CAA CAP 1096 Guidance for Crane Users and Associated CPA TIN

CAA CAP1096 Update – September 2021

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have released updated information (1 September 2021) regarding notification for the use of cranes. Full details can be found here

Notification of Cranes Higher than 100m

The CAA have announced that from the 6th of September 2021, crane users must notify them of any crane that is above 100m above ground level, regardless of proximity to aerodromes or height of surrounding structures or trees.

All notifications should be sent to the CAA by email to: arops@caa.co.uk using form DAP 1924

The notification should include the following details for each crane:

• the crane's precise location;

• an accurate maximum height;

• start and completion dates.

Crane activity near an aerodrome In addition to the above, users must comply with the existing requirement and notify where a crane is to be used within 6 km of an aerodrome/airfield and its height exceeds 10m or that of surrounding structures or trees, if higher. The notification should be sent to the aerodrome/airfield safeguarding team.

A list of aerodromes/airfields is provided at:  Trial Crane Notification Areas - 6km

Notification should be made using form DAP 1924

Trial with Industry

The CAA identified during the first trial a significant uplift in the number of notifications being made by crane users. They have confirmed that the volume of notifications was such that the trial had to be prematurely halted as they did not have sufficient resources available to process the notifications. Going forward, they have announced plans to move to an automated notification system that will be less resource-dependent.

The CAA have confirmed their intention to proceed with a second trial with a small number of invited crane users to test and assess the notification to the CAA of all cranes higher that 10 m or that of the surrounding structures or trees, irrespective of distance from aerodromes/airfields. This trial is designed to test the ability of the CAA to handle the notifications. This trial is expected to commence on 1st October 2021 and run through to April 2022.

The CAA will be contacting organisations who participated in the 1st trial to participate in the 2nd trial. Consultation with Industry Groups The CAA have confirmed that they will continue to work with Industry Groups, including the CPA, to improve the guidance to crane users regarding the notification process and seek feedback from crane users.

Update 1 May 2021

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) were intending to publish a revised, more stringent version of their guidance CAP1096: Guidance to crane users on the crane notification process and obstacle lighting and marking on the crane notification process and obstacle lighting and marking. Publication and enactment has been delayed a number of times whilst both CPA, their Members and others from the contracting sector hold discussions with the CAA on the effect of their implementation, with the last proposed publication date scheduled for 31 May 2021 and the new requirements enacted.

The CAA deferred their implementation date and that full implementation of the new changes will now NOT occur to all crane notifications that fall into scope until 1 April 2022 at the earliest.

The 2020/21 version of CAP 1096 is currently under trial as follows:

  • Phase 1 Stage A - 1st Trial - 1 October 2020 to 31 May 2021
  • Stage B - Trial Reflection– 1 June 2021 to 30 September 2021
  • Phase 2 Stage A - 2nd Trial - 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022
  • Stage B – Confirmation of Readiness – Q1/Q2 2022
  • Phase 3 Planned Implementation which will occur not earlier than 1 April 2022.

This time frame will be informed from the implementation plan established in Phase 2, Stage B. In the meantime, crane uses NOT involved in the trial are advised to follow the notification requirements described within CPA Technical Information Notice (TIN) 039C. This can be downloaded below