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DfT rejects professional organisations’ request for inclusion on the Airspace Strategy Board

On the 26 January 2020, GATCO, the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) and the Association of UK Flight Information Service Officers (AUKFISO) sent a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Grant Shapps, requesting the inclusion of representatives of their organisations on the Airspace Strategy Board (ASB) which sits at the top [...]

2020-04-06T23:00:56+00:0006-Apr-2020|GATCO News|

GATCO statement on ATM and COVID-19

GATCO would like to express its support to all the ATC and ATM professionals around the world who continue to work under very challenging social, professional and personal circumstances, keeping our skies safe in these unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Although virtually all industries and businesses have been negatively affected, the aviation industry has [...]

2020-04-01T09:07:58+00:0001-Apr-2020|GATCO News|

GATCO member publishes dissertation on negligent or malicious piloting of small unmanned aircraft

Karen Cloney, air traffic controller at Dundee Airport for almost 23 years and GATCO member, has published her dissertation titled "Negligent or Malicious Piloting of Small Unmanned Aircraft: The Dangers Posed and the Methods of Mitigation/Prevention", as part of the BSc in Air Traffic Management she is pursuing part-time at the University of the [...]

2020-03-23T09:26:10+00:0023-Mar-2020|GATCO News|

IFATCA publishes COVID-19 guidance material

IFATCA has developed guidance material to help the ATM community respond to the current health crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak and the associated COVID-19 illness. These guidelines aim to help IFATCA member associations around the world provide the required level of advice and support to its members. The guidance material should be read in conjunction [...]

2020-03-17T10:51:30+00:0017-Mar-2020|GATCO News|

Airspace Change Masterplan assessment and acceptance

Consultation: 27th February 2020 - 27th March 2020. The CAA and the DfT, have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK, known as the Masterplan. Feedback is being sought on the [...]


Bristol Airport – Designation as coordinated airport

Consultation: 24th February 2020 - 3rd April 2020. Proposal for Bristol Airport to be designated a 'coordinated' airport. This status is reserved for congested airports, where all slots must be allocated by an independent coordinator in accordance with the regulation. Current coordinated airports in the UK are: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, London City, Manchester [...]


Manchester TMA – Interface with Liverpool Airport

Consultation: 24th February 2020 - 16th March 2020. This Airspace Change Proposal (ACP) will make changes to the ATS route network and STARs serving Liverpool Airport and Manchester TMA airspace. The changes proposed by this ACP will be coordinated with, and will complement, Liverpool Airport’s proposals to change its SIDs/Arrival transitions. This proposal is [...]

2020-03-18T09:12:22+00:0024-Feb-2020|Past Consultations|

Cumbernauld Airport instrument approach procedures

Consultation: 18th February 2020 - 12th March 2020. Cumbernauld Airport enjoyed the use of an NDB/DME non-precision instrument approach procedure to runway 25 until a storm destroyed the equipment. This proposal intends to reintroduce instrument approaches utilising RNAV-based instrument approach procedures. There is no change to classification of the airspace surrounding Cumbernauld Airport. [...]

2020-03-18T09:12:34+00:0018-Feb-2020|Past Consultations|

Cotswold Airport (Kemble) Airspace Change Proposal

Consultation: 10th February 2020 - 6th April 2020. The aim of this proposal is to develop and publish a suitable Performance Based Navigation GPS landing approach to support existing arrivals. The proposed implementation of new instrument approach procedures would replicate the current approaches where the pilot of certain aircraft (mostly business jets and airliners) chooses where [...]