Royal Aeronautical Society warns on UK air traffic control issues

Staffing, environment and SBAS highlighted
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Three briefing papers have been published to highlight the issues faced by air traffic control in the UK by the Royal Aeronautical Society.

The three papers address topics including air traffic control (ATC) staffing, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Services, and how air traffic management/airspace management (ATM/ASM) can contribute to net zero and climate change.

David Edwards, CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RaeS) said, “These papers highlight the challenges that Covid and the UK’s exit from EASA has had on our industry, specifically in ATM and Airspace.

“They aim to educate and promote that the industry must look to address the concerns of our specialists to ensure we have an aviation industry that is fit for purpose, sustainable and safe. It is of paramount importance that we allow the UK to prosper post-EASA membership in aviation, aerospace and space industries.

“The Society has promoted its key paper on Contrail Management, published in 2023, which is a critical area of focus in reaching our industry Net Zero targets by 2050. However, there is no one solution to making aviation sustainable. Airspace modernisation including ATM/ASM is crucially important in providing a suitable basis for the aviation industry to thrive in a sustainable way.”

The three short papers by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RaeS) Air Traffic Management Specialist Group highlights several issues, including the stringent qualification rules faced by air traffic controllers from overseas coming to work in the UK, the lack of progress on SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) and the need for the Government to set clear priorities and targets around environmental performance

Read the Briefing Papers here:

Air Traffic Control Staffing in the UK

GNSS Services Supporting Civil Aviation in the UK

Air Traffic/Airspace Management (ATM/ASM) Contribution to Net Zero and Climate Change Issues