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CAA To Change Night Flying Rules


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today announced a change to night flying regulations which will allow aircraft to operate under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) in the hours of darkness. Currently, all civil aircraft flying at night in the UK must comply with Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) but, from the 8 June 2012, this requirement will be removed allowing pilots to decide whether to fly VFR or IFR.


Visual Flight Rules are an internationally agreed standard set of operating rules designed to help prevent collisions between aircraft and the ground by ensuring that pilots fly in weather conditions that enable them to see a potential collision and take action to avoid it. Instrument Flight Rules are a more restrictive set of internationally agreed operating rules which include additional measures to help prevent collisions between aircraft particularly when flying in weather conditions where pilots may not be able to see other aircraft or obstacles (such as in cloud or poor visibility) and in areas with high volumes of traffic.


The changes are being made to take into account new and emerging European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations for pilot licensing and rules of the air. The CAA said that the change will be an improvement on the current night IFR requirements which are unique to the UK and not fully understood by all pilots, especially those visiting from overseas.


The CAA said that most of the requirements for VFR at night are similar to the existing Instrument Flight Rules, so UK pilots will be able to continue flying at night as normal provided they hold a valid Night Rating or Qualification. Pilots who hold an Instrument Rating or IMC Rating will continue to have the choice of flying IFR at night. A comparison chart highlighting the differences between the new VFR and existing IFR requirements, is availble for download (see page 8).


The CAA has also published a Safety Notice (2012/007) with the full details. Feedback from stakeholders is welcomed, contact



For further media information contact the CAA Press Office on: 0207 453 6030 .


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BPPA Precision Flying 2012


BPPA Precision Flying 2012

The date for the 2012 BPPA Precision flying event has been set.

The date is a must for any Plane Enthusiasts diary. June 23/24, 2012 will see the return of the hugely popular BPPA Precision Flying Event.


BPPA Flying Queries:

All inquiries on the event can be passed to Malcolm Evans. Details on how to do this can be found here: BPPA Precision Flying


It’s a good day for not only the pilots taking part in the well organised event but weather permitting a great chance to see a busy airport and to watch many aircraft taking part in various challenges.


Haverfordwest New Police ASU Plane


Dyfed Powys Police could be getting a new police plane with the National Police Air Service.

Haverfordwest airport is the front runner to be home to a new Dyfed- Powys Police plane as part of controversial moves that could see the current force helicopter phased out.

Outlining plans for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) last week, Policing Minister Nick Herbert announced the reduction in police aircraft across the UK from 32 to 22 and the number of bases from 30 to 24, saving some £15million.

The Dyfed-Powys helicopter will continue to operate for two years from Pembrey, while a fixed wing aircraft pilot is carried out.

Haverfordwest is earmarked as a possible home for the new aircraft if the pilot is successful.

A briefing document says Pembrey is not suitable for a fixed wing aircraft therefore another base will have to be found for the trial and, potentially, the long term.

It adds: “Haverfordwest appears to the NPAS team to be the most suitable location for such a base from which to give 24-hour coverage for Dyfed-Powys, including Pembrokeshire.”

The document outlines the advantages of a fixed wing aircraft including longer range and flying hours, but notes the limitations of being less flexible in terms of landing.

Preseli Pembrokeshire MP Stephen Crabb said he was delighted Haverfordwest had been highlighted but said there was a lot of detail for Dyfed- Powys Police to work out.

“The airport in Haverfordwest is currently under utilised and it is well suited as a base for this type of service.

“Keeping police officers on the beat in our communities is the priority and I welcome any savings that can make this happen.”

But a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said the announcement raised concerns regarding the amount of coverage provided and highlighted that £1.52million had recently been spent on the base at Pembrey.

Article from Milford Mercury

New Danger Area D202 Aberporth


New Danger Area D202 Aberporth

19:00 Thursday 26th January 2012

Pembrokeshire Flying Club will be hosting briefing evening to gain a better understanding of the new D202 range airspace and associated Aberporth Nats services. Dave Jackson from Nats will give the presentation It is anticipated that weekend usage will start in the coming spring and it will be to everybody’s advantage to gain a better understanding of what this involves and the services available.

Please advise John Fisher of Pembs Flying club of  your attendance. Details on how to do this are here:

*Edit* 19.01.11.

D202 NATS meeting now in Welsh Spitfire Museum.

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