Ministry of Defence

Relocation of RAFAT training airspace

ID: ACP-2018-72

This proposal is for a Permanent airspace change, and is level TBC.
Created: 22 November 2018
Last updated: 16 May 2019

In considering version 2 of the Statement of Need the CAA has determined that the proposal is in scope of the airspace change process. The CAA has provisionally determined that this airspace change proposal will be a Level M1.

Step 1b : Design Principles - This step has been started

During the Design Principles step, the sponsor develops the principles which will underpin their proposed options for the change. The design principles encompass the safety, environmental and operational criteria and strategic policy objectives that the change sponsor aims for in developing the airspace change proposal. They are developed through engagement with stakeholders and form a qualitative structure against which design options can be evaluated. Early engagement with stakeholders, optionally facilitated by a third party, may help to avoid disagreement later in the process.

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Purpose of this change

The RAF Aerobatic Team (RAFAT) currently operates from RAF Scampton (EGXP), and conducts display training in EG R313 (centred on RAF Scampton). Following the MOD announcement (Jul 18) to close RAF Scampton by 2022, a new operating location and training airspace is required for RAFAT. The required dimensions of the new Restricted Airspace remain unchanged. This proposal presents an opportunity to de-regulate the use of the current EG R313 airspace, and re-establish the airspace at new location, yet to be determined.

Potentially Affected Area

This is the area which may be affected by this airspace change depending on its development. This area may change as the proposal is developed.

Documents for Step 1b : Design Principles

Airspace change extension justification 
Date added: 16 May 2019

RAFAT ACP Engagement Trifold Leaflet
Design principles engagement process
Date added: 16 May 2019

The CAA Response

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