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The CAA’s guidance on the regulatory process for changing
the notified airspace design and planned and permanent redistribution of air
traffic is detailed within CAP 1616.
This guidance was first published in December 2017. Three administrative updates have followed since
then with the fourth edition of the CAP published in March 2021.
On first publication, the CAA committed to undertake a
review of CAP 1616 process in 2021, three years after its implementation (see
paragraph 36). The CAA has started
review activity and expects to complete the process in winter 2022.
Our timeline for the review takes into consideration the
Our approach will be aligned to CAP 1616 principles on
engagement and consultation. It will
involve initial stakeholder engagement at a representative level followed by a
formal consultation process.
In June 2021, the CAA held some internal workshops in which
Airspace Regulators reviewed all stages of the airspace change process as well
as the processes governing trials and temporary airspace changes. The outputs from these sessions will inform
stakeholder engagement at representative level planned for Autumn 2021. Further
internal workshops will be held at key stages of the review.
In Autumn 2021 the CAA will hold a series of virtual workshops
at which invited stakeholders representing industry including approved
procedure design organisations (APDO’s), general aviation and environmental bodies
together with community representatives will be asked for their input. The
content of the workshops will be informed by the CAA discussions on where
amendments could be made to the process or where further guidance could be
provided. Invitations will be circulated in the coming weeks.
Our early engagement activities will be followed by a public
call for information which we plan to launch over the winter 2021/2022. This
will provide all our stakeholders with 28-days in which to provide feedback on
potential changes or amendments to the CAP 1616 process. The CAA will analyse
all feedback received and we will publish an engagement summary report setting
out our findings.
We plan to launch a formal consultation for the CAP 1616
review over the course of the Spring/Summer months in 2022. The consultation
will be run via the citizen space platform and we will provide an alternative
method of response for those stakeholders who are unable to respond using
We will provide updates on the progress of the
review via this page. We plan to publish
an updated version of the CAP 1616 airspace change process in the winter of
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