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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, 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.

Initiative Obligation and timeframe*
Upper airspace 1 Direct Route Airspace: deployment of additional waypoints to the existing route network EU legislation* (by 2022)
2 Free Route Airspace: removal of all fixed routes so aircraft can fly fully optimised routes EU legislation (by 2022)
3 Advanced Flexible Use of Airspace: new airspace procedures and technology to increase options for airspace configurations and to support the efficient use of airspace

EU legislation (by 2022)

UK strategic ambition

Known and emerging defence requirements (2018–2030)

Terminal airspace



Terminal Airspace redesign in Southern England

Terminal Airspace redesign in Northern England and Scotland

Fundamental redesign of the terminal route network using precise and flexible satellite navigation

EU legislation (by 2024)

UK Government Airports NPS in the London terminal airspace(by 2024)

6 Queue management: streaming traffic into and out of the terminal and absorbing delays in the upper airspace

EU legislation (by 2024)

EU Master Plan ambition

Lower altitude 7 Satellite navigation route replications: replication of existing arrival and departure routes to satellite-based navigation standards

EU legislation (by 2024)

ICAO upgrade programme priority

8 Satellite navigation route redesign: redesign of new arrival and departure routes using satellite-based navigation standards EU legislation (by 2024)
Uncontrolled airspace 9 Review of Flight Information Service provision in the UK EU legislation (from 2022)
10 Airspace classification review

EU legislation (from 2022)

A review of air traffic services provision in uncontrolled airspace to align with international standards.

11 Electronic surveillance solutions Fully interoperable electronic conspicuity solution (2022–2025)
CNS and ATM infrastructure 12 Cross-industry plan for the efficient use of radio-frequency spectrum Indirectly from EU legislation (ongoing)
13 Cross-industry plan for the full adoption of datalink communications EU legislation (from 2019)
14 A satellite navigation implementation plan EU legislation (2020–2024)
15 Air traffic management EU legislation (by 2024)

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