The UK Civil Aviation Authority has today (14 July 2022) published its findings following the regulator’s review of airspace in the Cotswold Region.
The final report announces that the Civil Aviation Authority will now be taking the volume of airspace known as Daventry Control Area 6 through to the Amend stage. The review has also allowed it to take steps to make further positive changes to volumes of airspace using other methods. This includes:
- Disestablishing the RAF Lyneham ATZ and removing it from the AIP;
- Disestablishing three separate restricted areas via the Civil Aviation Authority’s airspace change proposal process; and
- Passing its findings on Areas of Intense Air Activity (AIAAs) to the relevant teams here at the Civil Aviation Authority, who will instigate a UK review.
As part of the airspace classification review process, the Civil Aviation Authority has been working closely with a wide range of stakeholders on reviewing the airspace in the Cotswold Region.
As well as improving its relationship with the General Aviation community, airfields, the military users of airspace, and air traffic service providers, the review has also looked to new, innovative solutions.
The Civil Aviation Authority’s new Airspace Analyser Tool, which uses current and historic airspace use data, has been particularly helpful in forming an evidence-based picture of how specific volumes are being used.
Stu Wain, Manager of Future Airspace at the UK Civil Aviation Authority said, “Following our review of airspace in the Cotswold Region will now be taking Daventry CTA 6 through to the Amend stage.
“Our hard work, and the hard work of all our stakeholders, is now empowering us to make positive changes to airspace design via other processes and feeding our findings into existing airspace change activity. All of this helps us to make sure UK airspace is fit for purpose and access is more equitable.”
For more information about the results of the review into the Cotswold Region and for details about the next region for review, the north of England, please visit the Airspace Classification webpage.