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Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal. Briefing to FACC 7 th March 2013. Today’s update will include -. Reminder of the aims of the project Outline of the process being followed Outline of activities and dates Summary of activities since last FACC update

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Farnborough airspace change proposal
Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal

Briefing to FACC

7th March 2013

Farnborough airspace change proposal

  • Reminder of the aims of the project

  • Outline of the process being followed

  • Outline of activities and dates

  • Summary of activities since last FACC update

  • Summary of engagement meetings held to date

  • Key issues and points of note

  • Next steps

Slide 2


Aims of the project
Aims of the project

In line with the TAG Farnborough Airport’s 2009 Master Plan, it is undertaking an airspace change to provide the airport with a more predictable and efficient airspace environment

Improved airspace efficiency

Advanced navigation systems will enable high-precision, optimal approach and departure procedures. Aircraft will remain at higher altitudes for longer and spend less time in the air

Environmental benefits

Reduced track miles will be flown with more predictable and efficient flight paths

Improvements in efficiency would result in: reductions in fuel usage, emissions (including CO2) and noise around the airport. For example, planned early left turn off runway 24 to fly over military area.

Safety benefits

By changing to a new airspace environment, which includes elements of controlled airspace, the airport will be able to create a known and more predictable environment

Slide 3

What is the process
What is the process?

The process to be followed is outlined in CAA publication CAP725 and contains a number of phases:

Phase 1 Framework briefing

Phase 2 Proposal development

Phase 3 Preparing for consultation

Phase 4 Consultation and formal proposal submission

Phase 5 Regulatory decision (Feb 2014)

Phase 6 Implementation

Phase 7 Operational review

Slide 4




Project start June 2012

Initial design options and parameters Aug 2012

Pre-consultation with key aviation stakeholders Oct 2012

Detailed design options and concept of operations Aug 2013

Formal consultation process Aug 2013

Final submission to DAP Oct 2013

DAP decision Feb 2014

Slide 5


Summary of activities since last facc update
Summary of activities since last FACC update

Project planning and setting up of stakeholder requirements system

Pre-consultation engagement with key aviation stakeholders

Determining stakeholder requirements and options

Design development – at least 18 versions worked on

Pilot workshop for TAG Farnborough operators

Internal NATS workshops with multiple stakeholders

Concept of operations work

Framework briefing with DAP

Co-ordination with LAMP, Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton

Slide 6


Engagement meetings since last update to facc

TC Ops


Heathrow SVFR




Lasham LAA

Lasham ATC

Lasham ATC (ATCOs)

Engagement meetings since last update to FACC

Pilot forum


DAP Framework Brief

DAP PBN procedures

British Microlight Aircraft





Slide 7


Key issues and points of note
Key issues and points of note

Airspace is very restricted both vertically and horizontally

The current environment is less able to efficiently support a predictable and structured arrival and departure environment required to maintain an efficient operation as the number of ATMs increase

Lack of predictability is a concern for local operators

Farnborough ATC currently make significant concessions with TAG Farnborough traffic in order to facilitate GA and other operators

There are huge complexities in how any airspace and procedure changes will integrate into the future London airspace strategy

But also huge benefits in moving towards a more predictable and sustainable use of the available airspace

Slide 8


Key issues and points of note1
Key issues and points of note

Stakeholder engagement is proving vital in helping us develop airspace and procedure options

Capturing requirements from other airspace users has helped us to consider many options

Each option or change impacts upon aviation stakeholders including Heathrow, Gatwick, TC ops, Swanwick, LAMP and many others

There are understandable concerns amongst some aviation stakeholders who currently enjoy considerable operational freedoms

Slide 9


Next steps
Next steps

  • March

  • pre-consultation engagement meetings continue and expand

NATS Defence

NATS Safety


British Balloon and Airship Club

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

British Parachute Association

Helicopter Club of Great Britain

PPL/IR Europe

Royal Aero Club



Next steps1
Next steps

  • March

  • pre-consultation engagement meetings continue and expand

  • design options are narrowed down

  • concept of operations and safety-related work continues

  • discussions with DAP on technical issues relating to PBN procedures continue

Next steps2
Next steps

  • April

  • Preliminary simulation of high level design options and concepts such as PBN procedures

  • Workshop/meeting with FACC to examine arrival and departure routes close to the airport

Farnborough airspace change proposal1
Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal

Briefing to FACC

7th March 2013