Farnborough Airspace Change
Whilst it had been expected that commencement of the Stage 7 PIR of the Farnborough airspace change would be in the latter part of 2020, the significant impact of the COVID-19 related crisis has reduced the activity levels of IFR Commercial Air Transport and General Aviation (both GA Business Aviation and IFR/VFR Class G users). It has therefore been agreed by the CAA, sponsor and the GA stakeholders that the start of the Farnborough airspace change PIR period will be put back to 2021. As a consequence, the group will meet again in January 2021 to determine the confirmed start date of the PIR, the scope of the required analysis and corresponding data requirements in order to determine the overall impact on all airspace users.
At 0700 on Thursday 27th February 2020, the airspace surrounding Farnborough Airport, that has been in place since the airport opened to civil traffic in 2003, will change following approval by the UK Civil Aviation Authority.
Here is a Frequently Asked Questions document that will help inform the changes that you will see to flight paths.
Here are a series of documents to aid your understanding of these changes and the impact it will have on your ability to use Farnborough Airport.
- The AIP extract for EGLF that will become valid on 27th February 2020. Please note the Flight Procedures section AD2.22
- The AIC that went live on 16th January 2020 notifying aircraft operators of the new airspace structures.
- Two maps showing the airspace and SIDs and STARs.
- A short briefing slide pack on the changes focusing on Class E Rules.
The CAA has provided an update which has been written to provide a comprehensive guide to the Class D and Class E Farnborough controlled airspace which become effective on 27th February 2020.
Please note that due to the impact of the changes on the London TMA, there may be a slight reduction in airport flow rates for the first three weeks.