Airspace News

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…

Restricted Airspace (Temporary) - Sywell airfield

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The LAA rally will take place at Northampton /Sywell airfield between 29 August and 1 September 2019. A large number of aircraft will arrive and depart each day, many using limited radio transmissions, thereby creating an area of intense aerial activity. The DfT has, therefore, decided that it is necessary…

Judgement on Farnborough Airspace Judicial Review

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The following statement has been supplied by Lasham Gliding Society; “Mrs. Justice Thornton has delivered her judgement on the CAA’s grant of airspace to TAG Farnborough following the Judicial Review actioned by Lasham Gliding Society. In summary, Mrs. Justice Thornton did not find sufficient grounds to overturn the CAA’s airspace…

NATO Flypast and RIAT temporary airspace restrictions

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AIC M 095/2019 (19&20 Jul) describes restricted airspace relating to a NATO celebration flypast that should be read in conjunction with AIC M 064/2019 (19-22 Jul), which describes the restricted airspace associated with RIAT at Fairford. The Mauve (temporary restricted airspace) AICs can be viewed here. As ever, please check…

RAF Little Rissington - 120.775

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RAF Little Rissington, located to the north of the Brize Norton zone, is active on weekends with Air Cadet winch launched gliding and otherwise as NOTAMed for military parachuting and transport aircraft operations. An Air Cadet squadron on site flies Grob Acros as part of 2 Flying Training School (2…

Improved Competition Route Notification Trial

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We share the sky with a diverse range of users. Being aware of what others are planning to do is clearly an important element of situational awareness and reducing risk. The BGA has been working with the CAA to develop an improved method of notifying competition gliding activity to other…

Reporting refusal of access to airspace

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The CAA provides a form for reporting issues regarding UK airspace use including refusal of access to airspace. The online form is available here. More BGA information about airspace is available here.

APPG GA Lower Airspace Inquiry Report

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During 2018, the All Party Parliamentary Group on GA (APPG GA) noted that the mechanism behind the design of UK airspace seemed out of date and draconian in nature. The APPG GA resolved to commission an inquiry into the practices, procedures and governance of UK lower airspace. The inquiry was…

Fairford International Air Tattoo 19-22 July and NATO flypast

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The International Air Tattoo will take place at RAF Fairford and result in a number of airspace restrictions from 19-22 July including a NATO celebration flypast on the 19th and 20th that uses an area of airspace to the north of Fairford. Please refer to the RA(T) detail for the…