Purpose of this change

This proposal is for a Permanent change to the notified airspace design, and the change level is TBC. The detailed process requirements are published in Part 1 of CAP 1616.

The Government published its Airspace Modernisation Strategy (AMS) in 2018. Heathrow’s current departure and arrival procedures were designed decades ago, at a time when aircraft and navigation were much less sophisticated than today. Through the introduction of airspace modernisation at Heathrow, the airport will make use of modern navigation technology to enable better aircraft performance, reduce delays and manage traffic in ways that mitigate, where possible, the impact on local communities.

CAA response to Step 1b

Documents for this proposal (4 documents)

Assessment Meeting Minutes

Step 1a - Assessment Meeting Minutes

Date added: 14 September 2021 15:50

Assessment Meeting Presentation

Step 1a - Other

Date added: 14 September 2021 15:49

Assessment Meeting Agenda

Step 1a - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 12 August 2021 08:52

Statement of Need

Step 1a - Statement of Need

Date added: 30 July 2021 11:23


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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