR(R).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilots who are under training for the IR(R) / IMCR: 
Question 3 - answer 'YES'
Question 3a-  leave blank
Under 'Any other comments', enter as applicable:

I am currently under training for the UK Instrument Rating (Restricted)

(If applicable)  Provided that the requirements are proportionate, I fully intend to upgrade to the Basic IR as outlined in the RMT.0677 Concept Paper.

(If applicable)  I intend to upgrade to the CB IR using credit for the IR(R).

 

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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

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 categories) and therefore you are encouraged to subscribe online and/or download the app to your mobile device through the SkyWise website

Mark Simmons
Airspace Specialist (Coordination)
Airspace, ATM & Aerodromes
Civil Aviation Authority

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Tel: 020 7453 6589

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 defendant’s fraud was uncovered in July 2014, when a CAA Balloon Inspector asked Mr Nimmo to confirm the insurance status of three of his balloons, and he submitted scanned copies of insurance certificates. 

When the CAA cross-referenced the certificates with the named insurance provider, it became clear a previous insurance policy had finished and the certificates had been forged.  As a result, Mr Nimmo’s AOC was suspended.

In November, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Mr Nimmo admitted three counts of 'knowingly providing the CAA with false insurance certificates', which is contrary to the Civil Aviation (Insurance) regulations 2005.

Appearing at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday December 10, 2015, Mr Nimmo, aged 60, of Steinhousemuir, Stirlingshire, Scotland, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay CAA costs of £21,898.58.

Alison Slater, CAA prosecutor, said: “It is essential for the protection and safety of passengers and the credibility of the hot air balloon industry that operators have the appropriate insurance in place. This was the first case to be brought using the Civil Aviation (Insurance) Regulations and the length of the sentence and substantial fine issued, shows the significance the courts place on this type of fraud. The CAA will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure aviation safety laws are fully complied with and this prosecution highlights how seriously we and the courts take such breaches.”
 

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 for all users” he said.

The PPR booking system will have a dedicated website for 24/7 access – www.bigginhillbooking.com or via a link on the airport’s website  www.bigginhillairport.com   

The website is already ‘live’ for the benefit of users although the PPR requirement is not mandatory until 1st January.

PPR requests must be filed on the system with a minimum notice of 30 minutes before arrival or departure.

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 for regulating the UK’s recreational flying.

 

This film aims to give the GA community a deeper understanding of Tony’s and his hard-working team’s efforts towards making the UK General Aviation – or GA - sector the envy of the world.
We wanted to make this film in order to clarify the GA Unit’s role, as well as dispel some of the misconceptions that the flying public has about it.

The Unit is the latest demonstration of the CAA’s determination to being a better regulator, reducing and improving our regulation of this key part of aviation in the UK. The GA unit is mainly involved in regulating the businesses that support private pilot sector However, as Tony explains, there is more to the ‘GA Unit’ then most realise.
More detail of the GA unit is available at http://www.caa.co.uk/ga

FITA is committed to opening horizons for people with disabilities so that they can fly higher socially, physically and professionally.

Regards,

Gautam Lewis
Director, Freedom in the Air, Community Interest Company Ltd
 

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