CAA APPROVES CONTROLLED AIRSPACE FOR SOUTHEND
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today confirmed its
approval of a request from London Southend Airport to establish controlled
airspace (CAS) around the airport. However, the extent of the CAS original
requested has been reduced following assessment work carried out by the CAA.
Southend’s new airspace will be Class D, allowing access on
request to transiting general aviation aircraft. It will feature a control zone
(CTR) around the airport itself from surface up to 3,500ft, and a larger
control area (CTA) from 1,500ft to 3,500ft. The airspace will become
operational on 2 April 2015.
The CAA agreed with the Airport that the measure was necessary
to further enhance the protection given to commercial air transport flights
into and out of Southend. The number of airprox incidents in the vicinity of
the airport has increased in recent years – including two category A incidents,
the most serious. Alternatives to controlled airspace, such as establishing a
Radio Mandatory Zone (RMZ) around the airport, were considered, but a trial RMZ
running since the second half of 2014 has proved not to be an appropriate
long-term solution in this instance.
London Southend Airport, which currently sits within Class G
airspace, has seen a significant increase in commercial air transport movements
in the last three years. In accordance with the CAA's airspace change process,
the Airport launched a consultation on establishing CAS with the general
aviation community and the aviation industry, before submitting its proposal to
Mark Swan, Director of the CAA’s Safety and Airspace Regulation
Group, said: “The new arrangements at Southend will safely support the
airport's increased commercial air transport operations, whilst minimising as
far as possible the impact on other airspace users. Ultimately, this is a very
busy piece of airspace, used by a wide range of aircraft, and we have to be
sure that the safety of airline passengers is given absolute
The new airspace will be reviewed six months after
implementation to ensure that it is working as anticipated.
decision including charts has also been published by the CAA.
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