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Consultations

UAVS responds to a number of Public Consultations on behalf of its members. This area is where they are publisised and the submissions can be found. 

UAVS also makes information on other consultations available to members where it does not intend direct association wide consultation and response preparation. In these cases Members can find the consultation here and make an individual representation. 

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Airspace Change consultations

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MAJOR CONSULTATION LAUNCHED ON IMPROVEMENTS TO UK AIRSPACE CHANGE PROCESS

The CAA today launched a major consultation on how decisions are made on proposed changes to the UK’s airspace structure.

It seeks views from stakeholders, ranging from the aviation industry and general aviation to people affected by aircraft noise, on a series of proposals aimed at making the airspace change process more transparent and giving the CAA a more hands-on role.

The airspace change process

If someone, usually an airport or air traffic control body, wants to request a permanent change to the UK airspace structure they must submit a proposal to the CAA, which goes through our airspace change process.

The CAA is consulting on proposed improvements to this process, which is used to decide whether a change goes ahead. Our suggested changes are supported by an independent review carried out in 2015 by specialist consultants Helios.

 

The consultation

The consultation therefore details changes to the process a proposal goes through, which includes consultation with local communities, and also how it can be made more transparent.

One of a range of recommendations under consideration to achieve this is an online portal to provide a single access point for anyone to view, comment on and access documents for every UK airspace change proposal. The effectiveness of the process could also be improved by additional stages of scrutiny and validation.

The consultation is not about areas which are outside of the CAA’s airspace change process, such as Government policy, which the CAA’s process must follow. Government policy on issues, such as whether flight paths are concentrated along a narrow path or deliberately dispersed, whether flight paths are alternated to provide periodic respite from noise, and whether tranquil areas are avoided, are not part of the CAA consultation.

The consultation which is open to everyone is available until 15 June 2016 and can be accessed at consultations.caa.co.uk

Please feel free to forward this email on to anyone else who may be interested in the consultation.

 

Cornwall Airport Newquay  

Cornwall Airport Newquay have submitted an Airspace Change Proposal for the establishment of a corridor of airspace to access the existing over-sea Danger Area complex D064 which is suitable for the testing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The full consultation documentation, an Environmental Impact assessment, a Question and Answer sheet, maps of all four design options and a Consultation Feedback Form may be found at the website www.newquayairportairspaceconsultation.com.

The consulataion feedback letter can be found in the library Airspace Change Documents

Biggen Hill

Biggen Hill have submitted a ACP which is now under Consultation on plans to introduce a new landing system for Runway 03 at Biggin Hill Airport

Hawarden RMZ Post Consultation Report

Please find the Hawarden RMZ Documents and Post Consultation Report the Airspace Change Documents section of the Library. This report is also available on the Hawarden RMZ website http://www.hawardenrmz.co.uk/

We have provided all the information necessary on the Airspace Change pages of our Library (Airspace Change Documents)

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OFCOM Wireless Audio Equipment Spectrum Consultation open

 

Ofcom is today consulting on plans to make spectrum available for users of wireless audio equipment in the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector.

PMSE relies on radio spectrum for wireless applications that are essential to the production and staging of a wide range of live and broadcast entertainment events.

The planned release of the 700 MHz band for mobile services will reduce the amount of spectrum available for audio PMSE use – such as wireless microphones and in-ear monitors.

Ofcom intends to mitigate the effect of this reduction in spectrum access, with a focus on finding appropriate, alternative spectrum for PMSE users.

Today’s consultation looks at a technical sharing analysis of the 960-1164 MHz and 1525-1559 MHz bands, and a proposal to allow access to spectrum in the 960-1164 MHz band. Audio PMSE users would share access to this band with aeronautical radio navigation services.

 

The document also sets out an assessment of spectrum demand and supply for audio links, talkback, telemetry and telecommand, inviting stakeholders to comment on the provisional conclusions.

 

The closing date for responses is 18 December 2015.

 

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CAP725 Airspace Change Process

The CAA has today published a report summarising the findings of our review of the CAA’s airspace change process. The report is available on the CAA website and can be accessed via the link below. Published with the report is a document that containing the data we gathered during the survey, which was conducted in August. The only change to the data has been to remove individual’s names and email addresses.

The report and the raw consultation data has been added to the library and can be found, along with the applicable procedures, through the links below or the normal library access. 

The CAA have asked us to inform you that they are planning to launch a formal consultation on proposed changes to the airspace change process before Easter 2016.

May I thank all those individuals and organisations who gave their time to provide valuable input to our review. 

 

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