Airspace Modernisation

The UK airspace structure is widely recognised as being unfit for purpose.

A Government directed Airspace Modernisation programme  will replace the current Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) and aims to redevelop UK airspace over the next twenty years. You can read more about Airspace Modernisation here.

The BGA;

  • Recognises the need to protect the public who are travelling in commercial air transport aircraft
  • Supports the need for carefully considered airspace modernisation that reasonably addresses the needs of gliding and other GA
  • Does not automatically oppose all airspace change proposals – each is carefully considered on its merits

NATS, an airspace navigation services corporation that under direction from government designs and manages airspace above 7000′, has started to design upper airspace to be much more efficient.

Lower airspace, ie below 7000′ is much more of a problem. Under airspace modernisation plans to date, there is no intention to have a lower airspace strategy or plan beyond leaving the airports to work together to grab airspace for their own use with no wider consideration. The resulting mess is and will continue to be inefficient and bad for GA.

To ensure that the needs of all airspace users are reasonably met and to restore balance, the BGA believes that the way lower airspace is designed and managed needs to change. A strategic approach needs to be adopted in partnership with all users, with a more assertive CAA overseeing compliance with agreed design principles.

Airspace Modernisation Consultations

CAA airspace consultation information can be viewed here

NATS airspace consultation information can be viewed here.

BGA responses to airspace modernisation consultations will normally be aligned with or made through the GA Alliance.