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  • ACP 2022 050-Establishment of Portland Heliport ATZ/FRZ

    The purpose of this page is to request stakeholder feedback for the establishment of a formal airspace structure surrounding the CAA licenced heliport Portland (ICAO Code EGDP). The Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) had been raised in accordance with CAA’s CAP 1616. Portland Heliport is situated in Class G airspace and is operated by a defence contractor, HeliOperations Ltd, governed by the Civil Aviation Authority. Portland became a licenced heliport in October 2023. At present, Portland... More
    Closes 12 January 2024
  • Enabling RPAS Operations from RAF Fairford - HALE

    This Portal aims to provide stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the MOD’s proposal to facilitate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation of High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) from RAF Fairford. This Portal allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the airspace option proposed in the consultation document. The consultation document, as well as all... More
    Closed 21 November 2023
  • BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT 21 RNAV ACP

    The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholder’s views on the introduction of a new Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that will be flown by aircraft arriving at London Biggin Hill Airport (LBHA). LBHA currently has an IAP to Runway 21 for aircraft arriving at LBHA. An IAP is a specified procedure a pilot can fly when the weather does not allow the pilot to fly visually, due to cloud or when the visibility is low. The pilot will use the aircraft navigation instruments... More
    Closed 9 October 2023
  • Proposed E-7 Wedgetail Operating Areas

    Since 1991 the E-3D AEW Mk 1 Sentry has been the Royal Air Force’s AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) platform. The aircraft have also sat as part of the NATO AEW&C fleet, contributing a 25% share of force output on training and operations. Developments in technology elsewhere, and the ageing of the airframes, has reduced the operational effectiveness of the E-3D fleet and so, in 2018, the UK MOD elected to replace the E-3D with the more modern, 5 th generation E-7 AEW Mk1... More
    Closed 25 August 2023
  • Stapleford RMZ Consultation

    Between 18 December 2017 and 26 March 2018, Stapleford Aerodrome held a public consultation under the auspices of UK CAA CAP 725 for the implementation of RNP approach procedures to RWY21. The objective of the Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) was to introduce the Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) to both formalise the use of instrument flight procedures for training purposes and provide an official instrument approach procedure to support the return to base flights for Stapleford aircraft and... More
    Closed 21 July 2023
  • Free Route Airspace (FRA) Deployment 3

    This Airspace Change is for a further deployment of Free Route Airspace (FRA) within the UK. FRA allows aircraft in upper airspace to flight plan and fly between existing points and not be constrained to follow the current network of routes. FRA is well established across Europe and NATS has been involved in developing the FRA concept over the last 6 years. FRA is a requirement of the UK CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) (CAP 1711 ), and mandated within... More
    Closed 16 July 2023
  • SaxaVord Spaceport Permanent Airspace Reservation

    Shetland Space Centre Limited (trading and hereinafter referred to as “SaxaVord Spaceport” or “SaxaVord”) seeks to conduct vertical launch operations for orbital and sub-orbital activities from SaxaVord Spaceport on Lamba Ness, Unst, Shetland Islands . A suitable permanent airspace reservation of defined dimensions is required to ensure the safety of other airspace users from SaxaVord launch activities and to ensure the safety of SaxaVord launch activities from other airspace... More
    Closed 12 June 2023
  • Clash Gour Wind Farm

    The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholder’s views on the introduction of an airspace solution that will mitigate any effect caused by the wind turbines on the ability of Air Traffic Units to provide a safe air traffic control service to aircraft. This Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) is sponsored by us, Clash Gour Holdings Limited (CGH), referred to as the Change Sponsor. We intend to develop an onshore wind farm in the Moray Council area which will be capable of... More
    Closed 31 May 2023
  • Future Combat Airspace, ACP-2020-026

    This online forum aims to provide Stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the Ministry of Defence's Airspace Change Proposal regarding Future Combat Airspace. This proposal aims to secure Future Combat Airspace, for use by the UK and coalition partners during occasional, large scale, highly complex, multi-domain collective training exercises that are used to prepare aircrew for operational service. Existing Danger Areas, although suitable... More
    Closed 8 May 2023
  • Inclusion of FJA into UK AIP

    This Portal aims to provide stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the MOD’s airspace change proposal to Include the Fast Jet Areas into the UK AIP. The MoD identifies a requirement for a suitable and safe airspace in the UK to facilitate Exercise Joint Warrior (ex JW), the largest tri-service military exercise in Europe, allowing for modern military air systems to train to their full capabilities in a joint operating environment. That... More
    Closed 24 February 2023
  • Enabling RPAS and RAF Aerobatic Team Operations Out of RAF Waddington

    This Portal aims to provide stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the MOD’s airspace change proposal in the vicinity of RAF Waddington. The airspace change has been commenced to facilitate the introduction of segregated airspace as required by UK regulation for the operation of a large Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS), Protector RG Mk1, out of RAF Waddington from the... More
    Closed 30 November 2022
  • Enabling BVLOS RPAS operations from Keevil Airfield, Wiltshire

    This Portal aims to provide stakeholders with the information that they require in order to fully understand the MOD’s proposal to facilitate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operation of Remotely Piloted Air System (RPAS) from Keevil Airfield, Wiltshire. This Portal allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the airspace options proposed in the consultation document. The consultation document, as well as all supporting documentation can be found below. All other... More
    Closed 24 August 2022
  • Operational Service Enhancements Project:- New Amsterdam/London UIR Crossing Point

    NATS as part of their Operational Service Enhancements Project (OSEP) are proposing to provide improved connectivity at the interface between the Amsterdam and London Upper Flight Information Regions (UIRs). This will be achieved by introducing 5 new conditional routes, extending 3 existing routes as well as amending the availability of 2 ni ght-time fuel saving routes (NTFSRs) This change was initiated following the introduction of Free Route... More
    Closed 14 April 2022
  • Introduction of PBN Approaches

    City of Derry Airport (CoDA) is consulting on the introduction of Performance Based Navigation Approaches (PBN) for aircraft arriving at the airport. This airspace change proposal aims to replicate exisiting arrival routes and does not increase the number of aircraft arrivals or depatures at CoDA. There will be no changes to departure routes and the majority of aircraft will continue to fly as they do today. Although, the aim has been to replicate existing arrival routes, some very... More
    Closed 21 January 2022
  • NATS LAMP Deployment 1.1 (LD1.1)

    Video with subtitles available here. The London Airspace Modernisation Programme 2 Deployment 1.1 (LAMP2D1.1, abbreviated herein to LD1.1) airspace (see Figure 1 below) is critical airspace within the European and World ATM network. It is situated at a crossroads of east-west/north-south traffic flows between Europe and the London area, and Ireland and North America, and between the north of England and Scotland and France, Iberia and beyond. Today’s air traffic... More
    Closed 29 November 2021
  • Free Route Airspace (FRA) Deployment 2

    Video with subtitles available here Free Route Airspace (FRA) allows aircraft in upper airspace to flight plan and fly between existing points and not be constrained to follow the current network of routes. FRA is well established across Europe and NATS has been involved in developing the FRA concept over the last 5 years. FRA is Initiative 2 of the UK CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) (CAP 1711) , and mandated for European Union (EU)... More
    Closed 29 November 2021
  • Heathrow Consultation Slightly Steeper Approaches

    Heathrow is consulting on the permanent adoption of Slightly Steeper Approaches (SSA) for some of the aircraft arriving at the airport. These approaches have been in operation at Heathrow on a temporary basis following trials held in 2015-2017. Since then, the CAA allowed us to keep operating them whilst we followed this Airspace Change Process for their permanent adoption. Following the creation of design principles, and the development and initial appraisal of options for SSA, we are... More
    Closed 2 April 2021
  • Increasing Safety in The Land's End Transit Corridor

    This airspace change proposal (ACP) is sponsored by us, Land’s End Airport Ltd and supported by St Mary’s Airport and Penzance Heliport who are also situated within the Land’s End Transit Corridor (LETC). In this consultation document, when the term Sponsor is used, it is referring to Land’s End Airport Ltd. We intend to introduce a change to the LETC to improve safety standards and is related to improving the safety of existing services and not about... More
    Closed 15 March 2021
  • Free Route Airspace (FRA) Deployment 2.1 PEMAK/TAKAS

    Free Route Airspace (FRA) is well established in Europe and NATS has been involved in developing the FRA concept over the last 5 years. FRA is a major initiative of the UK CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) (CAP 1711) . The implementation of FRA by European Union (EU) member states was mandated in European Law under the EU Implementing Regulation EU716/204 and has been recommended as a part of the Eurocontrol Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. Aligned... More
    Closed 8 February 2021
  • Changes to London Luton Airport Arrivals

    The arrival flightpaths into London Luton Airport need to change, and you can help shape how. Today’s airspace around London Luton (LLA) and Stansted airports is largely unchanged despite growth in recent years. The airports currently share arrival routes and the same two holds, which is unique in the UK for two such major airports. Any arrival delay or disruption at one airport can cause unnecessary arrival delay to the other, impacting the travelling public and local... More
    Closed 5 February 2021
  • Introduction of a New Transponder Mandatory Zone in the North sea.

    This airspace change proposal (ACP) is sponsored by us, Vattenfall Wind Power Limited, referred to in this consultation as Vattenfall, the Developer or the Sponsor. We intend to develop two new offshore wind farms in the North Sea, Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas. They will be 47 km from the Norfolk coast and cover a combined area of approximately 1300 km 2 . Each wind farm will contain up to 180 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) and will provide power for approximately 1.95 million... More
    Closed 31 January 2021
  • Snowdonia Aerospace Centre Danger Area Airspace Change Proposal

    The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholders views on the introduction of a change in designation of airspace at and around the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre at Llanbedr Aerodrome. Snowdonia Aerospace LLP is continuing to progress and further develop a number of complementary business opportunities at Llanbedr Aerodrome relating to research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of next-generation UK aerospace - e.g. drones (particularly non-military “drones for good”),... More
    Closed 22 January 2021
  • Introduction of a New Transponder Mandatory Zone in the Moray Firth

    This airspace change proposal (ACP) is sponsored by us, Moray Offshore Wind Farm (West) Limited (MOWWL), referred to in this consultation as the Developer or the Sponsor. We intend to develop a new offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth, adjacent to the Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Ltd. (MOWEL) and Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm ltd. (BOWL) developments. Our development will contain up to 85 Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) to power up to 64,000 UK homes. It will be located 22.5... More
    Closed 17 January 2021
  • Removal of the Stansted LYD 6R/5S SIDs

    NATS is proposing that ATS route M604 is extended from DET VOR to LYD VOR. This would replace the final segment of the Stansted LYD 6R/5S Standard Instrument Departures (SIDs), and hence would allow the removal of these SIDs. The DET 1R/1S SIDs which follow exactly the same track to DET would be used instead. This is a technical flight planning change and will not have any impact on aircraft tracks over the ground. This change is necessary to remove the dependency... More
    Closed 14 December 2020
  • Realignment of Routes Q36/Q37 to accommodate Dublin R2

    NATS is proposing to realign ATS routes Q36 and Q37 so that they start from individual Co-ordination points (COPs) on the western UK FIR (Flight Information Region) boundary rather than diverging from a single COP, LIFFY. ATS routes Q36 and Q37 were introduced into the UK Route network in November 2017 to serve eastbound departures from Dublin airport. When designed, it was envisaged that these routes would ultimately run parallel starting at independent COPs on... More
    Closed 18 May 2020
  • Bournemouth International Airport RNAV Airspace Change Proposal - DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Bournemouth Airport has runway (RWY) 08 and RWY 26, both providing precision (instrument) approach capabilities via Instrument Landing System (ILS). The preferential runway is RWY 26 handling 75% of all arrivals with the remainder utilising RWY 08. The ILS on RWY 26 is CAT III. The ILS (CAT I) serving RWY 08 is obsolete and needs to be replaced. The ILS was installed second hand in 1984/85 and the equipment and maintenance support is at end of life. Unrecoverable failure of the ILS on RWY 08... More
    Closed 15 May 2020
  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport Airspace Transition

    The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholder’s views on the publication of new procedures that will be flown by aircraft departing from, and arriving at Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA). The majority of UK airports, including LJLA, are seeking to modernise the routes aircraft fly to and from the airport. The routes are known as Instrument Flight Procedures (IFPs), which broadly means that the aircraft’s onboard instruments or systems are used to navigate to and... More
    Closed 27 April 2020
  • Cotswold Airport (Kemble) - Airspace Change for PBN (GPS) Approaches to Runway 08 and Runway 26

    The aim of this proposal is to develop and publish a suitable Performance Based Navigation GPS landing approach to support existing arrivals. Although they comprise only 0.7 % of Cotswold Airport’s annual movements, these aircraft have a disproportionate positive economic effect on the airport and surrounding area of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire . They are essential to the continued economic viability of the Airport and MRO businesses. These ... More
    Closed 6 April 2020
  • Free Route Airspace (FRA) Deployment 1

    Free Route Airspace (FRA) is well established and NATS has been involved in developing the FRA concept over the last 5 years. FRA is a major initiative of the UK CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) (CAP 1711) . The implementation of FRA by European Union (EU) member states was mandated in European Law under the EU Implementing Regulation EU716/204 and has been recommended as a part of the Eurocontrol Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. ... More
    Closed 18 December 2019
  • St Athan Instrument Landing System ILS

    The aim of this consultation is to seek stakeholder’s views on the publication of the existing St Athan Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedures, previously published in the publicly available Military Aeronautical Information Publication (Mil AIP), into its civilian counterpart, the UK (Aeronautical Information Publication) AIP. There are no physical or operational changes to the ILS procedures as a result of them being published in the UK AIP, therefore the following... More
    Closed 28 October 2019
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