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The UK Civil Aviation Authority's procedure to review the classification of airspace (CAP 1991) requires us to regularly consider whether to carry out a review of airspace classification; to carry out a review (including consulting airspace users) where we consider a change might be made; and to amend the classification as we consider appropriate.
We have decided to carry out our first review in the Cotswold Region and have produced a report which details what we know about airspace usage within the Cotswold Region, taking airspace composition, existing Airspace Change Proposals (ACPs) and safety data into account.
We invite stakeholders to review this report and to use it as background information to enable them to share their experiences of operating within this region through our online survey. This survey closes on 30th September 2021.
We have also produced a document answering some of the reoccurring questions asked by stakeholders in relation to the CAA’s Airspace Classification Review procedure . This particularly aims to assist those participating in this, our first review, of airspace in the Cotswold Region.
We have completed our detailed analysis of the consultation responses received from our call for suggested airspace for review, which was held between December 2019 and March 2020.
To support the information supplied in the consultation, additional data is required to enable us to move some proposals towards the Amend phase of the Airspace Classification Review process.
Read more details in this Airspace Classification update.
We identified 55 distinct airspace volumes from the consultation responses received in March last year. The review will identify those areas which have the potential of moving them to the Amend phase.
We have published more details in our January 2021 Airspace Classification update.
We will have a team in place early 2021 to deliver
We have examined each of the proposed volumes to determine which
could be taken forward to the “Amend” phase. In line with CAP1991 proposals were considered as
suitable for this procedure where the following factors did not apply:
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.
We are also required to seek to ensure that the amount of
controlled airspace is the minimum required to maintain a high standard of air
safety and, subject to overriding national security or defence requirements,
that the needs of all airspace users are reflected on an equitable basis.
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.
The first tranche of volumes of airspace that we will be
looking to review in 2021 will be announced shortly. We will commence work on
the first of these immediately with existing CAA resources, with our new
dedicated team starting to arrive in January 2021.
All related documentation concerning this work will be
published here, including:
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