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UK establishes airspace usage plan to 2040

22 January 2019
The UK Civil Aviation Authority has launched a set of initiatives to improve airspace management. Source: Getty Images

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is implementing a new Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) based on 15 initiatives, initially focusing on the period until 2024.

The AMS supersedes the Future Airspace Strategy and establishes a co-ordinated plan for the efficient use of UK airspace up to 2040. “Airspace modernisation in the UK is complex but essential,” said CAA policy director Tim Johnson. “Our new strategy will ensure there is accountability and engagement for the delivery of this necessary reform.”

Among the 15 initiatives outlined in the AMS are the removal of all fixed routes in upper airspace so aircraft can fly fully optimised routes, a fundamental redesign of the terminal route network using precise but flexible satellite navigation, and a focus on electronic surveillance to improve safety and enable better integration of all airspace users.

As the independent decision maker for proposals to change UK airspace design, the CAA has introduced a new process for these decisions based on greater evidence, transparency, and stakeholder engagement. A dedicated web portal is a central element of the new airspace change process.

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