The UK is to revert to previous rules for visibility and distance from cloud for flying in visual meteorological conditions, the CAA has said.
From 20 May 2021, the UK will revert to the rules on flight visibility and distance from cloud in Class D airspace that existed up to 26 March 2020.
The changes to the visual meteorological conditions (VMC) minima will apply to aircraft flying within the UK in Class D, F and G airspace.
Class D, F and G VMC requirements
From 20 May 2021, pilots will be deemed to have complied with the requirements of SERA.5001 when operating at or below 3,000 ft AMSL, or 1,000 ft above terrain, whichever is the higher, if they are flying:
Within Class D airspace:
a) During day only b) Indicated airspeed of 140kt or less c) Remains clear of cloud with the surface in sight and;
(i) For aircraft other than helicopters, with a flight visibility of at least 5km;
(ii)For helicopters, with a flight visibility of at least 1,500 metres.
Within Class F and G airspace:
a) During day only b) Indicated airspeed of 140kt or less c) For all aircraft, with a flight visibility of at least 1,500m.
Manchester Low-Level Route (LLR)
Procedures applicable to the Manchester LLR are being reviewed in light of the amendment to SERA.5001 Table S5-1 and the modification to the VMC visibility and distance from cloud minima in class D airspace.
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