Airspace- a vital resource

Without access to the airspace our sport of flying microlights would be impossible.

Airspace is a finite resource which is under constant pressure, particularly as regional airports and those offering facilities to executive aircraft develop throughout the country.

Although we can fly in controlled airspace it can limit our freedom of movement and so it is important that we keep as much uncontrolled airspace as possible.

On this page we will report on airspace matters, both general and specific, to help members keep informed.

The National Airspace Strategy

The UK Government is responsible for planning how the airspace will be used to be efficient and environmentally friendly. In 2018 the Department for Transport published a consultation document for the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. You can read the consultation document and the BMAA response by following the links below. members are encouraged to respond as individuals.

Airspace Modernisation Strategy document

BMAA Response to the consultation

The Airspace Change Process

To make a change to a piece of Airspace, whether in size or classification, the proposer, called the Sponsor, must follow a process detailed in the documents linked below.

CAP725 For ACPs which began public consultation before 02/01/2018

CAP1616 For ACPs which began public consultation from 02/01/2018

Airspace change proposals (ACPs) current

Listed here are current proposals that are under consideration together with BMAA comment and final responses. Please follow the link to read more details

Revised hold and link routes in Scottish TMA

London Oxford Airport (LOA) 

Brize Norton (BZN)

Please note that LOA and BZN are separate consultations for separate ACPs although they have been developed alongside each other. Each can be granted or rejected independently of the other.

Airspace change proposals (ACPs) completed