Airspace News

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…

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…

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…