New process for permanent UK airspace change proposals
Proposals made under a revised process have been introduced in January 2018.
The CAA has introduced a web page giving details about all airspace change proposals being developed under its revised airspace change process, introduced this January. It also contains airspace change proposals being developed under the previous process.
The Authority explains that this airspace change process ensures that when the CAA decides whether or not to approve a proposal to change UK airspace, it does so 'in an impartial and evidence-based way that takes proper account of the needs and interests of all affected stakeholders.'
It adds that the revised process introduces :
- additional CAA scrutiny and validation of sponsors' work and evidence as they develop proposals
- increased requirements relating to transparency and engagement
- new opportunities for those impacted by proposals to have their voices heard
The CAA also points out that there are several different types of airspace change, with different CAA requirements depending on whether a proposal is for a permanent or temporary change. And airspace changes vary greatly in terms of size and complexity, so the CAA has developed 4 Levels in which to categorise them, depending on their potential impact - the change process is applied proportionately according to that Level.
It concludes that, during the airspace change process, a proposal must pass a series of gateways. It will hold monthly Gateway Assessment meetings to review and sign-off documentation showing that the criteria to proceed have been met.
The new process can be found at the CAA link below . .