These are my personal revision notes that I used when I took the Air Law exam for NPPL(M), they may therefore not be 100% in either accuracy or breadth, please always defer to you instructor or their recommended text.
UK Body – CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)
ANO – Air Navigation Order, Pilots MUST conform to these.
MTOW (Maximum Take Off Weight)
2 Seats – 450Kg, 475.2Kg with airframe mounted parachute, 495Kg float plane.
Single Seat - 300Kg, 315Kg with airframe mounted parachute, 330Kg float plane.
Stall speed in landing configuration not exceeding 35Kt.
SSDR – Single Seat Deregulated
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Must be registered with CAA.
Must display allocated letters.
3 Categories – Type Approved (all after 1 Jan 1984), Type Accepted & Amateur Built.
Validation Of Air Worthiness
Permit to fly annually.
Check flight must be carried out within 2 month of inspection.
Application to the BMAA within 30 days of check flight.
Re validation to be completed before legal flight can take place.
Medical declaration allows you to go solo but not to carry passengers.
Period of validity
Up to and including 44 years of age until 45th birthday or 5 years whichever is longer.
45 – 59 5 years
60 – 64 until 65th birthday or 1 year whichever is longer
65+ 1 year
Although existing medical options will still remain available. The new medical requirements for pilots are:
The same standard as that required to hold a DVLA Group 1 Ordinary Driving Licence.
Pilots under 70 will need to make the declaration once while pilots over 70 must confirm their declaration every three years.
Microlight (M) and powered parachute (PP)
NPPL(M) Restricted – 15 hours instruction 7 of which must be solo, solo hours must be within 9 months of date of application for your licences.
GST (General Skills Test) within 9 months of date of application for your licences.
Exam: Air Law (normally taken before first Solo), Aeroplane Technical, Human Performance Limitations, Navigation & Meteorology. All within 2 years (books say 1 year but this has been changed).
Cloud base greater than 1,000ft, +10Km visibility, within 8Nm of take-off point.
No passengers until 25 hours logged, 10 must be PIC (Pilot in command) and must be endorsed by examiner/instructor.
NPPL(M) Unrestricted – As per restricted but with additional 10 hours of which 5 must be navigation training (min 3 hours solo), during navigation 2 solos cross counties min 40 Nm, different routes, 2 landings (one per cross county) min 15Nm away from take-off.
Navigation within 9 months of license application.
Keeping Your License Valid
Class rating e.g. Microlight (M) valid for 24 months
12 hours within 24 months
8 hours must be as PIC
1 hour instruction
6 off the above hours within 12 months of the date of the license renewal
IF above not met - Retake GST
Always clear of cloud and insight of land
In flight visibility not less than 3Km
Visibility not less than 5Km
Never less than 1,500m horizontally from cloud.
Never less than 1,000ft vertically from cloud.
Above 10,000ft other rules apply (most microlights shouldn’t fly at this altitude).
PTF (Permit To Fly) may place greater restrictions on the aeroplane.
- No public transportation or aerial work
- Can’t fly over an assembly of people (however can fly over a built up area subject to height)
- No Aerobatics (Max 60° turns, stall for practice are both allowed).
- No Night flying.
Personal Flying Log Book
Must be kept for minimum of 2 years after last flight.
Must record all flights as crew or made for the purpose of renewing a licences.
Hours count from when the aeroplane moves under own power to engine off.
Must record: Date, aircraft type, reg number, name of PIC or status if not PIC (e.g. PUT), place of departure, time of departure, place of arrival (or local), time of arrival, total hours and activity (e.g. exercise number).
Airworthiness Log Book
Airframe and engine, all incidents, flying hours, engine hours, inspections and maintenance.
Must be logged within 7 days
Radio Telephony Licences
While training students are exempt from this licence which needs to be taken to operate a radio once qualified.
UK Air Space
FIR (Flight Information Regions) London & Scottish
Above FL245 (24,500ft) UFIR (Upper FIR)
All air space is either controlled or uncontrolled
CTR – Control Zone, Surface to altitude QNH or FL
CTA – Control Area, from a QNH or FL up to a specified FL
Airway – corridor 5NM either side of a centre line joining two places.
TMA – Terminal Manoeuvring Area, area around large airport.
Must be filed if crossing a border
Advised to file if flying more than 15nm out to sea.
ATZ Aerodrome Traffic Zone
Extends 2,000ft above QFE (ground level).
2nm radius from centre of longest runway or 2.5nm if runway is over 1850m.
Cannot entre ATZ without permission (Radio or phone BEFORE entering)
MATZ Military Aerodrome Traffic Zone
Extends to 3,000ft above QFE
5NM of centre of longest runway.
Panhandle extending area 1,000 – 3,000ft 4nm wide 5NM long.
MATZ have no power but DON’T enter without permission for your own safety.
Low flying in UK normally takes place by RAF between 250 - 500ft but can be up to 2,000ft.
General flying rules
Stay at least 500ft clear of people (not height distance from), vessels, vehicles and structures. Exceptions; take-off and landings, gliders who are slope soaring and at a performance.
Do not overfly a built up area below a height that would allow you to glide clear. Must be at least 1,000ft above fixed objects with a 600m horizontal clearance.
Assembly of 1,000 or more people, must be over 1,000ft or must be able to glide clear whichever is greater.
Collision Avoidance In The Air
Aeroplanes give way to airships, gliders and balloons.
Must not pass over, under or cut across until well clear.
Two converging aeroplanes the one on the right is in the right. Unless the other aeroplane is towing.
Approaching another aeroplane head-on both to turn to the right.
Over taking move to the right.
Note Gliders may turn in either direction!
When following a feature on the ground it is to be kept on your left.
An aeroplane on final has priority
If two aeroplanes are landing at the same time the lower one has priority. But must not be cutting in.
Where you are aware another aeroplane is making an emergency landing you MUST give way.
On the ground
Aeroplanes on the ground must give way to those in the air.
Aeroplanes have right of way of vehicles.
When taxiing head-on both turn to the right.
Two converging aeroplanes the one on the right is in the right.
When overtaking turn to the left and keep clear.
Signals (See pdf of flash cards)
Print double sided flipped on vertical edge (default double sided on my Epson printer). Once you are happy it will print ok I printed it on photo paper and then cut them out and they made good flashcards. Air Law flash cards - signals double sided
Air Light Beacons – identification beacon flash 2 letter Morse every 12 seconds, Green if civil red in military.
Aerodrome beacon – alternating colour normally green/red at night or low visibility.
Obstructions in airspace - Must be lit if over 500ft, maybe lit if between 300 – 500 ft.
Flying displays – Need Display Pilot Authorisation from CAA CAP403
Anyone killed or seriously injured while in or in direct contact.
Aircraft has structural damage or failures that impact its flying strength. Performance, or needs major repairs.
If the aircraft is missing.
Engine and engine accessory failures are not notifiable. Neither are damage to propellers, wing tips, tyres, brakes, small dents and punctures to skin of the aircraft.
AirProx - All must be reported as soon as possible e.g. radio to Air traffic service at time if possible.
Dropping things – nothing may be dropped out of an aircraft.
Changes to Aircraft- not allowed unless certified by CAA or manufacture.
Alcohol – 1 unit takes 1 hour to leave the body. Limit 20mg blood, 9 micro grams breath, 27mg urine all per 100ml.
Commercial use – No commercial use of a microlight is allowed other than for instruction.
Charity Flights – Flights may not be offered as a prize. Any money raised by a flight, 100% goes to the charity or not allowed.
Reward – Pilot may split the cost of a flight 50% - 50% with it passenger but no more.