Airspace Management and Change

The recent major airspace change to the MOD Hebrides Range – The Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) and successful implementation was accomplished by the QinetiQ Air Traffic Management Team

With increasing numbers of airspace users, the optimised structuring and use of airspace is essential for ensuring efficient and safe operations. QinetiQ’s Air Traffic Management team has a keen appreciation of the interests and concerns of the disparate stakeholder groups, such as commercial aviation operators, General Aviation, military, and operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) / Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

For example, QinetiQ’s Air Traffic Management team worked closely with NATS (the UK's main Air Navigation Service Provider ANSP) in the development of the Hebrides Airspace change to ensure minimal disruption to civil transatlantic flights. The design (shape) aligns to civil air routes and accommodates route free airspace as well as satisfying the maritime requirements. The design of the airspace, associated letters of agreement and airspace protocols were approved by the national airspace regulator (CAA) and successfully implemented in February 2015. QinetiQ Air Traffic Management experts also developed the Airspace Change Proposals that led to the establishment of specialist segregated airspace for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for the Wales UAS Environment at Aberporth and in the vicinity of the MOD’s exercise area on Salisbury Plain

A typical wind farm development – QinetiQ ATM Team provide an independent ‘Operational Impact’ assessment on air traffic control capability

QinetiQ can offer:

  • Airspace Change Proposals (including running of the public consultation process);
  • Modelling of Airspace Utilisation (e.g. levels of General Aviation usage in Class G airspace);
  • Advice on the technical, operational and regulatory aviation issues related to RPAS;
  • Assessments of the operational impact of wind turbines.
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Airspace Management and Change