This proposal is for a Permanent change to the notified airspace design, and the change level is M2. The detailed process requirements are published in Part 1 of CAP 1616.
Currently the E-3D Sentry AEW Mk 1 utilises the UK AEW areas for UK training and operations . In 2023 the E-7 Airborne Early Warning Wedgetail Mk 1 will enter RAF service. Though fulfilling the same role as the Sentry, advances in technology mean that the
Wedgetail will not be able to utilise the same orbits , although existing ones may still be utilised by our NATO/visiting forces partners . The Wedgetail will be required to fly 100 nm by 20 nm racetracks . In some UK AEW areas such as UK 1, 7 and 9 these racetrack parameters can be accommodated in the existing airspace structure. However, agreed structures /routes or suitable orbit/racetrack areas will be required in the North Sea area where the current Orbit Areas are not sufficient.