The National Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee (NATMAC) is a non-statutory advisory body sponsored by DAP. The Committee is consulted for advice and views on any major matter concerned with airspace management.
Terms of Reference
NATMAC is to assist DAP in the development of airspace policies, configurations and procedures in order that due attention is given to the various requirements of all users of United Kingdom airspace, civil and military.
The Committee is chaired by the Director of Airspace Policy (AVM Mark Swan), who alo sits on the CAA Board. Membership is strictly by his invitation and remains under constant review. The present membership, which covers the whole spectrum of the UK aviation community is listed below.
Most of the business of the Committee is conducted by correspondence but the Committee meets in Plenary Session twice a year. A proposal, which may originate within the Directorate or be initiated by a member organisation, is circulated and members are invited to comment. If the proposal does not originate within the DAP then the Directorate's views are also circulated. If the matter is straightforward, a consensus emerges which DAP incorporates when framing changes to legislation, altering airspace boundaries or associated procedures. If the matter is more complex, then a sub-committee or working group will be set up by DAP on which all interested members may play a part in formulating a report. A Plenary Session of the Committee then discusses the report and offers advice to DAP. There is no formal voting procedure.
NATMAC is a sounding board which functions on the principle that those who have a voice in the formulation of policies are more likely to abide by those policies. Such a
principle leans heavily on mutual trust and mutual interest. Matters discussed are “In Confidence" in that they are not available for release to the Press.
Four Sub-Groups report to NATMAC on specific areas. These are:
AIMWG - Aeronautical Information Management Working Group
AWG - Airline Workig Group
FASWG - Future Airspace Strategy.
GAWG - General Aviation Working Group
SASWG - Spectrum and Surveillance Working Group
ADS - Aerospace, Defence, Security
Airport Operators Association (AOA)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
British Airways plc
British Air Line Pilots Association (BALPA)
Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA)
British Balloon and Airship Club (BBAC)
British Gliding Association (BGA)
British Helicopter Advisory Board (BHAB)
British Hanggliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA)
British Microlight Aircraft Association (BMAA)
British Parachute Association (BPA)
General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA)
Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators (GAPAN)
General Aviation Safety Council (GASC)
Guild of Air Traffic Control Officers (GATCO)
Heavy Airlines Group
Helicopter Club of Great Britain (HCGB)
ICAO representativeLight Airlines
Light Aircraft Association (LAA)
Low Cost Airlines Group
Nationl Air Traffic Services Limited (NATS)
Royal Aero Club (RAeC)
Safety Regulation Group (CAA)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVS)
UK Airprox Board (UKAB)
UK Flight Safety Committee
Military members including D Flying ATC and HQ STC