Airspace News

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…

Temporary Danger Area

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The CAA has advised that from the 2 December 2019 through to the 31 March 2020, a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) will operate out of Lydd Airport, to carry out carry out operational flights for the purposes of Maritime Surveillance in the area of the English Channel. As the…

NATS consultation re Free Route Airspace in the Northern UK above 25,000 feet

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NATS are currently developing Design Principles for the implementation of Deployment 2 of Free Route Airspace within high altitude airspace across the UK and they recently asked for stakeholder input. NATS has produced a draft version of the proposed final Design Principles influenced by the feedback received, which they are…

Oxford Airport ACP presentation

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Oxford airport and Osprey CSL recently hosted a stakeholder meeting at which a redesign for a proposed large area of restricted airspace surrounding the airfield was described in detail (see illustration based on the presented design). The GA Alliance (GAA) including the BGA was represented at the meeting alongside others…

Balmoral and Birkhall airspace restriction exemptions

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Following engagement between BGA clubs in Scotland and Police Scotland, exemptions for gliding have been agreed re Balmoral and Birkhall restricted airspace. You can view the exemptions here.

Farnborough Airport Sold

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It has been announced publicly today that Farnborough Airport has been sold to MacQuarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).  MIRA owns a majority percentage of AGS, a group that owns a number of airports including Southampton Airport. The sale follows very closely behind the CAA’s controversial decision to grant large…

RAF Brize Norton Airspace Change Proposal

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RAF Brize Norton recently hosted a stakeholder meeting at which its latest and near-final design for a larger area of controlled airspace surrounding the airfield was described in detail (see image). The GA Alliance (GAA) including the BGA was represented at the meeting alongside others from the GA community. The…

Skyway Code

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As reported in previous years, the ‘Skyway Code’ is a CAA published guide for pilots that is designed to provide easy, quick access to the key information they need, including: pilot responsibilities, flight planning, airspace rules and regulations, using aerodromes, risks and emergencies, flying outside the UK, and links to…

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