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New consultation from London City Airport

New consultation from London City Airport
2 Sep 2014

London City Airport will be consulting about flight path modernisation plans, with the process running between September 4th and November 27th this year.

The idea of the modernisation is to allow for Area Navigation (RNAV) to be brought in to replace current ground-based navigation systems.

According to the airport, RNAV is a very accurate aircraft navigation method letting aircraft stick a lot more closely to the centreline of the route they are taking.

Its proposed flight path modernisation wouldn't actually see these paths altered from the current ones used by planes coming to or leaving the airport.

The forthcoming consultation is required under Civil Aviation Authority rules. It is going ahead as a way of making sure stakeholder requirements come under consideration.

The process is only covering proposals to improve the navigation systems defining standard leaving and arriving routes to the airport - not aviation policy, flight movements or infrastructure.

According to the airport, the alterations it has proposed play a vital part in bringing about an efficient network and cutting delays in the south.

They represent a central part of the London Airspace Management Programme, a NATS-led initiative aiming to modernise the south-east and London air route system.

The airport wants to re-create the conventional flight paths that are already in place using RNAV equivalents that closely stick to them.

It comes ahead of a Civil Aviation Authority legal mandate that's set to mean every aircraft needs to have approval to use RNAV navigation by late 2017.

It's thought that another mandate, requiring airspace for the provision of RNAV routes, will be active come late 2019.

The airport recently saw its highest ever passenger numbers for a single month, when 341,866 passengers used it during July.ADNFCR-408-ID-801746250-ADNFCR

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