CAA SkyWise on Airspace Change
Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan
As part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan for short.
We are seeking your views on the criteria that the CAA will use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy.
See our public engagement exercise consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/airspace-change-masterplan-criteria for more information and respond online before 27 March 2020.
Dated: February 2020
Kemble CAS(T) Airspace Trial: 22 February 2020
On 22 February 2020, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will establish Controlled Airspace (Temporary) (CAS(T)) for a flight operating from Kemble Aerodrome (EGBP).
Whilst CAS(T) has been established at Kemble in the past. The CAS(T) structure has been redesigned to help minimise the impact on other airspace users. This new design will be trialled this weekend.
The airspace comprises one CTR and two CTAs to allow the flight from Kemble to join controlled airspace. The airspace will be notified as Class D by NOTAM B0345/20, B0346/20 and B0350/20.
Kemble CTR and CTA 1 and 2
Kemble CTR and CTA 1 to show the lower levels of the controlled airspace
The rules for flight in this CAS(T) are the same as for permanent Class D airspace. A clearance to enter is required from the controlling authority, in this case RAF Brize Norton ATSU, therefore pilots must remain outside controlled airspace until a clearance to enter has been issued.
The introduction of this CAS(T) has been exempt from the Airspace Change Process as set out in CAP1616.
Dated: February 2020
Post Implementation Review of Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes airspace change proposal
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has now completed a thorough review of changes made in 2015 to Luton Airport’s Runway 26 departure routes. We have assessed these changes against the original objectives of the airspace change proposal. This review concludes that the airspace change has been implemented and is operating as expected. This report marks the end of this airspace change request.
The report can be accessed through the following link: Report of the CAA’s Post Implementation Review of London Luton Airport’s Airspace Change Proposal – Runway 26 Brookmans Park RNAV-1 Standard Instrument Departure Procedures.
Dated: February 2020
CAP 1616 guidance: 3rd edition published
On 22 January 2020, the CAA published an updated third edition of CAP 1616, Airspace Change: Guidance on the regulatory process for changing the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air traffic, and on providing airspace information.
The third edition is available on our website. It incorporates:
a new decision-making process for PPR proposals – a Planned and Permanent Redistribution of air traffic through a change in air traffic control operational procedure
an additional case (airspace reclassification) where the Secretary of State can call-in an airspace change proposal
updating references and improving clarity or consistency.
Dated: January 2020
Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent: Post implementation review published
The CAA has completed the post implementation review (PIR) of the Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent airspace change proposal. As a result of our analysis, the CAA has concluded that the Establishment of an Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) at Lee-On-Solent PIR does show that the proposal has been implemented and operated as expected.
Dated: November 2019
Predannack Airfield ACP Decision
ACP Decision Letter approving the implementation of a new Danger Area at Predannack Airfield and another linking this to the South Coast Exercise Areas for the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Dated: May 2019
Airspace Modernisation Strategy
We have today launched our new Airspace Modernisation Strategy that initiates the major overhaul of a key piece of national infrastructure. The Airspace Modernisation Strategy sets out a new shared objective between the Civil Aviation Authority and the Government for modernising airspace which is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys.
Find more information on the AMS pages on the CAA website.
Dated: December 2018