The development of
more complex airspace change proposals can last for several years, so there
will be some which are in progress when we introduce the new process. We recognise
therefore that we need to give all stakeholders clear guidance on arrangements
for transitioning to the new process and plenty of notice of any additional
requirements that they may need to meet.
We do not yet have
a date for introducing the new process, but we expect it to be in autumn 2017.
Once the Government
has announced the outcome of its own recent airspace policy consultation and has published any new policy,
guidance and directions to the CAA, we will know how our own process is
affected. We can then publish revised guidance governing the airspace change
process. This will replace the current guidance known as CAP 725. We have recently consulted on this revised guidance.
consultation and responses we received.
We have previously consulted on how we will deal with airspace change proposals
which are already part way through the airspace change process when the new
process takes effect. The outcome of that
consultation was that:
Change sponsors should
therefore now be considering what additional action may be required to align any
proposals with the new process. We will discuss individual cases with the change
sponsor concerned and publish any agreed position.
Where the change sponsor
is on the cusp of where we draw the line between the old and new process, we
will need to be flexible. Equally, sponsors who start an airspace change
proposal before the new process and associated guidance are adopted should
demonstrate to us that they have the new process in mind and have taken it into
account, even if we are not requiring rigid adherence to the new process until
the revised guidance has been published and come into effect.
We have brought
some changes into effect immediately. This follows several major airspace
change proposals in the past three years, and an internal review of the way we
currently manage airspace change work. These process changes can be
characterised as codifying existing best practice so that this is applied
consistently. For more information please see Chapter 5 of our consultation response document.
Pages 15 and 16 of the Government’s airspace
consultation document set out its intention to work
closely with the CAA to agree an implementation date and detailed transition
arrangements, and, in respect of airspace change, to mirror the CAA’s
transition arrangements for implementing the Government’s own proposals:
Many of the proposals within this consultation will require the
Government to take steps to implement changes and the CAA to integrate into its
policies and procedures. We will therefore work closely with the CAA following
the consultation to agree an implementation date and detailed transition
arrangements. Where relevant e.g. for airspace change, we would expect to
mirror the transition arrangements set out by the CAA in its recent
consultation on the Airspace Change Process: any change proposal which has yet
to be consulted on before the introduction of the revised process should adhere
to the new process from the implementation date.”
Change sponsors needing
further guidance about transition arrangements should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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