UK Airprox Board


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This page lists UKAB's principal responsibilities and gives an overview of the Airprox Board.

UKAB is responsible for:

Providing impartial, professional and timely assessments to the highest standards on cause and risk for all Airprox reported in UK airspace;


Making Safety Recommendations when appropriate, aimed at reducing the likelihood of a recurrence of any given Airprox event;


Communicating the findings set out in UKAB's formal Reports to the widest possible audience in the UK’s civil and military flying operation centres and air traffic control units;


Delivering presentations on the UKAB and its work to civil and military aviation audiences and influential groups associated with the aviation community; and


Identifying, analysing and alerting the CAA and the MoD to the prime causal factors of Airprox.


The Airprox Board:


Board Members together form a team of highly experienced practitioners with first-hand civil and military ‘know how’ on Air Traffic Control disciplines; Commercial Air Transport (CAT) and General Aviation (GA) rotary, fixed wing and glider flying and military flying undertaken by the RN, Army, the RAF and UK-based USAF aircraft.

Board Members are selected for acknowledged expertise in their particular field of aviation.  Members are nominated by civil/ military organisations, sitting as experts in their own right and not representing any group or organisation.


Advisors attend Board meetings to provide expert advice on their particular specialisation.  Advisors from areas such as the CAA's Airspace Regulatory, Flight Operations and Air Traffic Services Investigations teams, the MOD's Military Aviation Authority (MAA), Military ATC Operations specialists, and NATS attend the Board routinely, whilst those from other associations and agencies come along as and when their specialist knowledge is required.


A small Secretariat supports the work of the Board.  The three Inspectors in the Secretariat have considerable experience in flight operational and air traffic control disciplines.


The Director UKAB chairs the Board and leads the Secretariat, thereby providing a managerial link between the two teams.  The current Director learned to fly in the University Air Squadron whilst at Leeds University and has been involved in aviation throughout his entire career.  He was a fast-jet pilot in the Royal Air Force, rose to the rank of Air Commodore, and spent many years involved with operational command and control.  Having now retired from the Royal Air Force, he enjoys keeping his hand in as a budding glider pilot. 


Terms of Reference for UK Airprox Board Members as of November 2014.


UKAB Business Plan & Concept of Operation:


The UKAB 2014/15 Business Plan & Concept of Operation document provides details of the UKAB's mandate, current operating model and planned development activities over the next years. This document will be updated as future plans and concepts mature. 


UKAB Board Meeting Dates:





Wednesday 28th January

Wednesday 27th January

Wednesday 25th January

Wednesday 25th February

Wednesday 24th February

Wednesday 22nd February

Wednesday 25th March

Wednesday 23rd March

Wednesday 22nd March

Wednesday 29th April

Wednesday 27th April

Wednesday 26th April

Wednesday 20th May

Wednesday 25th May

Wednesday 24th May

Wednesday 24th June

Wednesday 22nd June

Wednesday 21st June

Wednesday 22nd July

Wednesday 20th July

Wednesday 19th July

No meeting in August

No meeting in August

No meeting in August

Wednesday 16th September

Wednesday 14th September

Wednesday 13th September

Wednesday 14th October

Wednesday 12th October

Wednesday 11th October

Wednesday 11th November

Wednesday 9th November

Wednesday 8th November

Wednesday 9th December

Wednesday 7th December

Wednesday 6th December


 The UK Airprox Board Meetings Year Planner for 2015, 2016 and 2017 are available to download.