Achieving successful airspace change is one of the biggest challenges facing airports at the moment. Awareness of the impacts of airspace change have spread to communities around airports and they are presenting challenge at every stage of the process. The CAAs CAP1616 process for airspace change presents significant burdens on airports to demonstrably take on board requirements from local communities and to show how they have influenced the design choices made in the ultimate airspace concept. This poses real challenges, especially when considering that factors such as airspace capacity, safety and other factors also need to be taken into consideration.
What can we do to help?
We are not IFP designers, but we know how to specify what the success criteria are for an airspace change and work hard with airports to ensure that the ultimate IFP designs meet these criteria. We often see IFP designers producing solutions that are the easiest for them, rather than the optimal for the airport and its objectives. We therefore provide independent support throughout the ACP process from requirements capture, through options appraisal including capacity, safety, ATC workload and operability assessments, real time ATC simulations and environmental appraisals.
We can help your team with:
- Requirements capture for the ACP activity.
- Providing independent assurance of IFP design organisations work.
- Providing the ACP options appraisal work independently of the IFP designer to provide you with high confidence that the right design is being chosen and that the options are fairly appraised against all criteria.
- Undertaking related activities e.g. noise modelling, capacity assessments, safety cases more cost effectively that IFP designers.