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UK airspace integration plan announced

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9 February 2023

A new strategic UK airspace integration plan to overcome barriers and unlock potential for the UK released by the Future Aviation Industry Working Group (FAIWG).

The opportunities an integrated airspace could bring for the UK are identified in a new strategic plan issued today.

This three to five-year action plan is called ‘Let’s get flying: our plan for action’. It sets out how an emerging generation of aviation vehicle types can be successfully integrated alongside existing airspace users.

The Future Aviation Industry Working Group on Airspace Integration (FAIWG:AI) was set up last year by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) working alongside the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Connected Places Catapult (CPC).

It brings together stakeholders from industry to help provide input and insight to government strategy and regulatory policy for integrating these new vehicle types in UK airspace.

The plan, created by FAIWG for airspace integration (FAIWG:AI), develops the concept of moving from a segregated airspace to an integrated one.

It outlines how allowing a range of different users to share airspace can bring multiple benefits that a segregated system cannot such as providing a greater degree of flexibility as new use cases emerge in future while avoiding reduced access to airspace for existing users, allowing uncrewed and crewed operations to co-exist in the same locations and removing the need for airspace users to understand and comply with an increased complexity of airspace that a segregated approach would cause

Vicki Murdie, Innovation Lead for UK Research and Innovation’s Future Flight challenge and Co-Chair of the FAIWG:AI, said: "This strategic plan is a major milestone in our work on future airspace integration. By setting out clear actions we’ve created a framework to make these solutions a reality. It’s time for us to get started on delivering airspace integration to unlock the economic, societal and environmental benefits at scale for the UK."


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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