Published on April 16th, 2016 | by Mark Dwyer0
New Airspace Classification for Belfast
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given the go-ahead for the reclassification of the airspace over Belfast. The change, which comes into effect from 26 May 2016, will see all airspace within the Belfast Terminal Manoeuvring Area (TMA) change from a mix of Class E and D controlled airspace to solely Class D.
The newly simplified classification won’t affect commercial air traffic in and out of Belfast City or Belfast International airports, but will help ensure radio equipped private aircraft can still enter the airspace following permission from air traffic control. Non-radio equipped aircraft will still be able to access parts of the area under coordinated arrangements.
Michael Cockcroft, NATS General Manager at Belfast International Airport, said “With two busy airports in Belfast, we wanted to strike the best balance between the commercial passenger operation, while at the same time maintaining access for the General Aviation community. We think this change delivers that and we’re delighted the CAA has approved it.”