GATCOM Weekly Newsletter - March 2020 (2)


ICCAN Survey - how does your airport engage with its community?

The Independent Commission for Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) has recently launched a survey looking at the ways in which airports engage and consult with their local communities. They are seeking to gather feedback on people's experiences on engagement, consultation and noise insultation, so they can try to understand where good practice has taken place and how ICCAN can help to promote this. ICCAN would be grateful therefore if you could spare a few minutes to fill out this short survey to give your views and experiences and help disseminate the survey to interested others in your organisation and wider community. The survey closes on 13 March at 4pm - take part here http://bit.ly/ICCANsurvey If you or others have any questions, contact ICCAN direct at contacticcan@iccan.gov.uk

Mole Valley District Council's Local Plan consultation

Consulting on a draft Local Plan, titled Future Mole Valley, that sets out a development strategy for Mole Valley over the next 15 years. The Plan includes policies that will guide development proposals, and site allocations that will provide new homes in the District. Consultation until 23 March 2020. Click here to view and respond to the consultation.

CAA: Proposed Criteria for Assessing and Accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

Feedback is being sought during a 4 week public engagement period on the criteria that the CAA proposes to use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. Closing date 27 March 2020.


Horsham District Local Plan Regulation 18 Document

Horsham District Council is currently conducting consultation which will cover the Plan period 2019-2036, and further details on this consultation can be found below. The consultation closes on 30 March 2020.



Government backs cleaner planes, ships and automobiles with £37 million boost

Gov.uk 04.03.20


Statement on future relationship with the European Union

CAA 09.03.20


Speech for Airport Operators Association annual dinner

[Transport Secretary Grant Shapps]Gov.uk 12.03.20



Women in aviation on stage at Gatwick

BTNews 09.03.20


Coronavirus: Gatwick Airport's 'advanced monitoring system'

The Argus 10.03.20


Anti-drone equipment bolstered at Gatwick Airport

Bexhill-on-Sea Observer 10.03.20


Guildford railway upgrade work starts this weekend

Rail Advent 13.03.20

GWR services between Reading and Gatwick Airport will terminate at Ash. Replacement bus services will run between North Camp and Gatwick Airport.



Upskilled teachers to inspire over 1,200 local children to become engineers of the future - 10/03/2020

  • More than 1,200 local Key Stage 1 and 2 children set to benefit from Gatwick Airport-funded programme
  • 15 primary schools from across Sussex, Surrey and Croydon selected to take part, with 30 teachers trained to bring engineering to life in classroom
  • Celebration event to take place at Millais School in Horsham on 2 June

More than 1,200 primary school children from 15 schools across Sussex, Surrey and Croydon are set to take part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme, funded by Gatwick Airport.

The Primary Engineer project is aimed at inspiring Key Stage 1 and 2 children by giving their teachers enhanced skills to deliver STEM subjects in an engaging way and challenging the pupils to build a vehicle in competition with the other schools.

Two teachers from each of the 15 primary schools selected to take part in the programme attended a training workshop at Gatwick in January, where a number of airport's engineers and apprentices were on hand to share advice.

The teachers were given a full kit to take back to their schools to build the vehicles, before the engineers and apprentices from Gatwick go to work with the children involved in the programme and answer questions.

A celebration event will be held at Horsham's Millais Secondary School on 2 June where the primary school children will present their projects and be awarded certificates, while Gatwick's engineers will act as judges for the competition. By hosting the event at the girls' school, Gatwick hopes to inspire more females to consider careers in engineering or science-related disciplines.

Later in the year, five local secondary schools will be chosen to take part in a Gatwick-funded Secondary Engineer programme, with the project having been developed with the support of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) and WEBTEC.

Four teachers from each school will benefit from training at Millais School on 2 June, before taking the project back to their students.

Paula Aldridge, Community Engagement Manager, Gatwick Airport, said:

"We place huge importance on our community work at Gatwick Airport, so to be able to fund and be involved in the Primary Engineer programme is fantastic.

"Our engineers and apprentices loved being part of it and working with the children, giving them practical, hands-on experience to hopefully spark a passion.

"STEM subjects are so vital to schools and to businesses across the region including Gatwick and we hope we can help to inspire the engineers of the future through this initiative."

Fionnuala Quinlan, teacher, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, said:

"I really enjoyed the course and now feel much more confident delivering this project in the classroom. Our engineer was great and really helpful - we have already booked in time for him to come him and support in school."


"For airports, neutrality has been the ultimate target for quite some time."

Aertec Solutions


Does Britain need more runways?

Money Week 07.03.20


Plans for Heathrow's third runway could be revived in weeks, as supporters press appeal against court decision halting the project - 08.03.20


The unsung heroes of change

NATS 09.03.20 [summarises what happens during Airspace Change]


How the UN's Shady Aviation Organisation Could Upend a Key Effort to Combat Climate Change

Gizmodo 09.03.20


Biofuels (including for aviation) to drive massive increase in palm and soy demand by 2030

Airport Watch 10.03.20


Innovating to Net Zero

Catapult Energy Systems 10.03.20


Coronavirus: What's the risk of flying or taking the train?

BBC 10.03.20


UK will leave EU aviation safety regulator at end of 2020

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 11.03.20


EU to relax airport slot rules - 11.03.20


EU to relax 'use it or lose it' slot rules to avoid ghost flights - 11.03.20


Travel companies begin to scale back cover to avoid coronavirus claims - 11.03.20


EasyJet drops change fee - 12.03.20


Leaving the European Union Aviation Safety Agency

House of Lords Library 12.03.20


Norwegian grounds more than 4,000 flights - 12.03.20

[All routes between London Gatwick and the US will continue to operate as normal]


Coronavirus: LV= stops travel insurance sales

Travel Weekly 12.03.20


Travel providers reassure customers on coronavirus fears

Business Travel News 12.03.20 [aircraft cleaning]


Climate crisis: Most Europeans would support permanent ban on short-distance flights, EU survey reveals

Independent 12.03.20


Budget: Business welcomes coronavirus support

Travel Weekly 12.03.20


Five business travel trends - 13.02.20


Shift survivors - how air traffic controllers cope with night working

NATS 13.03.20




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