Airspace inquiry launched by Parliamentary Group

All aviation organisations are invited to submit evidence to a new inquiry into the UK’s airspace and how it’s managed.

The inquiry, run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation and chaired by Lord Kirkhope, will study all components of governance and process that result in airspace decisions.

The APPG-GA Airspace Inquiry report will be published in 2019 with recommendations for ministers. A formal response to the report will be requested from government ministers, but MPs and Peers may decide to introduce legislation in order to bring findings into effect, said the APPG.

As part of the inquiry, a Call for Evidence has opened, closing on 31 October 2018. The APPG-GA is encouraging all aviation related organisations to submit evidence. Detailed Terms of Reference have also been published.

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps, Chair of the APPG on General Aviation said, “Parliament is keen to deliver on the government’s own ambition of making the UK the best country in the world for aviation.

“To achieve this lofty goal, we need to sort out how our airspace is shared out. Currently it feels like there is too little ministerial or parliamentary input on defining the airspace policy and rules.

“In a democracy this cannot be right and this inquiry is designed to study the evidence, make recommendations, encourage ministers to respond positively and, if necessary, parliamentarians may choose to introduce legislation to enact our findings.”

All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation

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