Airspace Classification Review: Cotswold Region Engagement

Closed 30 Sep 2021

Opened 11 Aug 2021

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Overview

The Airspace Classification Review Team has produced a factual report on the airspace and its usage within the Cotswold Region, taking airspace composition, existing Airspace Change Proposals and safety data into account. In the report qualitative analysis of the information presented has been kept intentionally limited, to encourage a full and open discussion of the airspace, throughout the engagement phase. 

A document answering some of the reoccuring questions asked by stakeholders in relation to the CAA’s Airspace Classification Review procedure has also been produced. This particularly aims to assist those participating in this, our first review, of airspace in the Cotswold Region.

Why we are engaging through this survey

To clarify, this is not a formal consultation exercise, this is a survey which forms part of our engagement strategy to seek information from airspace users who operate in this region.

We are currently in the early stages of our review, where we are gathering information on the Cotswold Region. This survey accompanies our report into the Cotswold Region, and we encourage responses from all stakeholders with knowledge of, and experience of operating within, this airspace. We are seeking proposed volumes of airspace for review, accompanied by a rationale for their inclusion in our review. We will consider, capture, and share the information gleaned from the survey responses.

The information we gather will be used to scrutinize the airspace further and will lead to a drawn-up initial plan of proposed airspace volumes to take forward to the amend phase of our classification review process. 

Once we have filtered out the volumes of airspace not suitable for classification change under this process, we will hold a broader consultation on our initial plan later in the review stage.

What happens next

We will collate views from this survey, discuss them with relevant Airspace Control Authorities and corroborate them, where feasible, with insight from our Airspace Analyser tool. We will then use this information to create our initial plan of airspace volumes where a case could be made for a proposed amendment to the airspace classification. We aim to consult on this plan towards the latter end of the year.

In the initial plan we will set out the messages we heard during our engagement exercise and how we have used this insight to inform our view of potential airspace volumes to take through to the amend phase of the airspace classification review process.

Audiences

  • General Aviation
  • Commercial airlines
  • UAV operators
  • Air taxi operators
  • Military
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Air traffic control staff
  • Aerodrome Operators
  • Training organisations
  • FISO licence holders
  • Autogyros
  • Balloons
  • Drone owner
  • Drone operator
  • Model aircraft enthusiast

Interests

  • Flightpaths
  • Airspace design, categorisation and access
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Gyroplanes
  • FISO training, qualification and licensing
  • Light aircraft
  • Microlights
  • Drones
  • Model Aircraft