Deployment Plans

1. Introduction

Welcome to the 2017 version of the Future Airspace Strategy Deployment Plan for the UK. The plan is designed to join-up and accelerate the modernisation of the UK’s airspace structure and route network. Who produced the FAS Deployment Plan? The […]

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2. FAS Vision Mission and Goals

The FAS Deployment Plan’s Vision is to: “Deliver on the UK Government’s Policy to modernise the airspace network, enhancing the UK’s global connectivity, enabling economic growth and improving aviation’s environmental performance”. The joint mission of the FAS stakeholders is to: […]

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3. Governance and Policy Alignment

FAS Governance Arrangements and Working Groups This chart illustrates the FAS Governance Arrangements and key Working Groups   The FAS Deployment Steering Group (FASDSG) is tasked with coordinating implementation of the FAS Deployment Plan on behalf of the UK aviation sector. […]

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4. Strategic Case for FAS

The UK’s aviation industry has expanded enormously since the 1950s and 1960s when much of our airspace structure was first designed. Many departure routes, for example, at our major airports have been little changed for many years, even several decades.

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5. Improvements and Benefits

FAS Deployment Plan Improvements Essentially, FAS aims to improve the way traffic is managed and moves around the network. The improvements affect every phase of flight across the en-route, terminal and runway environments. The Deployment Plan is based around five […]

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6. FAS Plan Upgrades in the En-route Airspace

En-route airspace issues En-route airspace is typically considered to be the airspace above 25,000ft where aircraft are in the cruise phase of flight. Aircraft often fly further than necessary in en-route airspace on flight paths that are determined by the […]

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7. FAS Plan Upgrades in Terminal Airspace

Terminal airspace issues Terminal airspace is typically considered to be the airspace below 25,000ft and is designed to manage high volumes of traffic climbing and descending between individual airports and the en-route. The result is a complex web of intersecting […]

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8. FAS Plan Upgrades at Lower Altitudes

Issues with the airspace at lower altitudes The airspace at lower altitudes is typically considered to be around airports and below 7,000ft, and is reserved for dedicated arrival and departure routes that link the terminal airspace with the end of […]

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9. FAS Plan to Upgrade Airspace Information

Introduction The goal of airspace information upgrades is to increase airspace capacity by improving the operational decisions made by airports, airlines and air traffic control using more accurate traffic flow data. In today’s operation, many airspace management decisions that determine […]

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10. FAS Plans to Modernise Surveillance

From a surveillance perspective FAS considers the advancement of non-cooperative independent surveillance capabilities through the replacement of primary radar, and the introduction of ‘cooperative’ layers of performance-based surveillance according to the type of aircraft and the airspace it is flying […]

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11. VoR Rationalisation

NATS currently operates 46 ground-based navigation beacons, known as Doppler VOR (DVORs), around the UK. These were installed between 1982 and 1991 and are now operating significantly beyond their 15 year design life. The extension of mandatory carriage in the […]

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12. Conclusion

This Future Airspace Strategy Deployment Plan is intended to tie together the broad mix of modernisation programmes that are being conducted throughout the UK and to ensure that they all work towards the vision for FAS: “Bring together a broad […]

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