Today, the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group Ltd (FASVIG) is renamed as Airspace4All Ltd (A4A).

FASVIG was incorporated in June 2015 to be the legal entity behind applications for funding for what was then the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS). That strategy is now being changed in line with the CAA’s new Airspace Modernisation initiative.

The FASVIG name implied implementation and benefits for VFR operations alone. The name change is part of a move to demonstrate commitment to support a wider range of users as well as the Airspace Modernisation Programme.

The A4A programme of work runs until the end of 2019. Supported by funds from en-route charges, the projects include:

  • improving electronic conspicuity of aircraft operating VFR
  • developing and deploying a Flexible Use of Airspace policy for lower airspace
  • collaborating on future Air Traffic Management concepts, and airspace policy and design, to enable VFR efficiency
  • improving safety and predictability of all aircraft around and within regulated airspace
  • improving and simplifying access to controlled airspace
  • generating opportunities to engage and coordinate with all of the stakeholder groups

This programme of work follows the CAA’s publication of an Airspace Modernisation Strategy set out in CAP 1690 which is open for consultation and expected to be in place by the end of the year. This new Strategy replaces the FAS that was launched by the CAA in 2011, focussing on the commercial air transport sector.

John Brady, a Director of A4A, says:

“VFR operations are an essential part of the new Airspace Modernisation Strategy to allow all parts of UK aviation to integrate efficiently and seamlessly. Working with the CAA and with NATS, the architect of the modernisation work, Airspace4All will be a focus for policies and plans to deliver that. Integration rather than segregation should be a cornerstone of the UK FIR of the future.”