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Event review: flights paths: where next?

9th December, 2014

Last week we held our annual general meeting and seminar which focused this year on the recent flight path trials and how airspace could change in the future as part of the national Future Airspace Strategy (FAS).

The seminar began with a presentation by Phil Roberts of the Civil Aviation Authority which looked at the reasons behind the on-going airspace changes, the Government’s environmental guidance to the CAA, and potential challenges in the future.

An engaged audience participated in a Q&A session with the CAA following the presentation, with the discussion focusing on both national themes and specific local examples. From a community standpoint, there was a strong feeling that the process for dealing with flight path trials and communication could be improved. In particular, the need for effective consultation was a clear theme with participants highlighting that some of the consultation documents were impenetrable for the general public, while the absence of consultation by some airports prior to trails commencing had led to greater public outrage.

From the event, it is clear that AEF can serve a role in ensuring all the facts are in the public domain as well as assisting community groups with the technical aspects of consultations.

Download our background briefing here.

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