CAP 1616 Airspace Change Regulatory Guidance Engagement

Closed 30 Nov 2021

Opened 1 Nov 2021


***CAP 1616 Airspace Change Regulatory Guidance Engagement- Report Now Available***

CAP1616 sets out regulatory guidance for airspace change. First launched in 2018, it is now due an update, following review. To inform our updated version, we have completed workshops both internally (in June 2021) and externally (in September 2021).

This engagement is focused on changes to the notified airspace design (i.e. Part 1 of CAP1616). This covers the regulatory process for permanent and temporary changes to the notified airspace design, as well as airspace trials.

We are now to keen to extend engagement and invite you to share your views and experience of the CAP1616 process and its guidance.

Visit our CAP1616 Review pages to find out more about the scope of the review and how it progresses.

You may wish to review CAP1616 itself before completing the questionnaire.

You may also wish to read our Airspace Change Glossary alongside the survey.

Depending on how you respond, the survey should take 15 minutes.

Why your views matter

The Civil Aviation Authority are keen to hear views from all those interested or impacted by airspace. Your views are crucial in improving the process and making it more relevant and streamlined than it’s ever been before.

We will consider and summarise your feedback in a report. This will inform any proposals to amend the CAP 1616 airspace change process, for which a consultation is due to take place in summer 2022.

By winter 2022, we hope to have a revised version of CAP1616.

Please complete the survey by clicking the link below to give your views. Alternatively, you can give your views at: You can also use this email address if you have any queries about the survey.

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, please contact:


  • Residents affected by aviation
  • Organisations affected by aviation
  • Community groups
  • Airline passenger
  • General Aviation
  • Commercial airlines
  • UAV operators
  • Air taxi operators
  • Military
  • Airport operators
  • Air Navigation Service Providers
  • Industry representative bodies
  • Eurocontrol
  • Flightcrew
  • Air traffic control staff
  • Tour operators
  • Travel agents
  • Cargo shippers
  • Ground handling providers
  • Aerodrome Operators
  • RFFS Training Providers
  • Training organisations
  • FISO licence holders
  • ATS initial training organisations
  • Government departments
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Elected political representatives
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • European Commission
  • International Civil Aviation Organization
  • National representative organisations or institutes
  • Workers' representative bodies
  • Autogyros
  • Balloons
  • Drone owner
  • Drone operator
  • Model aircraft enthusiast


  • Airspace change proposals