What are you doing?
We are going through an Airspace Change Programme in order to make proposed changes to the arrival and departure routes from Edinburgh Airport.
Why are you doing an Airspace Change Programme?
We believe that airspace modernisation is the best way to achieve the increased capacity that the airport needs. It will allow us to grow in the future, it will modernise our flight paths and we think it will benefit the country. Changes to legislation also mean that we need to upgrade to newer technology which allows aircraft to follow more accurate flight paths, you can read more about RNAV technology further down this page.
Why don't you just keep routes the same?
Edinburgh Airport is not alone in moving to use RNAV routes, the change is being made in accordance with national and international initiatives to improve navigational performance. The UK Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) is an aviation industry and governmental initiative to improve the efficiency of airspace and ensure that all parties are prepared for the legislative requirements to modernise. The FAS supports the introduction of RNAV routes as an enabler to the achievement of future benefits. The FAS strategic vision for 2030 is to establish:
"Safe, efficient airspace, that has the capacity to meet reasonable demand, balances the needs of all users and mitigates the impact of aviation on the environment."
To this end, the three FAS drivers of continuous improvement in Safety, Capacity and the Environment are aligned with Edinburgh Airport’s own vision for the future, in which the introduction of new technology, including RNAV routes, is a part.
Similarly the Single European Skies ATM Research (SESAR) project, a multi-billion pound, pan-European collaborative effort, is developing many Performance Based Navigation (PBN) threads (of which RNAV is a part) with a view to ensuring that many of these are available for use, across Europe within the 2020 time-frame.
The aim of our proposal is to build upon these UK and international initiatives, and to make Edinburgh Airport's routes compatible with the latest navigation technology available. Many other UK airports are introducing RNAV routes.