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The CAA has undertaken a recruitment process to put in place the team that will be delivering this work. The team has now been recruited. One team member joined the CAA at the beginning of December. The rest of the team will be starting early in the New Year.
The CAA has examined each of the proposed volumes to determine which could be taken forward to the “Amend” phase. In line with CAP1991, a filtering process was applied and accordingly proposals were considered as suitable for this procedure where the following factors did not apply:
A number of the proposed volumes related to airspace which sits within an existing or recently completed airspace change proposal process which will then be subject to a Post Implementation Review (PIR). As set out in CAP 1991, where we do not progress a classification amendment because of an ongoing or recent change in airspace design, we will instead formally notify the airspace change sponsor and (where appropriate) the Airspace Change Organising Group of the intelligence we have received. We expect the airspace change sponsor to consider and respond to this intelligence in its final airspace design, or in the final PIR report.
Effective December 2020, the CAA was given the function, by
the Government, to review the classification of airspace and to amend them
where appropriate. This function means that we must regularly consider whether
to review the current classifications of airspace, consult airspace users as
part of that review where we consider a change to classification might be made,
and amend it ourselves in accordance with our classification review procedure.
The Air Navigation Directions have long required
the CAA to publish a national policy for the classification of airspace. ICAO
requires that States determine those portions of airspace where air traffic
services will be provided and, where it is so determined, whether air traffic
control service or flight information service are provided. In turn, the airspace
is designated according to the type of air traffic service provided and in
accordance with the ICAO airspace classification system. Air traffic control service is
provided to all flights within airspace classes A to D and to those flights
operating in accordance with the instrument flight rules (IFR) in class E
airspace; these are known as ‘controlled airspace’ classifications. Flight information service may be
provided to all flights in class G (uncontrolled airspace) and to visual
flight rules (VFR) flights in Class E airspace.
The procedure is set out in CAP 1991 Procedure for the review of airspace
classification and has three distinct stages:
We are also providing a short summary of the procedure.
The procedure is completely separate from the airspace
change process set out in CAP 1616.
All related documentation concerning this work will be
published here, including:
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