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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.

The purpose of the masterplan as defined by the co-sponsor commission is to set out a single coordinated implementation plan to deliver the objectives of airspace modernisation. 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.

Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) has proposed an iterative approach to the development of the masterplan, which recognises that different information and levels of detail will be available at different points as the plan develops. ACOG envisages a minimum of four iterations of the masterplan. The iterations broadly align with certain gateways of the CAP 1616 process that each of the constituent airspace change proposals will follow. Each iteration must be accepted separately, except Iteration 1, which has already been assessed and published.

Once the masterplan is accepted into the AMS, together with the CAA’s general duties in section 70 of the Transport Act 2000, the masterplan will form the basis against which individual airspace change decisions are made by the CAA.

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