CAA launches Development of Future Airspace Strategy consultation
us up to 2030.
February. The consultation is primarily to get feedback from the industry, but
all responses are accepted.
and flight paths. Clearly, however, routes and flight paths in due course will
be affected by the final strategy.
Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme and the continuing work
of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
to grow significantly though, following the new Government’s decision to drop
new runways in the South East, it stresses that Government policy is unpredictable.
time not compromising safety and seeking environmental improvements (particularly
around emissions and noise).
Systems like P-RNAV allow planes to be guided with pinpoint accuracy with much
less dependence on the pilot or the individual air traffic controller.
users of airspace to lead to more flexible and efficient use of the airspace –
for example, at present some airspace is reserved for the military but is only
used by a few flights a week; this could be utilized by civilian aircraft at other
times. They are also looking to much better cooperation between European countries.
the planes in the stacks as they are circling around take up precious airspace,
burn more fuel and thus create extra emissions and cause unnecessary noise.
would cut noise and emissions but it would also free up airspace. The CAA admitted
that in the South East everything is really determined by Heathrow. Aircraft
using other airports, and particularly London City, are currently hemmed in by
should avoid densely populated areas; that they should be concentrated; and that
they should not be diverted to new areas without very good reason. But there
is a sense that the CAA might welcome some flexibility from government as they
talk about curved landing approaches to airports which would spread the noise
burden a bit.
worth responding to this consultation.
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