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CAA Policies for the Classification of UK Airspace & Design of Controlled Airspace Structures

After extensive engagement with our National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee, the CAA has published its revised Policy for the Classification of UK Airspace.

The policy describes how the airspace classification system that is detailed within SERA.6001 may be applied within the UK and it supersedes the 2014 Policy for the Application of ICAO Airspace Classifications in UK FIRs.

Additionally, after extensive engagement with our National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (NATMAC), the CAA has published its revised Policy for the Design of Controlled Airspace Structures.

This document provides generic design criteria for controlled airspace, describing the lateral and vertical relationship between instrument flight procedures and the dimensions of the controlled airspace that contains them. It supersedes the 2014 ‘Controlled Airspace Containment Policy’, and is one of a number of documents that must be read in the context of each other to understand overall UK policy on airspace design; in particular, the new Policy for the Classification of UK Airspace.

AOPA Position:

  1. The AOPA position is that controlled airspace should be the minimum required to support the safety of commercial air transport flights not the maximum.
  2. Whilst AOPA supports Electronic Conspicuity (EC) we want to see a cooperative surveillance environment.
  3. Where classes of Controlled Airspace (CAS) are required it should either be D or C as both accept VFR. However all CAS needs to be reliably serviced by a controller as permission to enter is required. Therefore AOPA want to see improvements in access being granted, with more investment being made to support services for all airspace users where CAS exists.
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