LBIA Airspace Proposal

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Martin Baxter
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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:31 pm

Good spot Dave - many thanks. When Monarch went bust LBA claimed that the parking slots were re-allocated almost immediately; but this re-inforces our argument that the projected increase in movements is unrealistic, especially with the uncertainty surrounding BREXIT and the 'heat wave' this summer.

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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:51 pm

LASHAM APPLICATION FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW GRANTED BY HIGH COURT

Lasham Gliding Society's application to the High Court for leave to apply for a Judicial Review has been granted by a High Court judge.

In October this year, following the CAA's decision in July to implement a large and unreasonable amount of controlled airspace for Farnborough aerodrome in the busy south-east of England, Lasham filed a claim in the High Court for leave to apply for a Judicial Review of what it believes is a flawed and unlawful decision, which will badly affect its as well as many other General Aviation pilots and organisations. This important judgement means that the High Court has given permission for the case to go ahead because it considers that the claim meets the threshold of arguability.

This is good news for Lasham, which along with other aviation bodies has been opposing the imposition of what they consider to be an unreasonable and disproportionately large amount of controlled airspace that would have a significant and negative impact on safety, and on Lasham's operations and financial health.

To help fight this case, Lasham has set up a fighting fund and asks all those supporting it to contribute what they can. The target for the fund is £100,000 and so far, £40,000 has been raised.

https://www.lashamgliding.com/pages/airspace-campaign

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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:11 pm

We were notified this morning that LBA have formally submitted their ACP to the CAA. You can find it here: https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-indust ... s/FASI(N)/

You might comment that it's a bit sneaky to submit it on Monday of the last working week before Christmas, and then notify us the following Saturday! Fortunately we have a draft letter of complaint up our sleeves which I'll publish here when we submit it to the CAA. LBA only confirmed the LoAs mentioned on Monday. Our letter of complaint will state that we object in principle to the LoAs and that consulting with clubs/membership will take time.

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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:53 pm

Here is the letter of complaint from the Regional Soaring Airspace Group.
20181231 - CAA Final v1.3.docx
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Your committee is in the process of producing it's own version which I plan to publish here within the week.

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Re: LBA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:42 pm

Members are requested NOT to complain to the CAA at this stage. Although you are entirely within your rights to do so (you were invited to do just that by LBA in the consultation document) we don't want to get on the wrong side of the CAA or make their job any more difficult than it already is. Let's see what sort of response we get from them first.

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Re: LBA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:16 pm

We're expecting a letter to go out from the General Aviation Alliance on Monday. Quite important that this is seen as something more than ‘just’ a soaring pilots problem.

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Re: LBA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:44 pm

The GAA letter was sent to the CAA today. I have been asked not to circulate it at this stage. Presumably relationships are being tested. I'm holding off on the club letter for similar reasons.

In other news the BHPA seems likely to donate £2K towards the Lasham Judicial Review mentioned a few posts higher up this thread. Challenges to the current process, which favour Commercial Air Transport over General Aviation, can only help our objection to the LBA ACP.

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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:48 am

Attached is our letter of complaint to the CAA. We believe that letters from the GAA, RSAG and clubs should be sufficient, and ask that individual members refrain from lobbying the CAA.
20190117-LBA ACP DHPC Complaint Online.pdf
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Re: LBIA Airspace Proposal

Post by Martin Baxter » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:18 pm

https://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-indust ... s/FASI(N)/

The CAA will carry out a completeness check to determine if all ACP documentation has been received; this was due to be completed by 14 Jan 2019. However, the Completeness Check period has been extended in order to allow the Sponsor to provide all the relevant information required under CAP725. If this is successful, then the case study analysis will commence.

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