Airspace News

Skyguardian Temporary Danger Areas

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Following a period of engagement with airspace stakeholders, the MoD has submitted a proposal for two TDA’s this summer to protect Skyguardian RPAS operations at Waddington and Lossiemouth. The original TDA designs had a similar footprint to a CTR. The designs submitted to the CAA have a MATZ sized footprint….

TRA(G) exemption renewed

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The CAA exemption that permits non-transponder access to Temporary Reserved Areas (Gliding) has been renewed. The exemption can be viewed here.

NSGA temporary exemption renewed

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The CAA has renewed its temporary exemption that permits a pilot in command of any glider or self-launching motor glider to fly in airspace notified as Non-SSR Gliding Area (NSGA) without carrying and operating Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) transponder equipment. The temporary exemption can be viewed here.

Joint position on future UK airspace published

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The GA Alliance has alongside several other stakeholder organisations published a joint position on future UK airspace. You can find the joint position statement here.  

Oxford Airport and RAF Brize Norton ACPs - CAA decision

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The CAA has considered the submitted material and has decided not to approve the Oxford Airport ACP and not to approve the RAF Brize Norton ACP. The CAA’s decision letter for the Oxford ACP is available here. The CAA’s decision letter for the RAF Brize Norton ACP is available here.

Proposed Temporary Danger Areas - RPAS activity at RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth

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On the 9th February 2021, the BGA and several GA Alliance and gliding club representatives attended a QinetiQ/RAF engagement on plans to implement two Temporary Danger Areas (TDA’s) during summer 2021. The TDA’s are subject to an abbreviated Airspace Change Procedure under CAP1616. The proposed size of each TDA is…

Southampton airport closed on weekends

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Southampton airport has advised that Saturday and Sunday operations will stop completely on a temporary basis beginning this Saturday. All airfield and terminal operations will be closed from Saturday 6 February until and inclusive of Sunday 7 March. Steve Szalay, operations director at Southampton Airport, said: ‚ÄúThis is a decision…

CAA Airspace Classification Review Update

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The CAA has published an update re the Airspace Classification Review that was consulted on during 2020. The CAA report that they ‘have identified 55 distinct airspace volumes from the consultation responses received in March last year. All airspace volumes, and their supporting commentary, are in the process of being…

BGA responds to proposed changes to CAA RMZ/TMZ policy

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The objective of a RMZ/TMZ is to enhance the conspicuity of aircraft operating within, or in the vicinity of, complex, busy or otherwise unprotected airspace, in order to maintain a balance between safe, efficient operations and fair, equitable access for all airspace users. The BGA is one of several airspace…

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