Andy Sinclair, Head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement

The purpose of our blog is to update readers on airspace related activities and issues at Gatwick Airport and around the local area. Frequent visitors to these pages will be familiar with the content previously written by Charles Kirwan-Taylor regarding Route 4 and I want to extend this to also cover other matters that may be of interest.

There is a lot happening this year in terms of aviation public consultations and I thought it might be useful to draw attention to these. 

All previous blogs are at the bottom of this page with the most recent blog first. 

13 April 2017

A number of weeks have passed since my last update and there has been a lot going on during that period and so I thought that now might be a good time to provide a further update on the Government-led airspace related consultations as well as on a number of local airspace issues.

Gatwick specific issues

Route 4

Following the Post Implementation Review (PIR) of the runway 26 Route 4 RNAV 1 Standard Instrument Departures (SID) the CAA has concluded that the modified Route 4 SIDs achieve a satisfactory replication of the nominal track of the corrected conventional SID. The CAA has therefore decided to confirm the RNAV 1 SID designs currently published in the UK Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) as permanent.

In its decision letter (CAP 1531) the CAA provided a series of suggested undertakings that we will study and draw into our work with the Gatwick Noise Management Board. The conclusion of the CAA deliberations and supporting data are published in full on the CAA website.

The CAA’s airspace change process in respect of Route 4 has now concluded.

Route 5

The amendment to our easterly Standard Instrument Departures contained within the Noise Preferential Route known as ‘Route 5’ came into effect on 30 March.

We have established a dedicated website where a briefing document detailing the requirements behind the amendment can be viewed as well as the mechanism for leaving feedback:

Gatwick Airport will collate operational performance data and feedback statistics over a six month period and, as with Route 4, will provide this to the CAA for their consideration.

Route 2

In response to the CAA request that we modify our Route 2 RNAV SID design - with the aim of reducing ballooning around the turn towards the south - Gatwick submitted a revised design for the runway 08 SFD 4Z SID. However, the CAA has since concluded that the track keeping performance of departures on Route 2 around the first turn has improved. The CAA has therefore decided they no longer require Gatwick to modify the designs implemented in November 2013 and have amended the PIR conclusions accordingly.

The CAA’s airspace change process in respect of the Route 2 SID has now concluded. 

See below for previous blog updates.

Airspace update - 17 February 2017


Route 4 update - 23 December 2016


Route 4 update - 11 November 2016


Route 4 update - 31 October 2016


Route 4 update - 12 September 2016


Route 4 update - 4 August 2016


Route 4 update - 8 July 2016


route 4 update - 22 June 2016


Route 4 update - 13 June 2016


Route 4 update - 26 May 2016


Route 4 update - 4 May 2016


Route 4 update - 8 February 2016


Route 4 update - 31 January 2016