UK intends to replace Class F Airspace

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is consulting over proposals to replace Class F Advisory Routes in the London and Scottish Flight Information Regions.

This follows an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit of the UK in February 2009 and detailed consideration of the airspace classification requirements of the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA) (Regulation (EU) No 923/2012), scheduled for UK implementation by 4 December 2014.

The CAA intends to replace Advisory Routes with airspace classes best suited to the operational conditions associated with them.

Specifically, the CAA’s Directorate of Airspace Policy proposes to replace Class F Advisory Routes with Class E airways, enhanced by additional SERA-compliant conspicuity requirements.  This reflects the conclusions of a joint CAA/industry working group established after the ICAO audit to how its recommendations could be acted upon.

Full details of the proposals and how to participate in the consultation can be found on the CAA website at www.caa.co.uk/consultations.

The consultation period runs until 12 July.  In order to allow enough time for airspace users, aircraft operators and air traffic service providers to prepare for the eventual changes, replacement of Class F will be completed no later than AIRAC 12/2014 (13 November 2014).  This will ensure compliance with ICAO and SERA requirements, as implementation of the latter has to be completed by 4 December 2014.

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