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Aviation policy and legislative development process

Our policy and legislative development process describes the steps involved in developing aviation legislation, certification specifications and other detailed specifications, acceptable means of compliance and guidance material.

The process has five stages:

  • Stage 1 - Capture drivers
  • Stage 2 - Define issue
  • Stage 3 - Policy development
  • Stage 4 - Delivery policy
  • Stage 5 - Review policy

UK aviation safety policy and legislative change tracker

All projects that are mandated by the joint DfT/CAA Sponsorship Board appear in this tracker which sets out the status of each project, the means by which stakeholders will be consulted and links to relevant documentation (consultation documents, opinion and instruction documents, legislative or guidance outputs and consolidated legislation).

0123/0123A Requirement for balloon and sailplane pilot licences to convert from national licence inconsistent with current strategy (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0123/0123A Requirement for balloon and sailplane pilot licences to convert from national licence inconsistent with current strategy.  Postpone requirement until review of approach is carried out. Government policy (resulting from engagement with stakeholders) that now that the UK has left the EU and EASA, there will be a review of GA FCL licensing to rationalise and simplify where possible. The purpose of the change is to facilitate that review and not require anyone to change or convert their license while the review is on-going

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force on 20 November 2021.

Supplemental Opinion and Instruction Document to extend derogation to holders of licences and certificates issued after 8 April 2020.

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

Sailplanes | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Balloons | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0123

Supplemental Opinion and Instruction Document - 0123A

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0120/0120A Amending requirements for flight crew competence and training methods and reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0120/0120A Amending requirements for flight crew competence and training methods and reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation.  Implement UK (EU) Reg No 2020/2193, updating the UK (EU) Reg No 1178/2011 (the Aircrew Regulation).   Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction documents.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force on 20 November 2021.

UK AMC/GM related to the amendments under development.

Supplemental Opinion and Instruction Document to remove redundant clauses relating to basic instrument rating  

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

Aircrew | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0120

Supplemental Opinion and Instruction Document - 0120A

 

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0032(a) Repeal and replacement of aeronautical data quality requirements and introduction of new SNOWTAM format (Amended on 28 October 2021)

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0032(a) Repeal and replacement of aeronautical data quality requirements and introduction of new SNOWTAM format  Amend IR as required. Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force as follows:

  • 20 November 2021 (generally);
  • 27 January 2022 (Regulation (2) - repeal of the ADQ Regulation).

 

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

ATM/ANS interoperability | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

ATM/ANS provision of services | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0032(a)
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0032(b) Introduction of enhanced global reporting format (“GRF”) for reporting runway surface conditions and new aeronautical data quality requirements for aerodrome operators (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0032(b) Introduction of enhanced global reporting format (“GRF”) for reporting runway surface conditions and new aeronautical data quality requirements for aerodrome operators. Amend IR as required. Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force as follows:

  • 20 November 2021 (generally);
  • 27 January 2022 (Regulations 14, 15(2) and 15(3) - ADQ requirements).

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

ADR Aerodromes | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0032(b)

 

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0007 To introduce technical and administrative requirements for ramp inspections, alcohol testing, psychoactive substances and support programme (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0007 To introduce technical and administrative requirements for ramp inspections, alcohol testing, psychoactive substances and support programme Amend UK (EU) Reg No 2018/1042 as required. Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force as follows:

  • 20 November 2021 (generally);
  • 16 February 2022 (Regulation 11(2)(c) - support programme requirements)

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

Air Operations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0007

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0006 Completing implementation of new requirements regarding safety margins for approach and landing performance conditions (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0006 Completing implementation of new requirements regarding safety margins for approach and landing performance conditions. Amend UK (EU) Reg No 2019/1387 as required. Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force on 20 November 2021.

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

Air Operations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0006

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0005 Mitigating the risk of: uncontained in-flight fire; corrosion and fatigue in aircraft; and runway excursions (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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Mitigating the risk of: uncontained in-flight fire; corrosion and fatigue in aircraft; and runway excursions.

Amend UK (EU) Reg No 1321/2014 and UK (EU) Reg No 2015/640 Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.  

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force as follows:

  • 20 November 2021 (generally);
  • 26 August 2023 (Regulation 21(5)  - cargo compartment requirements).

 

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

Continuing Airworthiness | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Additional Airworthiness | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0005

 

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0004 Unmanned Aircraft - Registration and Remote Pilot competency requirements for Control Line Model Aeroplane Flights (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0004 Unmanned Aircraft - Registration and Remote Pilot Competency Requirements for Control Line Model Aeroplane Flights. Amend UAS IR. Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document.

Stage 5 - Statutory Instrument published 28 October 2021, came into force on 20 November 2021.

The Aviation Safety (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

Details of amended law

UAS | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0004

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0122 Article 96(7) Space (Commercial Rockets) is redundant (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0122 Article 96(7) Space (Commercial Rockets) is redundant. Remove redundant provision. Administrative - no reason to consult. Stage 5 - ANO Order in July 2021

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0130 The new Space Industry Act requires various changes to be made to Article 96 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) (updated un 17 December 2021)

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0130 The new Space Industry Act requires various changes to be made to Article 96 of the ANO.   Remove some requirements. Restrictions on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) use near space sites and introducing new requirements on safety cases and insurance in relation to rocket launches. Amendments consequential to the Space Industry Act - no reason to consult. Stage 5 - ANO Order in July 2021

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

 

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0116 Notification of construction (or dismantling) of obstacles over 100m above ground level (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0116 Notification of construction (or dismantling) of obstacles over 100m above ground level. Amend ANO to make it mandatory to report en-route obstacles as per SR-FS-014. Direct engagement with impacted stakeholder groups. Stage 5 - ANO Order in July 2021

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0030 Pilot medical self-declarations (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0030 Pilot medical self-declarations Amend article 162 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) to allow self-declaration of medical fitness where appropriate. Related consultation conducted in 2014 (see CAA CAP1284). Consultation results in CAA CAP1397. Stage 5 - ANO Order in July 2021

CAP1284

CAP1397

Article 162 of the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0026 Enabling 600kg microlights (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0026 Enabling 600kg microlights. Take up the provision at Article 2(8) of UK Basic Regulation to bring factory-built aeroplanes into the scope of the ANO, and to regulate them as microlights. Public consultation of our proposals in autumn 2019. CAA CAP1920 details the results. Stage 5 - ANO Order in July 2021

CAP1845, Consultation: Bringing new light aircraft between 450-600kg under national regulation

CAA CAP1920

The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)
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0119 Continued issue of the IR(R) Rating in lieu of BIR (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0119 Continued issue of the IR(R) Rating in lieu of BIR. Remove date 8th September 2021 from Article 4(8) to allow the continued issuing of the IR(R) on UK Part-FCL Licences. DfT led change Stage 5 - SI laid May 2021

SI 2021 No. 614 - 20/5/2021

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0003 VMC conditions in Class D airspace (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0003 VMC conditions in Class D airspace. Provide a definition for the term 'with the surface in sight' and to amend the rules on distance from cloud when aircraft are flying using visual flight rules (VFR) in classes D, F and G airspace. DfT led change Stage 5 - SI laid January 2021

SI 2021 No. 10 - 07/01/2021

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0002 Medical self-declaration of General Aviation (GA) pilots (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0002 Medical self-declaration of GA pilots Permit the use of a medical self-declaration to operate certain UK-registered Part-21 aircraft (as that term is defined in the Air Navigation Order 2016) in the United Kingdom. DfT led change Stage 5 - SI laid January 2021

SI 2021 No. 10 - 07/01/2021

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0001 Minimum age for drone pilots (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0001 Minimum age for drone pilots Remove the minimum age for remote pilots operating unmanned aircraft systems. DfT led chhange Stage 5 - SI laid January 2021

SI 2021 No. 10 - 07/01/2021

UK regulations | Civil Aviation Authority (caa.co.uk)

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0128 Addition of pre-defined risk assessments (PDRAs) (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0128 Addition of pre-defined risk assessments (PDRAs)  

Amend regulation 2019/947 (UAS) and AMC/GM for the creation and use of PDRAs within the UK.

Consultation already complete as per Opinion and Instruction document. Stage 3 - CAA policy development complete and contained in the Opinion and Instruction Document. Legislation development ongoing with Department for Transport

Opinion and Instruction Document - 0128

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0029 Sharing of the direct costs of a flight (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0029 Sharing of the direct costs of a flight

Amend the current rules around cost share flying to effectively mitigate the risks associated with this form of aviation, while maximising the benefits these flights provide. 

Consultation commenced on 1 December 2021. Consultation closes on 12 January 2022

Stage 3 - CAA policy development ongoing. Consultation underway. 

Consultation:  UK Cost Shared Flights 

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0027 Permit to Fly Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) Approvals and Operation of CAP632 Ex-military Aircraft (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0027 Permit to Fly Safety Standards Acknowledgement and Consent (SSAC) Approvals and Operation of CAP632 Ex-military Aircraft Amendments to Articles 16 and 42 of the ANO. No impact on industry therefore no consultation required. Stage 3 - CAA Policy development ongoing.

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0022 Safety Management System (SMS) (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0022 Safety Management System (SMS)  

The implementation of ICAO Annex 19 amendment 1.

  Stage 3 - CAA Policy development ongoing.

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0019 Introduction of Cyber Security Regulation (Updated on 17 December 2021)

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0019 Introduction of Cyber Security Regulation   Protection of the aviation system from cyberattacks and their consequences.   Stage 3 - CAA Policy development ongoing.

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