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Draft UK airspace strategy published

The Civil Aviation Authority’s “Future Airspace Strategy for the UK” was launched on 1st November 2010 and covers the period from now until 2030.

The CAA is calling for modernisation of UK airspace to improve both safety and efficiency. The new strategy, says the CAA, will help to:

* Deal with current ‘hotspots’ of congestion within the current system
* Enable and facilitate continuous improvement in safety within the airspace system.
* Take advantage of technological developments to improve efficiency.
* Implement Single European Skies proposals to increase the overall safety, capacity and efficiency of the international ATM system, whilst making commensurate environmental improvements.
* Sustain access to sufficient airspace for non-Commercial Air Transport users.
* Be responsive to Government policy and decision-making.
* Provide flexibility within the system to enable future development and advancements.

The full consultation document is available on the CAA website and the final date for comments is 7th February 2011. AEF members are encouraged to contact us for advice on preparing a response.

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UPDATE: For AEF’s response to this consultation, click here