Published on February 27th, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer0
Review of Irish Airspace Announced
The Irish Aviation Authority has announced details of an Irish Airspace review that will take place with stakeholders being invited to submit their comments. This review will focus particularly on areas of the Shannon Flight Information Region (FIR) where services are provided by Shannon Air Traffic Services. Details can be found in Aeronautical Information Circular (AIC) 002/2021. Any persons who would like to make a submission as part of the review should do so by the 23rd of April 2021 to email@example.com
The purpose of the review is to:
- Facilitate Continuous Climb and Continuous Descent operations (CCO/CDO) to/from airports.
- Realise Environmental benefits.
- Simplify the airspace structure where possible.
To support this review, the IAA are hosting two Microsoft Teams briefing sessions. This will take place on:
Click on the link dates to access the Teams briefing at the appropriate time.
An FAQ page on the IAA website has been established to answer some questions about the review. At present, no proposals have been put forward however from previous discussions it seems very likely that the base of controlled airspace in many parts of the Shannon FIR will be lowered, further reducing access to General Aviation VFR traffic.
In related news, the next editions of the VFR 1:500,000 and 1:250,000 scale maps that were due to be published this week have been delayed by approximately three weeks. They will be available to purchase on the Ordnance Survey Ireland website at a cost of €30.