Future Airspace Strategy (FAS) - Set to Modernise UK Airspace

12 October 2017

Heathrow Branch, British Airways Waterside Theatre


The basic structure of the UK’s airspace was developed over forty years ago. Since then there have been huge changes, including a hundred-fold increase in demand for aviation and the adoption of the latest technologies by the industry. In Europe, there had been a significant move to simplify and harmonise the way airspace and air traffic control by 2020 through the Single European Sky project. As the UK and Ireland were getting ready to address these challenges through the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), Brexit has completely changed the roadmap.

The RAeS Heathrow Branch October lecture will provide an overview of the Future Airspace Strategy (FAS), and describe how the UK aviation sector is planning to respond to the many challenges posed by Brexit, specific government policies and important environmental issues.

Achieving sustainable growth in UK aviation is dependent on improving the way air traffic is managed and moves around the airspace. Mr Lindsey will speak about the new capabilities and technologies that are enabling an unrelenting airspace modernisation. He will describe how globally, aircraft navigation is shifting from current conventional navigation means, which uses ground-based navigation facilities, to a more precise airborne-based. 


CPD certificates of attendance will be endorsed for CEng, IEng or EngTech registration.


Speaker Details

Stuart Lindsey, Manager Airspace Regulation, Civil Aviation Authority



Stuart Lindsey is the Manager Airspace Regulation within the Safety & Airspace Regulation Group of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). He is the senior regulatory manager accountable for the Airspace Change Process, the promulgation of unusual aerial activities, restrictions of flying and the oversight of the UK’s Instrument Flight Procedure design activities. In addition Stuart acts as the UK representative on the ICAO North Atlantic System Planning Group and is the primary CAA focal point for airspace infringement activity including the recent Provisional Suspension of Licence and Infringement Awareness Course publication.

Stuart has been with the CAA since 2009 remaining within the airspace domain. Prior to this he was an Air Traffic Controller within London Terminal Control working for NATS for 15 years, whilst concurrently holding roles as Head of Operations (ATC procedure production and management for Terminal Control) and as Head of ATC Procedure Safety at the company wide level as part of the then NATS Division of Safety.


We welcome both members and non-members but for security reasons, registration of attendance is required for all RAeS Heathrow Branch events.


Heathrow Branch, British Airways Waterside Theatre

British Airways Waterside Theatre