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CAA proposes to improve the airspace change process in the UK


The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has proposed simplifying guidance for national airspace change, with the aim of helping improve the process for airports, air navigation services and those affected by the change during navigation . Known as CAP1616, the regulator's new proposals will make its guidance easier to understand and clarify the requirements for stages, steps and gateways to request an airspace change. The UK Civil Aviation Authority also wants the process to be more proportionate and tailored to each proposal submitted. First published in 2018, the regulator committed to reviewing the CAP1616 process three years after its implementation. “Airspace change affects many of us and as an organization we strive to continue learning and improving. Our proposals will help ensure that the airspace change process is easier to understand and the requirements at each step are much clearer,” said Jon Round, CAA Head of Airspace, Air Traffic Management and Aerodromes. He added that the commitment made has been invaluable in understanding how the airspace change process can be improved, both for the sponsors of it and for those affected by it. “This review provides the CAA with an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned following the implementation of CAP1616 and make further improvements to the airspace change process,” he added. The improvements have been proposed following engagement with the industry. The CAA is now seeking input on its consultation on what the updated guidance on airspace changes will look like. The consultation opened on January 5, 2023 and will close on March 5, 2023.


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