Airspace News

Exemption re transponder carriage in designated areas between FL100 and FL195

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The CAA has recently published an exemption for gliders and self-launching motor gliders from the carriage of a Secondary Surveillance Radar transponder with the capability and functionality prescribed for Mode S Elementary Surveillance for specified designated areas in the UK between FL100 and FL195. This exemption is of limited duration…

Airspace classification review consultation

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Following on from the previously reported Kirkhope Inquiry into Lower Airspace, which highlighted many of the challenges associated with unnecessarily restricted lower airspace, the Govt has directed the CAA to regularly review airspace classifications including consultation with airspace users, and where appropriate amend the classification using (new) procedures to be…

CAA update re ADS-B electronic conspicuity for GA aircraft

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In 2017 the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed that ADS-B using 1090 MHz is its preferred national system to improve electronic conspicuity for general aviation. The CAA has recently noted that ‘ideally this will be achieved through transponders, although other devices can be integrated and interoperable with the CAA’s final strategic…

Sywell GNSS approach ACP

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The CAA has issued its decision on the Sywell airfield GNSS approach ACP. You can view the CAA decision here.

Newcastle Airport LOA republished

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The Letter of Agreement that formally defines the operating procedures between Newcastle International Airport and the British Gliding Association has been republished. More information is available here.

Airspace Classification Review Consultation

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The CAA has been instructed by Govt to carry out an airspace classification review with the aim of better meeting the needs of airspace users and has launched an associated consultation. The BGA intends to respond to this important consultation and will be offering advice to clubs and their members…

Airspace Change Proposal Information

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The CAA operates an Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) portal that has a search function by place or postcode. Although the portal has limitations, eg it doesn’t always identify the airspace relevant to a location, it is probably the only way of searching for ACP’s that may be of interest. As…

RAF Waddington ACP

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The MoD intends to operate unmanned ‘Protector’ aircraft from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. As ‘see and avoid’ technology is not yet available, a consultation is underway re an airspace change. The ACP is at Stage 1 ‘Principles’. As the ACP moves towards the ‘Options’ stage, we anticipate that there will…

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