CAA consults on airspace change processes
The CAA has launched a consultation on how decisions are made on proposed changes to the structure of UK airspace. It is seeking views from a variety of sources from the aviation industry and general aviation to people affected by aircraft noise
on a series of proposals aimed at ‘making airspace change processes more transparent and giving the CAA a more hands-on role.’
The consultation, which can be accessed at consultations.caa. co.uk until 15 June, details changes to the process if a proposal goes through, and includes consultation with local communities. One of a range of recommendations under consideration is an online portal to provide a single access point for anyone to view, comment on and access documents for every UK airspace change proposal.
‘The effectiveness of the process could also be improved by additional stages of scrutiny and validation. It is not about areas which are outside of the CAA’S airspace change process, such as Government policy, which the CAA’S process must follow,’ it says. ‘Government policy on issues, such as whether flight paths are concentrated along a narrow path or deliberately dispersed, whether flight paths are alternated to provide periodic respite from noise, and whether tranquil areas are avoided, are not part of the consultation.’ Following FAA approval, RANS Designs is now delivering its Raven factory-built and ready to fly, with engines from 80-180hp, as an SLSA (see flight test, p.22). Prices start at $119,000. Like its Experimental-category sibling, the S-20LS offers a range of options, including traditional analogue, Dynon, and Garmin instrument panels. Engine choices include Lycoming O-233, Titan O-340, and Rotax 912ULS, 912is, 914, and the 915 (as soon as it becomes available). Hays, Kansas-based RANS continues to offer other models as kitbuilts, including the S-6LS Coyote II, S-7LS Courier, and S-19LS Venterra.