GA Alliance and VFR Industry Group launch first GA Airspace Change Proposals

Representatives of GA joined with the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group (FASVIG) at Duxford on 28 March to launch a set of proposals.

Speaking at the CAA/Government presentation at Duxford on 28 March, joint Chairmen the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group (FASVIG) John Brady and Tim Hardy set out the first Airspace Change Proposals made on behalf of GA, rather than commercial operators.

“Flying to France or the Channel Islands and don’t like being forced to fly at 3,000ft and below over the sea to avoid Class A airspace that carries hardly any traffic?” they ask. FASVIG’s proposal is to change Airway Q41 airspace from Class A to Class D below FL80.

Its second proposal concerns Solent CTA-6, where the group wants Class D controlled airspace changed to open Class G ‘see and be seen’ airspace below 3000ft, to make life easier for those flying along the east side of the Southampton CTR. At the moment, VFR traffic is faced with a thin curtain of controlled airspace hanging down to 2,500ft, 500ft below the rest of the CTA and only 480ft above the Fleetlands ATZ.

FASVIG is a joint undertaking between business and general aviation, the flight training industry, sporting and recreational aviation, NATS, airlines, airports, MoD and the CAA. The Implementation Group was established in January 2014 to develop a jointly agreed plan to deliver the CAA’s Future Airspace Strategy to VFR operations in the period 2015-2020. FASVIG needs aviators to help develop the 25 ‘Packages of Change’ outlined in the FAS VFR Implementation Programme. For more information visit www.laa.uk.com/fasvig/fasvig