LFV has been commissioned to carry out a review of the lower airspace
LFV has been commissioned by the government to propose how the airspace below 2900 meters should be designed to create better conditions for more environmentally friendly flights to Swedish airports.
“With this new assignment, LFV has been appointed as the authority that will propose how a lower airspace could be designed. We look forward to developing modern and climate-smart conditions for everyone who uses Swedish airspace. The work will take place in close dialogue and collaboration with relevant stakeholders,” says Ann Persson Grivas, Director General of LFV.
In May 2019, LFV presented a government assignment that included an in-depth study of the design of Swedish airspace. The study identified, among other things, the need for a review of the lower airspace to ensure that aircraft can fly into the country’s controlled airports in an environmentally efficient manner without pilots having to request to fly in uncontrolled airspace – while ensuring accessibility for the Armed Forces and other airspace users at lower altitudes.
“Major structural changes to the airspace take time to implement as extensive analysis work, safety audits, simulations and coordination with relevant stakeholders are required. This is a first step to better adapt the Swedish lower airspace for today’s and tomorrow’s flights, not least based on environmental efficiency,” says Ann Persson Grivas.
The investigation will result in a proposal on how the lower airspace can be organized. The proposal should provide a basis for the airports to implement changes in their respective airspace so that modern conditions are created for today’s and tomorrow’s flights.
More about airspace
The airspace is divided into different layers, among other things depending on the proximity to an airport, and it is also divided into controlled and uncontrolled parts. It is now a long time ago, in 1998, that the latest airspace change was made, and it is high time to adapt the airspace to the users who are now moving in the air.
LFV is Sweden’s leading player in air traffic control for civil and military aviation with associated services. LFV was the first in the world with air traffic control at a distance and we drive digitalisation in several areas. Through various collaborations, we are involved in streamlining European airspace.