[3]Modernised Airspace Structures[/3]

4 Design Rules for Terminal Airspace

Presently, the design rules for terminal airspace include elements which are no longer relevant to modern air operations; for example CAS must encompass all procedures, even when they are not used for commercial air transport. The FAS vision and FASIIG plans would see continuous climbs and descents but much airspace is designed to accommodate stop altitudes at low levels and low rates of climb reducing or eliminating benefits. Moreover, although traffic using London airports must expect some circuitous routing in the TMA because of interactions, regional airports, spurred on by “low cost” operators expect direct track routing at the expense of VFR operations and access.

Design rules and policy for terminal airspace design should be reviewed and modernised to take account of the limited airspace available and the requirements of other airspace users.

LAA discussion here