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Farnborough Airspace

As Farnborough open their proposal to establish a vast new airspace complex in the south of the country the BMAA as a member of the General Aviation Alliance is encouraging all its members to read and consider the proposal, and then respond with their own thoughts. Copied below is a rallying call from Patrick Naegeli, Chairman of the Royal Aero Club.

 "The operator of Farnborough Airport, TAG Farnborough, has begun the formal process of applying for controlled airspace.

Their proposals directly affect current controlled and uncontrolled airspace across a large area of southern England – not only in the immediate vicinity to Farnborough Airport. If approved, their airspace would extend:

• Out as far as Reading and Aldermarston to the north west

• All the way from Farnborough to the Solent/Southampton area to the west and south west

• Right down and off the south coast as far as the south part of the Isle of Wight

• Along the south coast to a point just north of Shoreham

• Well beyond Guildford to the east.

The base of many areas of existing airspace would be lowered, and large areas of new airspace would be introduced. Their plans represent the most substantial redesign and increase of airspace in the UK for many years.

You can find the details of what TAG want to do through the following link:

http://www.consultation.tagfarnborough.com/

If TAG get what they want, the likely impact on general aviation would be significant. Pilots and airfield/airstrip operators will be affected. The impact would range from catastrophic for some groups, through to extremely disruptive for others.

The impacts are not restricted to aviators and aviation. Many other local groups are also likely to be adversely affected.

The only party to benefit will be TAG.

At the moment, TAG’s proposals are out for consultation up until 2 May 2014. TAG will then formally submit their application to the CAA sometime during the summer.

It is vitally important that everybody that is part of the aviation community provides input to the consultation and makes their opposition clear. The main general aviation organisations are already working closely and will be providing information to help people understand the issues that are of most concern.

So:

• Make sure that you read the TAG proposals, and reflect on how they might affect you

• Keep a regular watch on the air sport or general aviation websites, forums and publications for more information and advice

• Be prepared to submit your formal response to the consultation process – but don’t do so until you are ready to, or have been advised to by your air sport association

Don’t imagine for one moment that this will not affect you. It will.

Don’t imagine for one moment that others will sort the situation out for you. They won’t be able to do that unless you play your part and actively support the campaign to oppose TAG"

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