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CAA puts forward proposals to improve the airspace change process

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has proposed to simplify the guidance for airspace change to help improve the process for airports, air navigation services and those affected by airspace change.

Known as CAP1616, the regulator’s new proposals will make its guidance easier to understand and make the requirements of the stages, steps and gateways to request an airspace change clearer.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority also wants to make the process more proportionate and tailored to each proposal put forward.

First published in 2018, the regulator committed to review the CAP1616 process three years after its implementation.

This review gives the Civil Aviation Authority the opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned following the implementation of CAP1616 and make further improvements to the airspace change process.

The improvements have been proposed following engagement with industry. The UK Civil Aviation Authority is now seeking views on its consultation on what the updated airspace change guidance will look like.

The consultation openened on 5 January 2023 and closes on 5 March 2023. It can be accessed here.

If you wish to make your views known to AOPA please email

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