CAA con­sults on airspace change pro­cesses

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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.

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