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RAF Little Rissington Airspace Change Proposals

This proposal is for a Permanent airspace change, and is level 2C. ID: ACP-2019-45

This proposal is for the establishment of a more formal airspace structure around RAF Little Rissington.

This ACP is following a scaled process outlined in the CAA's ATZ Policy Statement which an be found on the CAA website.

Purpose of this change

RAF Little Rissington (LR) is a notified Gliding Site detailed within Section ENR 5.5 of the UK AIP.

Whilst it is used at weekends and Public Holidays by 2 FTS for the training of RAF Air Cadets, it is also used mid-week by the RAF Parachute Training School, Airborne Delivery Wing, Joint Helicopter Command and Tactical Air Traffic Control.

There have been numerous occurrences over the past 18 months with GA traffic overflying LR and several occasions where launches have had to be terminated. There have also been instances of Airprox, which have all been attributed to the fact that LR sits within Class G airspace.

Contact with the local LARS unit and publicity to local airfields has been useful with some limited success; however, evidence of incidents does exist with some GA traffic, where the aircraft has not been in contact with any ATC agency. 2 FTS therefore seeks the establishment of more formal airspace to give more effective and positive 2-way communication.


AOPA are raising a number of queries with this application and are seeking clarification on a number of statements made in the associated Engagement Document.

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