Established in January 2014, the Future Airspace Strategy VFR Implementation Group (FASVIG) is a joint undertaking between Sports and Recreational Aviation and Military Aviation stakeholders, CAA, NATS, business aviation and other aviation industry stakeholders, which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of VFR operations in the UKFIR. FASVIG is part of the CAA Future Airspace Strategy (FAS).

The FASVIG Vision

The FASVIG Vision is to provide safe, efficient airspace, that has the capacity to meet reasonable demand, balances the needs of all users and mitigates the impact of aviation on the environment. The FAS captures the benefits of modernising the airspace system in the areas of safety, capacity, environment and cost. In a written statement to Parliament on 6 Nov 13 the Minister for Transport said: General Aviation can and should contribute to the UK’s economic success, whilst providing a safe environment for participants and the public. The Government’s aim is therefore to make the UK the best country in the world for general aviation. The objective of FASVIG is “to provide a sustainable future for VFR operations”.

VFR Implementation Programme & Deployment Plan

FASVIG aims to work in partnership towards developing a jointly agreed implementation plan which will address technology, procedures, airspace changes and associated policy framework to deliver the improvements to safety, capacity, environmental performance and airspace efficiency of VFR operations required by the FAS. The FASVIG aims to deliver a set of tangible benefits within the 2016-2020 timescale or earlier where possible. The FASVIG will provide governance, direction and resources to sub groups which will be undertaking significant workstreams.

FASVIG Information Sheet can be downloaded here.