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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

When an airspace change proposal forming part of the masterplan reaches the Stage 3 gateway in the CAP 1616 process, the co-sponsors will want reassurance that the designs the airspace change sponsors will consult on take into account Iteration 3 of the masterplan and will work together to deliver a modernised system. Sponsors will be unable to progress through the Stage 3 gateway of the CAP 1616 process until the system-wide airspace design of the proposed options, and the cumulative impacts of those options, are represented in an accepted Iteration 3 of the masterplan. Before the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will consider accepting Iteration 3 of the masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy, we will want evidence that Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) has published a draft of it and conducted a public engagement exercise on:

  • the potential solutions and trade-offs that might be used for resolving conflicts between interdependent airspace change proposals forming part of the masterplan, based on the airspace change sponsor’s development of a ‘full’ options appraisal for each airspace change proposal
  • how these potential solutions and trade-offs will be presented by airspace change sponsors as part of their individual or joint consultations through the CAP 1616 process
  • any potential gaps in or productive additions to the masterplan, for example whether ACOG has identified all the airspace changes needed to deliver the airspace modernisation that the co-sponsors have commissioned, or whether airspace changes have been grouped into clusters appropriately, should this be needed.

This means that interdependencies between airspace change proposals must be clear, airspace design trade-offs described, and potential solutions explored conceptually. The individual sponsors’ consultations must also therefore be able to explain the cumulative impacts of their proposals and the methods used to calculate them in an accessible way for stakeholders.

CAA is keen to be involved in the development of Iteration 3 through regular engagement with ACOG so any problems that may arise along the way are being addressed and managed.

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