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Implementing Rules for the Basic Instrument Rating (BIR)

Implementing Rules for the Basic Instrument Rating (BIR) The Implementing Rules for the Basic Instrument Rating (BIR) have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Easier access for GA pilots to Instrument Flying Rules (IFR) flying is considered a high-priority measure that will improve the safety and…

Changes to General Aviation pilot medical self-declarations

Changes to General Aviation pilot medical self-declarations The current exemption that allows General Aviation (GA) pilots to self-declare their medical fitness expires on Wednesday 8 April 2020. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is therefore advising affected pilots to act now to be able to continue flying legally after that date.…

Private GA in the UK has acceptable Safety Performance

Private GA in the UK has acceptable Safety Performance A new independent review commissioned and funded by the Department for Transport, to assess the current level of risk to private pilots, their passengers and third parties has concluded that the current safety performance of recreational General Aviation (GA) in the…

UK to revert to international rules on visual flight in Class D

UK to revert to international rules on visual flight in Class D airspace after exemption expires From 26 March 2020 the UK’s exemption from the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) covering visibility and distances from cloud in Class D airspace for pilots flying under Visual Flight Rules (VFR)…

Preventing airspace infringements around Farnborough (Revised) Controlled Airspace

Preventing airspace infringements around Farnborough (Revised) Controlled Airspace This update has been written to provide a comprehensive guide to the Class D and Class E Farnborough controlled airspace which become effective on 27 February 2020. It follows the format of the other narratives that focus on identified ‘hot-spots’ to help…

Expiry of SERA exemption covering VFR flights in Class D airspace

Expiry of SERA exemption covering VFR flights in Class D airspace A Supplementary Instruction (SI) has been published to remind air traffic service providers that Official Record Series (ORS) 4 General Exemption No. 1312 is planned to expire at 2359 UTC on 25 March 2020. From 26 March 2020 the…

Amendment to Professional Pilot Examinations effective from 4 May 2020

Amendment to Professional Pilot Examinations effective from 4 May 2020 All training providers and student professional pilots should be aware that the CAA is updating its examination system, for professional in both fixed and rotary wing disciplines. To take a flight crew exam you will need to register on the…

Hans Gutmann Tourist Rally 2020

Hans Gutmann Tourist Rally 2020 The 9th Memorial Hans Gutmann Tourist Rally Flight is scheduled to take place from 19th to 29th June 2020. The planned route, which is subject to change, is: Gathering point: Andorra (LESU) Portugal: Santa Cruz (LPSC) Gibraltar (LXGB) Morocco: Casablanca (GMNN) and Fes (GMFF) Spain:…

£2m new funding allocated to support local airfields

£2m new funding allocated to support local airfields On Wednesday 12th February Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard launched the Airfield Development Fund, which will increase support for airfield owners, operators, local councils and associated businesses, helping them upskill, thrive and grow. The Airfield Development Fund will provide commercial expertise support to…

Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 infringement ‘hot spot’

Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5 infringement ‘hot spot’ The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series sets out advice from the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team, Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control on how to avoid airspace infringements when flying around, or under, Solent CTA-3 and CTA-5.

GASCo “Safety in the City” @ Hayward Aviation 20th February 2020

GASCo “Safety in the City” @ Hayward Aviation 20th February 2020 Hayward Aviation is hosting a GASCo “Safety in the City” event on Thursday 20th February 2020 Led by the highly experienced GASCo Regional Safety Officers, the theme for the 2020 Safety In the City event will be : Airspace…

Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace

Infringement hot-spots: East Midlands Controlled Airspace The latest narrative in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known 'hot-spots' focuses on preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of East Midlands. It has been written by members of the Midlands LAIT including East Midlands ATC and operators at Nottingham Aerodrome.
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