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Proposal to Introduce SID Procedures at London Southend Airport.

London Southend Airport (LSA) is proposing to submit an Airspace Change Proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for the introduction of Standard Instrument Departures (SID’s) to replace the current Preferred Departure Routes (PDR’s).  The introduction of SID procedures is necessary to reflect current CAA Policy and because of the introduction of controlled airspace in the vicinity of LSA. The change from PDR’s to SID procedures brings LSA into line with other airports connected to busy airspace.

In the previous consultation we were unable to include comprehensive details of the formal SID’s that would need to be introduced because of the pending major changes to the route structure and airspace management arrangements in the south-eastern part of the London Terminal Control Area (LTMA).  These changes were being developed by NATS in a major airspace project known as the London Area Management Programme (LAMP). 

At the time of the development of the LSA controlled airspace design (successfully implemented in 2015) the NATS-proposed LAMP airspace configuration and arrangements were not sufficiently developed.  Whilst NATS and LSA were working closely together on developing the future airspace arrangements in the LTMA for LSA arriving and departing traffic, the timetables for the two projects were not compatible to allow them to be implemented at the same time.  Instead, with the agreement of the CAA, it was concluded that, as an interim measure, the existing PDR’s from LSA that had been in place for many years should remain until the LAMP Phase 1a route structure within the LTMA had been finalised and an implementation schedule established. 

Accordingly, LSA is today launching this stage of the consultation process by publishing its Consultation Documents on the LSA website here.

The Consultation Documents detail why we believe SIDs are necessary, the design of the SIDs and their expected impact and the options that have been considered in reaching our conclusions.

The CAA specifies that the consultation should run for a minimum period of 12 weeks in order to allow time for you, or the organisation that you represent, to consider your response to the proposal.  In order to allow for the Easter holiday period and May Bank Holiday we are extending this to 13 weeks.  The consultation will therefore end on 27th May 2016.

You will find in the consultation document (Part C), details of how to submit your response to us, or how to contact us if you have any queries on the consultation document, or the consultation process itself.

Please note that even if you have no comment to make on the proposal we would appreciate a response to that effect.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours faithfully,

Jon Horne

Chief Operating Officer

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