GOODWOOD Aviation is ‘evaluating the impacts’ of Farnborough Airport’s proposals for an ‘airspace grab’.
TAG Farnborough Airport has applied for about twice the volume of controlled airspace that London Gatwick Airport uses to handle 34.2 million passengers per year – prompting concerns from objectors.
The proposals would reduce the altitude of aeroplanes and, it is claimed, threaten the amenities of thousands of residents, aviation at Goodwood, as well as the future of gliding groups near Pulborough and in Hampshire which would have restricted airspace.
A statement from Goodwood Aviation, said: “We are aware of the airspace change proposal (ACP) from TAG Farnborough, and are currently evaluating a range of potential impacts arising from the proposed airspace change.
“Although we recognise the need for airspace to be constantly re-evaluated, in line with meeting future growth requirements of airports in southern England, we have a duty of care to our customers, business partners and local community to ensure that any such change is not prejudicial to how we operate as an aerodrome.”
The statement said Goodwood Aviation has been involved in ‘extensive dialogue’ with several parties, to enable an ‘accurate assessment of all possible positive and negative effects on the Goodwood Aviation business’.
One of the flight corridors, which would be used by 20-30 aircraft every day, is over Bognor Regis, east of Chichester and Midhurst, over Fernhurst and across the Haslemere.
Goodwood Aviation are set to submit an ‘appropriate response’ to the proposals by the TAG Farnborough deadline of May 12.