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The Airspace Modernisation Strategy vision is to deliver quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys and more capacity for the benefit of those who use and are affected by UK airspace.

AMS strategic objectives:


Maintaining and, where possible, improving the UK's high levels of aviation safety has priority over all other 'ends' to be achieved by airspace modernisation.

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Integration of diverse users

Airspace modernisation should wherever possible satisfy the requirements of operators and owners of all classes of aircraft, including the accommodation of existing users (such as commercial, General Aviation, military, taking into account interests of national security) and new or rapidly developing users (such as remotely piloted aircraft systems, advanced air mobility, spacecraft, high-altitude platform systems).

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Simplification, reducing complexity and improving efficiency

Consistent with the safe operation of aircraft, airspace modernisation should wherever possible secure the most efficient use of airspace and the expeditious flow of traffic, accommodating new demand and improving system resilience to the benefit of airspace users, thus improving choice and value for money for consumers.

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Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainability will be an overarching principle applied through all airspace modernisation activities.

Modernisation should deliver the Government's key environmental objectives with respect to air navigation as set out in the Government's Air Navigation Guidance and, in doing so will take account of the interests of all stakeholders affected by the use of airspace

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