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London Oxford Airport ACP Consultation Feedback Report

The London Oxford Aiport (LOA) Airspace Change Proposal consultation feedback report was published on 1st November 2018. AOPA UK objected to the proposals.

Of the 1,707 responses received during the consultation period:

17 consultees (1.0%) supported the proposal;
1657 consultees (97.1%) objected to the proposal;
13 consultees (0.8%) provided a neutral response or provided no comments on the proposal; and
20 consultees (1.2%) provided questions for clarification purposes but did not formally provide a response

The report states that following the consultation, all comments received were thoroughly reviewed by LOA to identify the key issues of concern and ascertain what action will be taken to address the principal objections to the proposed designs, whilst retaining the required safety improvement sought by the Sponsor.

The report says that key issues raised during the consultation have led LOA to conclude that an element of redesign is necessary to present a solution that should be acceptable to the vast majority of airspace users, and those members of the public who expressed an interest in this project. LOA has listened to the feedback received and has taken considerable effort to seek a compromise between its aims and objectives, whilst reducing the impact on other aviators within the vicinity.

After reviewing a number of options to mitigate the concerns raised, LOA has concluded that the design it intends to submit to the CAA will consist of a smaller area of RMZ/TMZ predominantly to the north of LOA between the surface and 3,500ft amsl. This was intended to protect aircraft on approach to Runway 19 and it will also offer some protection to aircraft departing from Runway 01, thereby affording protection to aircraft during the critical stages of flight. The volume of the proposed RMZ/TMZ will be much smaller than the proposed Class D CTR and CTA that featured within the Consultation Document, and therefore fewer people will be impacted by the proposed change.

LOA conclude "Therefore, there is no requirement to re-consult on the modified design."

Following receipt of the formal submission, the CAA requires a 17-week period (including a 1 week document check) to conduct its own internal analysis of the submitted documents before arriving at a Regulatory Decision. 

In the event that the CAA supports the change without the need for further design optimisation or analysis, then it is proposed that implementation of the new IFPs and airspace structure will take place on an agreed date in accordance with the Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control (AIRAC) Cycle, and NATS Aeronautical Information Service (AIS) capacity.

The report can be found here.

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