UK CAA consulting on vertiport network
Feb13

UK CAA consulting on vertiport network

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a consultation on design proposals for vertiports at existing aerodromes, paving the way for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft operations in the UK. Vertiports are sites used for the arrival, departure, and surface movement of VTOL aircraft and the CAA says the creation of a network to connect communities by air will be possible with the introduction of this...

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UK CAA publishes new Safety Sense Leaflet
Jan17

UK CAA publishes new Safety Sense Leaflet

This month the UK Civil Aviation Authority  (CAA) has issued its latest Safety Sense Leaflet (SSL) for the general aviation community, providing a guide on occurrence reporting. The CAA advises that reporting is an important element of improving aviation safety and is often a legal requirement. Occurrence reports are submitted to the UK CAA via the ECCAIRS portal. The CAA reviews reports and determines if any follow up action is...

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UK CAA permits limited  flight training in PtF  aircraft
Nov29

UK CAA permits limited flight training in PtF aircraft

The UK CAA has enacted a General Permission to allow certain types of flight training on UK National Permit to Fly aircraft. Flight schools are now permitted to provide limited flight training in UK National Permit to Fly (PtF) aircraft as long as the individual under training already holds a pilot licence in the same aircraft category. Ab initio training is therefore not permitted under this General Permission, although can be...

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Threatened Industrial Action Results in Increased Pay for CAA Staff
Oct02

Threatened Industrial Action Results in Increased Pay for CAA Staff

It seems that strike action at the UK Civil Aviation Authority has been averted for the time being after negotiations between trade union Prospect and the CAA board resulted in an increased pay offer from that previously proposed. Last month, FTN reported that staff members at the CAA were being balloted on industrial action over pay. The call for strike action was a first for the UK’s aviation regulator. The CAA had previously...

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Industry calls on government to enact student funding protection
Jun23

Industry calls on government to enact student funding protection

Industry associations are calling on government to enact financial protection measures to prevent students from losing their training investment in the event of a flying school folding. Following the recent demise of two large Approved Training Organisations (ATOs), Tayside Aviation and FTA-Global, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA), Bristol Groundschool, Wings Alliance and Seager Publishing have written a joint letter to...

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