|DfT Regional Consultations on Airport
from an alert issued by the GAAC.
successful challenge relating to the exclusion of extra runways at Gatwick the
consultation period has been extended beyond the original 30/11/02 deadline. The
Government will be producing a revised consultation paper for the South East, after which
an additional 4 months will be available for comment. Responses already made will still be
considered, but new responses for all regions can still be submitted. The Gov't news
release on this can be found here.
Department for Transport has published consultation documents on airport development in
the South East, the South West, the Midlands, the North of England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland. This is part of a nationwide exercise covering the whole of the UK that
is intended to help the government develop its aviation policy for the whole of the UK up
to the year 2030.
consultation, the Government will be publishing a new Air Transport White Paper that will
provide a policy framework for the long term future of both aviation and airports in the
the majority of the questions posed have little relevance to GA, it is important that the
following message is registered with every reply.
'General Aviation is an essential component of the aviation sector and its
aerodromes are a key part of the national transport infrastructure. Hence for GA to
function effectively and contribute to aviation development in the UK and Europe, any new
developments must take account of GA's needs. It is essential therefore that:
1. there should be provision for GA at all new and developed locations to facilitate a
co-ordinated air transport system for the country;
2. any airspace changes resulting from airport developments should accommodate GA.
Some of the proposals for airport development in the consultation documents would lead to
serious reductions in uncontrolled airspace.
each area of the UK there is a main consultation document, a summary and a questionnaire.
Copies of the consultation documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Department for
Transport website or obtained
by phoning the inquiry line on 0845 100 5554.
Other supporting technical documents covering all study areas have also been made publicly
available. Details of how to obtain these can be found in the consultation documents as
well as on the website.
If you wish to
make your own input to the consultation process don't delay. Do obtain the documents that
interest you as soon as possible as the deadline for the receipt of comments on this
very important stage in the evolution of aviation in this century is 30 November 2002.
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