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New CAA Skyway Code a ‘one stop shop’ for safety rules and advice

PUBLISHED: 10:16 08 June 2017

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See the new guide from the CAA

The Civil Aviation Authority’s new online guide to private flying rules, regulations and best practice is now available free at www.caa.co.uk/skywaycode

From today GA pilots flying in the UK have a new guide for their pre-flight planning and virtual flight bag. The CAA’s Skyway Code is designed to provide private pilots with easy access to the key information they need.

The new Skyway Code online guide condenses the ‘must know’ information on UK GA flying into 150 pages of information and graphics in an easy to navigate PDF. Areas covered include:

Pilot responsibilities

Pre-flight checks and flight planning

Airspace rules and regulations

Using aerodromes

Risks and emergencies

Flying outside the UK

Links to useful safety and regulatory resources

The guide includes illustrations throughout and has been limited to key useful information. As well as covering the regulations it includes examples of radio phraseology, tables to work out crosswind components and ground marshalling signals.

Ed Bellamy of the CAA’s General Aviation Unit has overseen development of the code. He said: “We wanted the Skyway Code to be something that GA pilots, new or experienced, would find useful”. The guide will be updated annually with other key updates and amendments.

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