• The purpose of the PIR is for the CAA, as the independent regulator, to assess whether the change has delivered the anticipated impacts and benefits set out in the original airspace change proposal and decision, and if not to ascertain why and determine the most appropriate course of action.

    Last updated: 9 November 2017

    PIR due date

    The purpose of the PIR is for the CAA, as the independent regulator, to assess whether the change has delivered the anticipated impacts and benefits set out in the original airspace change proposal and decision, and if not to ascertain why and determine the most appropriate course of action.

    02 Oct 2017

    Scope and objectives of the review determined and our confirmation of the data requirements issued to the organisation that requested the change.

    Advance requirements provided, subject to further confirmation.

    14 Dec 2015

    Luton advised CAA that:

    • Some Boeing aircraft flying the RNAV SIDs had issues with the database coding in the way in which their aircraft Flight Management Systems are interpreting how to fly the procedures.
    • This is resulting on occasions some Boeing aircraft flying further to the west and south on the turn towards Brookmans Park.
    • Luton had therefore suspended the use of the SID by Boeing aircraft in December 2015.
    • The causes of the issues continue to be investigated by the operators affected.
    • The SIDs would continue to be available to operators of Airbus aircraft and other non-Boeing aircraft types.
    16 Feb 2016

    CAA confirms to Luton Airport that:

    1. The original target for commencement of the data analysis phase of the PIR of 20 August has been suspended.
    2. CAA awaits details of the SID design revisions that will enable all operators to fly the RNAV SID as anticipated.
    3. Once a revised design has been approved by the CAA, implemented in the AIP and flown for 6 months, the PIR data collection and analysis phase will commence.
    4. Detailed PIR data submission requirements to be confirmed with Luton in due course.
    16 Mar 2016
    CAA request to Luton Airport: clarification of continued use by other than Airbus aircraft requested. 5 May 2016

    Luton Airport is collating feedback on the changes to the replicated departure flight paths introduced in August 2015. Comments on the replicated departure procedure should be sent to Luton airport via their website.

    The Luton Airport Noise page was designed to help give a better understanding of the various aspects of aircraft noise, not just the RNAV route. LLA postponed an RNAV update anticipated for July 2016, however on the LLA RNAV web page, LLA published details of a community engagement event held on 6 October, which provided an update on the RNAV SID.

    You can view LLA updates on their RNAV development on the Luton Airport website.

    24 Jun 2016
    SID design revisions (referred to in the 16 March 2016 update) received on 18 July 2016. CAA currently reviewing the designs. 18 Jul 2016
    The design for the amended Rwy 26 BPK RNAV SID has been approved to address the issues highlighted above for certain Boeing aircraft types. 14 Nov 2016
    Consolidated PIR requirements to Luton 19 Jan 2017

    Revised SIDs to be implemented

    2 Feb 2017
    Comments about the use of the revised SID should be sent to Luton in accordance with their complaints procedure 8 Mar 2017 
    Having considered a number of factors, including matters raised by local stakeholders and residents and taking into account the winter and summer schedules, the period for data gathering advised to Luton Airport on 19 January 2017 has been extended to 30 September 2017. London Luton Airport will submit complaint data to the CAA from when the original RNAV SID was implemented on 20 August 2015, until it was revised on 2 February 2017, after which Luton will submit data received from the revised design from 2 February 2017 until 30 September 2017. 19 Apr 2017 

    PIR initiation date

    Due 6 months following revised procedure implemented.

    30 Sep 2017
    The final PIR data was received on Mon 30 October; the CAA will review this data, and will publish the outcome of the PIR together with the data received from Luton as soon as our review is complete.  
    No dates have been set for the completion of this work.
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