The following detailed response from Andrew Haines, Chief Executive of the CAA, is in response to queries from the High Weald Aviation Group (HWAAG) Richard Streatfield’s questions over plane flight changes. In the letter, Mr Haines admits that changes i.e. a shift east of arriving planes have taken place. However,he explains these changes to plane arrivals are just everyday ‘vectoring choices’ by Air Traffic Control (ATC).
In other words, this is the system under which we live- Gatwick’s ATC can change the vectors for planes any way they want to.
It appears from this letter that whether Kent, Surrey and Sussex residents like it or not, a PR –NAV based ATC system will be introduced sometime in the next decade. Please note that this will be down to the UK Government and is NOT an EU requirement.
The letter from Mr Haines doesn’t mention the need to provide for gaps in the traffic for aircraft queuing to take off.
Any thoughts on this letter ?? (please click on IMG in red just below to see it)