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Glasgow airspace change


 Measures to enhance the safety of air traffic control operations in the vicinity of Glasgow Airport will be introduced by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) it was announced today. The decision follows an airprox incident on 23 July 2011 involving a glider and a civil air transport aircraft within the Glasgow Control Area (CTA). Following the incident the CAA considers it necessary to temporarily reclassify the Glasgow CTA from Class E to Class D as an interim safety enhancement. This will result in the creation of a ‘known traffic environment’ for which Glasgow Airport’s air traffic control (ATC) unit will continue to act as Controlling Authority.

The introduction of the interim arrangements is in accordance with Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 724 – The Airspace Charter, which reserves the right of the CAA to implement a 'Fast Track' process that is reserved specifically for use where a clear and present threat to public safety is identified.

Under the interim arrangements there will be no changes to the current lateral limits as described in the UK AIP at EGPF AD 2.17 — ATS AIRSPACE (page AD 2-EGPF-1 - 5) and depicted at page AD 2-EGPF-4-1. However, the CTA base will rise from 2500ft amsl to 3000ft amsl. Published arrival, instrument approach and instrument departure procedures serving Glasgow Airport will remain unchanged.

The change will take effect at 00:01Z on Friday 16 September 2011. Details of the change will be published by NOTAM, and in an Aeronautical Information Circular to be published on 8 September 2011.
A Chart showing the new airspace can be found by following this link and going to the end of the document. Chart

Pilots should note that the interim arrangements will not be reflected in the AIP or aeronautical charts.

As a parallel development, the CAA will continue to rigorously assess an airspace change proposal submitted by NATS Glasgow on 29 July 2011 and developed in accordance with the requirements of the Airspace Change Process. Subsequent changes arising from the proposals will be announced in due course.

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