The Department for Transport and CAA are co-sponsors of airspace modernisation. In 2018, we commissioned NATS (En Route) plc (NERL) to create an airspace change masterplan. NERL was required to set up a separate and impartial unit to develop the masterplan (as required by condition 10a of NERL’s Air Traffic Services Licence, CAP 2111).
NERL has set up Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to undertake impartial and objective coordination to prepare the masterplan – a single coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in the UK to cover the period to 2040. It will identify which UK airspace design changes need to be developed in coordination to achieve the range of benefits that modernisation can deliver, and when.
The purpose of assessing the masterplan (or assessing work in progress towards the masterplan) is to give the co-sponsors confidence that the masterplan commission is being delivered. Based on that assessment, and before the masterplan can be implemented, the CAA must decide whether to formally accept the masterplan into its Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS), having consulted the Secretary of State. Please note that this strategy is being refreshed and CAA is currently analysing responses to the consultation on a new draft strategy.
The current (June 2022) airport participants in the programme being coordinated by ACOG, are:
- Biggin Hill
- London City
- RAF Northolt
- East Midlands
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