Prohibited/Restricted Area designations removed from decommissioned nuclear sites

PUBLISHED: 12:47 10 October 2016

The new Air Navigation Order has now come into force

The new Air Navigation Order has now come into force


The sites affected are Winfrith, Bradwell and Harwell in England, Chapelcross in Scotland and Trawsfynydd in Wales

The NOTAM issued by the CAAThe NOTAM issued by the CAA

On Monday 10 October, the UK Civil Aviation Authority removed the Prohibited/Restricted Area designations around five nuclear facilities.

‘Freeing up more Class G for GA,’ as a spokesman confirmed to Pilot, the CAA’s move will be welcomed by private pilots, who have long been required to either avoid these areas or obtain permission to overfly them.

Many would say the release of these sections of airspace is long overdue.

At some of the sites listed, reactors were shut down many years ago and any significantly radioactive material removed soon afterwards.


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