Airspace integration remains part of UK transport department’s ‘flightpath to the future’ strategy

The UK Department of Transport publication Flightpath to the future is a strategic framework for the aviation sector that supports the Department for Transport’s vision for a modern, innovative and efficient sector over the next 10 years.

Included in the report is the government’s support for the Connected Places Catapult (CPC) Drone Pathfinder Catalyst Programme that aims to showcase and demonstrate how drones can support different sectors of the economy. The Government has already awarded grants to enable six SMEs to undertake early-stage research exploring how drones can be safely integrated in UK airspace.

The report re-iterates the government’s Airspace Reform initiative which is directed at reforming and modernising airspace to ensure an efficient, safe, interoperable, and integrated airspace for all users.

The 10-point plan focuses on how government and industry can work together to deliver a successful aviation sector of the future.

In 2018, the government published a consultation on its long-term ambitions for aviation entitled Aviation 2050. We published a response on one area of the consultation, in 2019, relating to legislation for enforcing the development of airspace change proposals.

Given the unprecedented challenges aviation has faced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the government has decided not to publish a further formal response to the remaining parts of that consultation.

Instead, this strategic framework builds on the responses received to Aviation 2050 and establishes our ambitions and commitments for aviation over the next 10 years.

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