The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a proposal to establish a Controlled Airspace structure in the vicinity of the airport. The new airspace arrangements will consist of a Control Zone (CTR) and a Control Area (CTA), to protect arriving and departing aircraft.
The CAA has made the change to enhance the air safety in the vicinity of the airport. The current operation, in Class G uncontrolled airspace, frequently requires air traffic control to re-route arriving aircraft or delay departing traffic to ensure the safety of all airspace users due to controllers having no information on other aircraft operating in the area. The arrival and departure phase of flight is a busy time on the flight-deck and ATC interventions add significantly to pilot workload. Aircraft flying VFR wishing to access the new controlled airspace will need to seek clearance from Norwich ATC.
Richard Pace, Operations Director at Norwich International Airport said: “The Airspace Change process has taken a significant period of time to come to fruition and involved extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. I am pleased that the CAA have accepted the case made to increase the amount of airspace protection for Norwich International Airport. The airport will continue to engage for the benefit of all airspace users. We are committed to ensuring access to the airspace for military and general aviation airspace users. Norwich International Airport submitted the case to ensure the continued assurance of flight safety for arriving and departing passenger carrying flights at the airport.”
Norwich International Airport believes the introduction of controlled airspace will have a negligible environmental impact in the area. The controlled airspace structure is planned to be implemented on the 08 March 2012.