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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In line with the UK’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, Manchester Airport wishes to modernise airspace arrangements for aircraft operating to and from the Airport at altitudes of 7,000 feet and below. This change will take advantage of modern navigational technology and is, in part, required due to the removal of VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) beacons that aircraft currently use to navigate. These changes will meet the airport’s mandatory obligations, deliver an airspace design that will enable Manchester Airport to continue to grow to make best use of its available runway capacity and seek to deliver benefits to passengers, by reducing delays, and to the environment, by facilitating more efficient operations, including reducing unnecessary aircraft holding.
Documents for Step 1b
: Design Principles